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.Political Science (General): Finding BOOKS

This is the main portal to databases and other library sources for political science research at Van Wylen Library, Hope College.

HopeCAT - Search the Library Catalog

Example Keyword Search:        supreme court history

                                                         (see search results)

  • From results list, find a title that looks good – click on it!
  • Notice where your “keywords” appear in the record (they will be in RED)
  • Take note of the SUBJECTS listed near the bottom of the record
  • Clicking on the subject links will take you to another page of related subjects and thus, similar items in the library


Not finding many books on your topic?  After trying a search, look for the

Find in MeLCat

link to do the same search in MeLCat, a joint catalog for libraries throughout Michigan.



Many of the books that are listed in HopeCat are electronic books to which Hope College has access.  While you can use HopeCat to search by author, title, subject, or other words in the record, you can also search the full text of these books by using the links below.  Each of the icons searches a seperate set of books.

Other Catalogs

MeLCat - Materials in participating Michigan libraries.  Books here may be ordered and are sent to Van Wylen Library.

WorldCat - Materials in U.S. and international libraries.  These can be requested through InterLibrary Loan.

Herrick Library - The Holland public library is strong in more popular and local materials, so you may find resources there that we don't collect at Hope.