Politics Junior Paper Workshops

Resources for JP #12: Order & Change in World Politics

More Tips on Finding Books


In addition to using keywords to search the Main Catalog, you should also try a subject heading approach. If you are researching a specific country, use the name of the country as a subject heading in the Basic Search. For example, type Turkey and select Subject Heading from the pull-down menu. The resulting list of subject headings will help to outline the kinds of material held in Princeton's collection that relate to Turkey. Click on a subject heading to see a list of titles that deal with that topic.

Remember that traveling down the list of headings will take you to subjects that are further sub-divided and, therefore, more specific. Traveling up the list gets you subjects that are more general. Here are some sub-headings that should be useful:

  • [Country Name] History
  • [Country Name] Politics and government
  • [Country Name] Foreign relations
  • [Country Name] Economic conditions
  • [Country Name] Social conditions

Pay special attention to items listed under the sub-headings History, Politics and government, and Foreign relations as these items will deal with the political development of the country and its relations with other countries.

Additional Databases


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.
News Sources


For additional resources, be sure to consult the Newspaper Indexes page.

Contemporary News (mid-1980s to present):

  • Lexis Nexis Academic (PU only)
    Provides full text access to news from across the U.S. and around the world. Coverage of most newspapers goes back to the mid 1980s, but varies widely. Also provides access to business, legal, and medical journals, as well as corporate financial information.
  • Factiva (PU only)
    Database from Dow Jones & Reuters that provides full text access to various newspapers and news wire services.
  • ProQuest Newspapers (PU only)
    Provides indexing and full text of the Wall Street Journal (1984- ) and the New York Times (1995- ) and abstracts only of USA Today (1989- ).

Historical News (back to mid-1800s):

  • Historical New York Times (ProQuest Historical Newspapers) (PU only)
    Provides retrospective coverage of the New York Times going back to the first issue (1851-2001) in full text. Search by keywords and date.
  • Historical Wall Street Journal (ProQuest Historical Newspapers) (PU only)
    Provides retrospective coverage of the Wall Street Journal going back to the first issue (1889-1986) in full text. Search by keywords and date.
  • Historical Washington Post (ProQuest Historical Newspapers) (PU only)
    Provides retrospective coverage of the Washington Post going back to the first issue (1877-1987) in full text. Search by keywords and date.
  • Reader's Guide Retrospective (PU only)
    This retrospective online version of the ever-popular Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature contains comprehensive indexing of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the U.S. between the years 1890-1982.

Foreign News (1975-present):

  • Foreign Broadcast Information Service Electronic Index (PU only)
    Provides indexing to the Daily Reports of the CIA's Foreign Broadcast Information Service. These reports include translated broadcasts, news agency transmissions, newspapers, periodicals, and government statements from nations around the world. Search by keyword, region and date.
    Note: This index only covers reports from 1975-1996, which are mostly available in microfiche with some in paper. Ask for help locating these reports at the Social Science Reference Center. For earlier material, contact me. For more recent material, see the World News Connection below.
  • World News Connection (PU only)
    Continues coverage of the FBIS reports mentioned above from 1996 to present, and with full text. The search functions are similar (by keyword, region, and date) with a "latest headlines" feature for monitoring current news.
Research Centers


  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    URL: http://www.ceip.org
    Founded in 1910, this private, nonprofit organization is dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States.
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies
    URL: http://www.csis.org
    For four decades, CSIS has been dedicated to providing world leaders with strategic insights on, and policy solutions to current and emerging global issues. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the center's staff of 190 researchers focus primarily on three areas: the spectrum of new challenges to national and international security, monitoring of all of the world's major geographical regions, and development of new methods of governance for the global age. CSIS has programs on technology and public policy, international trade and finance, and energy.
  • Council on Foreign Relations
    URL: http://www.cfr.org
    Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations is a non-profit and nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to improving the understanding of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs through the free exchange of ideas. The Council's website is a good source for current issues in international affiars.
  • International Crisis Group
    URL: http://www.icg.org/home/index.cfm
    Established in 1995, the ICG is an independent, non-profit, multinational organization working through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict. Their website can be a good source for recent information on conflicts worldwide.
  • Institute for Defense & Disarmament Studies
    URL: http://www.idds.org
    Founded in 1980, IDDS is a nonprofit think tank for research and education on ways to reduce the risk of war, minimize the burden of military spending, and promote democratic institutions. IDDS staff members study the global policies and programs needed to make organized armed violence rare and brief.
  • International Institute for Strategic Studies
    URL: http://www.iiss.org
    Based in London, the IISS is the world’s leading authority on political-military conflict. It was founded in 1958 by individuals interested in how to maintain civilized international relations in the nuclear age. Today, the IISS is the primary source of accurate and objective information on international strategic issues for politicians and diplomats, foreign affairs analysts, international businesses, economists, the military, defense commentators, journalists, academics, and the informed public.
  • Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
    URL: http://www.osce.org
    Established in 1973, the OSCE is headquartered in Vienna and made up of 55 participating states from Europe, Central Asia and North America. It is active in early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation.
  • RAND Corporation
    URL: http://www.rand.org
    RAND is a nonprofit public policy research institution established after World War II to study national security. Current areas of research and analysis include national defense, education and training, health care, criminal and civil justice, labor and population, science and technology, community development, international relations and regional studies. See the RAND Publications Research Guide for more help in locating RAND publications. See also the section on National Security and Terrorism.
  • Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
    URL: http://www.sipri.org
    Established in 1966, SIPRI has built its reputation by collecting and providing impartial information on weapon developments, arms transfers and production, military expenditure, arms reduction, and disarmament throughout the world. SIPRI conducts scientific research on the questions of conflict and cooperation with the aim of contributing to the understanding of conditions for peaceful solution to international conflicts.
  • U.S. Army War College - Strategic Studies Institute
    URL: http://www.carlisle.army.mil/ssi
    The SSI is the U.S. Army's institute for geostrategic and national security research and analysis. Its primary function is to provide direct analysis for Army and Department of Defense leadership, and serve as a bridge to the wider strategic community.
  • United States Institute of Peace
    URL: http://www.usip.org
    Established in 1984, the United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan federal institution created and funded by Congress to strengthen the nation's capacity to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflict through an array of programs, including grants, fellowships, conferences and workshops, library services, publications, and other educational activities.

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