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POL 270 Scope and Methods of Political Science Research: Find Books

The purpose of this research guide is to aid in the examination of the scope of the discipline of political science and the methodological skills used in the study of political phenomena.

Online books

The links below take you to an alphabetical listing of Ryan Library databases.When you click on the link the next page will ask for your PLNU Network ID and  your PLNU password.  This ID and password are the same ones you use to access Canvas and campus Gmail.

See Cambridge Histories Online database for political history.  Click on the browse section to see the subsection of Political and Social Theory.

Ebook Central provides access to over 75,000 scholarly and reference books.

The following full-text titles and others are available online through the database Oxford Reference Online:

  • The Oxford Companion to the Politics of the World
  • A Guide to Countries of the World
  • A Dictionary of Contemporary World History


Ryan Library's online catalog

WorldCat is Ryan Library's online catalog.  


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.

Requesting Materials from Other Libraries

Use these one of these options when requesting items that are not available at Ryan Library:


  • Only books can be requested from Camino.
  • Books requested via Camino take 2-5 business days.
  • Loan period is 45 days.
  • Books cannot be renewed.
  • Overdue fines will apply.   
  • Books must be picked up from the Point Loma campus.

      InterLibrary Loan

  • Articles, books and other materials can be requested from InterLibrary Loan.
  • Books requested via InterLibrary Loan may take a minumum of 7-10 business days.
  • Loan periods and renewal availability varies depending on the participating libraries.
  • Overdue fines will apply.

Click Here for ILL Request Form

Please select either the article or book form


Google Books