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Law, Politics & Society: A Guide to Research
This guide describes the resources and services available to Doane University students doing research in courses for the LPS program
In general, books in the library on topics for law, politics and society are found in the call numbers H through K. Here is a sampling of subject classifications.
HM - Sociology (General)
HN - Social history. Social problems.
HQ - Family. Marriage. Women.
JA - Political science (General)
JK - U.S. Political institutions & public administration
JS - Local & municipal government
K - Law in general. Comparative & uniform law. Jurisprudence.
KF - U.S. Law
Tips for Better Searching
Books, both print and electronic, can be found by searching our WorldCat Discovery catalog, found on the library's website.
Here are a few tips to get better results:
Start with keyword searching, then browse and search Subjects within the records for relevant books (found under "View Description")
Read the Contents and Summary, if available, to decide whether the book is relevant to your need
Use the filters on the left side to narrower your search to books or another desired format
Locating print books in the library
Almost all books in the library are located on the lower level
Make sure you have the entire call number on hand to find the book.
If there 3 or more letters at the beginning of the call number, those indicate a special area of the library:
REF - reference books; these are located on the main floor of the library
JUV - juvenile books; these are located in the collapsible shelving in the southeast corner of the lower level
OVERSIZE - large-size books; these are locate in the collapsible shelving in the southeast corner of the lower level
SCRIPT - play scripts; these are located at the end of the regular - i.e., general - collection
SCORE - music scores; these are located in the southwest corner of the lower level
You can browse and read an ebook on your computer directly from the catalog. If you want to save a book to read later or download a portion you'll need to create an account in the database, which does not have to be your Doane ID and password.
Depending on the database company you may be able to download or print a portion of an ebook, but most limit you to a small portion of the book.
What if the library doesn't have what you need?
You can use the library's free interlibrary loan service!
At the top of the filters select "Libraries Worldwide" and find a book or other material that you'd like to use.
In the item's record click on "Request Item through Interlibrary Loan." You'll need to login with your Doane ID and password. Fill out the details and submit. See the Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery page for more information on this service.
Search the catalog
Reference Books for Law and Political Science
The library has a couple databases that provide the basic background information for topics in law, politics and society: