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.International Relations Subject Guide: Home

A guide to information resources for political science classes and others interested in world affairs.

Background Information

Getting started on a policy paper or project in international relatons usually involves identifying a topic and narrowing its scope to a significant issue. Use the following sources to help find a topic, understand the issues, locate keywords, and get an overview of developments.

  • CQ Researcher
    Reports on current topics of widespread interest including background information, a chronology, the current situation, future outlook and a bibliography of additional sources.  Note: Most topics are domestic.
        1991-  Online 1991-   additional sources.  Note: Most topics are domestic.
        Print - Reference Collection call number: H35.E35 1986-1990
  • CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online)
    One of the most comprehensive sources for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs. There is data, detailed maps, and economic and political information for over 200 countries. Updated quarterly with information from The Economist and its research arm, The Economist Intelligence Unit.
  • Global Policy Forum Founded in 1993, this group monitors global policy making at the United Nations.
  • Online Newshour (PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer)
  • Books

  • WOU Catalog
  • Summit (NW Academic catalog)
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    Selected Websites

  • Government & Politics Web page This page has extensive links for local, state, national, and international Web sites.
  • Global Policy Forum Founded in 1993, this group monitors global policy making at the United Nations.
  • Congressional LexisNexis This site has extensive coverage of Congress and Congressional publications.
  • Think Tanks (Univ of Michigan) Links to organizations which study international and U.S.-related issues.
  • News, Event, and Chronology Information

  • Annual Register: A record of world events. Reference Collection call number: D2.A7
  • Kessing's Record of World Events.
         current 10 years - 1st floor - Ref Collection (D410.F3)
         earlier years from 1960 - 2nd floor - Call number D410.F3
  • News and Media Sources (New York Times, etc.)
  • World News Connection (foreign press - translated)
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    Country & Regional Information

  • Europa Yearbook. 2 volumes. Reference Collection call number: JN1.E85 Covers all nations.
  • World Factbook. Also in print - Reference Collection call number: JN1.W92
  • Central Intelligence Agency Constitutions of the World. Reference Collection call number: K3157.E5M33 1995
  • Africa South of the Sahara. Reference Collection call number: DT351.A37
  • Far East and Australasia. Reference Collection call number: DS1.F3
  • Middle East and North Africa. Reference Collection call number: DS49.M5
  • South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Reference Collection call number: F1401.S68
  • Americas Review. Reference Collection call number: HC121.L2713
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