When browsing the library catalog it is a good idea to try out different word combinations, i.e. keyword, keyword phrases or subject keywords. Beginning from the advanced search page of our catalog, for example, if you are interested in political information relating to Africa, you could enter "economies" and "politics" into separate fields, then select "Keyword" as your search. Subject keyword or subject heading searching is more specific. Using the example from above, you could enter "economic development" and "political aspects" into separate fields, but select subject and find additional sources that use those specific words as subject headings. Trying a mix of different word combinations is an effective way to search the online catalog.
Consider experimenting with some of the following subject headings related to political science and more specifically, comparative political systems:
For Secondary Sources in Our Collection:
For Primary Sources:
Tip. The most efficient researchers engage in a process widely known as "scholarly mapping." Here's how you too can be an effective researcher!
Backward Mapping: Using the references list of an article or scholarly work you already have.
Forward Mapping: Finding out who has cited, used, and expanded upon a work you are studying closely.