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Databases and Archives:


CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online)

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is designed to be a comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. Includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, and proceedings from conferences. Also has some journal abstracts, books, links to related web sites, maps and country data.

Historical Abstracts

Contains citations and abstracts of worldwide literature (excluding the United States and Canada) from approximately 2,100 journals and (since 1980) books and dissertations on political, diplomatic, economic, social, cultural and intellectual history and related areas of the social sciences and humanities. Covers history dating from 1450 to the present.

Oxford Reference Online (See Dictionary of Politics)

Provides full-text access to more than 100 titles from Oxford University Press. The collection includes subject encyclopedias, dictionaries, and reference works in more than 20 subject areas.

PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service)

Bibliographic index with abstracts covering the full range of political, social, and public policy issues. Covers selected journal articles, books, statistics, yearbooks, directories, conference proceedings, pamphlets, reports, government documents, and microfiche. More than 1,600 journals and over 8,000 monographs are indexed each year. Includes documents published worldwide in any of six languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. The subject headings and abstracts are in English.

Policy Archive

A comprehensive digital library of public policy research containing over 30,000 documents.

Political Database of the Americas


Human Rights:

Human Rights Library

Provides free access to the full text of over 60,000 documents, including major human rights treaties and international instruments, United Nations documents, research guides on specific human rights topics, and resources for researching conditions in particular countries and regions of the world. Also includes links to human rights resources on more than 4,000 other websites.

Human Rights Web Archive

An initiative of CUL's Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research, the Human Rights Web Archive provides access to archived versions of freely available human rights websites created by non-governmental organizations, national human rights institutions, and individuals. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Torture Archive

Collects and indexes primary documents on United States government policy toward rendition, detainees, interrogation, and torture. Currently includes records disclosed through the American Civil Liberties Union's successful lawsuits against the Department of Defense and other federal agencies, and almost 20,000 pages of documents produced by the Combatant Status Review Board (CSRT) and the Administrative Review Board (ARB).

Universal Human Rights Index of United Nations Documents

Created by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the index facilitates access to the observations, recommendations, and special procedures reports issued by the human rights treaty bodies of the United Nations. The index makes it possible to search by keyword, human rights addressed, state or entity mentioned, and persons affected in order to find relevant paragraphs within the entire collection of documents.

International Resources:

Global Development Finance

Provides a comprehensive view of prospects from the global economy along with the implications for developing countries' external finance. Presents detailed data for 137 countries that report public and publicly guaranteed debt under the World Bank Debtor Reporting System. Internal debt stocks and flows, major economic aggregates, and debt restructuring are provided for 1970, 1980, 1990, and 1993 through 1999.

Statistical Information:

·    International Monetary Fund (IMF) e-Library

     Provides statistics on all aspects of international and domestic finance. Provides users with time series data of major economic aggregates used in economic analysis. The IFS reports, for most countries of the world, current data needed in the analysis of problems of international payments and of inflation and deflation, i.e., data on exchange rates, international liquidity, international banking, money and banking, interest rates, prices, production, international transactions, government accounts, and national accounts. Contains data from 1945 until the latest current month data has been released for (there is usually about a 2 month lag time).

International Statistics Agencies

World Development Indicators

United States Resources:

Digital National Security Archive

Contains more than 40,000 declassified documents from the National Security Archive, an independent non-governmental institute that collects and publishes declassified documents acquired through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The documents are organized by Collections, providing an archival record concerning important public policy decisions in the area of foreign affairs and national security.

National Security Archive

Provides information about the NSA and its projects. Contains full-text, declassified U.S. government documents on global human rights issues and foreign policy from WWII to the present, organized into electronic briefing books browseable by subject or searchable through site’s keyword search box.


International Resources:

Background Notes, U.S. Department of State

Compiled by the U.S. Department of State, include facts about land, inhabitants, history, political conditions, and government of foreign countries

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Nonprofit research center based in Washington, D.C. that analyzes policy and conducts research relating to international affairs

Economist Intelligence Unit

Research and analysis group for the London based Economist

International Relations and Security Network

Open access information service geared towards international relations and security

Rand Institute

Nonprofit group with the goal of improving policy and political decision making through research

The United Nations

The World Bank


Listing of new titles related to the fields of public policy and international relations

United States Resources

American Policy Directory

Directory of websites maintained by the University of Oregon with information relating to American policy including a number of links relating to international affairs

Print Resources at Perry-Castañeda Library

Political Handbook of the World (2011)
Electronic Resource Through PCL
SIPRI Yearbook (series)
Perry-Castañeda Library Stacks, UA 10 I55
The Statesman’s Yearbook (series)
Current volume at Perry-Castañeda Library Reference and Information Desk, JA 51 S7
World Development Report
HC 59.7 W659 



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