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1 Resources for GOVT 387, Fall 2006 Dr. Tony Fonseca Serials Librarian

2 Library Main Page You will see the Power Search link below the main search box

3 The iLink Power Search Here we have put in our search term, and limited ourselves to books (under Type), which will weed out government documents

4 Results This search was not helpful, but note the sub-classifications on the right. One of them, Political Institutions and Public Administration, may be just the ticket. It is a link, so you can click on it.

5 Our new results list Granted, this limited us to 11 hits, but we know the relevancy is high. By clicking on Details, we can see the Item Record for any of these books.

6 Details (Item Record) If we click on the tab that says Catalog Record we can actually find out the correct Subject Terms to use to do this search effectively, in this case, policy sciences.

7 Follow the Subject Links… Ilink has rerun the search as a Subject Heading search: policy sciences. It found 42 titles.

8 A more relevant results list

9 But Ellender isn’t the only library in the world…. Go to Electronic Research Databases, and click on WorldCat

10 What if you could search EVERY catalog in the world…. Guess what. WorldCat does that.

11 What might you find? You can limit those results by simply clicking on the icon that says Limit (top left, below Detailed Record)

12 Here we limit by Subject Headings

13 A total of 41,000 books to choose from, which can be further limited to post 2000 titles Again, use the Limit icon and choose Year.

14 And they are all available through Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) if Ellender does not have them

15 You can also find articles on political topics, like public policy Once again go to our Electronic Research Databases

16 Notice they are arranged by subject (the third link)

17 Here are your Government databases You can click on and search any one, for example Military and Government Collection

18 We can try the search term public policy, AND limit our results to full-text articles

19 We get 2055 Hits, all Full-Text Notice the pdf full-text version of the 9th article

20 Basically, you get a photocopy delivered to your desktop

21 You can also limit your searches to titles

22 This returns 191 hits. You may see some html Full-Text These are also legitimate forms of full-text. They are just a little more difficult to cite. Let’s look at one (the 2 nd article).

23 When you cite these, you have to cite the database. 

24 And remember…. If we do not have an article as full-text, we may have it in print, and you can photocopy it. Ask a librarian how to determine this. If we do not have an article as full-text, we may have it in print, and you can photocopy it. Ask a librarian how to determine this. If we do not have an article in full-text nor in print, we can always Interlibrary Loan it for you. Again, a librarian can tell you how to do this. If we do not have an article in full-text nor in print, we can always Interlibrary Loan it for you. Again, a librarian can tell you how to do this.

25 If you don’t happen to be in the library by the way, all you have to do is call the Reference Desk, at The librarian on duty can talk you through the process of determining if we have something in print. Just make sure you have opened an Interlibrary Loan account with Nicholls. Start at the Library Mainpage….

26 Under Services, click on Interlibrary Loan

27 Go to the ILLiad link in the first paragraph

28 Click on First Time Users, follow the directions, and voila, you are done

29 So you see, thanks to database interfaces, WorldCat, and the ability to perform Power Searches, articles are literally at your fingertips, and almost any book in the world could be in your hands in no time…


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