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POLS 022: American Elections (SC)

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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: Authoritarianism and corporatism in Latin America--revisited

    The subject headings are:

    Click on the link that matches the level of specificity you need.  So if you want to read about authoritarianism but only want books on Mexico, click on the link for "Authoritarianism" and then scroll through the list to find the entry specifically for "Mexico."  This will bring up a list of books in Tripod on this topic.

  • 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.