Global Studies Guide

Examining primary sources lies at the heart of history research, but before you delve into the details, invest time developing an understanding of your topic in its broader context by consulting resources in the Understanding Context section of this guide, sources like World History in Context (a great starting point for global studies research).

Reading Shelf (browse the latest issue of your favorite international relations publications)
 Time (May 1990-)   Newsweek (1990-)  US News & World Rpt (1990-)
  History Today (1985-)*
*current and historical topics
  The Economist (1988-)   Foreign Policy (1990-)
 Foreign Affairs (1985-)  World Affairs (1985-)  Harvard Intl Review (1990-)

Need Scholarly Sources? Primary? Search journals and pamphlets in JSTOR.

Understanding Context
  • topic overviews
  • reference articles
  • contrasting viewpoints
  • e-books - introductions
All Sides - U.S. policy news from contrasting perspectives
Background Notes (USDoS)
BBC Country Profiles (includes info re: media outlets)
CIA World Factbook
EBSCO ebooks - beware of bias
MW Library Catalog - reference
Open CRS - reports by the CRS
Opposing Viewpoints
PowerSearch (Gale) - books

Specific Projects
Ericson - Dept of State
Ericson - 21st c. US and Asia
Smith - 20th c. Topics
Wilkes - Korean War

U.S. Foreign Policy
Foreign Relations of the U.S. (UW) - primary documents
Frontline Diplomacy - LOC archive shedding light on life of diplomats
National Archives - Online Public Access Advanced Search
National Security Archive (GWU) - primary  source documents
Office of the US Historian - digital records of US Foreign Policy by administration
Public Papers of the President (UM) - through Clinton or
State Dept Archive new interface (1945-1976+) HTML or eBooks

Delving Deeper
  • primary sources
  • scholarly journal articles
  • reports and statistics
  • e-books - detail chapters
Ancient History Sourcebook
AP Source - mag & journal articles - legislation, floor debate transcripts, and more
Digital Resources by Global Region - for European lists, select from menu on European Countries tab
EBSCO ebooks - beware of bias
Google Scholar
Historical Newspapers (incl. NYT from 1851-2007, UK's Guardian and Observer from 1791-2003, and four historic black newspapers)
Indian History Sourcebook
Islamic History Sourcebook
Jewish History Sourcebook
JSTOR - scholarly archive
National Security Archive (GWU) - Electronic Briefing Books incorporate declassified docs
NationMaster - statistics
PowerSearch (Gale) - articles
World Digital Library - high resolution images of primary docs from the world's libraries - browse by region/time or search
World History in Context

Current Global Region
Middle East

Arab Uprising Country by Country  (BBC) - select country at top
Middle East: Documentary History - pub. in 2008, this text provides documents in context from the past, but not recent changes
Oil Prices (US Energy Admin)

Arab Spring: Interactive Timeline (Guardian) - requires Flash
Global Connections: Middle East (PBS) - incl. interactive timeline and thematic articles
Syrian Regional Refugee Response - inter-agency portal for data, news, and docs hosted by UNHCR


Primary Sources

Abdul Hamid II Collection (LOC) - portrays Ottoman Empire during reign of one of last sultans

Africa & M.E. Reading Room (LOC) - incl. webcasts

Discover Islamic Art (Museum with No Frontiers)

Maps - from UTexas & D. Rumsey

Photograph/print archives: AGSL

Political Posters (Am Univ of Beirut) - 1960's to 1980's

Tahir Documents - ongoing effort to archive and translate activist papers from the 2011 Egyptian uprising and its aftermath. Materials are collected from demonstrations in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and published in English alongside scans of the original 

WDL: Middle East and N. Africa - over 1000 primary sources

More Arab Spring Resources 
Cornell's and Georgetown's resource guides include many freely available resources. Brown's guide focuses on links to art, music, videos, and blogs.
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