POSC 4350 (Dr. Vick): Public Administration

Purpose: To acquaint you with materials in Cornette Library and on the World Wide Web that will make research for your assignment easier.

Reference Sources

Government Finance Statistics Yearbook
HJ 101 .G68 Ref.
Published by the International Monetary Fund. "Detailed data on revenue, expense, transactions in assets and liabilities, and stocks of assets for the general government sector and its subsectors." International in scope. World tables, country tables, and institutional tables.
Stastistical Abstract of the United States
HA 202 .A2 Ref.
Also available online
Federal Domestic Outlays, 1983-1990
HJ 275 .B47 1991 Ref.
Statistics about domestic spending by Congressional district. Compares spending categories over a period of years.



Cornette Library's online catalog
Includes books, government documents, videos, journal titles, etc. available throughout the Library. Suggested searches include:
  • a keyword search for your subject, such as public administration.
  • the general LC subject heading public administration.
  • the LC subject heading for a specific time and place such as public administration united states.
ScienceDirect Books
Links to nearly 100 book series covering a wide array of subjects. The links below will take you to series that you might find useful for this class.


Journal, Magazine, & Newspaper Articles

Provide current information

How to Access Databases

Which database?

Academic Search Premier
Contains abstracts and citations for a broad range of topics, with substantial full-text. Over 3,000 peer-reviewed sources. Use the subject phrases expenditures, publicand public administration in each of two of the search boxes to get the most appropriate articles. Adding a political subdivision such as state or city or a specific state will narrow results even more.
America History and Life
History of the United States and Canada with information on public policy and political science issues as well. Use the subject term public administration with the keyword phrase United States indicating English as the language and limit to articles.
Back volumes from the earliest issues of over 375 titles in a wide range of topics, including political science. The most recent 2-5 years are not available through JSTOR.
Social Sciences Citation Index.
A part of the much broader Web of Science, this is the main citation tracking service for the social sciences.

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Provide current news, and contemporaneous views of historical events. The listed items are in microfilm on the second floor.

Several databases contain current newspapers in electronic form.

Infotrac Newsstand
Most current 1 to 3 years of more than 150 local, regional, national and international newspapers.
LexisNexis Academic
Full text of a large number of general newspapers. Access by clicking on General News in "Step One: Select a news category"; then clicking on Major Papers in "Step Two: Select a news source"; then entering key words; then choosing the appropriate time frame in "Step Four: Narrow to a specific time range".
New York Times Historical
Full text of the New York Times from 1851-2008.


Government Documents

Cornette Library collects United States federal and Texas state documents on many topics.

Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications


Web Sites

General Interest

Rand Corporation
Provides research on issues and challenges facing both the public and private sectors. Some reports available in full text.
The Heritage Foundation
"A research and educational institute...whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense."
The Urban Institute
"A nonpartisan economic and social policy research organization."
The Cato Institute
"A non-profit public policy research foundation."

Web Guides

Scout Report Archives
Scholarly. Keyword or advanced search. Results listed by relevance.
INFOMINE Scholarly Internet Resource Collections
Scholarly. Keyword search or browse by general subject area. Can limit to free sites.
ipl2 - "Information You Can Trust" (merger of Internet Public Library and Librarians' Index to the Internet)
General public interest. Keyword search, or browse by general topic and subtopic.


Citing Your Sources

Why must I cite the sources I use for research projects?



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