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Political Science

A Note About Keywords

Since keywords literally are the key to extracting information from a library catalog or database see:

  • this page for tips on developing a list of keywords.
  • this page for tips on searching and combining keywords.

Discover Local: The Catalog

Search Discover Local (the catalog) to find books housed in Bizzell Memorial Library, the branch libraries, the special collections, the law library, and in storage, including the government documents collection. (Discover Local also lists all the journals, magazines, newspapers, microfilm, etc. at these locations.)

See this page for detailed help on Discover Local.

Browsing Call Numbers

If you would like to browse the bookshelves for books in political science, this is the general breakdown of call numbers. For more detail, see the Library of Congress Classification Outline. (Click on the broad category to get more detail.)

Most "J" call numbers are on the 3rd floor, west side of Bizzell library.

J - General legislative and executive papers

JA - Political science (general)

JC - Political theory

JF - Political institutions and public administration

JJ - Political institutions and public administration (North America)

JK - Political institutions and public administration (United States)

JL - Political institutions and public administration (Canada, Latin America, etc.)

JN - Political institutions and public administration (Europe)

JQ - Political institutions and public administration (Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific Area, etc.)

JS - Local government. Municipal government

JV - Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. Internal migration

JX - International law, see JZ and KZ

JZ - International relations

 

Worldcat: Get Books from Other Libraries

Search the Worldcat database to find books held by other libraries. Worldcat is an international catalog of books and other materials owned by thousands of libraries.

You may borrow (interlibrary loan) materials through the Worldcat database. Interlibrary loan is free! But give yourself time for a book to come through the mail.

Please note that occasionally the Worldcat database indicates that the OU library owns an item when Discover Local (our catalog) does not list that item. Usually, the item has been reported lost or missing and is no longer available from our library. Please contact me if you have any questions: lscrivener@ou.edu