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Information Resources and Services for:
PCS 211: Introduction to Peace Studies

Spring 2012
Finding Information

The library has many tools to help you conduct research on your topics. Use this guide to explore a selection of sources available to you. If you have questions, encounter problems, or simply want to talk about your topic, stop by the Reference Desk to chat with any of our librarians. You are also more than welcome to contact me directly at or x7572.

Jeff Jenson
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Finding Books
For books in the Gustavus library, use the MnPALS catalog. Write down the call number and location information. Use the maps on the library's website, the tags on the sides of shelves, or stop at the Reference Desk to figure out where your book is shelved. To request books from other libraries, visit the Interlibrary Loan page for more information or use the FindIt! button in WorldCat.

See also: Library of Congress Classification System

  • MnPALS Plus
    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All Libraries" in the search options to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary Loan. View our MnPALS Plus tutorial.
    • Can I browse peace studies books? Answer: Maybe
      Because Peace Studies is multidisciplinary, the books are not all in one area as they are for say religion. However, many books concerning topics related to Peace Studies can often be found in the following areas:
      H Social Science  
          o HN - Social Problems
      J Political Science
          o JC - Political Theory
          o JF - JQ - Political Institutions
          o JZ - International Relations
      U Military Science
  • WorldCat
    Includes over 40 million bibliographic records representing cataloged resources in 400 languages owned by libraries around the world. Materials date back to the 11th century. Owning libraries can be identified for books, journals, archival resources and electronic resources. Access to WorldCat is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM); the database can also be searched through its free web interface, at
    1000 CE-present; updated daily
  • Interlibrary Loan
    Materials not available at Gustavus may be borrowed from other libraries and sent here for you to use.
    • Location(s): Library - Main Floor
Reference Books
Reference books are an excellent place to start your research. These specialized encyclopedias provide overviews of topics, giving you both a sense of the scope of the topic and good search terms! Some reference books also have suggestions for further reading; locate these books and articles to use as sources in your paper.
  • Historical Dictionary of Multinational Peacekeeping
    Scarecrow Press 2011 3rd ed. edition
    Contains detailed entries on the multitude of peacekeeping operations since 1920, prominent individuals, the international organizations which have mandated the operations, important events, and terminology.
    • Location(s): Ref JZ6374 .M38 2011
  • Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace
    Oxford: Oxford University Press 2010
    Weighing in at four volumes, the Encyclopedia is a scholarly, but accessible, comprehensive reference work that quickly distinguishes itself among related reference works in the social, life, and physical sciences. More than 850 A–Z entries signed by an impressive roster of contributors cover the full range of historical, political, theoretical, and philosophical issues relating to peace and conflict. Readers interested in major figures, events, organizations, theories, and more will not be disappointed. A bibliography for further reading accompanies each entry.
    • Location(s): Ref JZ5533 .O95 2010
  • Palgrave International Handbook of Peace Studies
    Palgrave Macmillan 2011
    This handbook offers a cultural perspective on peace studies, with prominent scholars and thinkers from more than 30 different cultures reflecting on the notion of peace.
    • Location(s): Ref JZ 5538 .P358 2011
  • SIPRI Yearbook: World Armaments and Disarmament
    SIPRI is an independent international institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament. Established in 1966, SIPRI provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open sources, to policymakers, researchers, media and the interested public.
    • Location(s): Ref UA10 .I55
Finding Articles and other Information
Search for articles in any of these databases. If the full text is not available through the database, click on the yellow FindIt! button. The FindIt! button will search all other databases and our print copies to see if we have access to the article. An SFX screen will pop up, directing you to full text options. If you see an option for ILL, it means we will have to request the article from another library. Click the Go button next to the ILL option to be taken directly to the ILL form.
  • Academic Search Premier
    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage also includes many newspapers and popular magazines and spans virtually every area of academic study since 1975. Updated daily. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). View our Academic Search Premier tutorial.
    1975-present; updated daily
    Full-text backfiles to over 350 scholarly journals from more than 25 academic disciplines published between the 19th and 21st centuries in the JSTOR Arts & Sciences I, Arts & Sciences II, and Language & Literature collections. JSTOR provides complete journal backruns from the date of initial publication up to a "moving wall" of 3 to 5 years before the present year. To limit your search to full text articles, make sure that the option to "include links to external content" is turned off.
    1831-recent years
  • Peace Review
    Peace Review is a quarterly, multidisciplinary, transnational journal of research and analysis, focusing on the current issues and controversies that underlie the promotion of a more peaceful world. Includes scholarly articles on topics related to peace research, including peace, human rights, development, ecology, culture and related issues. (description from journal homepage).
    1996 to present (full text to one year ago)
  • CIAO
    Columbia International Affairs Online contains references to working papers, conference proceedings, journals, books, policy briefs, economic indicators, and more, from 1991 to the present. The database focuses on theory and research in international affairs.
    1991-present; updated monthly
  • ProQuest Statistical Insight
    Includes summaries of statistical publications and searches and displays tables of statistical data. Statistical Insight includes links to the full-text of selected publications and government web sites, including the information contained in the Statistical Abstract of the United States.
  • Women and Social Movements
    Primary source documents related to the history of women and social movements in the United States between 1600 and 2000.
    covers events from 1700-2000
  • Amnesty International
    Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in more than 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights. We are independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion and are funded mainly by our membership and public donations.
Additional Resources
Use these pages to explore other library resources.
  • Citing Your Sources
    Start here to find information on citing your sources in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style.
  • Librarians
    A librarian is at the reference desk during the following times: Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 5:00 & 6:00 - 10:00, Friday 10:00 - 5:00, and Sunday 2:00 - 10:00
Contacting Jeff
I'm happy to meet with you at any time to talk about your research. I can suggest additional sources or advanced search techniques and troubleshoot problems you may encounter. Email Jeff at or call x7572.

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