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POLS 002: American Politics (SC): Books

Political Science 002 (Nackenoff) Fall 2012

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Books in the TriCo Libraries

Use Tripod to find books held by the TriCollege libraries.  You can request books from the other TriCo schools and have them delivered to Swarthmore.
Use One Good Book to Find Others
When you've located a relevant book, there are several strategies you can use to find additional related works.
  • Most books have subject headings listed in Tripod.  These will help you find some other books on the same topic.

    For example, let's look at the Tripod record for this book by David Kessler: A Question of Intent
    One set of subject headings is United States. > Food and Drug Administration > History.

    Click on the link that matches the level of specificity you need.  So if you want to read about other topics related to the FDA (not just its history), click on the Food and Drug Administration link rather than the History one.

  • Consult the book's bibliography and use Tripod and library databases to track down some of the sources that author cited.

Books Beyond the TriCo Libraries

To find books that are not owned by the TriCo libraries, search by keywords and/or subject headings in WorldCat, and make interlibrary loan or EZ-Borrow requests.  Whenever possible, try to make your interlibrary loan requests early in the semester, to ensure that the books arrive with enough time left to write your paper.