Political Science 353

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  •   SSHEL North (Room 100) and SSHEL South (Room 101), Main Library
  • (217) 244-1864
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A Guide to Library Resources for Political Science 353


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Welcome! We are providing this site to assist you in exploring library resources on your topic. Our library is one of the largest in the United States and it can be very intimidating. We will try to make things a little easier for you, but you have to ask questions. It takes patience, curiosity, and a sense of adventure to use our resources and facilities so think of this page as a road map for your travels with us. 

Early Latin America



Digital National Security Archive - This is a collection of primary resource documents that have been made public by the Freedom of Information Act.  It consists of many different collections, but the ones most relevant to this class include Columbia and the United States: Political Violence, Narcotics, and Human Rights 1948-2010; Death Squads, Guerilla War, Covert Operations, and Genocide: Guatemala and the United States: 1954-1999; El Salvador: The Making of U.S. Policy 1977-1984; El Salvador: War, Peace, and Human Rights: 1980-1994; The Iran-Contra Affair: The Making of a Scandal, 1983=1988; Nicaragua: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1978-1990; and Peru: Human Rights. Drugs, and Diplomacy, 1980-2000.  In addition to scanned copies of thousands of original memos, letters, dispatches, and other materials from the U.S. government, the resource provides chronologies, bibliographies, overviews, glossaries, and photographs.









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Finding Your Way Around

There are over 25 departmental libraries on our campus, and sometimes it may be difficult to determine where to find the resources you need. For your class, the library that you will be using most is the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL). We are located in SSHEL North (Room 100) and SSHEL South (Room 101) of the Main Library building. Do no hesitate to come in and ask one of our energetic and helpful information desk assistants.