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Lynne Rudasill 
Global Studies Librarian 
303 International Studies Building MC-402 
910 South Fifth Street 
Champaign, Illinois, 61820, USA 
(217) 265-6879

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GLBL494 - Research Methods

Uncover and Discover

Your Window to the World


Welcome! We are providing this site to assist you in exploring library resources on your topic. Our library is one of the largest in the United States and it can be very intimidating. We will try to make things a little easier for you, but you have to ask questions. It takes patience, curiosity, and a sense of adventure to use our resources and facilities so think of this page as a road map for your travels with us.

Background Resources

The Literature Review

Analyzing and Evaluating Resources

Test Yourself - This is a quiz created for graduate students in European Union studies, but the concepts remain the same so give it a try.

Citing Your Sources

Citing a Source - Find out about the wide variety of citation styles for both print and electronic resources.

Instructions on APA formatting and style are available from the Purdue Online Writing Lab.

Thinking Critically About Information Sources

Guide to Critical Thinking - Use this checklist to evaluate a potential information source and determine its suitability for your information needs.

Tools for Determining Bias -  This includes The Right Guide: A Guide to Conservative and Right-of-Center Organizations - Q.320.5202573 R4491997 in the Social Science, Health and Education Library (SSHEL) and The Left Guide: A Guide to Left-of-Center Organizations - Q.320.51 L522 also in the SSHEL reference collection.

Find Materials in a Specialized Databases               

Find Statistical Sources

Media Sources

Newspapers (online)

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.

Searchable News Databases

Sources for Country Information

The United Nations

Regional IGOs

Find Conference Proceedings

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.

Having Trouble Pulling It All Together?

Sometimes we have problems meaning what we say and saying what we mean.  If you would like to have someone work with you, contact the Writers Workshop.  From their website: "The Writers Workshop, part of the Center for Writing Studies, is the writing center at Illinois. We provide free writing assistance for University of Illinois students, faculty, and staff from all disciplines and at all stages of the writing process. Discuss your writing with consultants who are experienced writers and teachers of writing. Call (217) 333-8796 (or drop-in) to set up a 50-minute session at one of the four Workshop locations. Please see our appointment, schedule and policies pages for more information.

Finding Online Journals and Databases

This link goes to the list of online journals and databases available through the Library.  If you see this image associated with any of the articles you are interested in, click on it to see if the full text of the work is available through our collections.  You can also search for specific journal and database titles using Finding Online Journals and Databases.  If you have the citation to an article of interest, go to Journal and Article Locator and enter the requested information.  If neither of these work, go to the online catalog to see if the title is available in print in the Library.  If you still cannot find the article you are interested in, go to Iliad, our interlibrary loan service and place a request.  You will receive an email when the article arrives and usually you will be able to link directly to it.

The UIUC Library also provides a listing of databases by subject

Finding Books

Use the online catalog to search for print and online books.  In addition to the 14 million books we have in our library, we belong to a consortium of libraries called I-Share.  If you can't find something here, you may well find it in that collection which is also part of our library catalog.  


Search for books and articles related to your subject in a group of general resources.

Find Articles, Books, Journals and Web Pages

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