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Political Science: Finding Books

Searching the Catalog

The URI libraries collectively house over a million books that support the curriculum and library users can access the collection using URI Libraries Search to explore the catalog. URI students can also access books from all URI campuses, as well as books from other university libraries. To perform a basic Keyword Search using URI Libraries Search, you should think of words that are relevant to your topic and type them into your search boxes. A simple search could be:

Keyword Search: foreign policy AND united states

Once you click the 'Search' button, a number of book titles should appear on the screen. You can then browse through those titles and click on the ones that sound appealing to you. That will take you to the record of that particular book. Inside the record, there are Subject Headings that you can click on to find more related materials.

Subject Heading: United States -- Foreign Relations


Once you have found a book that might be useful to you, make note of the location of the book and the call number. If the location is given as Carothers, then the book is part of the Carothers library collection on URI's Kingston campus. If the location is anything other than Carothers, Carothers Govt Pub or Carothers Reference, log in to the catalog to request the book from another library. 

If the book or article you desire is not available through the library catalog, you can request it via an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) - click here for more information about ILL.

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