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Research Guide: International Affairs

  • International Affairs Main Research Databases

    Columbia International Affairs Online
    International affairs resource; includes journals, books, policy briefs and working papers. (more info)
    FIRST
    Covers areas in the field of international relations and security, includes hard facts on armed conflicts and peace keeping, arms production and trade, military expenditure, armed forces and conventional weapons holding, nuclear weapons, chronology, statistics and other reference data. (more info)
    Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports, 1947 to 1996
    Created by the U.S. intelligence community to benefit policy makers and analysts, FBIS Daily Reports offer foreign views and perspectives on historical events translated into English. (more info)
    HeinOnline
    Exact page images of law journals, Congressional Record, U.S. Reports, Federal Register, and treaty & international agreements etc. (more info)
    Homeland Security Digital Library
    The HSDL collection includes homeland security strategy, policy and research documents. (more info)
    ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research)
    An international consortium of more than 700 academic institutions and research organizations, ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields. (more info)
    LexisNexis Academic
    Full text of national, regional, and international newspapers, business, and legal sources and more. (more info)
    PAIS International
    Indexes articles on a wide range of public policy topics, national and international. (more info)
    Praeger Security International
    A high quality one-stop source for information on terrorism and security. (more info)
    Social Sciences Citation Index
    A part of the Web of Science database, the SSCI tracks 'who's citing whom' in the social sciences. Coverage is 1980-present. (more info)
    Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
    Provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science, international relations, law, and public administration & policy. (more info)
    WWW Virtual Library- International Affairs
    This section of the WWW Virtual Library system presents over 2600 annotated links in a wide range of international affairs, international studies, and international relations topics. Most of the sites are in English and are carefully selected for their long-term value, favoring those with cost-free, high-quality information and analysis online.
  • International Affairs Secondary Research Databases

    JSTOR
    Use the advanced search function to search within a specific discipline.   (more info)
    Academic Search Premier
    Academic Search Premier is a comprehensive, scholarly, and multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 12,000 full-text periodicals, including more than 4,700 peer-reviewed journals. (more info)
    Project Muse
    A unique collaboration between libraries and the world's leading university presses and scholarly societies, providing 100% full-text, online access to over 400 titles from prestigious humanities and social sciences journals and nearly 100 not-for-profit publishers. Browse by discipline and select folklore under social sciences (more info)
    Dissertations & Theses
    Link to abstracts or citations to dissertations and theses from around the world, from 1861 to the present day. Also includes full text of dissertations and theses produced by graduate students at Lewis & Clark. (more info)
  • International Organizations

    IMF
    The International Monetary Fund is a specialized agency of the United Nations system set up by treaty in 1945 to help promote the health of the world economy. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., it is governed by its almost global membership of 184 countries. The IMF is the central institution of the international monetary system—the system of international payments and exchange rates among national currencies that enables business to take place between countries.
    NATO
    The official home page of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Find current news, general information about the organization, an archive of publications, and more.
    Duke NGO Research Guide
    From Duke University. You can browse the full list, where they provide a link to the organization, subject, continent, country, and IGO affiliation, if any. You can also search by issue or geography. Under "Data," they have a listing of statistical data sources from NGOs.
    International Documents Collection from Northwestern University
    Access to comprehensive listings of intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and foreign governments, maintained by the Government and Geographic Information and Data Services Department at Northwestern University.
    United Nations
    The official website for the UN. This site provides access to UN news and information, online databases, documents and publications, and more. Try the UN library's website or Yale University's UN Scholar's Workstation to learn about the bewildering world of UN Documents. The University of Washington is the closest UN Depository Library .
    UNBIS
    The primary bibliographic database of the United Nations. It was established in 1979 and offers access to the documentary output of the United Nations and to non-United Nations publications acquired by the Dag Hammarskjöld Library in New York or the Library of the United Nations Office at Geneva. The language of the file is English, although publications may be in a variety of languages.
    UNdata
    Browse or search for data series of more than 55 million records from the databases of the UN on employment, education, energy, environment, health, population, refugees, and much more. (more info)
    UN Documentation Research Guide
    This guide is designed for researchers and information professionals with an interest in United Nations documentation. It presents an overview of the various types of documents and publications issued by the Organization (e.g, reports, resolutions, meeting records, sales publications, press releases) and gives guidance on how to work with them. The Research Guide also provides information on actions taken by the General Assembly as well as the Security Council and introduces researchers to major fields of UN activities: disarmament, human rights, international law and peacekeeping.
    United Nations Scholars' Workstation
    This site at Yale University is a collection of texts, finding aids, data sets, maps, and other resources. It supports teaching and research of the United Nations.
    World Bank
    The website of the World Bank. This page provides news on regions and countries, development topics, projects, the full-text of publications, and more.
  • U.S. Federal Government

    Foreign Relations of the United States
    The Foreign Relations of the United States series "presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity." The series began in 1861 and now comprises more than 350 individual volumes." Selected volumes of the series are available (more info)
    HeinOnline
    Exact page images of law journals, Congressional Record, U.S. Reports, Federal Register, and treaty & international agreements etc. (more info)
    National Security Archive
    An archive of declassified U.S. documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (more info)
    Oxford Guide to the United States Government
    Compiled by three leading scholars, it contains the key figures, events, and structures that have animated U.S. government for more than 200 years. In addition to coverage of the 2000 Presidential race and election, it features biographies of all the Presidents, Vice Presidents, and Supreme Court Justices, as well as notable members of Congress, including current leadership; historical commentary on past elections, major Presidential decisions, international and domestic programs, and the key advisors and agencies of the executive branch; in-depth analysis of Congressional leadership and committees, agencies and staff, and historic legislation; and detailed discussions of 100 landmark Supreme Court cases and the major issues facing the Court today. Other entries define legal terms and phrases and elaborate on the wide array of government traditions.
    Public Papers of the President of the United States
    The Public Papers of the Presidents is published by the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) and is the official publication of United States Presidents' public writings, addresses, and remarks.
    U.S. Dept of State
  • Country Information

    Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
    This website from the US State Dept tracks US efforts to promote democracy in different counrties around the globe. Also includes country profiles of the status of human rights, labor, and religious freedom.
    CIA World Factbook
    A comprehensive resource of facts and statistics on more than 250 countries and other entities.
    Country Indicators for Foreign Policy
    The CIFP represents an on-going effort to identify and assemble statistical information conveying the key features of the economic, political, social and cultural environments of countries around the world. Country indicators are presented in unadjusted form and are converted to 9-point indices for ease of interpretation. The cross-national data generated through the CIFP was intended to have a variety of applications in government departments, NGOs, and by users in the private sector
    Country Studies
    Country Studies provide a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world; it examines the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors. (more info)
    Europa World Year Book
    Covers each country and contains a quick surveys of recent history, the economy , governance, and basic demographic and statistical data.
    Freedom House
    Freedom House is a leading advocate of the world's young democracies, which are coping with the debilitating legacy of statism, dictatorship, and political repression. It conducts an array of U.S. and overseas research, advocacy, education, and training initiatives that promote human rights, democracy, free market economics, the rule of law, independent media, and U.S. engagement in international affairs.
  • Statistics Resources

    American Factfinder
    Data from the US Census Bureau for the 2000 Census and the 1990 Summary Tape File. (more info)
    Population Research Center
    Located at Portland State University, the Population Research Center's primary responsibility is to "provide ready access to census and other information on the population of Oregon and to provide timely analyses of the patterns of past, current, and projected future populations in Oregon and of the implications of such patterns for key issues facing Oregon."
    County and City Data Book
    A selection of tables from the most recent edition of the databook .The full-text of the 1988 and 1994 City and County Data Books are available courtesy of the University of Virginia.
    Data for Local Communities (Oregon and Washington)
    A gathering place for statistical, spatial, and descriptive information about the cities, counties and other civil, economic and natural regions of Oregon. The LocalData database lets you retrieve web-based information by topic and geography, while Additional Resources provides links to geospatial data and other organizational websites.
    Data on the Net
    Search or browse a listing of 363 Internet sites of numeric Social Science statistical data, data catalogs, data libraries, social science gateways, addresses and more.
    FIRST
    Covers areas in the field of international relations and security, includes hard facts on armed conflicts and peace keeping, arms production and trade, military expenditure, armed forces and conventional weapons holding, nuclear weapons, chronology, statistics and other reference data. (more info)
    GeoHive: Global Statistics
    Almanac of world statistics: "geopolitical data, statistics on the human population, Earth and more. The main kind of data you can find here is population statistics of regions, countries, provinces and cities. Next to that there are some statistics on economic factors like wealth, infrastructure; statistics on natural phenomena; ....... and yet, even more." Links to statistical offices in many countries.
    Historical Statistics of the United States
    The standard source for the quantitative facts of American history. (more info)
    ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research)
    An international consortium of more than 700 academic institutions and research organizations, ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields. (more info)
    Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS)
    Integrated Public Use Microdata Series census microdata for social and economic research
    National Agricultural and Statistics Service
    NASS publishes the bulk of the USDA's statistics. For domestic data, also check out the National Agricultural Library, the main USDA site, and the USDA Economics and Statistics System maintained by the Mann Library Cornell University. For international agricultural statistics, try the Foreign Agricultural Service or the statistical databases of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations.
    National Center for Health Statistics
    Statistics for domestic health issues. For international data try the World Health Organization.
    NationMaster.com
    Authoritative country statistics culled from the UN, World Bank, WHO, OECD etc
    OECD Statistics
    The Organization for Economic and Cooperative Development collects statistics needed for the analysis of economic and social developments by its in-house analysts, committees, working parties, and Member country governments from statistical agencies and other institutions of its Member countries. The OECD shares the experience gained by Members in compiling reliable and comparable statistics with non-Member countries.
    Oregon Climate Service
    Current and historical statistics on Oregon's climate.
    Population Reference Bureau
    Provides "timely and objective information on U.S. and international population trends and their implications." (more info)
    SocioSite
    An annotated listing of data sources useful for demographic or social science research from the University of Amsterdam.
    State and Metropolitan Area Data Book
    The Data Book contains a collection of statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States at the State and metropolitan area levels. Selected data for component counties and central cities of metropolitan areas are also included.
    Statistical Abstract of the United States
    Now included in ProQuest Statistical Insights. Choose 'related subscriptions' then Statistical Abstract. Contains a collection of statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States. Selected international data are also included. Print copy kept at Watzek Reference Desk. (more info)
    Statistical Insight (formerly LexisNexis Statistical)
    Includes statistics produced by the U.S. government, major international and intergovernmental organizations, and other sources. (more info)
    TRACfed
    Authoritative information about Federal government enforcement, staffing and spending. (more info)
    UNdata
    Browse or search for data series of more than 55 million records from the databases of the UN on employment, education, energy, environment, health, population, refugees, and much more. (more info)
    U.S. Historical Census Browser
    The data presented here describe the population and economy of U.S. states and counties from 1790 to 1960.
    World Bank e-Atlas of Global Development
    A free, online, interactive tool, which maps and graphs more than 175 indicators from the World Bank's development database including historical data. (more info)
    World Development Indicators
    The World Bank's premier annual compilation of data about development. (more info)
  • Think Tanks and Reports

    Brookings Institute Foreign Policy Studies
    Brookings Institute is a centrist to liberal-left research institution, and is one the first, and most prominent Washington think-tanks.
    Carnegie Endowment For International Peace
    Founded in 1910, the Carnegie Endowment is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing cooperation among nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States.
    Center for Strategic and International Studies
    CSIS is a research institution focusing on international policy and security, and the a lesser extent economic and domestic policy. CSIS tends to be hawkish and publishes Washington Quarterly. (more info)
    Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports
    Boley Law Library's guide to to CRS studies and reports. Scroll until you see CRS. (more info)
    Council on Foreign Relations
    "The Council on Foreign Relations is dedicated to increasing America's understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy. The Council accomplishes this mainly by promoting constructive debates and discussions, clarifying world issues, and publishing Foreign Affairs (see below), the leading journal on global issues" (more info)
    Foreign Policy Research Institute
    A hawkish think-tank that includes essays by writers such as R. James Woolsey, Michael Radu, George P. Shultz, Al Haig, and Jeremy Black. The Watzek Library subscribes to a journal the FPRI publishes entitled ORBIS. (more info)
    GlobalSecurity.org
    GlobalSecurity.org is focused on innovative approaches to the emerging security challenges of the new millennium. The organization seeks to reduce reliance on nuclear weapons and the risk of their use -- both by existing nuclear weapons states and those states seeking to acquire such capabilities. GlobalSecurity.org aims to shift American conventional military forces towards new capabilities aligned with the post-Cold War security environment, and to reduce the worldwide incidence of deadly conflict.
    Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis
    Founded in 1976, the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA) is an independent, nonpartisan research organization that specializes in issues of national security, foreign policy, and defense planning issues. The IFPA is associated with the Fletcher School of Diplomacy.
    Institute for Media, Peace and Security
    A research tool for media, peace and security issues.
    United States Institute of Peace Reports
    Includes timely reports in these programs: Balkans Initiative; Iraq Program; Muslim World Initiative; Philippine Facilitation Project; Religion and Peacemaking; Rule of Law; Virtual Diplomacy. Browse reports by region or by year. Some reports available in Arabic.
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