Scholarly Research Resources in International Relations

Guidelines for creating a bibliography of scholarly literature
Most of the databases that the Tisch Library and the Ginn Library subscribes to are of a scholarly nature, with a few exceptions. Rather than list those databases that do or do not index scholarly materials, here are some guidelines to help you identify scholarly source material:

These are just guidelines and exceptions are plentiful, especially when you encounter periodicals that are only published on the web. When in doubt, consult with your professor or a librarian.

How to find scholarly source material
The following databases index almost exclusively scholarly materials. Use the chart to identify broad subjects, then select the individual database for information about using it. NOTE: Study the entire chart carefully before choosing databases. Many interdisciplinary databases will be very useful for material on individual topics.

Arts/Humanities
ARTFL (French language)
Arts & Humanities Citation Index
EA
MLA International Bibliography (literature and language)
EA
Philosopher's Index
EA
Religion Database
EA

General/interdisciplinary
Alt-PressWatch
Blackwell Synergy
EA
Conference Papers Index
EA
Current Contents Connect
EA
Ethnic NewsWatch
Expanded Academic
FactSearch
GenderWatch
Health Reference Center
ISI Proceedings
EA
JSTOR
**
Nation Digital Archive
Oxford Reference Online
PapersFirst
Project Muse
ScienceDirect
EA
Statistical Universe
Wiley InterScience

Government Documents
Access UN**
National Security Archive
**

Newspapers
Lexis-Nexis
London Times Archive
**
New York Times Archive
**
Wall Street Journal
World News Connection
**

Public Opinion
Polling the Nations
**

Sciences
AGRICOLA EA
Environmental Issues and Policy
Environmental Universe
Pollution Abstracts
EA
Science Citation Index
EA
Water Resources
EA

 

 

Social Sciences
America: History and Life EA
Anthropology Plus
Bibliography of Asian Studies
**
Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAONet)
**
EconLit
** EA
The Economist
EIU Country Reports
**
ERIC (education)
EA
Historical Abstracts
EA
Linguistics and Language Behavior
EA
PAIS International (public affairs)
Policy Research Online
**
Social Sciences Citation Index
EA
Sociological Abstracts
EA
World Development Indicators
**
Worldwide Political Science
**
EA


All Tisch databases: By Title By Topic All Ginn databases: By Title By Topic
** = important to IR researchers

EA = Email alerts. Define a search. Database will run it periodically and email you with links when new materials are published.

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Databases

Name: Access UN (Help)
Years covered: 1998-present.
Fulltext: Some. Find source material at Tisch.
Description: Current and retrospective UN documents and publications, UN periodicals, and bilateral and multilateral treaties.

Name: AGRICOLA (Help)
Years covered: 1970-present.
Fulltext: None. Find source material at Tisch.
Description: Journal articles, theses, patents, software, and technical reports related to agriculture. Comprehensive coverage of newly acquired worldwide publications in agriculture and related fields.

Name: Alt-PressWatch (Help)
Years covered: 1995-present.
Fulltext: All.
Description: Newspapers, magazines and journals of the alternative and independent press on a broad range of critical issues. Provides a valuable new source of coverage, viewpoints and perspectives to complement and challenge the coverage of the mainstream media.

Name: America: History and Life (Help)
Years covered: 1964-present.
Fulltext: Some.
Description: Scholarly literature on the history and culture of the U.S. and Canada.

Name: Anthropology Plus (Help) Years covered: late 19th century-present.
Fulltext: None. Find source material at Tisch.
Description: Worldwide coverage of social and cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, biological anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and linguistic anthropology.

Name: ARTFL (American Research on the Treasury of the French Language) (Help)
Years covered: 18th century-present.
Fulltext: All.
Description: 2000 texts ranging from classics to non-fiction prose and technical writing. Provençal database includes texts in original spellings. Subjects include literary criticism, biology, history, economics, and philosophy. Allows for rapid exploration of single texts. Users can select a customized corpus of texts, search them for words and word patterns, and see occurrences in context.

Name: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (Help)
Years covered: 1975-present.
Fulltext: Some. Find source material at Tisch.
Description: International journal literature in arts and humanities.

Name: Bibliography of Asian Studies (Help)
Years covered: 1971-present.
Fulltext: None. Find source material at Tisch.
Description: All subjects (especially in the humanities and the social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide.

Name: Blackwell Synergy (Help)
Years covered: time period depends on title
Fulltext: All.
Description: Hundreds of Blackwell journals on a variety of subjects.

Name: CIAONet (Columbia International Affairs Online)
Years covered: 1991-present.
Fulltext: All.
Description: Comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. Working papers, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, case studies, books, journals and policy briefs.

Name: Conference Papers Index (Help)
Years covered: 1982-present.
Fulltext: None. Find source material at Tisch.
Description: Citations to papers and poster sessions presented at major meetings worldwide in life sciences, environmental sciences and aquatic sciences.

Name: Current Contents Connect (Help)
Years covered: 1970-present.
Fulltext: None. Find source material at Tisch.
Description: Multidisciplinary current awareness resource providing access to complete bibliographic information of over 8,000 of the world's leading scholarly journals and more than 2,000 books.

Name: EconLit (Help)
Years covered: 1969-present.
Fulltext: Only book reviews from Journal of Economic Literature since 1993. Find source material at Tisch.
Description: Economic theory and application in journals, books, dissertations and working papers

Name: The Economist
Years covered: 1997-present.
Fulltext: All.
Description: Daily analysis of world business, current affairs, science and technology, overviews of cultural trends and industry, business and country surveys. The site also provides briefings, statistics and profiles on sixty countries.

Name: Economist Intelligence Unit Country Reports (Help)
Years covered: 1970-present.
Fulltext: All.
Description: Customizable database of EIU business intelligence. Searchable by country and topic.

Name: Environmental Issues & Policy (Help)
Years covered: 1972-present.
Fulltext: None. Find source material at Tisch.
Description: Indexes over 1000 titles in the area of environmental policy and studies

Name: Environmental Universe (Help)
Years covered: 1975-present.
Fulltext: some. Find source material at Tisch.
Description: Journal articles and other key sources on the environment, covering local to worldwide conditions.

Name:ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) (Help)
Years covered: 1966-present.
Fulltext: Some. Find source material at Tisch.
Description: Education literature from journals, government documents, theses, dissertations, reports, conference proceedings, audiovisual media, bibliographies, directories, books and monographs.

Name: Ethnic NewsWatch (Help)
Years covered: 1991-present.
Fulltext: All.
Description: Newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press.

Name: Expanded Academic ASAP
Years covered: 1980-present.
Fulltext: Over 50%. Find source material at Tisch.
Description: Interdisciplinary, current events database with coverage from scholarly journals, popular magazines and newspapers.

Name: FactSearch
Years covered: 1984-present.
Fulltext: None. Find source material at Tisch.
Description: Social, economic, political, health, and environmental issues and public policy topics from more than 1,100 mainstream and alternative sources.

Name: GenderWatch (Help)
Years covered: 1970-present.
Fulltext: All.
Description: Gender’s impact on a broad spectrum of subject areas. Historical perspective on the evolution of the women's movement and changes in gender roles. Publications include journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, conference proceedings, regional publications, books, pamphlets and government and private organization reports.

Name: Health Reference Center
Years covered: 1980-present.
Fulltext: Over 55%. Find source material at Tisch.
Description: Covers fitness, pregnancy, medicine, nutrition, diseases, public health, occupational health and safety, alcohol and drug abuse, HMOs, prescription drugs, etc

Name: Historical Abstracts (Help)
Years covered: 1969-present.
Fulltext: Some. Find source material at Tisch.
Description: Scholarly literature in history from 1450 to the present exclusive of the United States and Canada.

Name: ISI Proceedings (Help)
Years covered: 1990-present.
Fulltext: None. Find source material at Tisch.
Description: Indexes papers delivered at prestigious international conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions.

Name: JSTOR (Help)
Years covered: time period depends on title
Fulltext: All.
Description: Scholarly journals in the social sciences, sciences and humanities.

Name: Lexis-Nexis (Help)
Years covered: 1970-present.
Fulltext: All.
Description: National and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, non-English language sources, legal news, law reviews, and international legal information, business news journals, company financial information, industry and market news, medical news.

Name: Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (Help)
Years covered: 1973-present.
Fulltext: None. Find source material at Tisch.
Description: All aspects of the study of language including phonetics; phonology; morphology; syntax; semantics; descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical and geographical linguistics.

Name: London Times Archive
Years covered: 1975-1985
Fulltext: All.

Name: MLA International Bibliography (Help)
Years covered: 1963-present.
Fulltext: None. Find source material at Tisch.
Description: Scholarly research in nearly 4,000 journals and series in literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.

Name: Nation Digital Archive (Help)
Years covered: 1865-present.
Fulltext: All.
Description: In the words of its publisher, the Nation is a “dissenting, independent, trouble-making, idea-launching journal of critical opinion. It’s also America's oldest continuously published weekly journal.

Name: National Security Archive (Help)
Years covered: 1945-present.
Fulltext: All.
Description: U.S. foreign and military policy, intelligence and security issues. Documents include presidential directives, memos, diplomatic dispatches, meeting notes, independent reports, briefing papers, White House communications, email, confidential letters and other secret material.

Name: New York Times Archive (Help)
Years covered: 1851-three years before present.
Fulltext: All.

Name: Oxford Reference Online (Help)
Fulltext: All.
Description: Dictionaries, language references, and subject reference works from art to science, All. published by Oxford University Press.

Name: PAIS International
Years covered: 1972-present.
Fulltext: None. Find source material at Tisch.
Description: Global public policy, economic and social issues from periodicals, books, hearings, reports, gray literature, government publications, Internet resources, and other publications from 120 countries.

Name: PapersFirst
Years covered: 1993-present.
Fulltext: None. Find source material at Tisch.
Description: Index of papers presented at conferences worldwide. Covers every published congress, symposium, conference, exposition, workshop and meeting received by The British Library Document Supply Centre.

Name: Philosopher's Index (Help)
Years covered: 1940-present.
Fulltext: None. Find source material at Tisch.
Description: Books and journals in philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, social philosophy, political philosophy, epistemology, and metaphysic logic as well as material on the philosophy of law, religion, science, history, education, and language.

Name: Policy Research Online (Help)
Years covered: 1970-present.
Fulltext: Some. Find source material at Tisch.
Description: All public policy issues. Content from public policy think tanks, university research programs, research organizations and publishers. Contributors include the American Enterprise Institute, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Center for Defense Information, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Institute for International Economics, IMF, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, RAND Corporation, U.S. Institute of Peace, and the World Bank.

Name: Polling the Nations
Years covered: 1986-present.
Fulltext: All.
Description: Surveys conducted by more than 700 polling organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Each record reports a question asked, responses given, the polling organization responsible for the work, the date the information was released, the sample size, and universe, i.e., the groups or areas included in the interview.

Name: Pollution Abstracts (Help)
Years covered: 1981-present.
Fulltext: None. Find source material at Tisch.
Description: Scientific research, conference proceedings and government policies on atmosphere, emissions, mathematical models, effects on people and animals, and environmental action in response to global pollution issues.

Name: Project Muse (Help)
Years covered: time period depends on title
Fulltext: All.
Description: University-press published journals in arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Name: Religion (Help)
Years covered: 1949-present.
Fulltext: None. Find source material at Tisch.
Description: Biblical studies, world religions, Church history and religious perspectives on social issues.

Name: Science Citation Index (Help)
Years covered: 1945-present.
Fulltext: Some. Find source material at Tisch.
Description: Covers the journal literature of the sciences.

Name: ScienceDirect (Help)
Years covered: time period depends on title
Fulltext: All.
Description: One of the world's largest providers of scientific, technical and medical literature.

Name: Social Sciences Citation Index (Help)
Years covered: 1956-present.
Fulltext: Some. Find source material at Tisch.
Description: Bibliographic information, author abstracts, and cited references found in over 1,700 of the world's leading scholarly social sciences journals.

Name: Sociological Abstracts (Help)
Years covered: 1963-present.
Fulltext: None. Find source material at Tisch.
Description: International literature in sociology and related disciplines. Summarizes journal articles, citations to book reviews, books, book chapters and dissertations.

Name: Statistical Universe (Help)
Years covered: 1970-present.
Fulltext: All.
Description: Publications of international intergovernmental organizations on topics such as population, business and financial activities, foreign trade, education, health, politics.

Name: Wall Street Journal (Help)
Years covered: 1982-present.
Fulltext: All.

Name: Water Resources (Help)
Years covered: 1967-present.
Fulltext: None. Find source material at Tisch.
Description: Summarizes the world's technical and scientific literature on characteristics, conservation, control, pollution, treatment, use and management of water. Abstracts are from journals, books, conference proceedings and technical reports, as well as from engineering, legal and government publications.

Name: Wiley InterScience (Help)
Years covered: time period depends on title
Fulltext: All.
Description: 300 scientific, technical, medical, and professional journals, major reference works, laboratory manuals, and select Wiley print books.

Name: World Development Indicators (Help)
Years covered: 1970-present.
Fulltext: All.
Description: Over 550 development indicators and time series data for over 200 countries and 18 country groups. Data includes social, economic, financial, natural resources, and environmental indicators.

Name: World News Connection (Help)
Years covered: 1970-present.
Fulltext: All.
Description: Translations of hundreds of international newspaper articles, radio and television broadcasts, and government statements. Economic, political, military and environmental news.

Name: Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (Help)
Years covered: 1975-present.
Fulltext: None. Find source material at Tisch.
Description: International periodical literature in political science, international relations, law, and public administration/policy.

Last updated: August 2003