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American Government and Politics: Getting Started

Helps you find, evaluate and document sources for your papers and projects.


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Using the Catalog

 To Search by Topic

The quickest way to search for a subject is by typing one or more keywords or a person’s name in the search box and clicking on Keyword. For additional results, click on a book that addresses your subject and look at the Subjects assigned to that book. Click on that Subject Heading to view additional titles. 


  • Keywords are automatically separated with AND
  • Truncate: Use ? at the end of a word for variations in word endings (e.g. president? will search for president, presidents, presidential, etc.)
  • Search with an exact phrase: Use quotes (") to search for a phrase like "united states"

   Always assume that we have books on your subject.  If you aren’t finding anything, ask for help.  


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