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POLI: Political Science

Guide to resources, sources, and research (discovery) tools for those studying Political Science at the University of Calgary.

Tools To Use If Getting Started with Your Research

What is the Library Search Box?

The library search box is on the main library page and uses the default parameters for "Quick Search" to search library content in our library system (called Alma) through its search interface (called Primo).

What is included in the Search Results?

Quick Search searches journal and newspaper articles, book chapters, books, conference papers and more.


Why must I sign in when have my results?

The library pays for content that can only be used by University of Calgary approved users. You cannot fully view any items you find, or use the full functionality of the system, until you have signed in.

Why should I use the Library Search Box?

  • This is a good place to start your search for information.
  • You don't need to know where the information is located
  • You don't need to know the research tool to use for the information that you are looking for
  • This is also a good place to go to when finishing your research

Are all of the databases available at the U of C being searched by Quick Search?

No, not everything held by the library is being searched. You can find other search options and their explanations here

You can change the options for searching on the results page using the drop down box next to the search bar, or instead of starting with the default Quick Search box you can choose to go directly to advanced search, or to specific resources like library help guides and databases through the icons below the search area on the main page. You can also find resource options through the drop down menus at the top of the library main page.






What is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar is a search engine that is used to search the internet for items identified as scholarly literature, including:

  • abstracts
  • articles
  • books
  • court opinions
  • theses
  • etc.

Where does the scholarly content come from?

The content comes from a variety of sources including:

  • academic publishers
  • online repositories
  • professional societies
  • universities (including the University of Calgary)
  • other web sites

Connect to Google Scholar ONLY from the library website

When you connect to Google Scholar from the link provided in the library website your search results will automatically display a link to items held by the University of Calgary.

If you connect to Google Scholar directly WITHOUT going through the library website, your search results will NOT display any items held at the University of Calgary and you will be blocked from viewing or reading items you are entitled to use.

Google Scholar can be accessed via the library website here.

You can find Google Scholar under "G" in our database list or search for "Google" in the search box on the main database page.



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