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 Find current country studies.  Some reports also include essays about that country's economy or political situation.


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Check out the Library's Tutorial page that offers links to video and slideshows that can help you to organize your search, plan for an annotated bibliography, and prepare to cite your sources.  



Discover articles and books from many of our databases.



Search all nineteen Proquest databases at once.  These include: PAIS, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, Sociological Abstracts, Dissertations and Theses, and ABI/Inform


Articles for Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the Latino and Hispanic community within the United States.  A combination of popular and scholarly literature.



Another useful way to get a list of citations in your area of interest is to browse the bibliographies of other dissertations and theses.  See if any of the articles listed would be of interest to your research as well.  




 The Library also provides access to many international, national, and local newspapers through Lexis-Nexis Academic.  Use the following links to browse current/daily news from these newspapers.

New York Times 
Washington Post 
Christian Science Monitor 
London Times

Reference Materials

Includes Encyclopedia of Associations


World Guide: An Alternative Reference to the Countries of our Planet. (Ref 305 In7) Oxford: New Internationalist, 2007. Provides detailed country profiles with an eye towards issues of development, environment, human rights and more.

United Nations System: a Reference Handbook. (Ref 341.23 AL35) Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2005. Information on issues relating to the UN. Includes information on UN organizations.

Yearbook of the United Nations. (Ref 341.13 Un3) Lake Success, NY: United Nations. Library has 1952, 1958 to present, with the most recent issues being online. Year by year account of UN activity.

Encyclopedia of the United Nations and International Agreements. (Ref 341.23 Os5) New York: Routledge, 2003.

Includes Countries of the World and Their Leaders Yearbook, and Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations, and connects to hundreds of online subject encyclopedias.

Includes good background essays on a variety of social science topics.
Human Rights and War

- Includes Encyclopedia of Human Rights

- Includes Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity,  Human Rights Encyclopedia, Terrorism: Essential Primary Sources, Government, Politics, and Protest: Essential Primary Sources, and Human and Civil Rights: Essential Primary Sources

War Crimes and Justice: A Reference Handbook.  (Ref 341.69 B210) Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2002.

Women and International Human Rights Law.  (Ref 305.42 As48) 3 vols. Ardsley, NY: Transational, 1999-

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Full text report from the State Department. You can access the most recent report, or go back through the archive beginning in 1999.

Freedom - A non-profit, non partisan group focusing on human rights advocacy and analysis.

Human Rights Watch - News and information from this organization, plus annual world reports, accessible by country name.

Center for Defense Information: Terrorism - Links to papers written by the CDI, mainly about the US, but also including other parts of the world as well.

The Torture Archive - Over 83,000 pages from the National Security Archive at George Washington University.  Includes legal documents from the US and foreign courts, information on practices of US military and intelligence sources, the complete Combatant Status Review Tribunal and the ARB files from the Pentagon.  Searchable.

Annotated bibliography of Government Documents Related to the Threat of Terrorism and the Attacks of September 11, 2001 - An annotated linkable bibliography of around 250 federal government publications from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.

National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism - Discussions and materials on such issues asPsychological Effects of Terrorism, Protective Clothing and First Responders, and Communications and Terrorist Response.

Other International Sites

Europa, European Union- The official site.

United Nations - The official UN Web site

World Wide Web Virtual Library: International Affairs - Extensive list of international organizations.

Writing and Citing

Chicago Manual of Style (Author-Title) - A guide from the SMC Library

Chicago/Turabian Documentation - From the University of Wisconsin, Madison. 

Quick Guide to Chicago Style from the Chicago manual publishers. 

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (Ref 808.02 T840c) 7th ed., Chicago: University of Chicago, 2007.

APA Style Guide (quick guide from the SMC Library)

MLA Style Guide (quick guide from the SMC Library)


Writing Assistance

Having trouble putting it all together? The SMC Center for Writing Across the Curriculum (or, "The Writing Center") offers peer-to-peer advising sessions for both undergraduate and graduate students. You can call or stop by to make an appointment, or can also drop in and do a session immediately, if an adviser is available. See their website for more information, or stop by the first floor of DeLaSalle, or call us: 925.631.4684

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