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This guide was created to help you with research for your POL 150 and POL 151 research projects. It is meant to help you find resources for your research project. If you need further research assistance, you can find my contact information in the box on the left. I am available to answer questions over email, phone, or over Zoom. To set up a Zoom appointment, click the "Schedule Appointment" button in profile box. Please let me know if there are questions you have that the guide does not answer.
In this guide you will find help with:
Finding books: This tab will explain how to find books (print and electronic) using Milner's catalog. Book sources can be very helpful when being introduced to a new topic, or finding background information about a topic.
Finding articles:this tab will explain how to find scholarly, peer reviewed articles using Milner's databases. Scholarly articles are important to include as in-depth analysis on a topic.
Finding news: this tab will explain how to find news articles using Milner's databases. News sources are great evidence for discovering the most current information about a topic.
Finding links to Useful non-library sites. These links will help you find credible information on your topics from trusted sources, like government sites or data-gathering sites.
Evaluating sources: this tab will suggest some strategies for thinking critically about different sources in order to choose the best examples for your project.
Citing:this tab will help you cite the sources you select correctly.
Find the item(s) you wish to check out via our online catalog. Once in the catalog record, under the Get It section select sign in and sign in using ISU Central Login credentials. If not affiliated with the University, choose Courtesy Card Login. If you need help requesting items, please contact our Virtual Reference Desk for assistance.
Once logged into system, select Request. Then under Pick Up Location select Milner Library for curbside pickup or Work Address under Personal Delivery to receive items via campus mail. Once all other information in the form is filled out, click on Send Request to submit.
When your item(s) is available for pickup, you will receive an Item Available Notice via email. For Milner-owned items, this message will include a link to schedule a cubrside pickup time. For I-Share items, you will need to contact the Circulation Desk at (309) 438-7321 to schedule a pickup time. After scheduling a pickup time, you will receive a confirmation email that will include futher instructions and links for cancelling or rescheduling your original pickup time. If you have multiple items for pickup it is only necessary to schedule one pickup time. Circulation staff will bring all available items to you at the time of pickup.
If you miss your scheduled time, please reply to your confirmation email to schedule a new pick up time.
Milner has a previous edition of the course textbook for POL 151 on our physical course reserve shelves. However, we are able to share access to certain chapters of this book digitally. If you need access to required readings, please fill out our Course Reserve Request form. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to me or call Milner's Circulation Desk at (309) 438-7321.
Milner does not have the POL 150 textbook on reserve. If you need help getting access to the book, just let me know. I can work with you to find accessible options.