The WMU Libraries uses the Library of Congress (LC) classification for its books. Because of its peculiarities, you can rarely search in just ONE place for books on your topic. Use the catalog to identify books, and if you see a pattern emerging in call numbers, then you can go browse in that area in the stacks. A lot of political science is classified in the Js, but political aspects may also be classified with the call numbers for particular countries.
Use the Library's Catalog Advanced Search to find books on your topic in the WMU collection.
If you already know the title or author, use the pull-down arrow to select Title or Author.
When looking for books by topic, enter your keyword(s) into the search boxes.
SEARCH TIP: If you are using a phrase in your search, be sure and put it in quotation marks, e.g., "voter turnout"
SEARCH TIP: Use an asterisk * to pick up variant endings of a word, e.g., politi* will retrieve politics, political, politician, politicization, etc.
Use MelCat and WorldCat to identify pertinent resources "out there" that are not owned by the WMU Libraries. You can request items directly through MelCat and through Interlibrary Loan from WorldCat. We will borrow the book(s) from another library and the service is FREE to you.