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Political Science Research Guide

MNCAT Discovery

UMD Political Science Databases

Search Tips

Selecting Key Words

  • Formulate your research question, then break it into key concepts
  • Identify terms
  • Consider synonyms. For example, you could use global warming, climate change, or greenhouse effect

Narrowing and Expanding

Too Many Results? Try Narrowing Your Search by:

  • Time period
  • Location
  • Specific aspect or event

  Not Enough Results? Try Expanding Your Search by:

  • Search for related issues or industries
  • Try additional keywords 

Additional Tips

  • Are there any databases or indexes you haven’t searched yet?
  • Keep in mind, some topics are so new (especially current events), you may not be able to find many books, so you might want to look at newspapers or periodicals.

Using Find It

If the article is not available in full-text within the database click the icon (available in many of the database) to help you retrieve the full-text article. Another window will open to MNCAT Discovery.

After clicking the UMD Find It icon, if the article is not available online or in the library, MNCAT Discovery will say "Check availability":

  • If you are not already logged into your library account, click Sign in to request
  • Click Interlibrary Loan and log in using your UMD credentials.
  • Choose "date needed by" and your department.
  • Submit your request.

If you need assistance contact a librarian.

Do you have more questions about FindIt? Check out this video from UMN Libraries on the subject