Government Research Guide

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Just getting started?

Start by doing some background research. Take time to engage in some brainstorming exercises that will help you identify key subject terms. Encyclopedias and other reference resources can be used to help you refine your subject terms and the citations in these sources can be used to find more information on your topic.

Consider how much time you have to complete your assignment and how hard it will be to get the resources you need for your topic. If you are finding your research difficult to manage, narrow your topic or break your research down into manageable sub-topics. If you are not finding enough information on your topic, try using broader subject terms.

Other Useful Guides

Guide to the Library Using Databases Citation Guide

Library Catalog: Books, Videos, e-Books and more!

Call number areas to browse

Subject Area
Call Number Range
Subject Area
Call Number Range
Subject Area
Call Number Range
Political Science J Political Theory JC Political Institutions and Public Administration JF-JQ
Local/Municipal Government JS Colonization/ Immigration/Migration JV International Law JX
International Relations JZ

The books in the library are organized by subject. You can browse these call number areas to find related books. So, if you are searching the library catalog and find a book that looks interesting or particularly relevant to your research, you can search the shelves in the library in the same call number area to find related items.

Reference Sources

Title Call Number
The U.S. Latino Community REF E184.S75 U25 2011
The Political Reference Almanac REF JK271 .P6
Iran REF JZ1480.A57 I7 2011
Historical Dictionary of the Gilded Age REF E661 .U66 2009
Find More

The reference collection is located at the back, right-hand side of the library. Items in this collection cannot be checked out, but a copier is conveniently located so you can make copies of the resources you find.

To search the Library Catalog for reference books about Government, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Government" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search by selecting "Collection: Reference Books" from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items located at Montgomery Library, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

Circulating Books

Title Call Number
Woodrow Wilson E767 .C695 2011
Poisoning the Press E856 .F45 2011
A War It Was Always Going to Lose D742.J3 R44 2011
The Time of Our Lives E839 .B69 2011

Find More International Law Find More Immigration Find More Colonization


To search the Library Catalog for books about Government, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Government" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search to items you can check-out by selecting "Collection: Circulating Books" from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items located at Montgomery Library, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

E-Books

Title E-Book Type
ImperialBedlam netLibrary eBook
Myth and Territory in the Spartan Mediterranean netLibrary eBook
Race, Rhetoric, and the Postcolonial netLibrary eBook
Voice of Reason netLibrary eBook

Find More Political participation -- United States Find More United States -- Politics and Government Find More Political Culture -- United States -- History


To search the Library Catalog for e-books about Government or a related subfield, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Government" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search to items you can check-out by selecting "Collection: Electronic Books" from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items available to Montgomery Library patrons only, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

Audio/Visual Materials

Title Call Number
U.S. Government: How it Works JK31 .U87 2010
By the People: The Election of Barack Obama E907 .B9 2010
The Iraq War DS79.76 .I73 2008
The War on Democracy F1418 .W36 2008

Find More Political Science Find More Political Culture Find More United States -- Politics and Government


To search the Library Catalog for books about Government, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Government" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search to items you can check-out by selecting "Media: Videos, DVDs, films, slides, etc." from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items located at Montgomery Library, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

Periodicals

American Conservative Periodicals Collection
Congressional Digest Periodicals Collection
Vital Speeches of the Day Periodicals Collection

The periodical section is located in front of the circulating collection, next to the outdoor patio area. The periodical collection is organized by title. These items cannot be checked out, but there is a copy machine available adjacent to the periodical section.

Tips!

Requesting items not available at Montgomery Library:

If there is an item listed in the catalog, but it is not located at Montgomery Library, just select the “Request First Available Copy of this Item” button from the catalog record to have the item sent to Montgomery Library for pick-up. To complete your request, you need your library barcode and PIN. Generally, your PIN is the last 4 digits of the phone number you used to register for classes. If you have problems requesting an item, contact the Circulation Desk in person, at 936.273.7387 or email mclr@lonestar.edu

If the item is not available in the catalog:

Just select the “Requests” tab located in the upper, right-hand side of the screen. Complete and submit the Inter-Library Loan Request Form – LSCS. Contact a librarian if you need help!

Research Databases: Find journal, magazine, and newspaper articles

Recommended Databases

CQ Researcher Full-text, balanced, comprehensive journalistic reports and analysis of current and controversial issues of the day.
Films on Demand High-quality, educational streaming video from companies such as Films for the Humanities, BBC, and PBS.
Legal Collection Includes full text for nearly 250 scholarly law journals.
Westlaw Campus Research Find state & federal cases, federal laws, business and current events periodicals, company reports, and television broadcast transcripts.

Tips!

Finding the right database:

If you’d like to explore a subject area: Access the Research Databases: www.lonestar.edu/library -> Find Articles Tab -> Select a category that is relevant to your topic.

If you know the title of the journal you’re looking for, use the A to Z Electronic Journal Search to find out which database provides access to that journal: www.lonestar.edu/library -> Find Articles Tab -> A to Z Electronic Journal Search -> Select “Search” tab

If you know the database title: www.lonestar.edu/library -> Find Articles Tab -> Find Database by Title

If the full-text/PDF version of an article is not available, select the “Check LinkSource for more information” link to see if another database offers full-text access.

Accessing Databases from Home:

You can access these databases from home using your library barcode number. If you have problems accessing the databases, contact the Circulation Desk in person, at 936.273.7387 or email mclr@lonestar.edu

Interlibrary Loan (ILL):

If you are not able to find a resource that you need in the databases or in the library catalog, you can request the item via the Interlibrary Loan Form: http://www.lonestar.edu/library/interlibrary-request.htm

Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed Sources

Scholarly articles are written by an authority on the subject and are meant to share primary research with others in the field. Unlike popular sources, scholarly sources generally have a narrow audience and include a clear author or sponsoring association. These documents are very structured and usually include a literature review, methodology, and extensive citations. Many scholarly sources are also peer-reviewed which means others in the field reviewed the work before it was published. Many databases will allow you to limit your search to scholarly and/or peer-reviewed sources – look for this option.

Websites

Occasionally the librarians at LSC - Montgomery library will find a website they consider exceptional or particularly useful for academic research.

Suggested Websites:

Countries of the World (Google Custom Search) infoplease.com/countries.htm
Country Profile (BBC) news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/country_profiles/default.stm
World Factbook (CIA) cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook
Country Information (Google Custom Search) google.com/cse/home?cx=015562290612060533207:iq11iyc0s2e&hl=en
Texas Statutes legis.state.tx.us
U.S. Code uscode.house.gov/search/criteria.shtml
Federal Register gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html
Government (Digital Librarian) digital-librarian.com/government.html

Getting research assistance . . .

Subject Librarian

Sarah Palacios-Wilhelm
Email: sarahpwilhelm@lonestar.edu Phone: 936.273.7393 Office: bldg. F-161

Reference Desk

Email: mclr@lonestar.edu Phone: 936 273 7390

Department Contacts

Department Home: http://www.lonestar.edu/art-dept-montgomery.htm

Department Contacts

Department Home: https://www.lonestar.edu/government-dept-montgomery.htm

Name Email Phone Number Office Number
Amy Curry, Department Chair amy.b.curry@LoneStar.edu 936.273.7057 A220-F
Dana Morales dana.m.morales@LoneStar.edu 936.273.7391 A220-K
David Kennedy davidk@LoneStar.edu 936.273.7035 A200-F
Dominic Beggen, Faculty Adviser Dominic.M.Beggan@lonestar.edu 936.271.6219


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