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A Guide To...Political Science

This guide is a starting point for research in Political Science. The guide includes recommended resources and tips for effective research.

Finding Books for Your Research

Try exploring the Holy Cross library catalog for books related to your topic. If Holy Cross does not have a book you need, you can use WorldCat to search for books from other libraries and then request these books through Interlibrary Loan.

Search tip: Search for books by either Keywords or Subject Headings. Start with a Keyword search and identify some relevant books. Then look at the subject headings for those books. You can follow the subject heading links in the catalog to find similar books, or you can use the terms in the subject headings to identify other keywords to try. 

Example Keyword Search: 
europe and radical right

Example Subject Headings: 

Political parties -- Europe
Conservatism -- Europe
Populism -- Europe
Right and left (Political science)
Europe -- Politics and government -- 1945-

CrossSearch - Find Everything

Visit the Libraries' homepage to try our new discovery tool, CrossSearch -- now in Beta. 

CrossSearch provides a single starting point for your research by collecting most of our research resources -- the catalog, research databases, open-access journals and more -- behind a single search box. Once you have begun to search CrossSearch, you can fine tune your results to focus on specific types of resources, publication dates, subject areas, and more! 

CrossSearch will be in Beta throughout the Spring 2016 semester -- try it out and take the survey to let us know what you think! 

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