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International Affairs and Global Studies: Research Essentials

Learn Research Skills!



Check Sage's Research Basics page for Political Science and International Relations.

Also check our Sage Knowledge collection for a wide assortment of texts on all aspects of the research process.  


Research Essentials - Begin Here!

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, Globalization, Genocide, and Conflict Resolution.


    Global Issues examines pros and cons of current topics with a focus on international issues.    


   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.


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 search engines available at the NU Libraries 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:

Need more help?

Please e-mail Roxanne Palmatier, library contact for International Affairs and Global Studies.