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Resources for Peace Studies

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Indexes and Databases
  • 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
  • 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
  • Congressional (LexisNexis)
    Index to congressional publications from 1970 to the present, legislative histories for public laws, testimony at congressional hearings, and biographical and committee information. Also allows searching of the Congressional Record and Federal Register.
    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
  • Public Affairs Index
    Covers global contemporary public policy issues, ranging from public health, the environment, housing, human and civil rights, to international conflict and natural disasters. Draws on scholarly publications, conference papers, government documents and reference works.
    1972-present; updated weekly
  • 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.
  • Web of Science (Web of Knowledge)
    The Science Citation Index Expanded, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index of the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). Besides indexing a wide range of journals in the sciences, social sciences, and history, this resource allows you to search for articles that cite a specific author or published work. Coverage from 1997 to the present. Click on the "Web of Science" tab to limit your search to one or more specific citation databases.
Reference Works
  • Encyclopedia of Arms Control and Disarmament
    New York: Scribner's 1993
    Covers national issues, themes and institutions, historical documents and events, and treaties.
    • Location(s): Ref JX 1974 .E57 1993
  • Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict
    Amsterdam: Elsevier
    This three-volume set seeks to answer basic questions about modern warfare, conflict, violence, and peace, but also covers current topics such as police brutality, aggression in sports, television violence, and animal aggression. The greatest value of this multivolume work is its interdisciplinary coverage. The set is broken down into 15 subject areas covering approximately 200 different issues. Each article is about 9,000 words, including a definition of the subject, illustrations, glossaries, and bibliographies.
    • Location(s): Ref HM 291 .E625 2008
  • Human Rights Watch World Report
    Human Rights Watch
    An annual publication that surveys the world's human rights record. Each volume offers regional and country surveys summarizing the events of the previous year.
  • 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
  • Political Handbook of the World
    CSA 1927-
    Covers countries of the world, giving basic background information, discussion of political parties and structures, and analysis of current trends.
    • Location(s): Ref JF 37 .P76
  • Protest, Power, and Change: An Encyclopedia of Nonviolent Action from ACT-UP to Women's Suffrage
    Garland 1997
    Provides short articles, followed by selective bibliographies, on events in the history of nonviolent struggle, discussions of methods of protest, and profiles of people and organizations. The coverage is world-wide and, though contemporary times are emphasized, historical movements are also selectively covered.
    • Location(s): Ref HM 278 .P76 1997
  • SIPRI Yearbook: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security
    Oxford: Oxford UP 1969-
    An annual compilation of information on world security, conflicts, military spending, armaments, and the state of arms control.
    • Location(s): Ref UA 10 .I55
  • Violence in America
    Scribner 1999
    Explores the various facets of violence in nearly 600 articles on historical events, types of violence, research on violence, social issues, violence in the arts and popular culture, etc.
    • Location(s): Ref HN 90 .V5 V5474 1999
    3 vols.
  • World Encyclopedia of Peace
    New York: Oceana 1999 2nd ed. edition
    A comprehensive work on topics in peace studies, with in-depth articles on concepts, events, and theories.
    • Location(s): Ref JZ 5533 .W67 1999
Browsing for Books
Books are shelved in general subject categories using the Library of Congress classification system. You may want to supplement your use of the catalog with browsing shelf areas for your topic. Below is a brief listing of some of the subject locations in the field of peace studies.
  • H Social Science
    • HN - Social Problems
  • J Political Science
    • JC - Political Theory
    • JF - JQ - Political Institutions
    • JZ - International Relations
  • U Military Science

  • Journal of Conflict Resolution
    Journal of Conflict Resolution (JCR), peer-reviewed and published bi-monthly, for more than fifty years has provided scholars and researchers with the latest studies and theories on the causes of and solutions to the full range of human conflict. JCR focuses on international conflict, but also explores a variety of national, intergroup and interpersonal conflicts that may help in understanding problems of war and peace.
    • Location(s): Print versions available in Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library: v.42-49(1998-2005)
  • Peace and Change
    Peace & Change publishes scholarly and interpretive articles on the achievement of a peaceful, just, and humane society. International and interdisciplinary in focus, the journal bridges the gap between peace researchers, educators, and activists. It publishes articles on a wide range of peace-related topics, including peace movements and activism, conflict resolution, nonviolence, internationalism, race and gender issues, cross-cultural studies, economic development, the legacy of imperialism, and the post-Cold War upheaval.
    • Location(s): Print versions available in Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library: v.2-32(1974-2007) v.33:no.1-4(2008:Jan.-Oct.) v.34(2009)
  • Social Justice
    The journal has framed its vision of social justice with an understanding of the international dimensions of power, inequality, and injustice. Social Justice continues to promote social criticism as a distinctive form of knowledge and respects the theoretical implications of practice and the practical aspects of theory. We present divergent viewpoints in a readable fashion.
Primary Sources (Print)
  • International Historical Statistics: The Americas: 1750-2005
    New York: Stockton 2007 6th ed. edition
    Offers time-series statistics on population, labor force, agriculture, industry, external trade, transport and communications, finance, prices, education, and national accounts. Other volumes in this series cover Africa, Asia, Oceania (HA 4675 .M553 2007) and Europe (Ref HA 1107 .M5 2007).
    • Location(s): Ref HA 175 .M55 2007
  • International Historical Statistics: Africa, Asia, and Oceania
    London : Macmillan Reference ; New York : Stockton Press 2007 3rd ed. edition
    Offers a wide variety of comparative historical statistics on population, labor force, agriculture, industry, trade, transport and communications, finance, rices, education, and national accounts.
    • Location(s): Ref HA 4675 .M55 2007
  • International Historical Statistics: Europe
    London : Macmillan Reference ; New York : Stockton Press 2007 4th ed. edition
    Comparative historical statistics for Europe.
    • Location(s): Ref HA 1107 .M55 2007
  • MAYDAY! Collection.
    The MAYDAY! Peace Conference collection consists of programs and planning materials along with audio and video recordings of presentations. The conference is held on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota during late April or early May on a yearly basis. Topics are “designed to educate the campus community and beyond about issues related to peace, human rights, and social justice.” The keynote speaker is often a person of renown. Generally, additional speakers discuss topics related to the general theme within various workshops.
    • Location(s): College and Lutheran Church Archives on the Library's 3rd floor.
Primary Sources (Online)
  • Eurodocs
    Primary sources from Western Europe, organized by geography.
  • Access to government and political Websites
    • University of Michigan Documents Center
      Offers a well-organized and current list of links to local, state, federal, foreign, and international Web sites with official information, as well as links to statistical information sources and a guide to political science material on the Web.
    • Foreign Affairs Online
      Maintained by Robert J. Beck, this is a meta-index to sites related to international law, international relations, human rights, NGOs and IGOs, and U.S. foreign policy. Well organized and thoroughly annotated.
    • United Nations
      Offers news releases, virtual tours, documents, and basic information about the United Nations and its bodies. Three different search engines explore a large database and list of links. The site includes a wealth of reports, statistical data, and other information on human rights, international law, peacekeeping missions, and other topics. In addition, there is a separate database of official UN documents available on the Web, covering primarily parliamentary documents from 1993 to present.
    • United States Institute of Peace 2007
      "An independent, nonpartisan, national institution established and funded by Congress" that hosts various educational programs, including the current Iraq Study Group. The site includes a variety of reports on regional conflicts and peacemaking initiatives.
  • Special Topics
    • Federation of American Scientists
      Formerly the Federation of Atomic Scientists, this organization was founded by scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project in 1945 to fight against nuclear proliferation. Their site offers useful analysis and information about the arms trade, terrorism, intelligence, and other related issues, as well as public policy issues that relate to both science and peace.
    • National Security Archive
      From George Washington University, this is the Website of a project that has collected the world's largest non-governmental archive of declassified documents, many of them covering controversial issues and obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. Though many documents are not accessible through the Web site, there are large collections of papers called briefing books on a variety of foreign affairs topics. This site is a rich set of primary source documents on key international issues.
    • Proliferation News and Numbers 2007
      Offers information including numbers about nuclear stockpiles, developments, country profiles, and more. From the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
    • Terrorism Knowledge Base
      According to this site, the "MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base is the one-stop resource for comprehensive research and analysis on global terrorist incidents, terrorism-related court cases, and terrorist groups and leaders." Partially funded by the Department of Homeland Security, this site includes data, court cases, maps, biographical information about terrorists, information about organizations, and more.
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