My Journey into IGS

April 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

This week I went to the Institute of Governmental Studies. I had been there briefly a few times previously because I’m also enrolled in a Poli Sci URAP meaning I at times have to use the resources there, but this trip better acquainted me with aspects of the institute that I never had to use before.

The library cover three main areas: Institution; which covers Congress and the presidency, the Claifornia state legislature and governorship, and the California local government, as well as concepts and problems of federalism and intergovernmental relations, as well as state and local government generally. I chiefly looked up problems with intergovernmental relations for my research, and I haven’t had to look for sources in another library because IGS is so extensive.
The library also holds material covering political processes and policymaking, as well as public policy issues, which has a growing section on health care reform. The overall focus of the public policy section is domestic policy, with a geographic emphasis on California!

The institute has a truly huge library, holding more than 400,000 volumes. It also acts as a depository for the California local government documents . the library services are linked in with Oskicat and Melvyl. The institute is one of the country’s premier libraries of nontrade and ephemeral materials on American and California public affairs and policy, so if you’re interested in political science, there are few better places to be than here! IGS also subscribes to several online journals and databases, so whatever you can’t find onsite, you will likely find online.

The institute is open from 9am until 5pm on weekdays for regular hours, and during the summer is open from 1pm until 5pm on weekdays. The institute is closed on weekend, and the reference service is open from 11am to 5pm, and by appointment. The reference service staff were really friendly and helpful when I asked them where to find some documents for my research.

The IGS is an active research unit, with topics ranging from electoral reform, national identity, immigration, and trust in political institutions. While it has material on many aspects of these topics, its focus has remained in California. IGS initiates and funds research by UC faculty and other experts, whilst also training undergrad and grad students, which luckily I have been taking part in this semester!

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