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PLSC 387: Applied Skills in Political Science: Library Resources

Here you will find links to library databases, journals, print books, e-books, and search tips relevant to social policy research.

OneSearch Tips

OneSearch is the libraries' primary discovery tool. It aggregates physical materials at Western Libraries and Summit Libraries across Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Additionally, you can use OneSearch to locate electronic resources available through WWU subscriptions and databases. Below are some subject terms to help you get started:

  • United States--Social Policy
  • Government Policy
  • Public Welfare
  • Medical Policy--United States
  • Public Welfare--United States
  • Housing Policy--United States
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Education and State--United States
  • Social Justice--United States
  • Social Services, welfare & criminology
  • Social Service
  • Economic Policy
  • Equality--United States

Scholarly Journals


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Subject Databases

Library databases are subject-specific indexes of the scholarly literature. In other words, they act as a directory to research articles published across thousands of research journals (incl. peer-reviewed journals) and other publications. Many articles are available in full-text within the databases themselves, but others must be accessed through other library subscriptions or interlibrary loan.

  • Use the "Find It" button to locate digital articles in Western Libraries collection.
  • Set-up your ILLiad interlibrary loan account BEFORE searching databases to ensure more seamless access to electronic articles.

Print & E-Books