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Getting Books & Articles Delivered . . .

You can set up a Get It For Me (Document Delivery Service) account to ask the
library to:

  • Scan up to 50 pages for items not already available electronically
  • Request to borrow materials owned by other universities or research centers
  • Get items delivered to PSEL from other campus libraries

* The Libraries may send print materials through campus mail to faculty only. The Policy Sciences & Economics Library staff will also deliver library materials to patrons with offices or mailboxes in the Bush complex.

Getting Online Course Readings and Textbooks . . .

Library Reserves provides a print collection of textbooks as well as electronic access to articles, chapters and other course materials (including streaming videos) at If textbooks or print materials are on reserve at a campus library, their location and status will also indicated.

The first time you login, you will need to follow these steps:

  • Login with your NetID
  • On the left, click on Search Classes
  • Enter the instructor's name OR the Department and Course Number
  • From the list, click Add Class

It will only be necessary to do this the first time. Thereafter, the course will be listed in the Main Menu when you login.

For access to videos that your instructor has put on the streaming system, go to and login with your NetID.

Citing Your Work: APSA Style

In almost all cases, the American Political Science Association (APSA) citation style is prescribed in this subject area. Check your syllabus and/or with your instructor to confirm their preference.

This brief two-page guide highlights the most used types of resources:  APSA Citation Style Handout

The APSA Style Guide for Students of Political Sciences (2006) is available in print at PSEL (the new edition will be out in 2016).

See the guides below for help citing specific kinds of materials used for your research.


Country Regime Trends, 1946-2013

Polity IV Project: Political Regime Characteristics and Transitions, 1800-2013

Keeping Track of Library Resources and Research Materials...

Set up your Bookbag to create and save lists of databases or journals for specific topical research.  RefWorks will help organize your research and citations, making them accessible from any computer and allowing you to generate bibliographies easily in established formats.

  • Ref Works  Icon
    Links to comprehensive guide on setting up and using RefWorks a web based tool for collecting, accessing, organizing, citing, and sharing citations including articles, books, websites, and more.
  • MY Bookbag

Policy Sciences & Economics Liaison Librarian

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Wendi Arant Kaspar
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Research and Data Help: 4:30 to 6:00pm on Mondays

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Gail Macmillan
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