International Studies Guide

International Studies

The following is a selected list of resources for starting research in International Studies. While the emphasis of this guide is on international development, the resources may be of use for many topics. For further assistance, contact Yen Tran at yentran@uoregon.edu.

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Starting Your Research

Yearbooks can help you identify recent events and trends, and current information on individual countries.

  • Background Notes.  U.S. Department of State.
  • BBC Country Profiles.
  • Britannica Book of the Year. [REF AE5.E364] See the "World Affairs" and "World Data" sections for current country data.
  • Europa World Plus provides detailed information on the recent history of each world country.
  • European Yearbook. [DOCS REF JX1995.A5] Accounts of the year's activities of major European IGOs.
  • Human Development Report. UN Development Programme. [DOCS REF HD72.H85]
  • SIPRI Yearbook: World Armaments and Disarmament. [REF UA10.S69a]
  • Statesman's Yearbook: Statistical and Historical Annual of the States of the World. [REF JA51.S7]
  • World Development Report. World Bank. [DOCS REF HC59.7.W659] Annual issues with rotating themes, such as poverty. Includes: "Selected World Development Indicators".
  • World Factbook (CIA). Current data on each world country, updated annually.
  • Yearbook of the United Nations. [DOCS REF JX1977.A37Y4]

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Finding Articles

To look for articles in journals, newspapers, or magazines, you will need to start with an index. An index will allow you to look by subject or a few keywords which describe your topic or by author.

Comprehensive index for science and social science articles.

  • Academic Search Premier
    Interdisciplinary database with indexing for more than 8,000 periodicals, including full text for articles in 4,500 journals.
  • Alternative Press Index
    Articles in over 200 alternative domestic and international publications dealing with cultural, economic, political & social change.
  • Anthropology Plus
    Indexes articles and essays in all areas of anthropology and archaeology, from the 19th century to the present.
  • ATLA
    Religion database indexes approximately 600 religious studies periodicals and multi-author books, with coverage back to 1949. The full text of about 40 religious journals is included in the database.
  • Business Source Complete
    Indexing for articles in over 7,000 business-related journals, including full text for over 3000 titles.
  • GEOBASE
    Major indexing service for geographic literature, including all the abstracts from International Development Abstracts since 1980.
  • Google Scholar 
    Be sure to use the link provided here to enable "FindText" to access the full text of the articles found through Google Scholar.
  • Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS).
    References to journal articles, books, proceedings, and government documents in the area of public affairs.
  • SocAbstracts
    Index to research in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences.
  • Web of Science
    Comprehensive index for science and social science articles
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts.
    Articles in Political Science and related fields, including international relations.

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Finding Books and Government Publications

  • UO Library Catalog
    Identify books by topic, title or author; or identify journals and magazines owned by the UO Library. To find books ABOUT an organization or country, use a Subject or Keyword search; to find books BY an organization or by the government of a country, use an Author search.
  • UO WorldCat UO Libraries, Summit, and WorldCat in a single search.
  • Summit Union Catalog
    Quick turnaround loans of books from 35 academic libraries in the Northwest.
  • WorldCat
    Access to holdings of 60,000 libraries worldwide. Request items using Interlibrary Loan feature.
  • UNBISNET (United Nations Bibliographic Information System)
    Comprehensive access to documents and speeches of the United Nations and its subordinate bodies, 1979-date. Many are full-text, and others may be found in the Document Center's UN collection.
  • Official Documents of the United Nations (ODS)
    ODS covers all types of official United Nations documentation, beginning in 1993. Resolutions are available from 1946.
  • UN Member States: On the Record
    Search for individual countries in multiple UN databases. Contents include major speeches, resolutions sponsored, and country reports on performance under various human rights conventions. 
  • UN-I-QUE database
    Search by keyword for basic UN documents documents.  Example: "women Colombia".
  • Constitutions of the Countries of the World
  • Treaties and International Agreements Online
  • Legal resources of foreign countries.
  • DEC: USAID's Development Experience Clearinghouse.
    130,000 development documents produced for or by the US Agency for International Development. 25,000 are available full-text; check with Document Center about access to others.

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Statistics and databases

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News and analysis

  • Lexis-Nexis: Academic
    • Includes the full text of many international newspapers
    • How to acces:
      • Click on "Search By Content Type" box
      • Select "All news"
      • Click on "Advanced Options"
      • Source Type: Check "Newspapers", "Major World Publications",  "Wire Services", and others you're interested in and click "Apply"
      • Enter search terms and click on "Search"
  • Newspaper Source
    This searchable database includes the full text of twenty international newspapers.
  • BBC Country Profiles 
    Includes links to major media webpages.  Use "Media" tab.
  • Google News 
    You can specify a country or region for your news sources.  At the bottom of the page, click on "Other News Editions", and choose from the list.
  • Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) 
    The premier competitive intelligence service, IEU provides current analyses of economic and political trends and events in all world countries.
  • News Sources
    Elizabethtown College's links to international newspaper metasites.
  • List of Newspapers 
    Claims to be the largest gateway to international newspaper websites.
  • AllYouCanRead.com 
    Another set of links to international newspaper websites.
  • Newspaperindex.com 
    Yet another set of links to international newspaper websites
  • AllAfrica 
    Current news from 100 African newspapers.
  • Public Broadcasting (Wikipedia article)
    This page contains links to separate articles on public broadcasting sites in several dozen countries; those articles have links to the broadcasting sites themselves.
  • Arab World and other Middle East News Sources
  • Middle East Media Research Institute
    Selected current news stories from print, broadcast media and blogs.
  • Al Bawaba
    Contains more than 120 key news titles from across the Middle East

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Organizations and other Web Resources

  • CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Oline).
    Foreign affairs-related full-text working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, and proceedings from conferences.
  • ELDIS: Electronic Development and Environment Information System.
    Online documents on development topics from thousands of sources, available via the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) at the U. of Sussex.
  • British Library for Development Studies
    Catalog of the holdings of the library at the Institute for Development Studies.
  • Directory of Development Organizations 
    65,000 organizations by region and country.
  • Country Profiles research guide. 
    UO Libraries links to country profiles from major IGOs, NGO's and media sources.
  • DAC Evaluation Resource Center 
    OECD's portal to evaluation reports of members' aid activities.
  • Global Road Warrior
    For 175 countries: business culture, communications, demographics, money and banking, points of interest, security, society and culture, tips for businesswomen, transportation, and travel essentials.
  • Kiss, Bow and Shake Hands
    Guidance for culturally appropriate dealings in 90 countries.
  • International Think Tanks (Harvard list)
    Custom Google search is possible across all 250 organizations.
  • Think Tank Directory of the Foreign Policy Research Institute.  Search or browse by country.
  • Think tanks: NIRA's World Directory of Think Tanks; list by country.
  • "International Studies Resources on the Internet"
    Elizabethtown College's comprehensive site for international studies, including subject-organized links, and links to IGO and NGO sites and news sources.
  • International Organizations links (at Northwestern University)
    Links to IGOs and official web sites of foreign governments.
  • Worldwide NGO Directory

Specialized search engines