General Resources

General Resources


The International Studies Association has an extensive set of Internet resources, including blogs, a peer-reviewed online journal, area studies centers, data archives, and film resources, all available at ISA has recently begun a collaborative project with Wiley-Blackwell termed the Compendium Project, a twelve-volume general reference series available in hard copy and online at There is a fee for subscription.


The Canadian International Council ( is a nonpartisan council that provides information about Canada and international affairs. It also publishes the International Journal on a quarterly basis. This is available online and in hard copy by subscription.


The Council of Foreign Relations is a U.S.-based organization with branches in most major metropolitan sites. Its general website ( also contains an extensive array of publications, podcasts, interviews, and links regarding foreign affairs.


Global Security ( provides a mildly conservative viewpoint on global security issues from an American perspective.


The Long War Journal ( is a blog that contains a wide collection of news and information about U.S. involvement in the Middle East from a moderately conservative perspective.


The Atlantic ( is a collection of all the international articles from the Atlantic Monthly from the most recent calendar year.


As researchers and scholars, we are committed to the integration of accurate information with appropriate citation at all points. Our personal perspective on Wikipedia is that it IS an appropriate place for entry-level students to begin to seek out descriptive information on topics presented in the chapters—with the proviso that they become familiar with Wikipedia’s Neutral Point of View ( .


Because your students will come from a variety of disciplines, gaps in knowledge may become apparent quickly. One resource we have found to be especially useful is Oxford University Press’s “Very Short Introduction” series, begun in 1995. Titles such as Capitalism, Economics, Empire, Globalization, Neoliberalism, and Political Theory help scaffold underlying concepts. The layout of each book contains a set of recommendations for the next level of reading. Another series with a more liberal perspective consistently critical of globalization is the New Internationalist “No-Nonsense Guide” series. These include volumes on fair trade, globalization, world history, and world poverty.


In general, we assume that faculty are teaching at institutions where they will be using video resources through the streaming video database within the library to ensure both accessibility and copyright compliance. It is worth noting that most videos in library databases are transcripted, which makes it easier for students with diverse needs to access this information in a timely manner. TED talks are also a key resource of shorter presentations on global issues; these videos are transcripted in multiple languages:

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