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Political Science: Books

Guide to resources in Political Science

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Books are  best for conducting in-depth research, identifying experts, and understanding the scholarly conversation of your chosen topic. The University Libraries encourages you to ask for help when you cannot find a book. We can help you borrow materials from other libraries.

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OneSearch: Search for Books

What is OneSearch? A Brief Q&A

What is OneSearch?

OneSearch is our new library catalog. It is replacing Chinook Plus and is called a "Webscale Discovery Tool"

Ok, so what is a WebScale Discovery Layer?

It is a subscription service that we purchased from ProQuest. It provides a single search box and Google-like interface. Content is harvested from databases, repositories, the library catalog, and other subscriptions. In other words, it searches the full-text of a large number of articles, eBooks, newspapers, and other resources to match your search with the resources that the University owns or subscribes.

How is this different from Chinook?

A catalog like Chinook did a pretty good job of connecting users to books inside the library. It did not do a good job of connecting users to journal articles, newspaper articles, reports, and other odds and ends that the library spends a lot of money on.

What is your favorite thing about OneSearch?

Just like Google, I can copy and paste all the information about a journal article directly into the search box. OneSearch is really great for 'known-item' searches. It also does a better job of linking to the full-text of the document.

Check Out Books

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Undergraduates: 28 day loan period

Graduates/ Faculty/ Staff: 180 day loan period

Not finding your book

Fall 2020 & Materials Access

The Libraries are licensing as much digital content as possible to meet the resource needs of CU Boulder educators, students and researchers. See the Off-Campus Access page for more information. Contact Ask a Librarian or your subject specialist for help.

Explore our ebook collections.

Explore electronic journals.

Interlibrary Loan is available to request electronic books and articles.

Effective March 2020: Prospector and Mobius are not accepting requests for materials.

You may use our Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery services to request materials. Place your request using our ILLiad software.

Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery services are available to registered faculty, staff, and students and other authorized users at the Boulder Campus (more information).