Rutgers University Libraries Evolution of the Global System: Selected Resources
The Basics: "Restricted Access;" Off-Campus Links; Finding Books: IRIS; Book Delivery; Finding Articles; Becoming an 'Expert' User Citing Your Sources
Finding Books: Library Catalogs Finding Articles plus: Indexes Newspapers
Institutions and Ideas Countries and Cultures Regional Studies
International Organizations Data Globalization Resources
RUL Home Page IRIS RUL Indexes Ask a Librarian

The Basics

Restricted Access

Many of the resources listed in the sections below are marked Restricted Access. You should have no problem connecting to these from any networked computer on campus. However, by contract, remote access to the Rutgers University Library's indexes, electronic journals, and electronic reserve articles is available only to current Rutgers students, faculty and staff. In order to use these from off-campus, you must log in with your Rutgers NetID. For instructions see the Libraries' Remote Access to Library Resources.

Off-Campus Links

Once you have gone to a Rutgers Libraries page and logged in with your NetID [your pegasus username and password] you can use the "Off-Campus Link" provided for each Rutgers-restricted resource below to connect to that database or article. These links will not work from a networked computer on-campus. Use the link embedded in the citation to access these resources on campus.

IRIS: Find Books

IRIS is the online catalog for all the Rutgers University Libraries except the Newark and Camden Law Libraries. Use IRIS to find out if the Rutgers Libraries have the specific books or journals that you need, or to locate books on topics that you're researching. Show Me How

Getting Books From Other Rutgers Libraries

If a book that you need is not available (not owned/checked out) at the Dana Library, but is available from another Rutgers Library, you can request delivery of that book to Dana by bringing up the record for the book in IRIS and clicking on tbe Deliver/Recall button. Show Me

Book Not Available/Not Owned by the Rutgers Libraries?

The fastest way to get a copy of a book that is not owned or not available (checked out/on Reserve/missing etc.) at the Rutgers Libraries is to request it through E-Z Borrow. E-Z Borrow books are normally received within about five working days. Tell Me More

If a book is not owned by the Rutgers Libraries and is not available via E-Z Borrow, you can place an Interlibrary Loan request. Tell Me More

Finding Articles plus

Social Sciences Full Text
The basic index for finding articles in the social sciences. Indexes over 550 of the core, English language journals in social science disciplines including public administration, political science, public welfare, urban studies, sociology and social work, and women's studies. Indexes many journals back to 1982 and, beginning with 1995, includes many full-text articles.
Off-Campus Link Restricted Access.

Need More?

While Social Sciences Full Text will usually give you what you need for a basic research paper, indexes that focus on specific disciplines may considerably expand your research base. You'll find links to some of these in the Finding Articles section below.

Becoming an 'Expert' User

Want to maximize your use of Library resources? Check out Searchpath, the Libraries' interactive tutorial.

Citing Your Sources

You must use the APA (American Psychological Association) style when citing the sources you used to research your case study. The APA Publication Manual is available at the Dana Library Reference Desk. The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison also has an excellent introduction to APA Documentation that will give you the basic information you need to create APA citations and reference lists.

Not sure when you need to cite something? Check out the Plagiarism Guide

Remember that plagerism is a violation of the Rutgers University Policy on Academic Integrity for Undergraduate and Graduate Students and could result in your dismissal from the University!

Finding Books: Library Catalogs

The online catalog for the Rutgers University Libraries. IRIS is not a restricted database, anyone can access it from anywhere. However if you're coming in from off-campus and trying to connect to electronic journals or e-reserves from within IRIS you will need to be logged in. So you might find it less frustrating to use the off-campus version.

Newark Law
Camden Law
Rutgers Law library materials are not listed in IRIS. So if your project is in some way law-related, be sure and use the Law library catalogs.

Center for Research Libraries
CRL is consortium of North American university and independent research libraries that acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, foreign dissertations, archives, and other expensive or hard to find materials. As Rutgers is a CRL member, these materials are considered part of Rutgers' collections and can be borrowed via Interlibrary Loan. In addition to the materials listed in their catalog, CRL also supports and provides access to special collections such as the Latin American Microform Project (LAMP), International Dissertations, and Global Newspapers

Search across the collections of a large number of research libraries; identify relevant works and the best subject headings to use to find books on specific topics; and find out if an item is available in a nearby library. Based on the over 120 million items found in the collections of the Research Libraries Group (RLG).

Finding Articles plus: Indexes

This is a selected list of databases that you may find useful. There are many other indexes that may focus more specifically on the particular topic that you are researching. Check out the complete list of Rutgers online indexes and databases.

Social Sciences Full Text
The basic index for finding articles in the social sciences. Indexes over 550 of the core, English language journals in social science disciplines including public administration, political science, public welfare, urban studies, sociology and social work, and women's studies. Indexes many journals back to 1982 and, beginning with 1995, includes many full-text articles.
Off-Campus Link Restricted Access.

Google Scholar
Use the Google search engine to search specifically for scholarly literature including books, peer-reviewed articles, theses, preprints, and technical reports. Links to the full-text of articles from open access (available without a subscription) journals and preprint repositories.

Political Science, Public Policy, and International Affairs

CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online
1991- Database of full-text working papers, research reports, conference proceedings, policy briefs, and journal articles relating to international affairs.
Off-Campus Link Restricted Access

Eldis: The Gateway to Development Information
Database of over 18,000 selected full-text articles, working papers, reports, and other publications relating to development policy, practice and research. Search or browse by topic or country. Coverage includes Africa, the Middle East, East Asia & the Pacific, South Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Also offers 30 subject-focused guides (e.g., Corporate Social Responsibility, Finance Policy, Globalisation) to key documents, organizations, research themes, discussions, and other key resources.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
1975- Index to over 1,300 journals in political science, international relations, public policy and related fields.
Off-Campus Link Restricted Access

Public Affairs Information Service
1915- Index to books, reports, government documents, and journals dealing with political, social, and public policy issues.
Off-Campus Link Restricted Access


America: History and Life
1964- . The most comprehensive index to American (U.S. and Canada) history. Indexes over 2000 journals worldwide, as well as book reviews and dissertations.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

Historical Abstracts
1955- . The most comprehensive index to world history (excluding that of the U.S. and Canada) from 1450 to the present. Indexes over 2,000 history and history-related journals worldwide, as well as book reviews and dissertations.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Index to journal articles, conference proceedings, books, book reviews, and dissertations. Incorporates the Isis Current Bibliography of the History of Science, the Current Bibliography in the History of Technology, the Bibliografia Italiana di Storia della Scienza, and the Welcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. 1975- .
Off-Campus Link Restricted Access.


ATLA Religion Database
1949- . Index to 650 journals representing all the major religious faiths, as well as some 14,000 multi-authored works, relating to Biblical studies, world religions, Church history and religious perspectives on social issues.
Off-Campus Link Restricted Access


Sociologial Abstracts
1963- Index to approximately 1800 scholarly and professional journals in sociology and related disciplines, as well as to books reviews, books, book chapters, dissertations and conference papers.
Off-Campus Link Restricted Access


For links to many newspaper sites with online searchable archives, as well as to physical collections of newspapers see the Newspapers Research Guide.

Historical New York Times
Allows you to search and display the full image of articles published in the New York Times back to 1851. The two+ most recent years are not included, use Access World News.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

Access World News
Access to the full text of over 600 U.S. and over 700 international newspapers.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access

World News Connection
Translated and English-language news and information from Central Eurasia, China, East Asia, Near East & South Asia, East Europe, West Europe, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

Union Lists

Union lists identify where runs of specific newspapers are physically held; newspapers on microform may be requested on Interlibrary Loan.

African Newspapers Union List (AFRINUL)
Database of holdings information for newspapers (current and retrospective) published in sub-Saharan Africa. Holdings currently only reflect North American collections. Project administered by the Center for Research Libraries.

Newspapers in Microform. Foreign Countries. Washington : Library of Congress, 2 vols.
Lists newspapers by country, city, and title. Indicates which libraries have microform holdings of those titles.
Dana Call Number: Ref. Z6945.U515a yr.1948/83

Foreign Newspapers at the Center for Research Libraries
Database of more than 6000 titles of non-U.S. newspapers (current and restrospective) held by CRL.

Foreign Newspapers at the Library of Congress
Newspapers currently received and permanently retained on microfilm.

Institutions and Ideas

Philosopher's Index
1940- Index to over 480 journals worldwide, as well as books, relating to social and political philosophy and concepts, the philosophy of law, the philosophy of religion, etc.
Off-Campus Link Restricted Access

Scholarly encyclopedias can give you an overview of a topic as well as some basic bibliography

Dictionary of the History of Ideas: Studies of Selected Pivotal Ideas
Digital, searchable version of the classic 5-volume set published in 1973-74 [Dana Ref. CB5 .D52]. A basic resource for tracing the development of major concepts (e.g., Class; Democracy; The State) in history. Lengthy, signed scholarly essays with bibliography.

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas. New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 2005. 6 vols.
Over 700 signed articles with up to date bibliographies. While the Dictionary of the History of Ideas was decidedly Eurocentric in its approach, articles in the NDHI are written from a global, multicultural perspective. Emphasize is on developments in scholarship since 1970.

International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. New York, 2001. 26 volumes.
Signed essays with bibliographies on all aspects of the social and behavioral sciences, including articles on topics such as Citizenship, Class, Environmentalism, Globalization, Migration, Morality, Sovereignty, Terrorism, etc. A list of all entries with abstracts is available.
Dana Call Number: Ref. H41 .I58 2001

The Encyclopaedia of Islam. New edition. Leiden, Brill, 1960-2001. 11 volumes.
Articles on all aspects of the Islamic world; the standard reference world for Islamic Studies.
Dana Call Number: Ref. DS37 .E523

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World. New York, Oxford University Press, 1995. 4 volumes
Over 750 signed essays, most with annotated bibliographies, on the beliefs, institutions, politics, and culture in Muslim societies in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Dana Call Number: Ref. DS35.53 O95 1995

Bibliographies are great for finding out what has been written/is available on a specific topic.

Bibliographies on Islamic Issues
Part of the Moral Economy of Islam site at the Insitute of International Studies of the University of California at Berkeley. Includes bibliographies on topics such as Democracy, Human Rights, Justice, Nationalism, Property, and the State, as well as on individual countries.

Countries and Cultures

Country Studies
Online versions of the Country Studies/Area Handbooks series published by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress. A basic resource for an overview of a particular country. Note: The Handbooks found here are electronic versions of studies published between 1988 and 1998, when Congress withdrew funding for this program. Funding was restored for 2004 and work continues on several new editions as well as updated Country Profiles. However, no funding was allocated in 2005 or 2006.

Includes reports on 191 countries worldwide with up-to-date political, economic, cultural, business, and environmental information, as well as current and archived country-specific news.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access

Portals to the World
The Library of Congress's excellent collection of selected links to in-depth information about the nations and areas of the world. Arranged by country or area, then by categories such as "Business, Commerce, and Economy;" "Government, Politics, and Law;" "Science and Technology;" "Society," etc.

Levinson, David, ed. Encyclopedia of World Cultures. 10 vols. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1991-1996.
Each volume is devoted to a geographic area and includes a cultural map for that area. There is an entry for each cultural group including information on location, linguistic affiliation, history and cultural relations, settlements, economy, kinship, marriage and family, sociopolitical organization, religion and expressive culture, as well as a list of publications about both the traditional and current culture.
Dana Call Number: Ref. GN550 .E53 1991.

Regional Studies


Africa-Wide: NiPad
Search across 30 databases providing access to multi-disciplinary information on Africa. Indexes books, journals, newspapers, government publications, and popular magazines.
Off-Campus Access (Restricted Access)

Bibliography of Africana Periodical Literature Database
Index to over 55,000 articles from 462 journals that specialize in African Studies or consistently cover the African continent. Journals indexed in their entirety.


Asia Studies Full-Text
Index to a database of full-text reports covering 53 countries including all of Asia, Australia/New Zealand, the Americas Pacific Rim, and the Pacific Islands. Reports cover a wide range of topics including business, economics, the environment, politics, education, and women's studies.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access

South Asia Resources Database
Searchable database of over 120,000 records--books, serials, archive collections, and ephemera--about South Asia available in Australia; complemented by a database of some 150,000 items of South Asia Resources Not Held in Australia.

Bibliography of Asian Studies. Ann Arbor, Michigan, Association for Asian Studies, 1968-
Index to Western-language books, articles, book chapters, and conference papers on all parts of Asia arranged by geographical area and subject.
Dana Call Number: Ref. Z3001 .B498 Dana Holdings: 1970-1988
1956-1968 published as the September issue of the Journal of Asian Studies; available online via JSTOR.

China's Foreign Relations
NATO Library Thematic Bibliographies No.1/2006

Taiwan and Its Relations with China
NATO Library Thematic Bibliographies No.6/2001.

The Americas

Handbook of Latin American Studies
1935- . Selective, annotated bibliography of books, book chapters, articles, and conference papers published in the field of Latin American studies. Coverage alternates between social sciences and the humanities on a biennial basis.

Hispanic-American Periodical Index [HAPI]
1970- . The major multidisciplinary periodical index for Latin American Studies. Indexes over 400 scholarly journals published in the U.S. and Latin America.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

Political Database of the Americas
Search or browse thematically arranged reference materials, primary documents, comparative studies and statistical data for countries in the Western Hemisphere. Categories include: Constitutions and Comparative Constitutional Analysis; Electoral Systems and Data; Decentralization and Local Governance; Political Parties; Executive Branch; Legislative Branch; Judicial Branch; Democracy, Security and Conflict Prevention; and Civil Society. From the Georgetown University Center for Latin American Studies.


ERPA: European Research Papers Archive
Index to online working papers relating to European Integration research.

European Integration Current Contents
View or search tables of contents of over 100 journals relevant to European Integration research - law, human rights, economics, history and political sciences. Coverage from 1998 for most journals. A project of the Academy of European Law at the European University Institute in Florence, and the Harvard Law School.

Eastern Europe

Letopis' Zhurnal'nykh Statei Online
Index to approximately 3 million articles published in Soviet-era periodicals from 1956 to 1972. Includes journals from the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and popular literature. Requires Cyrillic input; virtual keyboard provided. A project of the Indiana University Digital Library Program.

Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies
Index to books, manuscripts, dissertations, and articles published in more than 12,500 periodicals from Russia, the republics of the former Soviet Union, and countries in Eastern Europe. Subject coverage of a variety of social science areas including area studies, economics, international relations, political science, and sociology.
Off-Campus Link Restricted Access

Constitution of the Russian Federation

CIA Declassified Documents: The Princeton Collection
A collection of declassified analytic documents on the former Soviet Union, produced by the CIA's Directorate of Intelligence between 1951 and 1991. Documents were originally released for a 2001 conference held at Princeton University that focused on the role of intelligence in the Cold War.

Ukraine Since Independence
NATO Library Thematic Bibliographies No.8/2004.

NATO and the Russian Federation
NATO Library Thematic Bibliographies No.2/2005.

Barometer Surveys
Survey of Eastern European post-Communist countries. "Each survey uses a questionnaire with innovative indicators specially relevant in transition societies: support for democracy and undemocratic alternatives; corruption; attitudes to enlarging Europe; coping with a multiplicity of economies, monetized and non-monetized; relative affluence and destitution; and demographics: age, education, gender, urban/rural residence, etc." Only abstacts are available online. From the Centre for the Study of Public Policy (CSPP) at the University of Aberdeen.

Middle East

RAMBI: Index to Articles on Jewish Studies
Index to selective articles relating to Jewish studies and Israel. From the Jewish National and University Library. 1966- .

The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Historical Perspective
NATO Library Thematic Bibliographies No.9/2004.

UNISPAL: UN Information System on the Question of Palestine
Search or browse a large collection of current and historical United Nations documents concerning the question of Palestine and related issues since 1946.

Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) explores the Middle East through the region's media. Includes clips and translations of Arabic, Farsi, and Hebrew media, as well as original analysis of political, ideological, intellectual, social, cultural, and religious trends in the Middle East.

Lindberg-Hansen, Svend Erik. Democratization in the Middle East and North Africa: Bibliography. From Third World Democratization: A Partly Annotated Bibliography of Recent Literature. Copenhagen: Centre for Development Research, September 1994.

Bibliographies on the Middle East
Collection of links.

News Sources for the Middle East
Part of the World-Wide Web Virtual LIbrary.

International Governmental Organizations

International Governmental Organizations
Alphabetical list of IGOs with links to their primary web sites. From the Library at Northwestern University.


North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)
In addition to recent news, opinion and analysis, speeches, etc., site includes an On-line Library of topical publications, reference works, speeches and articles, and updates on current activities. Official Texts includes documents relating to the antecedents of the Alliance, juridical texts and format agreements (1949-1997), and key policy documents. The NATO Library publishes a series of excellent, partially-annotated Thematic Bibliographies.

NATO's Strategic Choices: An Historical Overview.
NATO Library Thematic Bibliographies No.8/2003.


Online library of publications, including 24 periodicals as well as many statistical series, from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Focuses on the OECD's thirty member countries, although information on the some 70 other countries and non-governmental organizations with whom the OECD has an active relationship if also available.
Off-Campus Link Restricted Access

The United Nations

UNBISnet: United Nations Bibliographic Information System
UN and other documents and publications indexed by the UN Dag Hammarskjold Library in New York and the UN Library in Geneva. Full coverage from 1979 but many older titles continue to be added. Many links to full-text documents. You can also search voting records for all resolutions adopted by the General Assembly (1983- ) and the Security Council (1946- ), and for speeches (1983- ) made in the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, and the Trusteeship Council.

Database indexing UN documents (General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, Trusteeship Council, Secretariat, and the International Court of Justice) and publications back to 1946, with links to some full text documents. Also indexes articles in UN periodicals.
Off-Campus Link Restricted Access

Official Document System of the United Nations
1993- Index to the full text of UN parliamentary documents (resolutions and decisions from the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, Trusteeship Council, and their subsidiary bodies). Also includes documents from global conference convened by the UN. Official resolutions and decisions back to 1946 are in the "Resolutions" database, available from the "Advanced Search" screen.

UN Wire
Archive as well daily email briefing (free) of news about the UN and about international affairs.

The Evolution of the United Nations Since 1995.
NATO Library Thematic Bibliographies No.7/2003.


Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2006
The basic annual U.S. statistical compilation. You can also link to tables from the 2001-2005 editions. However the PDF file format makes for cumbersome data retrieval. A modified version of Statistical Abstract tables can also be found by searching Lexis-Nexis Statistical. Print copies of latest edition of the Statistical Abstract are available at the Dana Reference Desk.

LexisNexis Statistical
Index to statistics published by the U.S. government (1973- ), by international intergovernmental organizations (1983- ), by professional and trade organizations, by U.S. state government agencies, by independent research organizations, and by universities and research centers (1980- ).
Off-Campus Link Restricted Access

SourceOECD Statistics
Statistical series from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Includes a wide array of business, economic, and social statistics relating to the OECD's thirty member countries, as well as information collected on non-member countries.
Off-Campus Link Restricted Access

United Nations Common Database (UNCDB)
Index to data elements from more than 400 UN statistical series. Includes data on international trade, national accounts, energy, industry, environment, and transport, as well as demographic and social statistics. Data can be output in comma-delimited (.csv), Excel spreadsheet (.xls), or HTML formats.
Off-Campus Link Restricted Access


ICPSR Data Access & Analysis
Rutgers is a member of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, a hugh social sciences data archive hosted at the University of Michigan. Rutgers users can download ICPSR data sets and use them to generate charts, graphs, or other statistical reports. If you run into a problem downloading ICPSR data, contact the Rutgers ICPSR Representative, Ron Jantz (
Off-Campus Access Note: If you're a Rutgers user connecting from off-campus you must use the off-campus link if you're plannig on downloading data.


The World's Women, 2000: Trends and Statistics. 3rd edition. New York, United Nations, 2000.
Data documenting progress for women worldwide in six areas: health, human rights and political decision-making, work, education and communication, population, and families.
Dana Call Number: Ref. HQ1154 .W675 2000

The World's Women 2005: Progress in Statistics
"Focuses on [the] issue of national reporting of sex disaggregated statistics in such areas as demographics, health, education, work, violence against women, poverty, human rights and and analyses the current availability of data and assesses progress made in the provision of national statistics, as opposed to internationally prepared estimates, relevant to gender concerns during the past 30 years."

GenderStats: Database of Gender Statistics
Gender statistics and indicators by country and region. Includes indicators for themes that range from health and education to political participation and poverty. Sex-disaggregated data for some themes are limited or not available. Based on national statistics, UN databases, and World Bank-conducted or funded surveys. Maintained by the World Bank Group.

Globalization Resources

"Measuring Globalization: Economic Reversals, Forward Momentum," Foreign Policy March/April 2004, Issue 141, 54-69.
The fourth annual A.T. Kearney/Foreign Policy Globalization Index. Ranks 62 countries in terms of economic integration, technological connectivity, personal contact and political engagement.
Off-Campus Link Restricted Access

Globalization Website
Summaries of major debates and theories regarding globalization, information on some of the major figures associated with the debate (the 'global actors'), explanation of issues with links to articles and position papers, links to relevant organizations, data sources, and globalization megasites. Excellent resource developed by members of the Sociology Department, Emory University.

Policy briefs, working papers, and speeches from the Institute for International Economics, a "private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution devoted to the study of international economic policy."

International Forum on Globalization
The goal of the IFG is to "(1) Expose the multiple effects of economic globalization in order to stimulate debate, and (2) Seek to reverse the globalization process by encouraging ideas and activities which revitalize local economies and communities, and ensure long term ecological stability." Includes links to anti-globalization news stories and analyses.

Natalie Borisovets (
John Cotton Dana Library
March 29, 2006
Revised August 10, 2006