Political Science Research Guide

Politics dominate the American scene whether it is state, national or international. It is ever present especially in a Presidential election year and even in a post Presidential-election year. So to help you with your research on politics the library has produced a guide to aid you. This guide will lead you to a plethora of websites, books and databases touching the state, national and international political landscape. This guide is especially helpful for resources on the three U.S. Federal government branches; Congress, the President and the Supreme Court.  Check it out at http://researchguides.ben.edu/political-science.


Photo of the Month: Homecoming Wagon Relay Race, October 1971

Homecoming Wagon Relay Race, October 1971
Homecoming Wagon Relay Race, October 1971

In the fall of 1971, students at Illinois Benedictine College (now Benedictine University) were decorating the campus with great enthusiasm in preparation for the upcoming “Roaring Twenties” homecoming week.

Students transformed the library into the Biograph Theatre, the administration building into a  1920’s hotel, and the campus coffee shop into a speakeasy. In addition to preparing for the year’s theme, students enjoyed a week full of fun and competitive activities..

The freshmen class hosted a leg painting contest and a pillow fight with combatants mounted on a greased pole. The sophomores held a greased pig chase around campus followed up by a car smash. The junior class sponsored an ugly man contest and the seniors were in charge of the main event, a wagon relay race around Benedictine Hall (pictured above). Later that night, the seniors held a twenties themed party with a live band and a performance by the Second City theatre group.

Faculty members voted the senior class as having the most creative and entertaining class day for the week. The senior class walked away a fifty dollar prize.

There are no known U.S. copyright restrictions on this image. The digital file is owned by the Benedictine University Library which is making it freely available through a Creative Commons license with the request that the Library be credited as its source.

For more campus history, visit the Benedictine University Archives website:   ben.edu/library/archives



Science Direct

This database has academic journal articles in the physical and life sciences and other related disciplines.  It indexes over 3,800 peer-reviewed scientific, technical and health journals that span 24 major scientific disciplines and 35,000 book titles.  Search tip:  click “subscribed publications” and “open access articles” on the search page under “refine your search” to find the free articles. Many full-text articles are available.


Countries and their cultures

This resource examines the culture of over 200 countries in order to document the myriad ways in which these cultures define and separate the nations of the world as much as geographical borders do. The articles cover each country’s shared values, behaviors and cultural variations from foods and rituals to pastimes and arts, using a standard entry format for easy comparison. Also included are illustrations, photographs and maps.

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ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)

ERIC is an authoritative database of indexed and full-text educational literature and resources.  It focuses on topics in education including student assessment, research reporting and surveys, curriculum and teaching, instructional material creation, and program evaluation.

ERIC contains more than 1.5 million records and links to hundreds of thousands of full-text documents dating back to 1966. It includes records for a variety of source types, including journal articles, books, conference papers, curriculum guides, policy papers and more.

The library subscribes to two sources of ERIC.  One is through EBSCOhost and uses that interface.   The other is through the government. Both include a thesaurus of educational terms that are used in building search strategies.

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Academic Search Complete

Don’t know where to start your research?  Start with Academic Search Complete found on the library homepage under “Frequently used databases.”  It is one of the many EBSCO databases to which the library subscribes.  The articles indexed within it  cover nearly all academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, fine arts, and natural sciences.   Ask any librarian for guidance.  Your success is important to us.

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Encyclopedia of Social Psychology

600 entries chosen by experts to comprise an exhaustive list of the most important concepts in the field of social psychology. It is written for students who may be encountering concepts such as social loafing, deindividuation, base rate fallacy, ego depletion and self-handicapping for the first time and want a simple, clear, jargon-free explanation of what they mean.

Encyclopedia of Social Psychology