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PS280 – Introduction to International Relations

Fall 2012 – Prof. Laura Hastings


News  Resources

Use the news resources to help understand the initial reports of the issues you are studying.  Frequently, just using the name of a country and a date range will provide you with information about the initiation of conflict and some background regarding the issues involved.

  • Access World News – 1977 to present
    Sources include articles from newspapers, news-wires, transcripts, online news, blogs, journals, college and university newspapers, videos and newsletters.  You can also use the interface to read Newsweek and some military and government news sources.
  • 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 NewsWatch1990 to present
    Ethnic News Watch includes newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press, providing researchers access to often overlooked perspectives.  The publications offer both national and regional coverage including full text publications for 200 newspapers and journals of the ethnic, minority, and native press.
  • 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.
  • Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe – 1980 to present for most sources
    Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe identifies full text publications for users wanting to search news, US and international law, company profiles and SEC filings, countries or public figures or a combination of content types.
  • Library PressDisplay – One of the most interesting newspaper resources, this provides access to a large number of titles with digital facsimiles of the page you are looking at.  The database has images in most cases for the last sixty days.
  • Mideastwire.com – 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.
  • New York Times Historical – 1851-1993
    This is the “paper of record” for the United States, but it frequently captures news from around the world.  Enter the search including the country’s name and records come up in reverse order with the oldest articles first.

Country Reports

These resources are good for exploring the statistics on economic, social, and political trends.  Most were created for the business community to help them assess the stability of regimes before investing in the individual country or region.

  • CIA World Factbookcurrent information
    Provided by the U.S. government this resource provides current information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
  • Europa World Plus – dates vary
    This resource expands upon the factual information available from the CIA World Factbook and includes a breakdown of government offices, publishers, broadcast and print media, and other details in addition to statistics on the economy.
  • EIU Country Intelligencedates vary
    Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) Country Intelligence provides users with reports and analysis about political, business and economic issues by country, category and subject including risk ratings, licensing and trading information for the new economies, plus G-8 and regional forecasts. Users also have access to the Business Middle East online newsletter.
  • Political Handbook of the Worldback to 2005 electronically and in print from 1928 (Call No. 328 P759)
    Lots of factual information and some analysis on a country-by-country and issues basis.

Scholarly Analysis

  • Business Source Complete – Identifies scholarly information from business-related journals, books, conference proceedings and more. Non-journal content includes financial data, books, monographs, major reference works, book digests, conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, industry reports, market research reports, country reports, company profiles, and SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analyses.
  • EconLit – Provides full-text access to articles in 600 journals including the American Economics Associate journals.  This is one of the oldest and most essential of the databases that deal with economics.
  • Historical Abstracts1955 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.
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)1951 to present
    IBSS provides comprehensive international coverage in 100 languages and countries identifying journal articles, books, reviews and selected chapters of works on economics, political science, sociology and anthropology.
  • JSTORdates 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.
  • PAIS (Public Affairs Information Services) – 1915 to present
    PAIS identifies articles, books, websites, statistics, yearbooks, directories, conference proceedings, pamphlets, reports, government documents, and microfiche on political, social, public policy issues from 1915 – present.
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts1976 to present
    Worldwide Political Science Abstracts identifies citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science, international relations, law, and public administration and policy.
  • Women’s Studies International Forum
    Identifies articles, books, chapters, gray literature and media on women’s studies and feminism.
  • Web of Science
    Includes Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index and Arts & Humanities Citation Index.

Other Resources for Analyzing Events

    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.
  • 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.
  • CQ Global Researcher2007 to present

    CQ Global Researcher includes topic reports on global affairs issues from international viewpoints that users can search or browse for in order to learn more about that topic and find additional related resources.  The Researcher provides pro and con arguments on a variety of topics, including international conflicts, although it is very U.S. focused.
  • 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.
  • World Bank – Information provided by this organization is very international in nature and includes the World Development Indicators (under Data), reports (under Publications), and much, much more.  If you cannot access the title you want through the World Bank interface, try using the Online Research Resources or the Library Catalog to look for the title.

Useful Websites

Library Tools (Help getting your research done.) 

  • Evaluate an Information Resource (Word document)
  • Online Library Catalog – The online catalog is your GPS for locating book, journals, and more in the University of Illinois Library.  This resource can also be used to request books from other institutions in the State of Illinois through our cooperative catalog called I-Share.  You can also use this resource to discover where your class reserves sit – whether they are in electronic format or print – and to check your library account to see what you have checked out, requested, or what needs to be renewed.
  • WorldCat – If you cannot find the title you are looking for in the I-Share catalog, go to WorldCat next to search for an item.  This is what is called a union catalog of over 1500 libraries throughout the world and contains over 52 million records representing materials in all formats. Includes records for materials in 400 languages.  If you need something you have found in this catalog you will request it through Interlibrary Loan.  See more on this below.
  • Interlibrary Loan/ILLiad – This is another way of obtaining the materials you need.  In addition to requesting books, this is used to request articles that are not available in the University of Illinois collection.  You cannot renew items you have received through ILLiad by yourself.  It is necessary to call 217-333-8400.  You can also call this number if you are having problems with your library card.
  • RefWorks –  A bibliographic citation software package, this is very similar to Zotero which means it is one of the best inventions since sliced bread!  A support site for using the softward is also available.
  • LEARN – The LEARN to Use the Library site provides a wide range of information from very basic to advanced for those of you who want (or need) to know more about how the Library and research actually work.