International Relations

Beginning Research at BU

BU Libraries search is a great place to identify books (both print and electronic) and many scholarly articles on a variety of topics. Nearly all the material covered by BU Libraries Search is full-text, which means that for many undergraduates, BU Libraries Search can supply enough research material to write an excellent paper. Scholars need to be aware, however, that there are additional high-quality resources that link to content that can not be identified through BU Libraries Search.

>> What isn't covered in BU Search?

The BU Search system can not yet ‘discover’:

  • most newspaper articles
  • most books the library does not own
  • full-text of most dissertations
  • treaties
  • presidential papers and declassified documents
  • diplomatic documents (such as Foreign Relations of the United States content)
  • full text content of many journal articles available only in print
  • full text content of some proprietary electronic journal articles
  • full text content of most working papers, policy briefs, etc. of institutes, ngos and igos in international relations
  • e-Reserves (material your instructor may have placed on electronic reserve for your class.)

>> I'm getting too many results. Can I search for books alone?

>> What advantage is there to searching a limited group of databases?

  • The databases listed below cover the highest-quality scholarly journals in the field; you will not have to filter out thousands of lesser quality items.
  • BU Library Search focuses on material we own, while these databases identify articles in journals we may not own – but material you can easily obtain (for free!) through Interlibrary Loan.

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find journal articles

 

Additional databases:
  • CIAO Columbia international affairs online.
    About CIAO...
    Please note that the content of this database extends beyond articles in journals.  CIAO publishes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs.
  • JSTOR
    About JSTOR...
    While this is a full text archive, current years (1-5 years) may not be available for a given title.
  • Gale Global Issues in Context (courtesy of Massachusetts Library System)
    About GIC...
    A good starting place, with links to article in journals, newspapers, and polls.
  • CQ Researcher
    About CQ Researcher...
    This is a database of research reports on a single topic of current interest such as ‘climate change’ or ‘immigration’ – NOT journal articles.

news sources (current)

  • Library PressDisplay  last 3 mos.; imaged content
  • International Newsstand‎
  • Boston Globe‎  (1980 – current)
  • WNC 1995+  NOTE: Official federal government translation site for selected world news. For older material, see

    FBIS


    The Daily Report series of the Foreign Broadcasting Information Service (FBIS) contains transcripts of newspaper articles and news broadcasts from all regions of the world. Thee FBIS series was discontinued in 1996, when the online World News Connection database became available (see previous entry). The FBIS news transcripts available in print and microfiche collections in Mugar Memorial Library are listed below.

    • Daily report. East Asia [microform]. Mugar Micro Mfiche Library has: December 14, 1987 – August 30, 1996.
    • Daily report. China [microform]. Mugar Micro Mfiche Library has: 1987 – July 31, 1996.
    • Daily report. South Asia. Mugar D839 .D348 Library has: May 1980 – May 1987.
    • Daily report. Near East & South Asia [microform]. Mugar Micro Mfiche Library has: December 14, 1987 – August 16, 1996.
    • Daily report. Middle East and Africa. Mugar DS41 .U581 Library has: numbers 65 (April 1980) – 103 (May 1987).
    • Daily report. Sub-Saharan Africa. Mugar DT348 .U55M Library has: July 1974 – March 1980.
    • Daily report. Sub-Saharan Africa [microform]. Mugar Micro Mfiche Library has: June 1, 1987 – August 16, 1996.
    • Daily report. Eastern Europe (later title: East Europe). Mugar D839 .D344 Library has: 1981, 1983 – July 1987.
    • Daily report. East Europe [microform]. Mugar Micro Mfiche Library has: December 14, 1987 – August 30, 1996.
    • Daily report. West Europe [microform]. Mugar Micro Mfiche Library has: December 14, 1987 – August 16, 1996.
    • Daily report. Soviet Union. Mugar D839 .D349 Library has: November 1983 – July 1987.
    • Daily report. Soviet Union (later title: Central Eurasia). Mugar Micro Mfiche Library has: December 14, 1987 – September 13, 1996.
    • Daily report. Latin America [microform]. Mugar Micro Mfiche Library has: December 14, 1987 – July 31, 1996.

    A list of the indexes to these regional FBIS microfiche collections follows:

    • Daily report. Asia & Pacific (later title: East Asia). Index. Mugar Micro Ref X D839 .D342Library has: volume 1 (1978/79) – 18 (May 1996).
    • Daily report. People’s Republic of China (later title: China). Index. Mugar Micro Ref X D839 .D343Library has: volume 1 (1975) – 22 (1996).
    • Daily report. South Asia. Index. Mugar Micro Ref X D839 .D348Library has: volume 1 (1980/81) – 8 (1986/87).
    • Daily report. Near East & South Asia. Index. Mugar Micro Ref X DS41 .D28Library has: volume 1 (1987/88) – 10 (1996).
    • Daily report. Middle East & North Africa. Index. Mugar Micro Ref X D839 .D347Library has: volume 1 (1978) – 2 (1980).
    • Daily report. Sub-Saharan Africa. Index. Mugar Micro Ref X D839 .D352Library has: volume 1 (1978) – 2 (1980).
    • Daily report. Middle East & Africa. Index. Mugar Micro Ref X D839 .D346Library has: volume 1 (1980/81) – 8 (1986/87).
    • Daily report. Sub-Saharan Africa. Index. Mugar Micro Ref X DT348 .U57Library has volume 1 (1987/88) – 10 (1996).
    • Daily report. Eastern Europe (later title: East Europe). Index. Mugar Micro Ref X D839 .D344Library has: volume 1 (1978/79) – 18 (1996).
    • Daily report. Western Europe (later title: West Europe). Index. Mugar Micro Ref X D839 .D353Library has: volume 1 (1978/79) – 18 (1996).
    • Daily report. Soviet Union (later title: Central Eurasia). Index. Mugar Micro Ref X D839 .D349Library has: volume 1 (1977) – 20 (1996).
    • Daily report. Latin America. Index Mugar Micro Ref X D839 .D345Library has: volume 1 (1979) – 18 (1996).

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primary source documents

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key reference sources

Country Factbooks

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Dictionaries

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Foreign Documents

  • Australasian Legal Information Institute Databases Primary legal and legislative materials for Australia and New Zealand.
  • British and Irish Legal Information Institute Databases Primary legal and legislative materials for England and Wales,Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, United Kingdom, and the European Union.
  • data.gc.ca Canadian government databases, directories, reports, statistics,statutes, & other online reference sources.
  • EUROPA Provides up-to-date coverage of European Union affairs and essential information on European integration.
      European Union Databases:

    • Europe Direct is an information service that aims to provide direct and easy access to information and advice on the activities of the European Union and its single market.
    • Eurostat is the European Union’s statistical information service.
    • RAPID provides a daily view of the activities of the European Union as presented by the Commission, the Council and other EU institutions in their press releases
    • Eur-Lex portal is a single entry point a portal to EU legal texts.
    • PreLex is the partner database of EurLex. It follows all Commission legislative proposals and communications, from the time they are sent to the Council or to the European Parliament until they are either adopted, rejected or withdrawn.
    • ARCHISplus is a database giving access to the historical archives of the European Commission.
    • TED, the Tenders Electronic Daily, contains European calls for tender published in the Official Journal Supplement S of the European Communities. It is the one-stop official information source for timely information on public procurement opportunities from the European Union, the European Economic Area and beyond.
    • CORDIS is the Community Research and Development Information Service.
    • ECLAS gives access to the European Commission’s Library Catalogue.
    • IDEA is an electronic database which comprises the directories of the various European Union institutions.
    • SCADplus is a database that contains clear and concise summaries of EU legislation in all policy areas.
  • UK Parliament Website
  • List of Foreign Governments (Northwestern University Library Research Guide)  Identifies key government office and agency websites.
  • PARLIT A database of bibliographic references on the role, structure and working methods of national parliaments, and on electoral systems, constitutional law, history and political science.
  • Political Database of the Americas Provides documentary and statistical political information on Latin America,including constitutions, electoral laws, legislative and executive branch information and election data.
  • OECD iLibrary
  • WAO: World Affairs Online One of the largest social science databases in Europe, currently containing over 665,000 references, mainly journal articles, book chapters, hearings, and grey literature.

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Maps

People

Polls

Statistics

Treaties

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