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PAD 3003- Public Administration: Home

A library orientation and research assistance resource designed for participants in the eLearning Summer Initiative course on Public Administration.

Welcome to Library West!

Click on the image above to visit the Library West Homepage, your home for social science research at UF!

Off-Campus Access


Library resources are predominantly restricted to current UF faculty, students and staff. To use our electronic resources from off-campus, you MUST first logon to our network remotely. If you are willing to take a little extra time to download and install software on your home computer or personal laptop, setting up a UF VPN is worthwhile because it will enable you to maximize your Google search results and utilize your web-browser without limitations.

Navigating Library West

Although PAD 3003 is being offered remotely, you may still come onto campus to use a group study room, explore reference materials, or borrow books. Library West is quite a large building which serves a number of functions. The top two floors (floors five & six) are exclusively designated for staff/administration offices and graduate students. The fourth floor is primarily intended for quiet study. Please refer to the following maps of Library West to find print copies of books, references, journals, and other media:  

First Floor Map

Second Floor Map

Third Floor Map

Or, take a virtual tour of Library West for a more "realistic" account.

Course Reserves


For those of you who don't have the Denhardt textbook in your possession just yet, the first chapter is now available through the University of Florida's Course Reserve system.



1.) If you don't already have an Ares account, go here to create one.

2.) Once you have logged in, select "Search Classes" from the menu on the right.

3.) You can search by Department (political science), Instructor (Michael Scicchitano), or Course Name/Number/Code (PAD 3003).

4.) Add the course!


Still having problems accessing the materials? Try a video tutorial.

Introductions and Purpose

Thank you for visiting Guides@UF. This particular guide is intended to provide participants enrolled in PAD 3003 with a basic introduction to the University of Florida Library System. In addition, students are encouraged to use this guide as a resource for finding information (e.g., books, articles, referencees, etc.) in the field of Public Administration. Please take your time to look around and get aquainted with what the library has to offer. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact a subject librarian- we are always happy to help!  

Library Catalog


Enter author, title, keywords, call numbers, or ISBN or in the fields above to search the University of Florida Library System for books, journals, DVDs, and so much more!


Or, click here for advanced search options.

The catalog can be used to search the library for print & electronic materials including:

  • Books & E-books
  • Journals & E-journals
  • Theses & Dissertations
  • Annual Reports
  • Conference Proceedings
  • Technical Reports
  • Newspapers
  • Reference Books (Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Standards)

The library catalog DOES NOT have searchable records for:

  • Journal articles
  • Newspaper articles
  • Patents & Trademarks

Tutorials and Tips

Believe it or not, there is a University of Florida Libraries channel on Youtube! Videos are uploaded regularly to better inform users about services and tools offered by the libraries. Check out the following videos to learn how to . . .

And the list goes on!


Quick Links

Additional Libraries and Collections @ UF

While Library West is the primary site for political science resources at UF, it isn't the only one. In fact, the University of Florida Library System is made up of several branches scattered accross the campus. The fields of public policy and public administration are also well-served by the the folowing libraries and collections: 

  • Legal Information Center, which provides an alternate location for texts on judicial politics and other legal resources.
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