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Political Science & Public Administration: For Students

This resource guide connects students, faculty, and other researchers with resources needed for research and teaching in Political Science and Public Administration

Information Literacy

A student who has achieved information literacy should be able to:

  • Effectively use library resources and services

  • Access information in various formats

  • Develop successful search strategies

  • Articulate their information need

  • Analyze and evaluate information

  • Critically think about the research process

Research & Writing







Getting Your Research Started 

How to Use the UToledo Library Catalog 

LC Call Numbers

Subject vs. Keyword Searching

Journals vs. Magazines


How to Write Annotations


Print copies of style manuals for formatting your bibliographies and manuscripts are also on Carlson Library Reserve. More information can also be found through The Writing Center and at Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL).

Search for Books, DVDs, CDs...

UToledo Library Catalog

To search for books, periodicals, and other multimedia:

     search by Keyword, Subject, Title, Author, or Number.

  • To narrow or expand the search:
    • Boolean Searching: AND, OR, and NOT:
      • EX: climate change and global warming
      • EX: (climate change or global warming) and environment
      • EX: religious identity and the media
      • EX:(religious identity or religion) and media
    • Use Synonyms and related words.
    • Find Subject Headings : Based on an official list of terms.
  • Limiting options:
    • format of material (ex: e-book)
    • year of publication
    • location
  • Resources
    Reviews & More
    International encyclopedia of the social sciences [electronic resource] / William A. Darity, Jr., editor in chief