Roberta Tipton
May 15, 2009
Learning Tools: Class Guides: Dana Class Guides:
Technology and Public Administration
Professor Alicia Schatteman

Library Resources

Rutgers University Libraries []

This web site gives access to all the print and electronic holdings purchased by the Rutgers University Libraries, plus resource lists and pathfinders constructed by information professionals across the system. You need to obtain a BARCODE
RU Connection Card
from a circulation desk in order to borrow any materials from the Rutgers system.

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Format and manage your List of Works Cited, working bibliography, and annotated bibliography with RefWorks. RefWorks suggests that you pick a new password for yourself, something different from your Net ID. This gives you just a bit of added protection from hackers. Activate the RefGrab-It feature to import information on websites. (See the Tools menu/RefGrab-It for download instructions.) Use Global Edit to format your electronic references perfectly as you import them. (See the Tools menu/Customize/Import Options to turn on Global Edit for electronic sources.)

Find Books


The online library catalog of the Rutgers University Libraries gives students and faculty ready access to over 3 million print volumes in 22 Rutgers collections, plus multimedia and many full-text electronic journals. You may limit searches to DANA. Use the DELIVER/RECALL BOOK button to intralibrary loan books or use the ARTICLE DELIVERY to obtain articles from anywhere. (Need books outside of Rutgers? Try EZ-Borrow for quickest delivery.)

Here are some subject headings to try:
Information policy--United States
Electronic government information--United States
Public Records--United States
Here are some other searches to try:
egovernment -- WORDS ANYWHERE (This is a keyword search.)
citizen participation -- SUBJECT keyword (This searches for the Library of Congress heading "citizen participation".)
Government Technology -- PERIODICAL TITLE begins with

Find Journal Articles

From the Rutgers University Libraries Home Page:

Click on FIND ARTICLES, then click on INDEXES AND DATABASES. You can locate indexes and databases by subject or by title.

Meta- Mega-searches

Google Scholar --Using Google Scholar from the Indexes and Databases page means that links to available full text from Rutgers appear automatically. You must reset "Scholar preferences" in your browser if you want to handshake with RefWorks. You might also find that you need a more manageable database than this kitchen sink approach. Remember that Rutgers offers you more than 200 periodical indexes and databases in many subject areas. Don't stop here if you feel overwhelmed.

Single Databases

ACM Digital Library -- try a search like civic engagement or e-government for good results.
Business Source Premier (Business and Management) -- full text for many articles in public administration journals.
Gartner Research -- The Gartner Group writes market reports in many aspects of technology. Select Industry, then Government, for a customized portal to the relevant reports. NB: To login to this database, use your Rutgers NetID and password when prompted by the database, even though you may already have supplied this information earlier.
IEEE Xplore - The IEEE/IEE Electronic Library (IEL) -- "a collaboration between the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers(IEEE)in the US and the Institution of Engineering and Technology(IET) in the UK."--from the Rutgers database description. Try this search: digital divide
PAIS and PAIS Archive - Public Affairs Information Service -- for many years the premier public affairs index, based upon the collections of the New York Public Library. With the Archive, indexing begins in 1915. Searches can be expanded to include other CSA databases (Sociological Abstracts or Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, for example)
Sociological Abstracts -- 1963-present
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts -- 1975-present

Find Newspaper Articles

ProQuest Historical Newspapers: the New York Times
Provides the full image of articles published in the New York Times from its first issue in 1851 until two years ago.

Access World News
Contains the full text of recent New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, and many New Jersey newspapers, including the Star-Ledger. Over 840 U.S. and 1080 international newspapers in all.

Find recent articles in major metropolitan and international newspapers in Factiva or Westlaw Campus Research. For items you cannot locate in full text from these sources, we own the following newspapers on microfilm on the Lower Level:
Christian Science Monitor
Los Angeles Times
Newark Star Ledger
New York Times
Wall Street Journal
Washington Post

Newspapers Research Guide (Natalie Borisovets and Ka-Neng Au, Dana Library, Rutgers)
A guide to newspapers online throughout the world; cost of access noted if known.

Five Ways to Find Articles

  1. The article is linked to full text in your database.

  2. Click on Article Linker or Get it at Rutgers which will lead to locations of the articles.

  3. Go to Google Scholar as a Rutgers database to search for the article and retrieve it using the Full-Text@Rutgers link, if available.

  4. Consult the list of Electronic Journals [ rr_gateway/ejournals/ejournals.shtml]

  5. Search IRIS, the Rutgers catalog, to find all owned copies of an article in a periodical in electronic, paper, or microform.
    • Go to the Rutgers University Libraries homepage.

    • Click on Search Library Catalogs to find the periodicals owned by the Rutgers Libraries. Search PERIODICAL TITLE begins with; this title is often found in periodical indexes under "Source".

    • Look at the periodical record. (The online record for a given periodical title may be separate from the print record, but is usually found within the non-microform record as electronic access.)

Web Resources

Public Affairs, Public Service, and Public Administration (Roberta Tipton, Karen Hartman, and Julie Still)
Full research guide about public administration.
Built by U.S. academic librarians for an academic audience, Infomine features a wealth of material, much of it free, that has been vetted for quality. Includes an online reference section as well as the search capability.
"Intute is a free online service providing access to the very best web resources for education and research. All material is evaluated and selected by a network of subject specialists to create the Intute database"--from the site. Based in the UK.

Search and Evaluate the Internet Better

Evaluating Web Pages (Roberta Tipton, Rutgers University)
Web extensions and ways to evaluate material.

Evaluation of Internet Resources (Ka-Neng Au, Rutgers University)
Clear and to the point, with great links to other evaluation pages. Emphasizes the evaluation of the whole web site, not just an individual page.
[ rr_gateway/dana_class_guides/evaluate.shtml]

Advanced Google and Database Searching (Roberta Tipton, Rutgers University)
This page explains Boolean operators in Google terms.

APA Citation Style

APA Formatting and Style Guide -- The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Laboratory)
This website includes all the basics from The APA Manual, including examples of electronic sources.

APA Style Guide to Electronic References
Electronic book reachable through IRIS, the Rutgers online catalog. You must be on campus or logged in to access.

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