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POL 314 : The American Presidency   Tags: executive, executive branch, pol, political science, politics, presidency, presidents  

This guide brings together sources and strategies for researching the office of President of the United States.
Last Updated: Jun 7, 2017 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts

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Locating Books Locally and from Far Away

  • SSU/NOBLE Catalog
    Use this catalog to find books at SSU and local libraries.
  • WorldCat
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  • Interlibrary Loan
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Useful Subject Headings

Executive Power -- United States

Executive Power -- United States -- History

Presidents -- United States

(President's Name) 




American Presidency Series

The American Presidency is a series of scholarly works on individual presidential administrations.  Click here to see a full list of titles in the series available at SSU or in local libraries.

Call Numbers for Books on the Presidency and Presidents

Books on the Executive Branch have a call number between JK 501 and JK 868.  They are on the 3rd floor of the Library.

The link below is to the Library of Congress Classification Code for the History of the Americas.  Click on United States and scroll down until you find the administration of the president in which you are interested.  The call numbers are in the left column.  These books are on the 2nd floor of the Library.


Print Reference Sources

Congress and the Nation
This series has a section on the President and the Executive Branch in each volume which provides a good overview of a president's term. Volume II, 1965-1968 also has a discussion on presidential power and it's evolution beginning on page 628.

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The Presidents: A Reference History (Online)
This book is useful for its bibliographies on each of the presidents.

Subject Specialist

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Carol Zoppel
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Finding Scholarly Information on Google

Search Google more effectively by using Google Scholar (see box below) and Google Advanced Search.  To use Google Advanced Search, type in a search as you usually would, then scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Advanced Search.  A form will come up with several options to limit the search.  These include various ways to select a combination of words, language, reading level, domain, date of last update, and several more.  Try it, it will help you zero in on just the websites you want!


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