LIBRARY RESEARCH GUIDE FOR POLS 3200
AMERICAN STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
This webpage is your guide to using the library to do research for your Political Science 3200 course.
If at any time you have general questions about the library or specific questions about library resources, please do not hesitate to stop by or call the Reference Desk (229-333-7149).
Book of the States (Current year). Lexington, Ky. [etc.] Council of State Governments.
Location: 2nd floor reference. Call number: REF JK2403 .B6.
Elliot, Jeffrey M. & Sheikh R. Ali (1987). State and local government political dictionary. Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO.
Location: 2nd floor reference. Call number: REF JK2408 .E44 1987.
Martin, Mary (2005). Local and regional government information. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press.
Location: 2nd floor reference. Call number: REF JK2408 .L63 2005.
Municipal year book (Current year). Chicago : International City Manager’s Association.
Location: 2nd floor reference. Call number: REF JS344.C5 A24.
State yellow book (Current quarter). New York, NY : Monitor Pub. Co.
Location: 2nd floor reference. Call number: REF JK2403 .S77.
To search for books that you can find at Odum Library, use the Online Catalog, available from the Library's main web page.
- Try a command search.
- Click on Exact Search.
- Click in the circle next to Command.
- Type your topic into the search box. Try combining terms, and be sure to put quotation marks around phrases:
- Example: (migrant or agricultural) and labor and "medical care"
Electronic books are accessible both from the online catalog and from GALILEO. There are two major collections.
- Ebrary provides access to thousands of academic books in all subject areas. Before reading a book, you must install the plugin for the reader.
- netLibrary provides access to both scholarly monographs and consumer books that have been converted into digital format. You may view a title for 15 minutes or "check out" one for up to 4 hours. See this page for additional netLibrary instructions.
To access one of these collections from GALILEO.
- Use your mouse to hover over the "News/Facts Reference" tab, then select "Books & Book Reviews".
- Links to both ebrary and netLibrary will appear in the resulting list.
To search for articles, use GALILEO, a collection of over 200 databases. Click on the GALILEO tab at the top of the library's webpage.
If you are accessing GALILEO from off-campus, you will need "anywhere access."Suggested Databases
Scan the "Political Science & Public Administration" category (on the "Social Sciences" tab). Recommended databases for researching state & local politics include:
- Academic Search Complete : a large, general database with full-text articles
- JSTOR : complete full text of core Political Science journals.
- LexisNexis Academic : the best choice for full text newspaper and legal resources.
- SocINDEX with Full Text : a comprehensive social science database.
- Worldwide Political Science Abstracts : the premier political science database
How to Find Out if Odum Library has a Particular Journal
Odum Library does not subscribe to all the journals and magazines that you come across in the databases. To find out if the library has a specific journal, use the Quick Search "Journals" tab. The top box will check online availablility, the bottom box will check whether it is available in print. In both cases, be sure to enter the name of the journal, not the title of the article.
- Government Documents at VSU: http://www.valdosta.edu/academics/library/collections/gov/welcome.php
A comprehensive collection of resources: federal, Georgia, local, and intergovernmental.
- Catalog of U.S. Government Publications: http://catalog.gpo.gov/
The single most comprehensive finding tool for federal publication. Hotlinks are available for online publications.
- USA.gov: http://www.usa.gov/
The Federal government's official web portal. The search engine searches across Federal and state web sites.
- U.S. Census Bureau: Federal, State, and Local Governments
- Georgia Government Publications: http://www.galileo.usg.edu/express?link=ggpd&rkey=gaaz
- Georgia Dept. of Audits & Accounts. Report Repository: https://www.audits.state.ga.us/internet/searchRpts.html
- Georgia Dept. of Community Affairs: http://www.dca.state.ga.us/
- California: http://www.lib.state.ca.us/web2/tramp2.exe/log_in?guest&SETTING_KEY=English&screen=csp_index.html
- New York: http://purl.org/net/nysl/nysdocs/nyspubs
- Other states also have substantial digital repositories. These are typically developed by the state library or a state legislative reference library. The best strategy would be to locate one or the other of these first.
- The GALILEO database Worldcat is also a great way to find state documents, including documents available online.
- Use the following general strategy in Worldcat:
- Go to the Advanced Search screen.
- From the pull down menu select "Author" and enter the state's name.
- From the pull down menu select "Material Type" and enter gpb (this will limit to government publications).
- Enter a keyword or words in the "Keyword" pull-down.
- Note that you may limit to Internet Resources using the "Limit to" check box.
Finding State Web Servers:
To find a state's web site, use the address http://www.state.[postal abbreviation].us/.
- Georgia, http://www.state.ga.us/
- Maryland, http://www.state.md.us/
|Alabama - AL||Louisiana - LA||Ohio - OH|
|Alaska - AK||Maine - ME||Oklahoma - OK|
|Arizona - AZ||Maryland - MD||Oregon - OR|
|Arkansas - AR||Massachusetts - MA||Pennsylvania - PA|
|California - CA||Michigan - MI||Rhode Island - RI|
|Colorado - CO||Minnesota - MN||South Carolina - SC|
|Connecticut - CT||Mississippi - MS||South Dakota - SD|
|Delaware - DE||Missouri - MO||Tennessee - TN|
|Florida - FL||Montana - MT||Texas - TX|
|Georgia - GA||Nebraska - NE||Utah - UT|
|Hawaii - HI||Nevada - NV||Vermont - VT|
|Idaho - ID||New Hampshire - NH||Virginia - VA|
|Illinois - IL||New Jersey - NJ||Washington - WA|
|Indiana - IN||New Mexico - NM||West Virginia - WV|
|Iowa - IA||New York - NY||Wisconsin - WI|
|Kansas - KS||North Carolina - NC||Wyoming - WY|
|Kentucky - KY||North Dakota - ND|
Finding Municipal Web Servers:
To find a city's web site us the following search in Google (this will work in most search engines): +official +city [cityName]
- +official +city new york
- +offical +city valdosta
Useful Web Sites:
- AMPO : Association of Metropolitan Planning Commissions: http://www.ampo.org
- Council of State Governments: http://www.csg.org/
- National Association of Counties (NACo): http://www.naco.org/
- National Association of Regional Councils: http://www.narc.org/
- National Conference of State Legislatures: http://www.ncsl.org/
- National Governors Association: http://www.stateline.org/
- National League of Cities: http://www.nlc.org/
- State and Local Government on the Net: http://www.statelocalgov.net/
- Stateline.org: http://www.stateline.org/
- U.S. Conference of Mayors: http://www.usmayors.org/