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WSS/PAD/POS 604: Inequality and Policy Analysis

Dewey Graduate Library

Reference Desk

Librarians are available to assist with research questions at Dewey Graduate Library Monday through Thursday between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Please contact your librarian if you would like to schedule a research consultation outside of these hours.

Research Consultation

Research consultations are available on a drop-in basis on Mondays between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Please email me to schedule a consultation outside of these hours. I am available for evening appointments between 4:00 pm and 10:00 pm Monday through Thursday with at least 48 hours notice.

  • Angela Hackstadt, Political Science, Public Policy, Public Administration and Law

Ask Us!

Ask Us! is a chat reference service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Personalized Assistance With Searching is a consultation service provided by University Libraries. You can learn more about PAWS and sign up for an appointment here.

Reserve the Dewey Classroom

Reserve the Dewey Classroom for presentation practice, group study, or collaboration with peers. Visit the Dewey Graduate Library website for more information.

University Library (uptown campus)

Reference Desk

The reference desk at University Library opens at 10:00 am Monday through Friday and at 1:00 pm on Sundays.

Research Consultation

The Subject Librarian for Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (among other topics) is Deobrah LaFond. Please contact her directly for scheduling and availability.


Register for ILLiad using your UAlbany credentials. This is an invaluable service provided by University Libraries to current students, faculty, staff, and emeritus faculty. Once registered, use your ILLiad account to request materials through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) or UA Delivery.

Use ILLiad to request

  • Journal articles
  • Print books and media that are not owned by University Libraries
  • Print books and media that are owned by University Libraries, but held in another location (e.g., Science Library, University Library)
  • Materials held in storage

Research Trail

Keeping track of your research steps and findings is part of a good research strategy.

  • It will keep you from duplicating your efforts. Don't try to remember every search you've tried - write it down!
  • It is a handy way to keep track of information you will need for your bibliography.
  • It is an easy way to show a librarian what you have already tried.

How to keep a research trail

  1. Keep track of the database you used, the search terms you used, the filters or limits, and the date you conducted the search.
  2. Make a note of the number of results. It doesn't have to be exact; it can be as general as "too many" or "not enough."
  3. Save results worth reviewing in your preferred citation manager or copy and paste the permalinks in your research trail.
  4. If you have any thoughts or ideas about the resource or your research strategy, jot them down.
  5. Keep it simple.