International Organizations, POSC 396
Patricia Hardesty, Liaison Librarian
Use LEO to search for books and media in the JMU libraries. The Advanced Word Search will allow you to
limit your search to, for example, reference books or media. Use:
WorldCat (online in Research Databases & Resources) to extend your search beyond JMU, to find books,
media, and other sources that you may borrow on ILL.
When you do a keyword search in a library catalog, always look at the subject phrases that are used to describe the
books that look most useful for your research. Use these headings to do additional searches. The following may be
useful subject headings for your course research:
Human rights—[Place] Peace—International cooperation
Transnationalism International cooperation
Conflict management Non-governmental organizations—[Place]
Bibliographies, Indexing and Abstracting Services, Journal Databases
See the Political Science subject grouping in Research Databases & Resources for suggestions of useful
databases. When you find a citation for an article of interest in an online resource, but the full text is not included in
the database, try clicking on , which will help you gain access to the article online or find out if JMU
owns it in print or microform. This icon will be displayed in most of our databases. When this icon does not appear,
check what JMU owns by using Periodical Locator (for journals) or LEO (for books).
Unless otherwise indicated, all of the following are online sources, available in Research Databases, on the JMU
Library web. Citations for articles may also be found in the Background and Overview section of this handout.
PAIS International (1972 to present)
PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) is an index that includes brief abstracts for articles, books, government
publications, hearings, and reports on a wide range of topics, including international affairs, policy, human rights,
politics, and law. The results screen has a tab for each type of result, including “Peer-Reviewed Journals.”
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (WPSA) (1975 to present)
This resource primarily covers the international journal literature of political science and related fields.
Academic OneFile (1964 to present)
Indexes and abstracts scholarly journals and popular magazine and newspaper articles on all subjects. Tabs
identify the types of results, e.g., Academic Journals, Magazines, News.
Full text and images for back issues of selected scholarly journals in many fields, including political science.
Retrospective coverage varies for each title, but generally begins with the first issue published. For current issues (2
to 5 years from the present), look for holdings using Periodical Locator. For indexing of more recent volumes of
the same journals, use PAIS.
Note: Most databases (like PAIS or WPSA) give you some way to identify the peer-reviewed journals in your results.
Some (like Academic OneFile) let you limit your searches to peer-reviewed journals. Be aware, however, that not
every item in a peer-reviewed journal is the product of a peer review process. For example, letters to the editor or
news items may appear in a scholarly journal—and they are not peer-reviewed.
Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) (1991-present)
Full text of hard-to-find “gray literature,” including working papers from university research institutes, occasional
papers from non-governmental organizations, foundation-funded research projects, and proceedings from
conferences. Provides links to international affairs centers, institutes, and resources; U.S., international, and
foreign government sites; environmental studies Web pages; and news media services. Much of the material in
CIAO is serious, but not peer-reviewed.
Access World News. (1977 to present)
Full-text database of over 600 U.S. and over 700 international sources. Search by the state, country, or region of
the world from which the news originates.
Background and Overview
The Europa Directory of International Organizations.
(Ref JZ 4838 .E97)
Yearbook of the United Nations. Annual, 1946/47- present.
(Ref and Stacks, JX1977.A37 Y4)
Encyclopedia of Public International Law. 5 vols.
(Ref JX 1226 .E5 1992)
Alphabetical rearrangement of the 10-vol. work of 1981 bearing the same name. Good bibliographies.
Encyclopedia of Arms Control and Disarmament. 3 vols.
(Ref JX 1974 .E57 1993)
Lengthy signed articles with good bibliographies. Vol. 3 has an index, and a chronology and texts of many treaties
Great Events from History, Human Rights Series. (multivolume set)
(Ref JC 571 .G74 1992)
Chronological arrangement, beginning with 1900 in v. 1. Excellent cumulative indexes in most recent volume
include keyword, geographical, and personage indexes. Overviews of important events, with good bibliographies.
The Google Scholar (http://scholar.google.com) search engine will search the Internet for scholarly literature,
including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of
research. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies,
preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.
An advanced Google search (http://www.google.com/advanced_search) allows you to limit your results to
educational, organizational, or government websites.
There are many good web resources, particularly on organizations. Here are a few places to check.
Non-Governmental Organizations Research Guide.
Intergovernmental Organizations Internet Resources.
Help with Citations and Business Style
From “Quick Links” on the upper right corner of the library’s web pages, see RefWorks. RefWorks is software that
allows you to save your bibliography on a remote computer; it also helps you format the citations in your paper.
CheckCite, linked from the library homepage, helps you to cite sources in your research paper. For this class, you
will be using the Turabian Humanities Style.
Forms of Address.
Check this handy guide to learn how to address the person to whom you are writing.
The Writing Center Guide to Business Letters (from George Mason University).