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Politics in the Developing World


You'll be writing a case-making paper on a challenge facing a country in the developing world. 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: Ethiopia AND "health care"
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.

Many of you will need to get additional sources via I-Share; place these requests as soon as possible, since it may take 5-7 business days for books to arrive.

Scholarly Sources

Political Science resources:

1) Political Science Complete


3) PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service)

Other potentially helpful resources:

Depending on your topic, you may find it helpful to consult sources outside the field of political science.  Possibilities might include sociology, women's & gender studies, medicine, etc.  Click on the yellow "Databases" tab on the library homepage, and refer to the drop-down menu for other subject areas that might relate to the challenge your country is facing.

Suggestions (access each of these by first clicking the yellow "Databases" tab, then choosing "Databases A-Z"):

-For issues of special concern to women and/or families: Gender Studies Database, Family & Society Studies Worldwide
-For topics related to healthcare: CINAHL (a nursing database), ScienceDirect
-For topics related to the environment or the natural world: Environment Complete, GreenFILE

**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."


Need help? Ask a librarian!

Created by Anne Earel, Reference Librarian. Updated March 2014.