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POL 340: US Foreign Policy

Fall 2011
Use this guide to explore library resources for US Foreign Policy research. You'll find a wealth of sources ranging from reference books that will provide overviews of topics to databases that will lead you to scholarly articles. Please stop by the reference desk to discuss your research needs further with a librarian; information on desk hours can be found at the bottom of the page.

Mimi Gerstbauer
Julie Gilbert

Table of Contents:

Reference Books
Reference books provide overviews of topics and suggestions for further reading. Some of the suggested volumes also provide detailed information on countries.
  • American Foreign Relations Since 1600: A Guide to the Literature
    2 vols. An exhaustive bibliography of the most important research on the subject, arranged by topic, with annotations.
    • Location(s): Ref E 183.7 .A54 2003
  • Cumulative Digest of United States Practice in International Law
    Contains US government publications related to international law from 1981-1988.
    • Location(s): Ref JX 21 .R682
  • Digest of United States Practice in International Law
    Provides State Department materials of interest to the international legal community, covering the years 1973 - 1980.
    • Location(s): Ref JX 21 .R68
  • Encyclopedia of U.S. Foreign Relations
    Published under the auspices of the Council on Foreign Relations, this work includes over 1,000 articles covering historical events, relations with countries, biographical sketches of leaders associated with foreign policy, treaties, doctrines, and key concepts. Includes chronology and comparative country data.
    • Location(s): Ref E 183.7 .E53 1997
  • Europa Regional Surveys of the World
    This multi-volume set provides excellent and informative information on countries of the world, including geographical, historical, political, economic, and statistical information. Each entry also contains a directory of governmental and non-governmental organizations. Older volumes are shelved in the General and/or Oversize collection; recent volumes are shelved in Reference. Consult the following list to identify volume(s) useful to your research.
    • Location(s):
    Africa South of the Sahara Ref DT 351 .A37
    Central and South-Eastern Europe Ref HC 244 .A1 C46
    Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia Ref HC 244 .A1 E29
    The Far East and Australasia Ref DS1 .F3
    The Middle East and North Africa Ref DS 49 .M62
    South America, Central American, and the Caribbean Ref F1401 .S28
    Western Europe Ref HC 240 .A1 W47
  • Greenwood Encyclopedia of International Relations
    Offers brief articles on countries, regions, events, crises, diplomacy, international political economy, international organizations, and concepts of international law.
    • Location(s): Ref JZ 1160 .N65 2002
  • Treaties and Other International Agreements
    The text of treaties in chronological arrangement. For a listing of existing bilateral and multilateral treaties, consult the most current volume of Treaties in Force (Ref JX 236 1929c and online.)
    • Location(s): Ref JZ 1160 .N65 2002
Foreign Relations of the United States

A treasure trove of information. This series, compiled by the State department, contains a wealth of primary sources from 1861 - present. Collected correspondence, memoranda, treaties, presidential messages, etc., relating to relating to U. S. foreign policy, arranged chronologically and by region. This is a rich depository of primary source material on foreign relations and international issues. Resources are available online, in print and microfiche. Click the title for online access; the books are located at JX 233 .A3 as well.

Use these databases to track down articles on US foreign policy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    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.
  • Public Affairs Index,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=p4h

    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.
  • SAGE Premier

    Search the full text to over 500 scholarly journals published by SAGE in a range of disciplines, including many social sciences titles. Many journals include full backfiles - back to 1960s or earlier. To search articles by discipline, click on the "Browse" tab, then click on the "Articles by Discipline" tab.
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (Web of Knowledge)

    A multidisciplinary index with searchable author abstracts covering the journal literature of the social sciences, including anthropology, history, law, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, political science, public health, social work, sociology, urban studies, and women's studies. SSCI indexes more than 1,725 journals spanning 50 disciplines. In addition, it is possible to retrieve a list of works that have cited a specific author or specific work. May be searched simultaneously with Arts & Humanities Citation Index and/or Science Citation Index Expanded through the Web of Science interface.
  • 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.
  • 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
Interlibrary Loan

For information on requesting books and articles from other libraries, visit our Interlibrary Loan page.

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