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Research guide for public administration


Hello! Welcome to the Public Administration research guide at Muntz Library.

This guide is designed to inform you about resources for your studies in all aspects of public administration.

Please be aware that some links in this guide will link out to other research guides, databases, and other Internet sources in new browser tabs.

Library Hours

Fall & Spring
Mo - Th   7:30am - 2:00am
Fr   7:30am - 5pm
Sa   9:00am - 6pm
Su   1:00pm - 2:00am
Mo - Th   7:30am - 10:00pm
Fr   7:30am - 5:00 pm
Sa   9:00am - 6:00pm
Su   1:00pm - 10:00pm
Special or holiday hours.

Quick Guide Rundown

Here is some of what you'll find in this guide:

Databases - How to search for articles, Access to databases, List of best journals 

Books - How to search for books, How to use ebooks

Web Resources - Lists of websites, How to evaluate websites

Additional Resources - Information on local, state, national, and international legal and government sources; Citation guide; How to use interlibrary loan

For Faculty - Library services for faculty

What is Public Administration?

Generally, public administration deals with the management of civil resources and policies, including government programs at local, state, national levels. Under CIP 2010 Code 44.0401, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) defines an academic program in public administration to be: 

"A program that prepares individuals to serve as managers in the executive arm of local, state, and federal government and that focuses on the systematic study of executive organization and management. Includes instruction in the roles, development, and principles of public administration; the management of public policy; executive-legislative relations; public budgetary processes and financial management; administrative law; public personnel management; professional ethics; and research methods."

Take a look at the links below from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic's Occupational Outlook Handbook to find out more about some of the varied career opportunities possible with a degree in public administration. People with public administration degrees may have additional degrees and experience in accounting, economics, finance, law, management, political science, or sociology.

Need an appointment?

If you'd like to set up an appointment with me to talk about your assignments, send me an e-mail. Let me know what the assignment is about, what research you've done thus far, and any other related information.

I will be glad to help you with using the databases, looking for books, brainstorming ideas, citing sources, and related tasks. However, I can't help you write your paper, do your statistics, or complete any of your homework assignments.

For writing help, you can contact the Writing Center. For statistics tutoring, you can contact the Department of Mathematics.

Remember, any of the Reference staff at our library can assist you with the basics of research help, but if you need assistance with psychology specifically, please feel free to let me know!