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Political Studies Library Guide

Shelf Numbers for Books

 

 Political Studies Shelf Numbers:

320 Political Science (Politics and Government)

320.3 Comparative Government                         

320.4 Structure and Functions of Government      

320.5 Political Ideologies                                 

320.6 Policy Making                                         

321 Systems of Governments and States            

322 Relation of the State to Organized Groups      

323 Civil and Political Rights                              

324 The Political Process

325 International Migration and Colonization

326 Slavery and Emancipation

327 International Relations

328 Legislative Process

335 Socialism & Related Systems 

342 Constitutional and Administrative Law

352 General Public Administration

353 Specific Fields of Public Administration

Some Reference and Stats Databases

World Bank - World dataBank 
The Data Catalog provides download access to over 2,000 indicators from World Bank data sources.
World Constitutions Illustrated - via HeinOnline 
Click on the link, go to Subscribers Click Here to Enter and select World Constitutions Illustrated from the list of subscribed libraries.
World Development Indicators Online 
World Bank Database of economic and demographic indicators for countries and regions of the world, stretching back to 1960.
World Factbook 
The CIA's World Factbook "provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities."

THE BASICS OF SURVIVAL

The Basics of Survival

 

Finding books

Go to the library homepage at www.lib.uct.ac and click on the open search tab - this defaults to the book catalogue.

If you are searching for a book by a specific author it is useful to do a simple keyword search. Type in the author's surname, followed by AND and a word or two from the title.

For example: Khayyam AND Rubaiyat

This sort of quick and dirty search brings up not only The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam,  but also books about The Rubaiyat.

Journal articles

Journals are published every few weeks or months. They are academic magazines that contain articles on different topics. Journals are important for finding very up-to-date information, or very specific information on narrow topics. The great thing about journals nowadays is that so many of them are available electronically as well as in print.

Printed Journals

The latest unbound journals are kept on level 5. The bound copies since 1965 are kept in the basement. Pre-1965 journals are kept in an off-campus store and can be requested from the Loans Desk.

Electronic Journals

Electronic journals are full text journals to which UCT subscribes. They are useful because they are always available and because they can be searched by subject.

Below the tab for books you will find a tab for "e-Journals". Click on it and type the title of the journal (not the article) into the search box. This will take you to whichever of our many database has that journal, and allow you to browse through it, year by year, issue by issue - or search through it with keywords. 

If you are off-campus, use the off-campus login first, on the library homepage. This will ask for your student number and the password you normally use on the UCT network.

Databases

Databases contain thousands of journals, all searchable by keywords, like a chunk of Google. You can get to our databases from www.lib.uct.ac.za by mousing over Search & Find and selecting Databases A-Z.

Most of the journals are full text nowadays. In some cases, though, the databases may just give a reference to the journal article, rather than the whole thing. This will tell you which year and volume and pages of a particular print journal to look at to find the article. In many cases though, if a journal is not full text one one database, there will be an SFX button below it, which allows you to see if it is ful text on any of our other databases.

Below are some databases which will be generally helpful

 Africa-Wide Information- via EBSCOhost 

Africa-Wide Information combines databases (African Studies, South African Studies, and African Healthline) to form a multidisciplinary aggregation offering unique and extensive coverage of all facets of Africa and African studies. This resource is essential for those with an interest in African research, and information on and about AfricaMLA International Bibliography

SA ePublications 

One of the few databases that indexes full text South African journals.

Academic Search Premier - via EBSCOhost (Full Text) 

This is a very popular undergraduate database at UCT. It contains a lot of full text covering most academic areas of study, including language and linguistics, arts and literature. You can weed out “newsy” material and restrict your search only to scholarly journals by ticking the “Peer reviewed” button on this database.

MLA International Bibliography - via EBSCOhost 

This is a very scholarly language and literature database, produced by the Modern Language association of America, and consists of abstracts for literature, language, linguistics, and folklore, with some full text. It holds abstracts for nearly 4,000 journals and books, in some cases back to 1963. It indexes some Afrikaans language sources as well as English. Some material may be full text.

 Humanities International Complete - via EBSCOhost 

This is a scholarly and wide-ranging database with good full text.  Subjects covered include Film, Linguistics, Literary & Social Criticism, Literature, Performing Arts, and Philosophy. It covers only articles from English-language periodicals.

 Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI) on Web of Science 

This is a scholarly tool used for following a chain of references.  By typing in the name of a particular researcher, you can generate a list of articles which have made reference to that researcher’s work. The database can also be searched by subject, like any other database.

 

Specialist Databases of interest to Political Studies

Databases for Political Studies

Many of our journals can also be found full text in electronic format on our databases. These databases contain thousands of journals, all searchable by keywords, like chunk of google.

Most of the journals are full text nowadays. In some cases, though, the databases may just give a reference to the journal article, rather than the whole thing. This will tell you which year and volume and pages of a particular print journal to look at to find the article.

You can get to our databases from www.lib.uct.ac.za and mousing over Search & Find and selecting Databases. This takes you to an A-Z list of the databases.

There is a specialist database for Political Studies called PAIS

PAIS International and PAIS Archive
This database chronicles issues in the public debate through highly selective coverage of a wide variety of sources including journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference papers, publications of international agencies, microfiche, Internet material and more. The database includes a historical perspective on many of the 20th century's social and public policies. Though largely American in emphasis, it includes key political matters for other countries – Apartheid, for example.

Two South African databases of specific interest to Political Studies are:

Parliamentary Bills - via Sabinet Legal

Parliamentary Monitoring Group
Access is by password and restricted to certain minutes - please contact the Government Publications Library on 650 3177.

Other databases of African interest, which often have a lot on political matters, are:

Africa-Wide Information- via EBSCOhost
Africa-Wide Information combines databases (African Studies, South African Studies, and African Healthline) to form a multidisciplinary aggregation offering unique and extensive coverage of all facets of Africa and African studies. This resource is essential for those with an interest in African research, and information on and about Africa.

SA ePublications  is a full text database of South African journals.

Africa Development Indicators
ADI is the premier data source on the African economy. It contains 1400+ indicators & time series from 1965 for 53 countries. Data include social, economic, financial, natural resources, infrastructure, governance, partnership, & environmental indicators. It brings an essay on a key topic--the long term growth challenges of the continent.

Some general databases which are often useful in Political Studies searches are:

Academic Search Premier - via EBSCOhost (Full Text)
Provides journal coverage for most academic areas of study—including biological sciences, economics, communications, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts and literature, medical sciences and women's studies.

Sociological Abstracts
Sociological Abstracts provides access to the world's literature in sociology and related disciplines, both theoretical and applied. The database includes abstracts of journal articles selected from over 2500 journals, abstracts of conference papers presented at various sociological association meetings, relevant dissertation listings from Dissertations Abstracts International, enhanced bibliographic citations of book reviews, and abstracts of selected sociology books. Approximately 2500 journals in 30 different languages from about 55 countries are scanned for inclusion, covering sociological topics in fields such as anthropology, economics, education, medicine, community development, philosophy, demography, political science, and social psychology. Journals published by sociological associations, groups, faculties, and institutes, and periodicals containing the term "sociology" in their titles, are abstracted fully, irrespective of language or country of publication. Non-core journals are screened for articles by sociologists and/or articles of immediate interest or relevance to sociologists.

SocINDEX with Full Text - via EBSCOhost
SocINDEX with Full Text, is the world's most comprehensive and highest quality sociology research database.

Communication and Mass Media Complete - via EBSCOhost
CMMC incorporates CommSearch (formerly produced by the National Communication Association) and Mass Media Articles Index (formerly produced by Penn State) along with numerous other journals to create a research and reference resource of unprecedented scope and depth in the communication and mass media fields.

Social Services Abstracts
Social work and human services - journal articles, dissertations, etc.

Scopus An the incredibly wide-ranging general database, and also good for citation searaching (following a good article forward by finding out who has cited it.)

JSTOR A back file of old and classic articles.

 

 

Reference Books - Print and Electronic

Examples of some useful printed reference books for Political Studies are:

·         International encyclopedia of political science / R 320.03 INTE

 

·         Encyclopedia of political theory /R 320.03 ENCY

 

·         The international studies encyclopedia / R 327.03 INTE

 

·         Encyclopedia of international relations and global politics / R 327.03 ENCY

 

·         Encyclopedia of political communication / R 320.014 ENCY

 

·         Encyclopedia of the age of political revolutions and new ideologies, 1760-1815 / R 909.703 ENCY

 

·         Encyclopedia of public administration and public policy /R 320.97303 ENCY

 

·         Encyclopedia of government and politics / R 320.03 ENCY

 

·         The encyclopedia of political revolutions / R 903 ENCY

 

We also have a number of electronic encyclopedias. These are useful when you are researching from off-campus, or when a large class is looking up the same subject at the same time.

If you go to the library homepage at www.lib.uct.ac.za and mouse over Electronic Resources, you can select Electronic books and Reference Workls from the drop-down menu.

The most useful of these is Oxford Reference Online  http://www.oxfordreference.com

If you are off-campus you will need to use the off-campus login on the library homepage first.