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POLS 2: Comparative Politics: Books/eBooks - Background Information

Finding Background Information

Background information can come in different formats.  Books are often good because they provide in-depth information.  Articles can help to provide more current updates.  Careful Web searching and evaluation of Web-based sources can also provide good background information, though usually not as detailed as books.    

Use the Books & Media search in the center of this page to search for books on your country or topic. 

Use the Articles tab to search for background articles.

Use the OneSearch tab to search for both books and articles at the same time. 

Background Information

To begin with you will need to find at least two credible sources for background information which provide context for the issue addressed in your article. What is noteworthy about the main points raised in the article?    

Later on your annotated bibliography will need to include at least three scholarly books.  

Finding Books

Books in the library are organized by call number according to the Library of Congress classification system which groups items by subject, so you can often simply browse the shelves. Here are some relevant subjects and their call numbers:

Political Institutions & Public Administration (North America)


Political Institutions & Public Administration (Canada, Latin America etc.)


Political Institutions & Public Administration (Europe)


Political Institutions & Public Administration (Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific Area, etc.)


Law & Nations    KZ 1-6785

Books and other background sources for countries

This is a small sampling of library books available from the CCSF library in order to give some examples of the kinds of books that might provide background information on your country and/or topic.  Some are in print, and others are available online as e-books.  See the info box to the right for details on how to access e-books from off campus.

Course Reserves

Does the library have textbooks? Yes, the library has some current textbooks, but not all, on reserve.

Search CityCat by course, instructor or title. CityCat will show which library has the course material, whether it is available and also the length of time it is available for check out.  Readings for POLS 2 are on electronic reserve.

Remote Access to Databases & E-books

An active RAM ID (student ID number) and RAM ID password is required for off-campus access to CCSF Library subscription resources and databases, including online articles, streaming video, and e-books. When accessing these resources from off-campus, users will be prompted to log in with RAM ID, then will be able to view resources as if they are on-campus.

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