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GLBL296 – Global Development and the Power of Information

Fall2010 – Section BF

Media Sources | Government and IGO Sources | Specialized Databases | Books | Statistics | Conference Proceedings

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.

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.

  • New 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).
  • The 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.
  • The 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 date.
  • Access World News – A large aggregation of news articles in English from around the world.
  • Watching America – This is an independent web site that translates a wide variety of newspaper articles.

Other world news media resource

General Magazines

To search for general magazines and opinion journals, you might want to try EBSCO or  InfoTrac. 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  Online Research Resourcespage.

If you feel adventurous, try the new  Library Search Assistant. This searches many different general online resources.

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Governmental Resources

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.
  • Presidential 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.

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Intergovernmental Organizations

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 SecurityEconomic and Social DevelopmentHuman Rights, 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 Secretariat.
  • 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

Regional IGOs

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Find Materials in a Specialized Database

  • Access World News – News in English from around the world.
  • CIAO (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.
  • CQ 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”.
  • Ethnic News Watch – Identifies full text access for 200 newspapers and journals of the ethnic, minority, and native press.
  • EIU 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.
  • GeoRef – Identifies articles, books and other publications on geology and earth sciences.
  • International Political Science Abstracts – Identifies articles on political science issues such as government theory, political processes, national and area studies.
  • Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe – Full text world publications (news, transcripts).
  • PAIS (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.
  • Web of Science – Includes Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index and Arts & Humanities Citation Index.
  • Women’s Studies International – Identifies articles, books, chapters, gray literature and media on women’s studies and feminism.
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts – Identifies articles on political science, international relations, law, public administration/policy and political economy.

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Find Books

  • Library Catalog – 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 catalog.
  • WorldCat – 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 Illiad interlibrary loan account.
  • LibWeb – Links to libraries in over 145 countries.

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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.
  • Proquest Statistical Universe – Find publications, tables, and datasets on a wide variety of topics.
  • Eurostats – The European Union collects a large number of statistics about its member countries.
  • Statistical Abstracts of the United States
  • OECD – Statistics for both developing and developed economies.
  • United Nations Statistics Division – Compiles economic, development, and environmental statistics from international sources, and provides resources on statistical and data collection methods.
  • Roper 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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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.

  • ProceedingsFirst – Identifies records for congresses, symposia, conferences, expositions, workshops and meetings, providing a list of the papers presented at each.