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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

Office Hours

Tues. 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Friday 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Center for Global Studies,

910 South Fifth Street,

Champaign, IL  

Other times by appointment

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Resources at the University Library


Welcome to the University Library!

The University Library at Illinois is the largest publicly supported academic library in the United States.  We have over 13 million volumes in our print collection and numerous electronic resources as well.  This is fantastic  --  but how can you find what you are looking for?  This guide will lead you to many resources that may be of interest to you, but always remember that if you have more questions than answers about getting to these resources, the other librarians and I are more than willing to work with you.  Here is my contact information:

Steve Witt - swwitt@illinois.edu - 265-7518

306 International Studies Building - Office hours -

Mondays 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Wednesdays 9:00-10:00 a.m.

329 Main Library (International and Area Studies Library) - Office hours - Thursdays 11:00-12:00 a.m.

Other times by appointment

Finding your way around

  The University Library is made up of many different units.  You may have gone to the Undergraduate Library for reserves and other items in the past, but there is soooooo much more available to you on this campus.  You might want to go to the Funk (ACES) Library for very specific information about environmental topics, or even Grainger Engineering Library for specific information on other sciences.  The Main Library is a good place to begin however.  Here you will find the History, Philosophy and Newspaper Library and the Social Sciences, Health and Education Library, as well as the Main Stacks (Central Access Services).  Another important resource for your paper is the International and Area Studies library which includes reference resources for Global Studies. 

Getting started - Essential guides

The place to go to begin your library research is the Library Gateway.  This site is fairly intuitive, but if you are having problems finding what you need, see if any of the following guides are of use to you:

Online Catalog or Help Finding books in our library

Journal and Article Locator or Finding specific articles  

Online Journals and Databases or Finding a specific journal or database

But wait, there is much more...

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Historical 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.

JSTOR - 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.

Select Area Studies Databases:

ABSEES Online - Covers North American scholarship on East-Central Europe, Russia, and the former Soviet Union. Contains bibliographic records for journal articles, books and book chapters, book reviews, dissertations, online resources, and selected government publications.
Bibliography of Asian studies -  787,165 records on all subjects (especially in the humanities and the social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide from 1971 to the present.
Hispanic American Periodicals Index - Contains citations to articles in more than 400 scholarly journals published in Latin America or treating Latin American and U.S. Hispanic topics.

Primary Sources:

Global Commodities - Documents, visual materials, and other primary source materials that focus on trade, exploration, and cultural exchange around global commodities in world history. 

Archives Direct - Digitized collections of the United Kingdom Archives with collections focused on worldwide concerns of the British Empire from the mid-19th Century and containing diplomatic correspondence, letters, reports, surveys, material from newspapers, statistical analyses, published pamphlets, ephemera, military papers, profiles of prominent individuals, maps and many other types of document, it consists of the history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries from the British state’s point of view.

Archives Unbound - Collections in Archives Unbound cover a broad range of topics from the Middle Ages forward-from Witchcraft to World War II to twentieth-century political history.
Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) - Primary source collections of the nineteenth century; comprised of numerous collections to be released over many years. Includes a variety of material types: monographs, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, ephemera, maps, statistics, and more--in one cross-searchable location.
World Sustainable Development Web Archive - Archive of the website of environmental and sustainable development NGO's outside of the US.  For contemporary research on environmental movements.

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CABI Abstracts and Global Health 1910 - current - This resource contains citations to articles on agriculture, environment and other life science.

Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management - Multidisciplinary resource for access to information on environmental sciences.

GreenFILE - Includes scholarly, government and general-interest titles related to climate change, pollution, recycling, and more.

NTIS (National Technical Information Service) -  Allows searching of several government and science related databases including Compendex, GeoRef, Inspec and Geobase going back to 1982.

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ABI-INFORM - Identifies articles on business, finance, and management topics from regional, U.S. and international publications.  Besides current information, includes archives of many important scholarly journals in business covering different aspects of business information such as scholarly research, business traditions and trends, corporate strategies, management techniques, and competitive and product information.

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS): IBSS provides comprehensive international coverage in 100 languages and countries identifying journal articles, books, reviews and selected chapters from 1951- present.

PAIS (Public Affairs Information Services): PAIS identifies articles, books, websites, statistics, yearbooks, directories, conference proceedings, pamphlets, reports, government documents, and microfiches on political, social, public policy issues from 1915 – present.

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CIAO (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.

Keesing'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.

OECD 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.

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Miscellaneous Resources

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Rio Declaration on Environment and Development

Doha Ministerial Declaration (WTO)

Current Treaty Index

Environmental Law Reporter Environmental Statutes and Treaties

United Nations Multilateral Treaties....

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Access World News -  This is a great resource for current events. In addition to indexing and providing full text for many local, regional, national, and international newspapers, you can find newswire stories, broadcast transcripts, and current issues of the New York Times, Newsweek, and more.

Alternative Press Index 1991- current (and separate Alternative Press Index Archive - 1969-1990) - Contains articles from journals, magazines and newspapers providing information from an international radical and alternative viewpoint that provides access to emerging theory and practice for radical social change.

Caribbean Newspapers - Contains 66 newspaper titles from 22 islands between 1718-1876.

Lexis Nexis Academic Universe - A comprehensive source for news, business, and legal information, with full text and abstracts. Includes foreign news sources, major U.S. newspapers, regional U.S. news services, radio and television transcripts, federal and state case law, medical, legislative and industry news, annual reports from Securities and Exchange Commission and many other sources. Newspapers are updated several times daily, and wire services hourly.  Use this site to access Congressional Universe as well.

EBSCOhost Newspaper Source - Identifies articles in regional U.S. newspapers, international newspapers, newswires and newspaper columns, as well as TV and radio news transcripts. Provides cover-to-cover full text for over 20 national (U.S.) and international newspapers, including USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, The Times (London), The Toronto Star, etc. Also contains selected full text from more than 200 regional (U.S.) newspapers, including The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The Detroit Free Press, The Miami Herald, The New York Daily News, The San Jose Mercury News, etc. In addition, full text television & radio news transcripts are provided from CBS News, FOX News, NPR, etc.

Historical Newspapers from Proquest:

Ethnic NewsWatch - Full text articles from newspapers and periodicals published by the ethnic, minority and native press in the U.S. Coverage is from 1960 to date.
Financial Times Historical Archive - The Financial Times Historical Archive,1888-2010, is a complete facsimile run of the world’s most authoritative daily business newspaper. It includes over 700,000 pages of past issues, including Special Supplements and the FT Magazine.

Irish Newspaper Archive - Irish Newspaper Archives involves the complete digitisation of Ireland's newspaper heritage. Titles such as the Irish Independent (1905 - current), Sunday Independent, The Freeman's Journal, the Nation and many of Ireland's leading regional newspapers will be rendered fully word searchable.

The Japan Times Digital Archive - Provides access to the Japan Times newspaper from 1897 - 2010.

ISI Emerging Markets - Includes news, company and financial data direct from more than 80 emerging markets in Asia, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, from the local markets and from over 16,000 publications. Provides current news, hard-to-get company and industry information, financial markets data or macroeconomic analysis. Updated daily. The service supports 18 languages

Mideastwire Service - Offers a daily email newsletter of concise, translated briefs covering some of the key political, cultural, economic and opinion pieces appearing via the print, radio and television media of the 22 Arab countries, Iran and the Arab Diaspora.

A-Z Index of Newspapers