Global and Regional Studies

Subject Guides

These Subject Guides will be retired in December. You can start using the new Global and Regional Studies guide now. This page will no longer be updated. 

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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

Includes Encyclopedia of Human Rights

Includes good background essays on a variety of social science topics.

Yearbook of the United Nations. (341.13 Un3)  Year by year account of UN activity.


Discover articles and books from many of our databases.

A great place to start if you are doing in-depth research on public policy issues.  This is a database filled with journal articles, government documents, reports, and even some book chapters, and focuses on global issues.

A good multi-disciplinary database that offers a good range of scholary and popular articles.

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) offers case studies, conference proceedings, articles, and other scholarly material.

Another great multi-disciplinary database with a great range of scholarly journals.

An archive of scholarly journals, some dating from the 19th century.  This is where you get great historical perspective on your topic, or access to seminal research.

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



Find the Catholic viewpoint for your topic through published popular and scholarly literature.

This database focuses on world history, but does not include the U.S. or Canada.

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.

Scholarly articles for the social sciences.

Scholarly articles for topics relating to social services.

A huge database of scholarly and popular literature that relates to sociological themes.

The premier database for scholarly and popular articles for Women's Studies.


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.

Rather than read the entire 100+ pages, just go right to the resource list to find a bibliography of resources used to write the dissertation.  This is a valuable and efficient way to find articles in your topic area.

Current newspapers from around the world. Newspapers included in this database: Moscow Times (Russia), and China Daily (China).

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.  Newspapers included in this database: The Guardian (UK), Spiegel (Germany), Folha (Brazil), Globe & Mail (Canada), and Sunday Times (South Africa).

Current international newspapers, and also radio and television transcripts from major networks. 

The complete New York Times from 1851 to the present.  If this is your first time using this source you will be asked to create an account.  You can then log in from any device to access the paper.

Newspapers from the Web

London Times - The version on the web
Washington Post - The version on the web.  Login using your SMC login and password for full access of this newspaper.


African Activisit Archive - "The African Activist Archive is preserving and making available online the records of activism in the United States to support the struggles of African peoples against colonialism, apartheid, and social injustice from the 1950s through the 1990s."

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.

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.

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.

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

This offers country studies, but also often includes demographic and economic statistics for many countries as well.

Browse international statistics from a variety of sources.  When looking at the charts find the original source, if possible, as it often yields additional pertinent information.

United Nations Statistics - Statistics collected by the UN include demographics, environment, and gender.

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.

Chicago Manual of Style (Author-Date) - a quick guide from the SMC Library.  You can view the entire Chicago Manual of Style online.


Citation Management Software


Consider getting the Firefox (browser) extension called Zotero to better manage your online citations. You can also use Mendeley. Both are free!


Need Help with your research paper?

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.


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