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Governments and Politics of East Asia: Home

Selecting and Getting to Know Your Topic: Selected Reference Materials

The following is a selection of available reference materials. Search Encompass Search for more reference sources or ask for help.  There are many resources available on specific countries.

Selecting and Getting to Know Your Topic: Selected Websites

GENERAL

Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs)

ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS AND THINKTANKS

Finding Articles: Databases & Indexes

Subject-Specific Databases: International Relations and Political Science

Subject-Specific Databases: Other Disciplines

Interdisciplinary and News Databases

Finding Government Documents

UNITED STATES

Muhlenberg College receives about 30% of all materials published by the Federal Government. These items cover a wide range of subject areas--from legal materials and the records of Congress to health and education information and in-depth research conducted by the Smithsonian. All of the government documents that we receive have records in Encompass.  

OTHER

How do I get the full text of my article?

To get the full text of an article, consider the following options:

- If you are in Encompass Search or a library database, look for "Check for Full Text buttons," "Access Online," or "Check eResources" buttons. These buttons will take you the full text of the article or tell you that the full text cannot be found. If the full text is not available from Trexler Library, look for buttons to request the item from another library via interlibrary loan. Or go directly to the interlibrary loan request forms.

- If you have citation information for the article (i.e., journal title, article title, publication year, etc.), type the information about your article in Encompass Search on the library website. If the library subscribes to the full text, you will be directed to the article (see first bullet above). If not, you can request a copy of the article via interlibrary loan.

- If Trexler Library does not have access to the full text of the article, search Google Scholar by article title to see if the author has made a copy freely available online. If not, you can request a copy of the article via interlibrary loan.

Finding Books

Encompass Search finds information by searching through a massive collection of books, scholarly journals, newspapers and magazines, dissertations, conference proceedings, music, video, maps, and more. 

To find only books, use the Books limit on the left sidebar of your search results page. Many items will be in Trexler Library; note the call number and status of the item to check its location and availability. For items not in Trexler Library, use the Interlibrary Loan to request a copy from another library.

Citing Your Sources

For information on why to cite your sources and how to avoid plagiarism, see the Get Started with Library Research: Cite Sources guide.

For help using Chicago style, consult the following resources:

  • The Chicago manual of style (16th ed., 2010)
    Location: Online or search Encompass Search by title or Ready Reference 808.027 C632m

For help with Zotero, a "free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources."