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Public Policy

Guide to resources for government, public policy, and public administration.

Search the Langsdale Catalog

Search for Books, Videos and Journals owned by Langsdale.  You can also find books and articles from other libraries that can be delivered to Langsdale for you.

Library Session Materials

PUAD 629 - Samuel Brown - Octiober 24, 2011

Literature Reviews

Not sure how to write a literature review?  Check out the following links.

Finding Journal Articles

Journal articles are difficult to find through search engines like Google or Yahoo! or through the library catalog. Search the following databases to find articles in this field.

Having trouble?

  • Get a Langsdale Library barcode.
  • Check out the Academic Search Premier Visual Guide, which does a good job of describing how to use most of the databases.
  • Break down wordy topics like "political parties in the 1930's in Central Europe"
    • political parties and postwar and Central Europe
  • Brainstorm synonyms for each of your keywords, and try out different combinations:
    • art and political and Central Europe
    • music and politics and Central Europe
    • waltz and society
    • painting and revolution and Eastern Europe
    • painting and society and Europe
  • If you want specific articles which Langsdale Library doesn't own, you can order them through Interlibrary Loan.
    • Interlibrary Loan may take 1-2 weeks. Order early!
    • Articles can usually be e-mailed to you.
    • To request an article, go to the Interlibrary Loan page or click on the yellow FindIt button in the database.
    • For more help, see our Guide to Interlibrary Loan.

Search for Books

Use the following tools to find books in libraries and online.

  • WorldCat Local
    Searches for books in libraries across the world, but items at UB are listed first
  • UB Classic Catalog
    Searches for books in Langsdale Library
  • USMAI Classic Catalog
    Searches for books in any University of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) Library
  • NetLibrary
    A collection of electronic books available at UB
  • Google Books
    Search through the full text of many books.  Google Books often does not always have the full-text of a book available online.  Use the "find in a library" link, or do a search in WorldCat local to find a copy of a book you can borrow from Langsdale.

Looking Back & Going Forward

How do you track the evolution of an idea or theory over time?  Find a good article on your topic to use as a starting point (see Finding Journal Articles above). Then, follow the citations in that article and the citations to that article, following the flow of ideas back and forward in time.

Looking Back:

If you can find one good article about your theory, you can use it to find older articles. Look in its bibliography or works cited page.

Find out if the Langsdale Library owns the articles on a works cited page:


Going Forward:

If you can find one good article about your theory, you can use it to find newer articles, too.  Use a technique called citation tracking to "discover how many times a particular article has been cited by other articles."

Citation tracking tools:

  • ISI Web of Knowledge
    UB access is to Journal Citation Reports Social Sciences Edition, Social Sciences Citation Index 1995-present and Arts & Humanities Citation Index(r) 1995-present.