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Getting Started: Selected Reference Materials

REFERENCE BOOKS AND WEBSITES

CIA World Factbook
Online Location: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html

Credo Reference
Online Location: http://muhlenberg.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://search.credoreference.com or search Encompass Search by title.
Credo Reference is a collection of hundreds of reference works, including general and subject specific dictionaries, encyclopedias, guides, companions and more--all online, all searchable from one search box.

The Europa World Year Book
Online Location: http://muhlenberg.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://www.europaworld.com/ or search Encompass Search by title

Political Handbook of the World
Online Location: http://muhlenberg.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://library.cqpress.com/phw/ or search Encompass Search by title

US Department of State: Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets
Online Location: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn

LIBRARY NEWS DATABASES

LexisNexis Academic
Full text of thousands of newspapers, magazines, broadcast transcripts, business publications, legal materials, and more.
Access: Library Homepage -- Research -- Databases A to Z -- LexisNexis Academic

OTHER WEBSITES: GENERAL

Foreign Affairs Online
http://www.people.virginia.edu/~rjb3v/rjb.html
Excellent guide for students of foreign affairs. Includes annotated links to the following topics: US Government, Foreign States, UN, NGOs & IGOs, International Law, Human Rights, International Realations, Think Tanks and the Digital Divide.

Foreign Relations of the United States (1861-1960)
http://uwdc.library.wisc.edu:2784/collections/FRUS
"The Foreign Relations of the United States series is the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions that have been declassified and edited for publication. [...] This digital facsimile of Foreign Relations of the United States is a project of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago Libraries. This is an incomplete run from 1861-1960 with missing volumes being added as they can be acquired and processed."

National Security Archive
http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/index.html
"Combines [...] investigative journalism center, research institute on international affairs, library and archive of declassified U.S. documents" and more.

US Department of State Office of the Historian
http://history.state.gov/
"The Office of the Historian is responsible, under law, for the preparation and publication of the official documentary history of U.S. foreign policy in the Foreign Relations of the United States series."

WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources
http://www.etown.edu/vl/
Compiled by a professor of International Studies at Elizabethtown College, this gateway site is organized into helpful categories. It contains a great depth of high quality information and it has been reviewed and highly ranked by several respected Social Science sources.

World Legal Information Institute
http://www.worldlii.org/catalog/215.html
Organized by country and then by subject.

OTHER WEBSITES: FEDERAL AGENCIES

      

    Finding Articles & Reports: Databases & Search Engines

    SEARCHING FOR ARTICLES

    See a list of all article databases via the Library Homepage  --  Research  -- Databases A-Z

    Check the Subject Guides (follow the path: Library Homepage -- Research) for other recommended databases for this and other subject areas.

    Use UlrichsWeb Periodicals Directory to find out information about individual journals, including whether or not they are peer-reviewed.

    International Relations, Political Science and Specialized Databases and Search Engines

    Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO)
    A database of scholarly journal articles, working papers, policy briefs, conference proceedings, and more in the area of international affairs theory and research. Full text is linked directly in the database.

    PAIS
    Citations from scholarly journal articles, books, book chapters, policy briefs, government publications, and more from on domestic and international political, economic, social and public policy issues. Use the Check for Full Text buttons to check for full text online or in the library.

    PolicyArchive (Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis University Library and nonprofit Center for Governmental Studies)
    https://www.policyarchive.org/
    "PolicyArchive is ... digital archive of global, non-partisan public policy research. It [...] collect[s] and disseminate[s] summaries and full texts, videos, reports, briefs, and multimedia material of think tank, university, government, and foundation-funded policy research."

    Think Tank Search
    http://guides.library.harvard.edu/hks/think_tank_search
    "Think Tank Search is a custom Google search of more than 450 think tank websites. For the purposes of this search, think tanks are defined as institutions affiliated with universities, governments, advocacy groups, foundations, non-governmental organizations, and businesses that generate public policy research, analysis, and activity. Inclusion is based upon the relevancy of subject area to HKS [Harvard Kennedy School] coursework and scholarship, the availability of the think tank’s research in full-text on the website, and the think tank’s reputation and influence upon policy making. The list represents a mixture of partisan and non-partisan think tanks."
    >>See also the "US" and "Non-US" tabs for lists of and links to individual think tanks.

    Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
    Citations from scholarly journal articles, books, book chapters, policy briefs, government publications, and more in political science and complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration/policy. Use the Check for Full Text buttons to check for full text online or in the library.

    General / Interdisciplinary Databases

    Academic Search Complete
    A database of both scholarly and popular publications in a wide variety of disciplines and subject areas, including political science. Most full text is linked directly in the database; otherwise use the Check for Full Text buttons to check for full text online or in the library.

    JSTOR
    A database of scholarly journals for most academic disciplines. The most recent three to five years of most journals are not included. Full text is linked directly in the database.

    Omnifile
    A database of scholarly and non-scholarly journals covering various subjects including general sciences, humanities, social sciences, and business. Most full text is linked directly in the database; otherwise use the Check for Full Text buttons to check for full text online or in the library.

    News

    LexisNexis Academic
    A database of popular newspapers, magazines, and broadcast transcripts, as well as business publications, legal materials, and more. Full text is linked directly in the database.

        
       

      Getting the Full Text of Articles

      To get the full text of an article, consider the following options:

      - If you are in Encompass Search or a library database, look for "Check for Full Text buttons," "Access Online," or "Check eResources" buttons. These buttons will take you the full text of the article or tell you that the full text cannot be found. If the full text is not available from Trexler Library, look for buttons to request the item from another library via interlibrary loan. Or go directly to the interlibrary loan request forms.

      - If you have citation information for the article (i.e., journal title, article title, publication year, etc.), type the information about your article in Encompass Search on the library website. If the library subscribes to the full text, you will be directed to the article (see first bullet above). If not, you can request a copy of the article via interlibrary loan.

      - If Trexler Library does not have access to the full text of the article, search Google Scholar by article title to see if the author has made a copy freely available online. If not, you can request a copy of the article via interlibrary loan.

      Finding Books

      Encompass Search finds information by searching through a massive collection of books, scholarly journals, newspapers and magazines, dissertations, conference proceedings, music, video, maps, and more. 

      To find only books, use the Books limit on the left sidebar of your search results page. Many items will be in Trexler Library; note the call number and status of the item to check its location and availability. For items not in Trexler Library, use the Interlibrary Loan to request a copy from another library.

          

        Finding Government Documents

        United States

        Muhlenberg College receives about 30% of all materials published by the U.S. Federal Government. These items cover a wide range of subject areas. All of the government documents that we receive have records in Encompass Search.

        Selected Online Resources

        Foreign Relations of the United States (1861-1960)
        http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/FRUS/FRUS-idx?type=browse&scope=FRUS.FRUS1
        "The Foreign Relations of the United States series is the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions that have been declassified and edited for publication. [...] This digital facsimile of Foreign Relations of the United States is a project of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago Libraries. This is an incomplete run from 1861-1960 with missing volumes being added as they can be acquired and processed."

        National Security Archive
        http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/index.html
        "Combines [...] investigative journalism center, research institute on international affairs, library and archive of declassified U.S. documents" and more.

        ProQuest Congressional
        Getting there: Library homepage -- Research -- Databases A-Z -- ProQuest Congressional
        Information from the U.S. legislature, including full text of bills, public laws, committee reports, House and Senate documents , Congressional Record, Federal Register, and more government information.  Coverage dates vary.  Note especially the availability of hearings (1970-present).

        Treaties and Other International Acts Series
        http://www.state.gov/s/l/treaty/tias/index.htm
        "All treaties and international agreements other than treaties to which the United States has become a party" from 1996-present.

        US Department of State Office of the Historian
        http://history.state.gov/
        "The Office of the Historian is responsible, under law, for the preparation and publication of the official documentary history of U.S. foreign policy in the Foreign Relations of the United States series."

        Other

        Governments on the World Wide Web
        http://www.gksoft.com/govt/en/

        World Legal Information Institute: Countries
        http://www.worldlii.org/catalog/215.html

            

          Citing Your Sources

          For information on why to cite your sources and how to avoid plagiarism, see the Get Started with Library Research: Cite Sources guide.

          For help using Chicago style, consult the following resources:

          • The Chicago manual of style (16th ed., 2010)
            Location: Online or search Encompass Search by title or Ready Reference 808.027 C632m

          For help with Zotero, a "free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources," see https://www.zotero.org/.

              

            Need Help with Your Research?

            Contact:

            Jen Jarson
            Social Sciences Reference Librarian
            phone: 484-664-3552
            email: jarson@muhlenberg.edu

                
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