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POS 499: American Political Development - Spring 2014

Primary Sources - These include speeches, congressional documents, interviews, and newspaper articles

American Presidency Project

American State Papers, 1789 - 1838

America's Historical Newspapers

Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation - part of the American Memory Project

Foreign Relations of the United States (we have print volumes of this, as well)

Maine Folklife Center, including the David Slagger collection

Maine Memory Network

National Archives, including the Center for Legislative Archives, and the Presidential Libraries

National Security Archive

New York Times Historical

ProQuest Congressional

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States (GPO) (Univ. of Michigan)

Vital Speeches of the Day

William S. Cohen Papers

To Find Scholarly Information on your Topic (Secondary Sources)

URSUS - This is Fogler Library's catalog; use it to look for books, both print and ebook formats. There are other libraries in this catalog, as well; look for O or ORO to tell if a book is here or accessible.  If you want to order a print book from another library, click on the Request button on the top of the page.  You will be asked for your name and barcode (on the back of your MaineCard). You may also want to search in MaineCat, which includes other libraries across Maine (i.e. Bates, Bowdoin, and Colby).  You can request these books as well.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts - Covers the scholarly literature of Political Science. S

Other databases that may be helpful include:

Academic Search Complete - This database, which includes a lot of full text, indexes both scholarly and trade articles. Check Identifying Scholarly Journals vs. Popular and Trade Magazines for help in telling the difference. 

America History and Life - This historical database may also be useful.

PAIS - The Public Affairs Information Service database includes articles, books, reports, and some U.S. government publications

Request (click for a demo) allows you to order books from other Maine libraries

Article Linker (click for a demo) allows you to automatically check URSUS for electronic and/or print subscriptions. 

Interlibrary Loan - use for information we do not have access to

Citing Sources

It is very important to cite words and/or ideas you take straight from another work and put into your paper.  Your instructor will let you know what specific format to use.  We have print guides at the Reference Desk, or you can use Quick Reference: Citation Guides.

Cititation management programs: RefWorks (supported by UMS); Zotero

Still Unsure...?

There are lots of ways to get help.  First, try the Help Desk - you can come in, call us at 581-1673, text BEAR to 66746, or use the Ask-a-Librarian chat or email service. Nancy Lewis is the Political Science Librarian; you can send her an email on FirstClass ( or call her at 581-3613 to set up an appointment.

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