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Resources by Subject Foreign Policy

Reference Sources (Background)
Locating Books
Locating Articles And More (Databases & Indexes)
Film, Video, and Image Collections
Websites
Evaluating Sources
Citing Sources

Reference Sources (Background)

Credo Reference (full text; current)
Over 500 reference books and sets from several publishers covering all subject areas.

Oxford Reference Online - Politics(full text; current)
Search political science-related dictionaries and reference books published by Oxford University Press.

Oxford Reference Online - Law ( full text; current)
Search law-related dictionaries and reference books published by Oxford University Press.

Background Notes (U.S. Dept. of State)
An encyclopedic source of information on countries and territories.  The archival version (pre-2000) is available at Background Notes - Archival Edition

CIA World Factbook (U.S. Central Intelligence Agency)
Provides overview information on countries/

Congressional Digest
Current Periodical Stacks (shelved alphabetically)
Each issue is devoted to a single topic which is under consideration by the U.S. Congress

CQ Weekly
Current Periodical Stacks (shelved alphabetically)
Provides individual voting records on major bills, summaries of Supreme Court decisions, texts of presidential speeches and news conferences.

Locating Books

Some helpful subje ct headings to use are:

United States--Foreign Policy
United States--Foreign Relations

MaconCat
The library's online catalog, providing access to books, journals, music, and movies in the library.

WorldCat
A catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

Books and articles not owned by our library can be obtained from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. Allow sufficient time for processing.  Average turnaround time is 3-5 days for articles and 3-14 days for books, excluding holidays and weekends. Submit ILL requests well in advance of deadlines.

Locating Articles And More (Databases & Indexes)

PAIS with ProQuest Political Science(some full-text; 1914 to present)
Covers political science, international relations and public policy with articles, books, hearings, government publications, etc. from 120 countries.

Academic Search Complete (1988 to present, some full-text)
Articles from selected popular magazines and scholarly journals in all disciplines.

OmniFile Full Text Mega (some full text; most 1994 to present, with some 1982 to present)
Articles from scholarly and popular sources in all disciplines.

LexisNexis Academic (dates vary, most 1990s-present ; full-text)
Provides full-text of legal, governmental, business, and general news information; searching under Legal Research and in News sources (particularly National or Regional papers) can be especially useful.

Bibliography of Asian Studies (citations; 1971-present)
An index to Western-language publications including periodical articles, books and book chapters, conference proceedings, anthologies, etc., covering East, Southeast, and South Asia.

Dissertations & Theses Global (full text 1997 to present; citations & abstracts primarily 1861 to present, some citations 1637+)
Covers master's theses and Ph.D. dissertations worldwide in all disciplines.

JSTOR (full text; dates vary by journal)
An archive of back issues of over 400 journals in many disciplines.

Once you know which journals you need, search Journals A-Z to see if they are online or in the library.

Film, Video, and Image Collections

American History In Video
Hundreds of hours of histroical film footage compiled from commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries on American history.

PBS Streaming Video Collection
Hundreds of hours of streaming video content from PBS, including programming from series such as Frontline, NOVA, and The American Experience.

C-SPAN Video Library
A nearly complete archive of over 160,000 hours of C-SPAN programs from 1987 to present, including footage from all 3 C-SPAN channels. Programs are indexed by subject, speaker names, titles, affiliations, sponsors, committees, categories, formats, policy groups, keywords, and location. The congressional sessions and committee hearings are indexed by person with full-text.

ARTstor (images)
An international digital library of approximately 550,000 images contributed by museums, individual photographers, scholars, special collections at libraries, and photo archives. In addition to images of  paintings, drawings, sculpture, and the decorative arts, the collection includes cultural and religious objects, cartoons, fashion and costume illustrations, covers from printed music, pages from illuminated manuscripts and early printed books, natural history illustrations, early anatomical and medical drawings, and many other types of images.-

Websites 

Central Intelligence Agency
Find out about all the (public) activies of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Foreign Affairs Online
Set-up to aid students and researchers on topics related to International Relations, International Law, and U.S. Foreign Policy.

Foreign Policy
A web interface for the print journal of the same name.

NATO
An extensive site for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. You can find useful information on organizations, issues, and even publications produced by NATO members.

U.S. Department of State
The official site for the U.S. State Department. Much of the information generated for this site comes from the day-to-day business of the Secretary of State.

Foreign Relations of the United States (U.S. Dept. of State)
This is a series of volumes consisting of primary source documents such as memoranda, telegrams, briefs, speeches, and other communications on foreign relations from the Truman-Nixon administrations

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Sources (R-MC)

Is it POPULAR or is it SCHOLARLY? (R-MC)

Critical Evaluation of Resources on the Internet (University of Alberta Libraries)

Citing Sources

Guides to the major citation styles are available at the Reference Desk.

Citing Full-Text from Library Databases (R-MC)

Citing in MLA, APA, and Chicago Styles (R-MC)

KnightCite (Calvin College)
Automatically formats citation information according to MLA, APA, or Chicago styles. Be sure to double-check the result for accuracy!

 

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