Learn about your topic: discover main issues, key players and organizations, theoretical frameworks, pros and cons, etc.
Use the International Relations Bibliography to learn about your research topic. Popular bibliographies include Human Rights, Counterinsurgency, Genocides, and Conflict Resolution.
Policy File Index Reports from think tanks and research organizations.
These are examples of discipline-specific encyclopedias. Use these resources to find overviews which cover major aspects of a topic and highlight key issues related to that topic.
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Use Ulrich's Web to find information about a journal, including its type (i.e., trade, consumer, scholarly, peer-reviewed). In Ulrich's, the referee's shirt indicates peer-reviewed content.
Many library search engines provide a peer-reviewed selection box. Once clicked, this feature limits search results to scholarly, peer-reviewed materials. Many of the criminology/criminal justice search engines available at NU provide this feature, including Academic Search Complete, WorldWide Political Science Abstracts, PAIS, and the Social Sciences Premium Collection.
Several discovery tools for peer-reviewed literature are described below: