Global Studies Librarian
303 International Studies Building MC-402
910 South Fifth Street
Champaign, Illinois, 61820, USA
Mon. and Wed. 9:00am-11:00am
Center for Global Studies,
910 South Fifth Street,
Other times by appointment
GLBL296 - Global Development and the Power of Information
Search for books and articles related to the subject you are interested in learning more about.
Consider using a variety of terms such as development, specialized agencies, united nations,
millennium development goals, etc.
Find Articles, Books, Journals and Web Pages
Citing Your Sources
Find out about the wide variety of citation styles for both print and electronic resources.
RefWorks is a
wonderful bibliographic collection and production tool. To learn more about RefWorks, attend a
Savvy Researcher Session at the University Library.
News resources can be very helpful and provide a good basis for your understanding of global
issues. We frequently forget that these reports are written from a particular point of view. We
have provided a number of sources for you to explore that include the New York Times, sometimes
known as the paper of record for the United States, as well as various other resources from the
U.S. and around the world.
York Times - This will take you to the historical version of the paper which begins in
1868 and runs through 2003. For newer articles, the Library is able to provide access to all
articles, images, videos, audio files, blogs, and user-generated content from the
New York Times website (NYTimes.com).
Washington Post is another national newspaper of note. You can access the full-text of
articles electronically through this link from 1977 to date. For articles published between 1877
and 1990 go to the drop-down list in
Historical Newspapers and
select the title.
Christian Science Monitor is a leading newspaper with an international focus and it tends
to be a little different from other western news sources, providing in-depth coverage of events
from an analytical and less-biased viewpoint. The full text is available from January 1, 1987 in
the NewsBank link by entering specific terms, or you might want to browse the issue for the entire
World News - A large aggregation of news articles in English from around the world.
America - This is an independent web site that translates a wide variety of newspaper
Other world news media resources
To search for general magazines and opinion journals, you might want to try
These resources will lead you to a large number of resources, many with full-text. Some of the
titles you will find here include U.S. News and World Report, Time, Newsweek, New Republic,
National Review, Commentary, Nation, and the Economist. Most of these magazines can also be
accessed individually through the
If you feel adventurous, try the new
Library Search Assistant.
This searches many different general online resources.
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The governments of the world do a lot of publishing related to policy areas. In the United
States there are laws, hearings, regulations, and policy speeches that are made freely available to
the world. The University Library is a depository for U.S. government documents and has a huge
collection going back to the founding of our nation. You can search for specific titles through theonline catalog or for
more current items you can go to the following electronic resources.
GPOAccess - This site leads to free
public access to full-text, official Federal information; Federal information finding aids and much
more. Information is broken up into the three branches of government - legislative, executive, and
judicial. You can find everything from Congressional bills to State of the Union speeches to the
Supreme Court website.
THOMAS - A website supported by the
Library of Congress is a wealth of information about this branch of government and provides direct
access to the Congressional Record, Presidential Nominations, and much, much more.
Speeches - The official White House site provides access to the most recent speeches of
the President as well as other interesting links.
Vital Speeches of the Day -
The resource contains speeches by the President and many, many other politicians and major figures.
The resource extends back to 1931 for an historical perspective.
Intergovernmental organizations (IOs) are bodies that promote voluntary cooperation in and among
their members, or coordination between these members. The membership is comprised of sovereign
states and these states remain autonomous. Examples of these are listed below and many of these
organizations provide helpful reports and statistics related to the study of globalization.
United Nations - As you will see if
you choose this link, the United Nations provides a wide variety of information about itself and
its constituent units. Choose any of the headings such as
Peace and Security,
Economic and Social
Humanitarian Affairs, or
International Law to find
information in these distinct areas. Most of these links provide a section on documents and
research guides to help you learn more about this organization and the work that it does.
AccessUN (1946-) - This is
an index to the UN microfiche/microprint collection that includes documents, Official Records,
periodicals, periodical articles, and sales publications of the General Assembly, Security Council,
Economic and Social Council, Trusteeship Council, International Court of Justice and the
United Nations Documents Index (UN.ST/LIB/Ser.N - Documents Library) - The
main print index to the documents and publications of the UN and its subsidiary bodies. While you
are using these in the Documents Library, ask the reference librarian about the changes that have
occurred over the years if you are interested in pre-1998 items. While you are there, ask them
about the Index to Proceedings of the General Assembly, Index to the Proceedings of the Security
Council, Index to the Proceedings of the Trusteeship Council, and Index to the Proceedings of the
Economic and Social Council.
UN-I-QUE - This is a
database created by the United Nations/Specialized Agencies Reference Desk of the Dag Hammarskjold
Library in response to frequently asked questions. It emphasizes access to special documents that
are sold by the UN.
Other Programs, Subsidiary Bodies and Autonomous Organizations of the UN
Other Major Intergovernmental Organizations
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Find Materials in a Specialized Database
World News - News in English from around the
(Columbia International Affairs Online) - A wide-ranging source for information on
international affairs and policy studies found in full text materials that include working papers
from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research
projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs.
Global Researcher - In-depth coverage of global affairs from a number of international
viewpoints, single-topic reports on vital world issues. Contain sections such as "current
situation," "pro-con", and "voices from abroad".
News Watch - Identifies full text access for 200 newspapers and journals of the ethnic,
minority, and native press.
Country Intelligence - Provides quarterly analysis and forecasts of the political, economic and
business environment for nearly 200 countries. Quarterly and annual statistics of at least 150 data
points. Country Intelligence contains country reports and profiles, risk ratings, licensing and
trading information for the new economies, plus G-8 and regional forecasts. An online newsletter,
Business Middle East, is also included.
- Identifies articles, books and other publications on geology and earth sciences.
Political Science Abstracts - Identifies articles on political science issues such as
government theory, political processes, national and area studies.
Academic Universe - Full text world publications (news, transcripts).
(Public Affairs Information Service) - Identifies articles, books, websites, statistics,
yearbooks, directories, conference proceedings, pamphlets, reports, government documents, and
microfiches on political, social, public policy issues from 1915 to date.
of Science - Includes Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index and Arts &
Humanities Citation Index.
Studies International - Identifies articles, books, chapters, gray literature and media on
women's studies and feminism.
Political Science Abstracts - Identifies articles on political science, international
relations, law, public administration/policy and political economy.
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- Search for a book in the Illinois collection. Remember you can renew and check your account from
the catalog as well.
I-Share - Not finding what you
need here, check the statewide catalog for materials. You can also request a book from this
- WorldCat is the combined union catalog of more than 1500 libraries worldwide, with over 52
million records representing materials in all formats. You can request books and other materials
you find in WorldCat using your
LibWeb - Links to libraries in over 145
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Find Statistical Sources
ICPSR - The Inter-university Consortium for
Political and Social Research archives a large number of datasets. If you have problems downloading
any of these, please contact
ATLAS for assistance.
Statistical Universe - Find publications, tables, and datasets on a wide variety of
Eurostats - The European Union
collects a large number of statistics about its member countries.
Abstracts of the United States
OECD - Statistics for both developing and developed economies.
Nations Statistics Division - Compiles economic, development, and environmental statistics from
international sources, and provides resources on statistical and data collection methods.
Center for Public Opinion Research - Site includes links to the iPoll database, news, express
dataset download and selected topics that have been used for polling. Also includes the
General Social Survey from 1972-2008.
Gallup Brain - Over seventy
years of opinion poll data is available here.
Pew Research Center - Center is
well know for the polling it does in many areas, but especially the Internet.
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Conference Proceedings are sometimes very difficult to find, and even more difficult to
assess. They make up part of the body of "grey" literature, meaning writings that are not
regularly distributed in the same way as other works. Sometimes they are published like
books, sometimes they only exist on the website of the conference. The following databases
should be of some help in finding the papers from a variety of proceedings.
- Identifies records for congresses, symposia, conferences, expositions, workshops and meetings,
providing a list of the papers presented at each.