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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, 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. Use the link embedded in the citation to access these resources on campus.


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IRIS: Find Books

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Getting Books From Other Rutgers Libraries

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Book Not Available/Not Owned by the Rutgers Libraries?

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Becoming an 'Expert' User

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Citing Your Sources

You will most likely be using Chicago/Turabian style when citing the sources that you use in your research papers. The Chicago Manual of Style and Turabian's Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations are both available at the Dana Library Reference Desk. The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison also has a nice introduction to Chicago/Turabian Documentation that will give you the basic information you need to create bibliographic citations.

The above site does not, however, cover citing online resources. The Library of Congress has a guide on How to Cite Electronic Sources that show Turabian-style examples; the Bedford/St. Martin's site also offers useful information on Using Chicago Style to Cite and Document Sources

You can also import references from IRIS and many of the electronic databases into RefWorks, a web-based bibliography and database manager. RefWorks will build your bibliography for you based on whatever style sheet you specify (MLA, Chicago, etc.). For information on setting up your (free) RefWorks account see the RefWorks FAQ.

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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!

U.S. Foreign Relations: Basic Resources


Chronological History of U.S. Foreign Relations
Lester H. Brune. 2d edition. New York : Routledge, 2003. 3 vols.
Chronology of events relevant to U.S. relations with other nations as well as events in other countries that influenced American decisions. v. 1. 1607-1932 -- v. 2. 1933-1988 -- v. 3. 1989-2000. Vol. 3 includes an analytical index. For example
Dana Call Number: Ref. E183.7.B745 2003


Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy: Studies of the Principal Movements and Ideas
Editors, Alexander DeConde et. al. 2d edition. New York, Scribner, 2002. 3 vols.
121 in-depth scholarly essays on the concepts, themes, movements, and distinctive policies found in the history of American foreign relations. List of Articles
Dana Call Number: Ref. E183.7.E52 2002
Off-Campus Access Rutgers-restricted Access
Encyclopedia of U.S. Foreign Relations
New York : Oxford University Press, 1997. 4 vols.
1,024 scholarly entries relating to the political, economic, military, and cultural interactions of the U.S. government and the American people with other nations and peoples. Most entries include bibliography.
Dana Call Number: Ref. E183.7.E53 1997


American Foreign Relations Since 1600: A Guide to the Literature
Robert L. Beisner, editor. 2nd edition. Santa Barbara, CA., ABC-CLIO, 2003. 2 vols.
The basic resource for identifying materials (primary documents, books, essays, articles, dissertations, reference sources) on American foreign relations. Based on Burns (below) but without the lengthy historiographic essays and maps. Chronological arrangement with each chapter preceded by a detailed table of contents. Annotated entries. For example
Dana Call Number: Ref. E183.7 .A44 2003
Guide to American Foreign Relations Since 1700
Richard Dean Burns. Santa Barbara, Calif., ABC-Clio, 1983.
The classic bibliographic guide to American foreign relations. Arranged by historical period; annotated entries, extensive historiographic essays, maps, and biographies of key figures.
Dana Call Number: Ref. E183.7 .G83 1983
US Middle East Policy After 9/11
NATO Library Thematic Bibliographies No.6/2008.
Afghanistan Five Years On: An Assessment
NATO Library Thematic Bibliographies No.2/2007.
Iraq Three Years On
NATO Library Thematic Bibliographies No.2/2006.
U.S. Foreign Policy Under President Bush
NATO Library Thematic Bibliographies No.6/2003.

Primary Documents

Foreign Relations of the United States
U.S. Department of State. Washington, D.C., 1861- .
The 'official' documentary record of U.S. foreign policy. Correspondance, reports, and documents relating to U.S. diplomatic history, published with a delay of approximately 25 years. The most recent volumes (Truman - Nixon/Ford) are available online. The State Department maintains a list of all volumes that have been published.
Dana Call Number: JX233 .A3
Index to 1939-1945 volumes: Ref. JX233 .A3 Suppl.
Foreign Relations of the United States 1861-1958/60
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago Libraries have digitized a large portion of the first hundred years of the FRUS. Volumes can be browsed or searched.
Declassified Documents Reference System
Full-text database of documents that have been declassified by the U.S. government. Includes CIA, FBI, State Department, National Security Agency, and White House documents, among others. Largest coverage beginning after World War II, although some earlier documents are included.
Off-Campus Access Rutgers-Rutgers-restricted Access
Open CRS
Open CRS provides access to Congressional Research Service Reports already in the public domain.

Foreign Public Opinion

Global Perspectives on the United States: Issues and Ideas Shaping International Relations
David Levinson and Karen Christensen, editors. Great Barrington, Mass., Berkshire Pub. Group, 2007.
A valuable resource for background on the forces shaping foreign opinion on the U.S. 95 articles with brief bibliographies.
Ref. E895 .G564 2007
Global Perspectives on the United States: A Nation by Nation Survey
David Levinson and Karen Christensen, editors. Great Barrington, Mass., Berkshire Pub. Group, 2007. 2 vols.
140 articles arranged by country or region of the world, on views concerning the United States, its government, people, politics, and culture.
Ref. E895 .G56 2007
The Decline in America's Reputation: Why?
United States Congress. House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight. Washington DC, June 11, 2008.
Subcommittee report based on a series of 10 hearings.
Introduction: America's Image
Excerpt from America Against the World: How We Are Different and Why We Are Disliked. Andrew Kohut and Bruce Stokes. A Pew Global Attitudes Project. Henry Holt and Co., 2007. Limited Preview of this title available via Google Books.

About Those Countries

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 after 2004.

Background Notes
U.S. Department of State information on all the countries of the world with which the United States has relations. Each report includes a brief U.S. Relations section summarizing the current state of U.S. relations with that country.

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 Rutgers-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.

International Relations and Security Network
The ISN is the world’s leading open access information service for international relations and security professionals.

Finding Books: Library Catalogs

IRIS The online catalog for the Rutgers University Libraries. Relevant subject headings that you can use in IRIS include:

United States Foreign Relations 1989-
United States Foreign Relations [country or region name] Show Me
United States Foreign Economic Relations
United States Politics and Government

Newark Law
Camden Law
Rutgers Law library materials are not listed in IRIS. Use the above subject headings to find relevant publications in the law collections.

Finding Articles plus: Indexes

History Indexes

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 Rutgers-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 Rutgers-restricted Access.

Political Science, Public Policy, and International Relations

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

International and Regional 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 Rutgers-restricted Access

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 Rutgers-restricted Access

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 Rutgers-restricted Access

Can't resist the urge to Google?

Newspapers and Media

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 Rutgers-restricted Access.

Historical Washington Post
Search and display the full image of articles published in the Washington Post between 1877 and 1993.
Off-Campus Access Rutgers-restricted Access.

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

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty News, news transcripts, special reports and analyses, and radio broadcasts to and about Russia, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, Central and Southwestern Asia, and the Middle East.

Voice of America Regional and international news, editorials, reports, radio broadcasts and webcasts in English and other languages. An international multimedia broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government.

CNN - Middle East Major news network.
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.
Al Jazeera English
The highly respected English-language news and current affairs channel based in Qatar. Starting in January 2007, Al Jazeera news stories are included in the Factiva database.

Public Policy and Public Opinion

CQ Researcher
Extensive collection of weekly reports from Congressional Quarterly. Each report offers data, a variety of opinion, and a bibliography on a specific 'hot' issue.
Off-Campus Link Rutgers-restricted Access

Public Agenda Online
A nonpartisan, nonprofit public opinion research and citizen education organization, Public Agenda offers background information, in-depth analyses and opinion studies on a variety of public policy issues.

Polling the Nations
A compilation of the full-text of the questions and responses from over 14,000 national, state and local surveys conducted since 1986 by some 700 polling organizations in the United States and eighty other countries.
Off-Campus Link Rutgers-restricted Access

Obama Administration: Current Issues: Foreign Policy

U.S. Department of State: Policy Issues

Global Policies: The Ethics of War and Intervention

Just War Theory
From the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

The Just War Doctrine
NATO Library Thematic Bibliographies No.9/2008.

Ethics of War, Peace, & Terrorism
Resources from Lawrence M. Hinman at the University of San Diego.

Coady, C.A.J. "Ethics of Armed Humanitarian Intervention," Peaceworks 45 (August 2002).

Fixdal, Mona and Dan Smith. "Humanitarian Intervention and Just War," Mershon International Studies Review (1998) 42, 283-312.

Pfaff, Tony. Peacekeeping and the Just War Tradition U.S. Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, September 2000.
Outstanding site maintained by Mark Rigstad (Oakland University). Extensive, critically annotated guide.

Global Policies: Trade

2010 Trade Policy Agenda and 2009 Annual Report
Office of the United States Trade Representative. March 2010.
2009 Trade Policy Agenda and 2008 Annual Report
Office of the United States Trade Representative. March 2009.
USTR Strategic Plan FY 2007-2012
Office of the United States Trade Representative. 2008.
The United States Trade Representative "seeks to contribute to U.S. economic growth, competitiveness and prosperity by opening markets and reducing trade and investment barriers around the world to create new commercial opportunities for U.S. goods and services industries, workers, ranchers and farmers."
Trade Remedy Compliance Staff
"The U.S. Government’s watchdog charged with monitoring foreign trade remedy practices."
Foreign Trade Statistics
From the U.S. Census Bureau.
Gordon, Bernard K. "A High-Risk Trade Policy," Foreign Affairs 82(4), July/August 2003, pp. 105-118.
"The current American approach to trade, over which he has presided, promises to severely damage U.S. foreign policy and trade. At the heart of the problem is Washington's unwise return to economic "regionalism."
Off-Campus Access Rutgers-restricted Access


Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
Online maps of current and general interest. From the Univesity of Texas in Austin.

International Affairs Resources: Maps
Links to map resources from the WWW Virtual Library.

CIA World Factbook: Reference Maps

Natalie Borisovets (
John Cotton Dana Library
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
October 21, 2003
Revised April 27, 2010