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History and Political Science Research Guide: Find Books

A research guide to access hard-copy and online resources. "We are all inseparable from our times. If you don't know history, it is as if you were born yesterday." Howard Zinn, Historian

Online books

Below are three databases Ryan Library subscribes to with ebooks.

Oxford Reference Online has full-text history books

  • The Oxford Companion to United States History
  • A Guide to Countries of the World
  • The Oxford Guide to the United States Government
  • A Dictionary of Political Biography
    And many others

Also see Cambridge Histories Online database.  This unique historical reference compendium allows access to the renowned texts of the Cambridge Histories series from Cambridge University Press. With access to over 250 volumes of up-to-date and authoritative scholarly content, Cambridge Histories Online is an invaluable resource, for undergraduates, graduates, and faculty alike.   NOTE: Cambridge Histories is currently available on campus only.

Ebook Central delivers, with breadth and depth of ebooks from scholarly sources, including University Presses and other top publishers. Use Ebook Central to quickly and easily find relevant ebooks and chapters; read online; search within the ebook; and highlight, take notes and bookmark pages in your online copy, stored on your bookshelf for you. You can also share your research with others, download ebooks and chapters to your laptop or mobile device, and more. 

GVRL (Gale Virtual Reference Library) is a collection of over 70 encyclopedias, handbooks, and other reference e-books many of which relate to History/PoliSci.

Ryan Library WorldCat

WorldCat is Ryan Library's online catalog.  It searches books and media in the campus physical collection as well as databases we subscribe to.  It also searches holdings in libraries around the world (World Catalog.)

Google Books

Use Google Books to access titles of books on your topic.  Then use InterLibrary Loan  ILLiad to get the books.

Citing resources

Endnote is a Web-based tool for managing and citing references in papers and creating bibliographies.  EndNote has numerous citation styles including APA, MLA, Chicago (Turabian).  EndNote is available to current members of the PLNU community.  To access EndNote simply enter your PLNU network ID and password the same as you would to access campus email and Canvas.

Borrow Books from other libraries

To borrow books from other libraries use Inter-Library Loan.