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POLS: Political Science

This guide will help you find and evaluate information for political science topics and assignments.

Using SpartaCat (the Library Catalog)

SpartaCat, the NCC Library Catalog, is an online tool that allows you to search for items owned by the Library. This includes books, e-books, encyclopedias, streaming videos, audiobooks, print periodicals, and more.

You have the option of performing many different searches within the library catalog:

           

Basic Searching in SpartaCat

Keyword: If you are looking for a general topic (like "global warming"), it is best to start here. It will search the title, summary, table of contents, and publication information of each of our books and items for the word or phrase you enter.

Author: If you are looking for books by a specific person, search using this. For example, if you want to find books by Edgar Allan Poe, enter his name like this: Poe, Edgar Allan.

Title: If you know the specific title of a work, choose this option.

Subject: Search the Subject Headings list. These are like #hashtags. They are the main word or phrase used to catalog the book and reflect what it is about, but they may not appear in the title, summary, table of contents, or publication information the way a keyword would.

While these are the most popular, basic types of searches, you could use one of the other options listed (ISBN, Genre, Series Title, Call Number, or Periodical Title) if it fits your needs.

 

Finding Books in the Library Collections:

Disclaimer: Currently, library items are only available by Library to Go request for campus pickup or UPS delivery. Our physical collections are not accessible to the public. 

To find books on our shelves, you will need to know the call number and shelf location of the book. It is also helpful to know it's status. You can find this information by clicking on an item in your results list to view its details. image of item location information in SpartaCat

Common shelf locations for library materials:           

Stacks: The largest collection on the Bethlehem campus library's main floor.
Monroe: Items are at the ESSA Bank & Trust Foundation Library at Monroe campus.            
Reference: An area for multi-volume encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks. These books can only be used in the library, they cannot be checked out or borrowed.

Media Tower: Item is a DVD, VHS, or CD (although children's and young adult materials are in this location too) in the Bethlehem campus library.   
Online: Digitial e-Book or streaming video viewed by clicking the access link.            
New Books: A special section of the Libraries for recent additions to our collection.

Browsing: An area in the Bethlehem campus library for popular fiction and nonfiction titles and bestsellers.

 

Common statuses for library items:

On Shelf: the item is available or on the shelf. 
Due xx/xx/xxxx: the item is currently checked out and loaned to someone else. 

Circulation Desk - Main Campus: the item is currently on reserve and may be in-library use only, have a shorter loan period, or have other restrictions.
Monroe Reserve Desk:
the item is currently on reserve and may be in-library use only, have a shorter loan period, or have other restrictions.

What are Library Databases?

 

 

Find the database you'd like to search using the library quick links
for 
Databases A to Z (to see all of our databases alphabetically by name)
or 
Databases by Category (to see databases by the subjects they cover). 

EBSCO Discovery Service

EBSCO Discovery Service is a tool that allows you to search the library's catalog and a large portion of databases using a single search box. You can use it to search for news articles, magazine articles, scholarly articles, and more sources for your topic.

Look for options to refine or filter your results by full-text, peer-reviewed (or scholarly), source type, or date.

Search EBSCO Discovery Service

 

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