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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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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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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.

Useful Databases : Resources for Current Country Information : Primary Sources : Journals : Other Resources : Getting Help

Thinking About Your Resources

It has become really easy for you to find a lot of information, whether you are using Google or any other search engine.  But once you find it, what happens next?  You have to decide whether it is useful, authoritative, and appropriate for your purposes.  The most difficult part is usually deciding how authoritative the information is and how useful it is for you.  We have created a brief introduction to assessing what you find HERE.

Useful Databases

Historical Abstracts - 1955 to present

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

PAIS (Public Affairs Information Services) - 1915 to present

Urban Studies Abstracts

Resources for Current Country Information

EIU Country Intelligence -

Europa World Plus -

Political Risk Yearbook -

Primary Sources

Confidential Print -

Online Journals and Databases: Looking for a specific database or journal? Would you like to browse databases and journals by subject? Try the Online Journals and Databases.

Article Locator: Looking for a specific article or journal? Do you have a citation? Try the article locator.                                                                                     TOP OF PAGE

Journals related to your project:

Academic sources to consult on urban development issues (these are peer reviewed ejournal s and accessible on line via UIUC library.  You can search them by your keywords and download the articles needed.)  Be sure to look at the dates listed in these links to make sure you are getting into the issues you need.

Other sources to consult:

For urban grassroots movements

 For quantitative data about the country consult:

For interactive and animated maps consult




For learning on the colonial history of the country of your interest and also qualitative understanding of the importance of debt or structural adjustment policies in your country of choice you need to consult published books and journal articles. These you can find by consulting the main library catalog. If you have problem with identifying resources please see a reference librarian they can and will help you find anything you need!  But you may need to go to the main or undergrad library and ask them for assistance. 

Personalized Research Help

For individual help with research, don't hesitate to contact me directly.

Lynne Rudasill - rudasill@illinois.edu - 217-265-6879

306 International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth St.