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
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
Latin America and the Caribbean

Reference articles in VRL
Coffee (Food: In Context)
Latin America and U.S. Policy - covers 1950-2000

Digital Archives/Collections
Guatemala Documentation Project (Natl Security Archive)
LANIC (maintained by UT) listing of archives in Latin America
Latin Amer. Travelogues (Brown) - from 16th-19th c.,  in English

Reports & Statistics
*For contrasting viewpoints, search for reports/briefs by think tanks or policy institutes with different agendas*
Hispanic Trends - Pew Rsrch Ctr
Latin Amer. Public Opinion Project (Vanderbilt) - incl. data
Latino Policy and Issue Briefs - UCLA Chicano Studies Rsrch Ctr
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