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Politics in Latin America


You'll be writing a case-making paper on the quality of democracy in a country in Latin America. The paper will be due in stages throughout the term. By the end, you will have a paper of approx. 12 pages that incorporates at least 10 sources, all of which should be scholarly.


Use the Tredway Library catalog, ALiCat, to search for books. If you're not finding what you need, use I-Share, the catalog of books from the libraries of nearly 80 college & university libraries throughout Illinois.

Searching ALiCat & I-Share:

1. The basic search screen will likely be too basic - click on "Advanced Search" to see additional search options that will lead to better results.
2. Stack your keyword search terms to combine them with "and." Example: Nicaragua AND democracy
3. If you find a relevant record, click on the title to see more detailed information. Notice the links next to "topics"; each of these is a hyperlink that will take you to other books about that subject.
4. Browse! You may start to notice that several books you've found in ALiCat are located close to each other on the shelves; books are organized by subject, so head up to that section of the stacks and take a look at other books that are nearby on the shelves.


Scholarly Sources

Political Science resources:

1) Political Science Complete
- this is an EBSCO database, so you can use any search tips/techniques that you've used in Academic Search Complete in the past
- when you find an article that you think will be particularly helpful, click into the detailed record and look at the "subject terms" - these are hyperlinks that will take you to other articles on that topic

- go immediately to the Advanced Search screen

- below the search area, check the box by "Article" and limit to appropriate disciplines (Political Science, etc.)

Latin American Studies resources:

1) HAPI (Hispanic American Periodicals Index)
- click the "Advanced Search" link, then construct a search combining terms as you may have done in ALiCat

- you might consider excluding book reviews from your search, as well as narrowing to "English"
- some results will include links to full text, but to locate the full text for other results, follow the instructions under "Help! There's no link to the full text!" below

2) PRISMA - scholarly articles in the humanities and social sciences focusing on Hispanic and Latin America
- construct a search combining appropriate terms, then check the "Peer reviewed" box

- you may also want to narrow to "English" and select "article" (to exclude book reviews)
- some results will include links to full text, but to locate the full text for other results, follow the instructions under "Help! There's no link to the full text!" below

3) Handbook of Latin American Studies
- choose the "Click here to search HLAS Web" link, then "Basic Search" at the top

- type in your keywords to begin searching; there aren't many ways to focus a search after it's been run, so you may wish to combine three or more keywords
- this resource is only a bibliography, meaning that there are no links to full text; you'll need to determine whether a citation is for a book or a journal, then search for the item in either I-Share or "Journals & Magazines" as appropriate


**Help! There's no link to the full text!**

In most cases, just because there's no full-text link right there, that doesn't mean you can't get the article, often right away! Here's how to get your hands on the full text of any article you find:

1. If there's a full-text link in the database you're in, just click on it!
2. If you don't see a full-text link, go to the library homepage and click the "Journals & Magazines" tab. Enter the journal's title to see if the full text is available somewhere else.
3. If Augustana doesn't own the article you're looking for, click on "Interlibrary Loan" under "Research Tools" on the left side of the homepage. It's free, and you'll usually get the article within 3-5 days.


Use RefWorks to electronically manage the citation information for all of your articles and books. Then, when you're ready to write your paper, RefWorks will format your in-text citations and generate a bibliography for your in the citation style of your choosing.

For more information about RefWorks, go to the library homepage and click on the RefWorks link on the left.

Getting citations from ALiCat & I-Share into RefWorks:

1. If you were searching using the new Basic or Advanced Search, make a note of the titles you'd like to add to your RefWorks database.
2. Click on "Classic View" and do a "title" search for the first title (changing the drop-down box from "any word anywhere" to "title").
3. When the book comes up, scroll to the bottom of the page, make sure it says "full record," and click the "Print/Save" button.
4. A new screen with reformatted text will appear; select all of this text and copy it.
5. In your RefWorks account, choose "import" from the "references" menu on the left.
6. Paste the text into the bottom window. Choose "Augustana College" as the "Import Filter/Data Source" and "ALiCat" as the database. Click "Import" at the bottom.

1. Make a note of the titles you'd like to add to your RefWorks database. (Also note the author, just in case.)
2. Return to the library homepage click the small "WorldCat" link below the search box.
3. Using the title & author information you saved, pull up the record of the book you'd like to save in RefWorks.
4. Check the box next to the record, then scroll to the bottom of the page and choose the "Export" button.
5. Indicate that you want to export only the selected record to RefWorks, then click "Export."


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Created by Anne Earel, Research & Instruction Librarian. Updated August 2015.