Welcome to an SU Libraries course guide for PSC 400: Humanitarian Action in World Politics
Use the links to subpages of this guide and/or the resources below for access to some selected starting points from Syracuse University Libraries for this course. The guide presents far more starting point options that any one PSC 400 student will need, but select judiciously, depending on your own specific topical and geographic focus. Here's an overview of the contents:
Background on countries including political and economic information in over 250 countries and territories, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.
E.I.U. Economist Intelligence Unit
Objective and timely analysis and forecasts of the political, economic and business environment for almost 200 countries. Also produces in-depth annual country commerce reports. E.I.U.'s reporting is more lengthy than Europa World's briefer, encyclopedia style content. See especially the report category within E.I.U. called 'country report.' Under the country reports, select the "blue site."
Three examples relevant to the course from among a great many print and ebook titles in the SU Libraries collection. To locate "more like this" for any specific book title you locate, on the Classic Catalog item record for each book title, pay careful attention to words and/or phrases assigned to that title as "subjects" (in other databases, sometimes called "subject terms" or "subject headings" or "descriptors" or subject "tags.") Using combinations of those words in subsequent searches of SUMMON and/or searches in article databases - increases likelihood you will have plenty of relevant sources from which to choose.
Encyclopedia style reports here include background chronologies, and also bibliographies listing additional articles or books you may wish to track down via SU Libraries (check with the librarian if not sure how to do that), as well are sets of websites appearing under the "contacts" segment of each relevant report, for links to relevant government agencies, international organizations and the like.
Annual Review of Anthropology
Annual Review of Sociology
Annual Review of Economics
HOW TO USE ANNUAL REVIEW ARTICLES: While they can be cited directly, if you use these reviews in your essay or final research paper, the purpose of these very lengthy review articles is to encapsulate and briefly summarize a large quantity of other existing published academic articles or books covering subtopics for whatever the particular annual review article explores. Therefore, these can be superb tools for deliberately selecting some of what an annual review article cites and then tracking down those cited sources here at SU (contact the librarian if hitting a roadblock when doing that)
If you locate a review article of interest, in addition to boosting your background knowledge to enhance effectiveness of searches you conduct in other places - you can use the Library website's journal locator, classic catalog or SUMMON search engine to determine if any of the individual sources cited within a pertinent Annual Review are available here at SU. Or if not, request that item via Interlibrary Loan. Be selective and see what you can uncover.
RESEARCH TIP: YOU CAN USE A WORD(S) OR PHRASE(S) FOR A TITLE YOU SEEK, BASED ON A CITATION FROM ANY REFERENCE SOURCE LIKE ANNUAL REVIEWS - IN A NEW SEARCH USING THE ADVANCED SUMMON SEARCH SCREEN, AND -IF SEEKING A BOOK - CHECK THE BOX TO LIMIT RESULTS TO CONTENT TYPE, 'BOOK/EBOOK.' TO SEE IF SU LIBRARIES OWNS THAT TITLE.
Some additional specific non-circulating books at Bird Library:
Encyclopedia of International Relations and Global Politics / Martin Griffiths, editor
JZ1160 E53 2005
Globalization and Security : an encyclopedia/ G. Honor Fagan and Ronaldo Munck, editors
Bird-2nd Floor -Circulating Collection, 2 vols
D763.M47 G56 2009
Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace / Nigel Young
JZ5533 O95 2010
Human Rights Encyclopedia / foreword by Aung San Suu Kyi ; editors James R. Lewis, Carl Skutsch.
Bird-2nd Floor-Reference, 3 vols
JC571 .L523 2001
Resort to War : A data guide to inter-state, extra-state, intra-state, and non-state wars, 1816-2007 / Meredith Reid Sarkees and Frank Whelon Wayman
Bird-4th Floor-Circulating Collection
JZ6385 S27 2010
U.S. conflicts in the 21st century : Afghanistan War, Iraq War, and the War on Terror / Spencer C. Tucker, editor ; Paul G. Pierpaoli Jr., associate editor.
Bird-3rd Floor-Circulating Collection, 3 Vols.
E897 .U17 2016
The Oxford encyclopedia of American military and diplomatic history / Timothy J. Lynch, editor in chief.
E181 .O95 2013
Not unlike "Annual Reviews" Oxford Handbooks are substantial and in depth scholarly reference books that cover a great many of topics and subtopics you explore in this PSC 400 course. Because these sources go into even greater detail than Annual Reviews, when entering a search word or phrase into this database, many also may have luck if they enter the name of specific country or region, in combination with other terms, such as "humanitarian," "foreign aid," "humanitarian intervention," "development aid," "military intervention," etc. Again, similar to the Annual Reviews, these can be cited directly. They are quite in-depth, lengthy reading - but they pull together discussion that otherwise might be scattered across dozens, or hundreds of other article and book sources. One efficient way to use them is as a reference source, following specific citations mentioned - to locate source material (other scholarly books or articles) on those topics:
Anyone with interest in looking at some historical U.S. broadcast TV news coverage is not limited to the idiosyncracies of YouTube. For any PSC 400 student seeking to viewing some archived U.S televised news reports about news worthy events covered in this PSC 400 course, or related to a focus of your research, Both CNN (1995-present) and NBC News video (1968-present) can be viewed directly online- via the SU Libraries licensed database called - TELEVISION NEWS ARCHIVE (SEARCH KEYWORDS, OR BROWSE BY AIRDATE).