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A quick note - the Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the largest, publicly-supported academic library in the United States with over 13 million print volumes and a large number of electronic resources.  The most important thing to remember while you are here is to ask questions.  A number of services desks exist throughout the Library with individuals who are willing and able to assist you if you are having problems.  Most library web pages also have links to Virtual Reference services during the hours we are open.  We have also provided a Guide to Critical Thinking to help you determine the reliability of the resources you might choose for this project.  Proprietary resources at the University Library are indicated by UIUCand freely available resources are indicated by bluesq.  You may have some of the proprietary resources at your institution as well. While you are on campus, you can access any of these resources from a University Library computer.

Useful Websites

UIUCOnline Resources of Interest

Military & Government Collection (EBSCO) -

Includes indexing for key arms control journals such as Arms Control Today, Military Intelligence and the various publications of the U.S. Army, Navy and more.

Military Balance -

In-depth analysis of security events and issues and includes military strength data.

Strategic Survey -

Overview of global issues and events as well as maps related to the topics on a geographic level.

U.S. Government Documents

obulletSelected Journals

Global Change, Peace, and Security - a leading refereed journal that addresses the difficult practical and theoretical questions posed by a rapidly globalising world. By focusing on the international dimension of political, economic and cultural life, it cuts across the traditional boundaries that separate states, economies and societies, as well as disciplines and ideologies.

Political Science Quarterly - A nonpartisan journal devoted to the study of contemporary and historical aspects of government, politics and international affairs.

Orbis - A publication of the Foreign Policy Research Institute containing articles bearing upon issues in world affairs, book reviews and lists of recently published books.

Defense and Security Analysis - an independent, interdisciplinary and international journal which is mainly concerned with the field of defense theory and analysis.

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists - Insight into global security, policy matters and weapons of mass destruction. The keeper of the symbolic "Doomsday Clock".

Country Reports

freeCIA World Factbook - current information

Provided by the U.S. government this resource provides current information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

UIUCEuropa World Plus - dates vary

This resource expands upon the factual information available from the CIA World Factbook and includes a breakdown of government offices, publishers, broadcast and print media, and other details in addition to statistics on the economy.

UIUCEIU Country Intelligence - dates vary

Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) Country Intelligence provides users with reports and analysis about political, business and economic issues by country, category and subject including risk ratings, licensing and trading information for the new economies, plus G-8 and regional forecasts. Users also have access to the Business Middle East online newsletter.

UIUCPolitical Risk Yearbook - current only

Used by business to determine regime stability, this resource has a wealth of information related to social, economic, and, in particular, political aspects of about 100 countries.

obulletSIPRI yearbook : world armaments and disarmament - dates vary

A compendium of data and analysis in the areas of: Security and conflicts; Military spending and armaments; and Non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament.

News Resources

UIUCAccess World News - 1977 to present

 Sources include articles from newspapers, news-wires, transcripts, online news, blogs, journals, college and university newspapers, videos and newsletters.  You can also use the interface to read Newsweek and some military and government news sources.

UIUCEmerging Markets Information Service (Formerly ISI Emerging Markets)

News reports from a large number of countries in both English and vernacular language.

UIUCEthnic NewsWatch - 1990 to present

Ethnic News Watch includes newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press, providing researchers access to often overlooked perspectives.  The publications offer both national and regional coverage including full text publications for 200 newspapers and journals of the ethnic, minority, and native press.

UIUCKeesing's World News Archive - 1931 to present

This provides a digest of the current events identified by creators of the database as "a lasting archive of original, accurate, and objective articles on the world's political, social, and economic events.We suggest you go to the "Advanced Search" and type in the name of at least one of the countries involved if you are looking at specific conflicts or country related issues.  You can also limit by date if you know the approximate year you are looking for.

UIUCLexis-Nexis Academic Universe - 1980 to present for most sources

Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe identifies full text publications for users wanting to search news, US and international law, company profiles and SEC filings, countries or public figures or a combination of content types.

UIUCLibrary PressDisplay - One of the most interesting newspaper resources, this provides access to a large number of titles with digital facsimiles of the page you are looking at.  The database has images in most cases for the last sixty days.

UIUCNew York Times Historical - 1851-1993

This is the "paper of record" for the United States, but it frequently captures news from around the world.  Enter the search including the country's name and records come up in reverse order with the oldest articles first.

Scholarly Analysis

UIUCBusiness Source Complete - Identifies scholarly information from business-related journals, books, conference proceedings and more. Non-journal content includes financial data, books, monographs, major reference works, book digests, conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, industry reports, market research reports, country reports, company profiles, and SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analyses.

UIUCHistorical Abstracts - 1955 to present

Historical Abstracts covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present in over 40 languages with publications starting in 1955. Historical Abstracts started a project in 2006 to extend coverage through the late 1800s.

UIUCInternational Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) - 1951 to present

IBSS provides comprehensive international coverage in 100 languages and countries identifying journal articles, books, reviews and selected chapters of works on economics, political science, sociology and anthropology.

UIUCJSTOR - dates vary

JSTOR identifies publications, research and content across disciplines.  The dates of the materials found here go back to the very first publication date for any given title, but the most current articles will be no more than 3 - 5 years old due to the "moving wall" of coverage.

UIUCPAIS (Public Affairs Information Services) - 1915 to present

PAIS identifies articles, books, websites, statistics, yearbooks, directories, conference proceedings, pamphlets, reports, government documents, and microfiche on political, social, public policy issues from 1915 – present.

UIUCScopus -

An indexing and abstracting service that includes citation data for scholarly publications in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and arts and humanities allowing for authoritative research results.

UIUCWorldwide Political Science Abstracts - 1976 to present

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts identifies citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science, international relations, law, and public administration and policy.

UIUCWeb of Science -

Includes Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index and Arts & Humanities Citation Index.

Additional Resources

UIUCCIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online) - dates vary

A rather unique full-text resource that provides information on international affairs and policy studies from sources such as books, journals, policy briefs, the working papers of research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences.

UIUCCQ Press Public Affairs Collection - current only

Collection containing a vast body of information related to public affairs topics both domestic and international.

UIUCDNSA (Digital National Security Archive)

Declassified government documents in pdf format covering 16 "collections" including those drawn from the CIA, NSA, and various conflicts in U.S. history.

UIUCOECD iLibrary - The electronic library of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, this is a rich resource for information that includes statistics, economic surveys, reports and lots of full text material.  For updated access when you get to this page, click on the link at the top of the page for the new OECD online library.

UIUCWorld Bank - Information provided by this organization is very international in nature and includes the World Development Indicators (under Data), reports (under Publications), and much, much more.  If you cannot access the title you want through the World Bank interface, try using the Online Research Resources or the Library Catalog to look for the title.

obulletICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research): Conflict Between and Among Nations datasets, bibliographies, code books.