When using the catalog, search with keywords rather than full sentences. For instance: election process,
If you prefer browsing, our books are organized by subject using the Dewey Decimal system. Some helpful sections are:
320 - political science
323 - civil and political rights
324 - political process
Our print and ebook collections include books for younger readers. Make sure any books you select are appropriate for college level research.
Not finding what you need? Search MOBIUS to request books from libraries across the state. Books will be sent to Maple Woods library for you to pick up free of charge. Ask a librarian if you need help requesting books.
What is the publication date? Check the date for currency. Is this important for your topic?
Are author credentials provided; for example, is the author a professor, a journalist, someone with experience in the field? (See inside back cover on a hardcover book or the outside back cover on a paperback book.)
Is the publisher a university press? A large well-known company? A special interest group?
Look at the length of the book. Is it comprehensive?
What is the level of language: Easy enough for a child? Generally understood by an adult? Scholarly? Technical?
Is there an index?
Is there a list of references/bibliography?
How descriptive is the table of contents?
What is the purpose of the book: To inform? Persuade? Entertain?
Does the book exhibit a bias? Does it present different points of view?