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POLS 202: Introduction to American Government & Politics (Nelson): Find Books

Before You Search...

Before you search the tools on this page, make sure you know how to

Holman Library Books (online and hardcopy)

Holman Library Books (online and hardcopy)
1. Click the link above to access the Holman Library One Search which searches for books, videos, journals and more.
 
2. You will need to construct a search and perform at least a couple different searches.
  • Click on all images below to enlarge them:
  • SEARCH FOR BOOKS ABOUT THE CASE:

search on case name in quotes

  • DO DIFFERENT, SEPARATE SEARCHES FOR BOOKS ABOUT THE CIVIL LIBERTY OR CONSTUTITIONAL ISSUE:

1. Add one civil liberty concept word in the first search box.   If there are synonyms or related words to that concept you have the option to add them with an "OR" 2. "AND" focuses and narrows your search 3. To find a legal focus to your civil liberty, add this phrase exactly in the second search box: legal OR court OR constitutional OR "civil rights"

3. Filter in the left column by source type = BOOKS

Filter by source type equals books

4. If a result shows a location of a book, that means it is available on library shelves.  If the campus is closed, you can click on the book and follow directions to request it via curbside pickup:

5. If a result shows "view online" you can read the book online:

You can click on the title to find a description of the book. Click view online to read the book

6. Manipulate the online book
  • look at the author, publisher and list of references to help you determine if it is a scholarly book
  • find chapters that are most relevant to you
  • use the "search within" feature to find specific words in the book. Examples:
    • if the book is a general book about Supreme Court cases, type in the name of your case to see if the book covers your specific case
    • if the book is specifically about your case, type in an issue from that case ("religious freedom") or the name of a Supreme Court justice or "dissent" to find more detailed info about the case
  • Note that these features may look slightly different in different database platforms, but the strategy is the same:

Other Methods to Find Books

Google Books

Find previews and chapters of books:

1. Search Google Books to find full text or partial text of books online

2. Choose books that indicate "Preview" You may not see entire text of the book, but many of the chapters may be included. You can often find great information in these chapters.  You can also limit by publication date.

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image showing search strategies for Google Books

3Are there pages missing from your preview that you would like to read?
Make an Interlibrary Loan Request using the following link so that the book can be sent to Green River's Holman Library for you to borrow:
NOTE: this process may take one week

4. To see an example of how to make a request, click below:

Interlibrary Loans

Get Books and Articles from other Libraries:

1. Click on the link above. Enter search words to find books that are owned by libraries across the United States

2. Note down the author, title, publisher, publication date and ISBN number of the book

3. Make an Interlibrary Loan Request using the following link so that the book can be sent to Green River's Holman Library for you to borrow:
NOTE: this process may take one week

4. To see an example of how to make a request, click below:

Video: How to Use the Library One Search to Find Sources

Source: "Primo One Search - Holman Library, Green River College" by Holman Library is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

In this 10-minute video you will learn how to find books, videos and articles through the Primo One Search Discovery Tool.