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Introduction to the POLS 340: Government & Politics of Western Europe Research Guide

This guide is designed to orient you to relevant resources in order to locate and evaluate credible information sources for your two case studies as well as your final written paper. The resources on this guide are designed to help you become familiar with sources that can provide you information on European Union institutions/key features and actors as well as debates about their function, participation, and the context. 

Contents will include the following types of information resources to help you locate relevant information for the aforementioned assignments: 

  • Databases & specific peer-reviewed journals for scholarly journal articles
  • Reference works, agency & government entity websites, and more for background information to provide context and function as well as country information for your case studies
  • Databases and web links for newspaper and magazine resources

Search the Catalog: Books, Articles, & Government Documents

This content is on the main page of your research guide as it will allow you to search for a multitude of sources using our catalog WorldCat Discovery, which can be located at the main library webpage. 

WorldCat Discovery contains books, scholarly journal articles, government publications, and more. This is a good place to start looking for books, which will help provide you with background information. As well, it's a good place to start off when you're searching for other sources as well, though you'll notice you will get many more results in WorldCat than you do with a database. That being said, as you progress, you might want to go directly to a database for scholarly journal articles.
If you have questions about finding books, you can go to Research DIY to view a brief video and/or review step-by-step instructions on how to locate a book using WorldCat Discovery.
Search the following subject headings (these are classifications -- more detailed than keywords and essentially like searching a hashtag) to retrieve information relevant to the European Union: 
European Union.
European Union countries.
European Union countries -- economic policy.
Diplomatic Relations.
Commission of the European Communities.
Council of the European Communities.

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