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PSC 400 - Humanitarian Action in World Politics (Spring 2018)

A research starting points guide for students in Prof Abdelaaty's PSC 400 course

Browse Circulating Books

Looking for circulating books on International Relations?  Call numbers for such books often (not always) begin with JZ (4th floor, Bird Library).  In some instances, you may also identify book titles on military or naval sciences, which are shelved at the Carnegie Library


 Search the Library's main search engine, SUMMON , or alternatively, the  Classic Catalog to identify relevant titles.
Volume of SUMMON search results lists tend to be sizable. Following your search query, consider narrowing that list by applying post search result refinements available at the left margin of those results lists (especially - refining by desirable "content types"..such as "journal article" or "book/ebook" or "reference" or "data set" and/or refine by specific desired "publication dates" or publication date ranges).

  • SUMMON:  A search engine for most of the Syracuse University Libraries' collections and other resources beyond the SU Libraries.  Includes articles, books, journals, maps, sound recordings, archival materials, government documents, and more.  Use for searching for articles.  Narrow or expand results using multiple search refinements.
  • Classic Catalog: A list of print and electronic materials available in the Syracuse University Libraries.  Includes books, journals, maps, sound recordings, archival materials, government documents and more.  Search by keyword, author, title, subject heading, or call number.

Electronic Reference Books via Databases & SUMMON

For more possible online general reference books of interest, search the CREDOreference or Oxford Reference Online databases.

OR search key words or phrases of interest using SUMMON's advanced search screen (making sure to select the category of "reference" from the "content type" menu prior to entering your search;  Alternatively, after a SUMMON search is entered, you can apply a content type refinement entitled "reference" then as well.  Refinement options appear at the left margin of SUMMON search results screens).  Be sure to click on the "more" link to view all options.

Two Additional Online Reference Book Titles

Palgrave MacMillan Dictionary of Diplomacy [Credo]
Defines the specialized terminology of diplomacy and also includes entries on legal terms, political events, international organizations and major figures who have occupied the diplomatic scene or have written influentially about it over the last half millennium.  

Oxford Companion to the Politics of the World [Oxford University Press]
Provides articles on the people, concepts, and events that have shaped the world. Includes essays on critical issues written by influential figures.