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POLI SCI 101-6: Political Violence (Arjona): Finding Books

Using NUsearch

The library's catalog is NUSearch and is your best tool to find what books, journals and other resources the library holds.

From the main page you can search by keyword, title, journal title, author (lastname, firstname), or even subject headings or call numbers.

For more complex keyword searching, be sure to use the Guided Search module.

Books from Chicago Campus

Some books you need may be held at the Galter Library, Pritzker Legal Research Center or Schaffner Library.

You can now request items from Chicago campus libraries be sent up to an Evanston campus library directly through NUcat!

To place your request from the item record in NUSearch, simply click on the “Request” button, located in the dark blue toolbar near the top of the page. Log in to your account and follow the instructions.

Items that are non-circulating, on Reserve, located in Qatar, or belonging to any hospital collection can NOT be sent to other locations (this includes items currently in process).

Can't Find It @ NUL?

UBorrow allows you to search for and request an item in real time from nearby CIC institutions with a guaranteed 12-week loan if NUL does not own it or it is currently checked out.

For other materials that are not available via Northwestern, be sure to search WorldCat. You can submit an interlibrary loan request to have a copy of the item sent here.

Feel free to suggest a purchase, too!

Searching Strategy

Probably the best way to approach searching for books in NUsearch is to start with a keyword search.

  • Enter your search terms, using words you're familiar with that describe your topic.
  • Scan through the results.
  • When you find a book that is relevant to your topic, explore the details of the book, including the author, table of contents and publisher by clicking on the tab labeled "Details".
  • Pay special attention to the subject headings. Clicking on these will call up a list of other books that deal with similar topics.

Subject Headings

In addition to using keywords to search NUCat, you might also try a subject heading approach. Use the name of the country you are researching as a subject heading in the Basic Search. For example, type Iran and select Subject Heading from the pull-down menu. The resulting list of subject headings will help to outline the kinds of material held in the NUL collection that relate to Iran. Click on a subject heading to see a list of titles that deal with that topic.

Subject headings are also further subdivided by country and by concept. Here are some sub-headings that may be useful:

  • [country name] --Ethnic relations
  • [country name] --History
  • [country name] --Politics and government
  • [country name] --Religion
  • [country name] --Social conditions
  • Ethnic conflict --[country name]
  • Political violence --[country name]
  • Terrorism --[country name]
  • Urban warfare --[country name]

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Political Science Librarian

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Jeannette Moss
University Library
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Evanston, IL 60208