Freedoms Foundation I,II

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Many of the resources needed to complete your assignments in this course are provided within the required readings listed in the syllabus. 

However, you may require additional sources. In the PHC Library catalog, you can search a variety of resources by title, author, keyword, or phrase, linking you to ebooks, print books in the on-campus collection, and journal articles from both general and subject specific databases. The more specific your search terms, the more specific the results will be.  For our Distance Learning (DL) students, excerpts from print items held in the on campus library can be provided on request.

If you are accessing electronic resources from off-campus and are required to log in, use your student portal user name and password to gain access. If you have difficulty with the website or accessing any resources, please let library staff know by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu or  library@phc.edu. 

Professional library assistance is available on campus, by phone at 540-441-8400, or by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu.

Reference Works



For more specific results, you can search the catalog using the following terms as "Subject."

Constitutional law

Democracy--United States
Federal Government
Political Science--History

Selected Journals

Search for articles by keyword in the library catalog or browse one of the following subject specific journals linked from the library's .

  • Almanac of American Politics (Online 7/5/1992-present)
  • Political Science Reviewer (Print in library 2000 - present)

Research Tips

  • Search by subject: Once you have located one item in the catalog, you may click on the subject term within the record to find other items on the same or similar subjects.
  • Interlibrary loan (ILL): If you are unable to locate an item in the PHC collection, you may request resources through Interlibrary loan. ILL requests may be made directly in the library catalog.
  • Zotero is a citation management system that will help you collect and organize your resources and then seamlessly create footnotes, endnotes, in-text citations, and bibliographies. You can download and watch online tutorials, but you may benefit from a librarian’s help in quickly learning how to use Zotero.
  • Citation help needed? Try OWL (Online Writing Lab) for Chicago/Turabian, MLA, and APA styling formats.

Created: Thornhill, 2010. Last updated: Thornhill, 2022.

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