For most of your topics, you should be able to find many useful journal articles, book chapters,
working papers, etc. by doing some very careful searching in the main
Politics databases we've already discussed. Here are some additional
databases that should be of help as well:
America: History & Life (PU only)
Indexes books and journal articles on the history of the United States
and Canada from prehistory to the present. Covers works published 1954-present.
This resource can be useful for finding articles that discuss U.S. relations
with, and influences on the countries in question.
- CIAO - Columbia
International Affairs Online (PU only)
CIAO publishes online a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that
includes working papers from university research institutes, NGO occasional
papers, foundation-funded research projects, conference proceedings,
books, journals, and policy briefs.
Historical Abstracts (PU only)
This database has long been recognized as the leading bibliography providing
unmatched coverage of world history (excluding North America) dealing
with time periods from 1450 to the present. It covers approximately
2,000 journals, as well as books and dissertations published worldwide
since the mid 1950s in history and related areas, including anthropology,
genealogy, multicultural studies, political science, and sociology.
- Index Islamicus (PU only)
Produced by the Islamic Bibliography Unit at Cambridge University
Library, this database indexes literature on Islam, the Middle
East and the Muslim world from a variety of disciplines,
including accounting, archaeology, the arts, economics,
education, geography, history, Islam, law, literature, science,
philosophy, politics, religion, theology, travel, and zoology.
Records included in the database go back to 1906.
- Peace Research Abstracts Journal.
Publisher: Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc. Bimonthly.
Location: Pitney Collection (PITN)
Call Number: 576.7033
Library Has: 1964-present
Current Volume: Current Periodicals Reading Room (PR)
This is not an online database, but a relevant index for the topic of
international conflict resolution published six times a year by the
Peace Research Institute- Dundas (in Ontario, Canada). It provides indexing
and abstracts for books, journal articles, government publications,
scholarly papers, major speeches and research studies concerning peace
studies and international relations. Each issue has an author and subject
index, and the last issue of each year has an annual cumulative index.
- Policyfile (PU only)
Provides indexing and abstracts of research publications addressing
the complete range of public policy research. PolicyFile draws its content
from public policy think tanks, university research programs, research
organizations, and trade publishers. The database consists of over 50,000
abstracts dating from 1990 to present, with some full-text where available
and links to organizational home pages.
- Social Sciences
Citation Index (PU only)
Multidisciplinary index to the journal literature of the social sciences.
Indexes more than 1,725 journals across 50 social sciences disciplines.
Useful for cited reference searches. Covers works published 1956-present.
Sociological Abstracts (PU only)
Indexing and abstracting of the world's literature in sociology and
related disciplines, both theoretical and applied. Covers 2,500 journals,
conference papers, dissertations, and book reviews. Includes materials
in 30 languages and covers works published 1963-present. This resource
may help you to locate articles on the social aspects of democratic
development in various countries.
If you are working on a topic that tries to break some new
ground, that is, something about which little seems to have been written,
you might find a search using the following tool to be of help.
Dissertation Abstracts (PU only)
This database is a good historical index of doctoral dissertations
and master's theses that provides the full text of dissertations
from 1997 forward. A quick search in this database can help uncover
recent research on your topic or something related to your topic.
While you might not use a dissertation as a source for your paper,
per se, taking a look at the bibliography of a relevant
dissertation can help lead you to other useful sources of
information you might not otherwise find.