History and Political Science Research Tip Sheet

This tip sheet is available online at library home page > Distance Education Services > Research Tip Sheets.

Online Library Resources

The library's all-in-one Catalog enables you to search everything in the library at one time, including books, music, films, journal articles, eBooks, etc. If you are searching only for journal articles, using individual, subject-appropriate periodical databases is highly recommended.

To access the Catalog, go to the main search box on the library home page.

  • To search everything at once, enter your search term in the All Resources Search Box; Keyword is the default, but you may select Author or Title, instead. Click the Search button.
  • Go to the left-hand sidebar to limit or target your search:
    • Limit your search to items in Golden Library only by checking the Catalog Only box
    • To see only books, select the Books box or use the Show More link, if needed.

Once your search results are displayed, you need to access or locate the material.

  • For journal articles, click any PDF, HTML, LinkSource, Linked Full Text, View this record from... , Online Access link to view full-text articles. If no full-text link is available, you may place an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request. Be advised that Linked Full Text and LinkSource links provide full text only about 50% of the time (there is no login.)
  • For eBooks, if an "eBook Full Text" link is visible, click the link and read it online. To access additional eBooks, see the eBook Collection section on the Periodical Databases page.
  • For print books, video, audio, maps, documents, etc., a location code, call number or other link will be displayed.
    • If the item is only available at Golden Library, you will see the call number, the status (Check Shelves means it is on the shelf) and the location within the library.
    • If the item is also available through other NM academic libraries, click the Show More link and scroll down until you see the call number, status and location for ENMPO (ENMPO = ENMU). If the item does not display ENMPO information, you must request it via ILL.

To search for journal articles only, in a database specifically designed for your subject matter, go to the library home page, scroll down and click Periodical Databases link, and select one of the databases listed below at the Databases by Name alphabetical list in the upper right. Click the letter that begins the database name and then the database name link; if you are off campus, enter your ENMU student ID# at the remote authentication screen.

To search only within a specific online journal, go to the library home page and click the Journal Titles A-Z tab atop the main search box. Enter journal title in the box and click the Search button. If the journal is available online, you will see one or more database choices; click an appropriate link and search by year/volume/issue, or search within the publication by entering a search term in an available search box.

Databases for History and Political Science Research

  • JSTOR--scholarly, full text except current issues
  • History Reference Center--scholarly, full text
  • Academic Search Premier--scholarly, full text
  • CQ Researcher--scholarly, social issues/historical overviews of events, full text
  • Westlaw Campus--full text, law

What is a peer-reviewed journal?
LC's Finding Primary Sources
APA Style and Formatting Guide

Requesting Material
Register with the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan (ILL) system and create your personal ILLiad account. Go to the Interlibrary Loan link and click on the ILLiad Log In/Register link on the left-hand sidebar. Click on the "First Time Users" button and register with the system. Enter your ENMU email address, create an ILLiad username of your own choosing, and enter your ENMU ID number as your ILLiad password. Return to the same ILLiad Log In/Register link and logon to your ILLiad account to use the system.

  • if you are taking classes on the main campus, check Golden Library's holdings first, before submitting a request. If your item is unavailable online or in the library, you may place an ILL request.
  • if you are a distance education student and do not come to the main campus for your classes, you may request anything not available full-text online via ILL, including items in Golden Library.

On-campus students may pick up requested items at the library's Circulation Desk. Items requested from distance education students will be sent directly to them. Articles will be available electronically via your ENMU email account or your ILLiad account. For items we must request from other libraries, the turnaround time may be as long as two weeks for books; most articles arrive within 2-3 days. Golden Library has no control over lending terms and renewal policies set by other libraries.

Reference Assistance
Ask for help! Contact Michele Wood, or by phone at 575.562.2644 or 800.450.7279.