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POLS 224: The American Presidency (HC)

Political Science 224: The American Presidency (Oberfield) Spring 2017

Identifying Useful Books

Use Tripod to look for relevant books owned by Haverford, Swarthmore, and Bryn Mawr.

The following suggested subject searches are only a sampling of possibilities. To find materials on a topic not listed below, try doing a keyword search in the Tripod Library Catalog to find relevant titles and then using the subject headings assigned to those items to find more.

Beyond the Tri-College Collections

WorldCat is an important place to look for many materials not owned by the Tri-College Libraries. This combined library catalog contains more than 300 million records describing items owned by libraries around the world. Many of these items are available to you though interlibrary loan

Literature Reviews

Literature reviews are a particularly useful kind of journal article when doing research. They address the issues involved in a particular question and the debates among scholars. They map out the intellectual terrain succinctly for a topic and give you the major landmarks in terms of key authors and significant titles for greater understanding. 

Oxford Bibliographies Online

The Oxford Bibliographies Online lay out the parameters of various issues within a particular field of study and evaluate the importance of individidual books and journal articles in the form of an annotated bibliography.  It gives you the benefit of expert advice when choosing what to read. 

See essays like these below for some relevant examples:


            Federalisn in the United States

           The US Presidency


Doctoral students go through an exhaustive literature search when writing their dissertations. They also tend to work on new questions, sometimes ones that have received very little attention from scholars before. You can read many of these dissertations full text and benefit from all the bibliographic treasues and new ideas. Check the database Dissertations and Theses (below) to identify dissertations on your topic.

If you find a dissertation there that does not have a full-text option, request it through the Interlibrary Loan page. Sometimes dissertations are not available to be borrowed.  If you run into that problem, get in touch with me.  I may be able to buy a copy for Magill Library.