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Off Campus Access

You will be asked to supply your Saint Mary's user name and password to access subscription databases from off campus.  Problems?  Call or email the Help Desk (507-457-7800 / or the Research Desk (507-457-1562 /

Databases for Political Science Topics

Tips for Searching Databases

Multiple Key Words or Phrases: Place in separate boxes or separate by Boolean operators. Don’t string them together all on one line as you would in Google.

Use key words to search, not full sentences legislation AND earmarks not How was anti--earmarks legislation passed in the Congress?

Put phrases in quotation marks"term limits"  "campaign finance reform"  "gun control legislation"  "judicial activism"  

Truncation: Add an asterisk * to the end of a term to retrieve results with multiple endings. For example: ethic* will retrieve records for ethic, ethics, ethical, ethicist

Boolean Operators can help you expand or narrow your search

AND: (capital punishment” AND Texas) Narrows your search so that only records containing both search terms come back to you.
OR: (capital punishment OR death penalty) Broadens your search so that all records containing the term capital punishment as well as all records containing the term death penalty come back to you.
NOT: ("capital punishment" NOT Texas) Narrows your search so that you get records about capital punishment but none that are about capital punishment in Texas.