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Politics & Society

Global Issues in Context Restricted Resource
Designed to support global awareness, this database brings together a wide range of authoritative content that enables students to critically analyze and understand the most important issues of the modern world. Over 600 international newspapers, magazines, and academic journals are represented, with dedicated topic pages for 250 countries and 400 global issues such as economics, diplomacy, climate change, and more.

Background Information

International human rights/ Jack Donnelly
Print Location: Burling 2nd floor JC571 .D753 2007
"Jack Donnelly updates his text on the rise of human rights issues post-World War II to reflect the new challenges posed by globalization and the war on terrorism. This is the definitive text of all levels of students in international relations, foreign policy, peace studies, international organizations, and law."
Human Rights Encyclopedia
Print Location: 1st Floor Oversize JC571 .L523 2001 v.1-3
v. 1. Countries -- v. 2. Countries -- Issues and individuals -- v. 3. Issues and individuals -- Appendix A. United Nations Human Rights Documents -- Appendix B. Human Rights Organizations


Academic OneFile Restricted Resource
This database offers a comprehensive, up-to-date, and easy-to-use resource for serious academic research. Includes nearly 14,000 indexed periodicals and journals covering the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature, and other many subjects in a variety of languages. Full-text articles are available in either PDF or HTML formats.
Filmakers Library Online Restricted Resource Resource contains video
Provides award-winning documentaries with relevance across the curriculum—race and gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, the environment, bioethics, health, political science and current events, psychology, arts, literature, and more. 
Films on Demand – Humanities and Social Sciences Collection Restricted Resource Resource contains video
Streaming video for thousands of full-length videos and video clips in subject areas including anthropology, art & architecture, communications, education, English & language arts, history, music, philosophy & religion, political science, psychology, sociology, and world languages.
JSTOR Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Digital repository of complete full-text backfiles of several hundred scholarly journals in the Arts & Sciences, Health & General Sciences, and Ecology & Botany, except for the most recent two to five years.
Project MUSE Restricted Resource
Access to the full text of approximately 350 scholarly electronic journals in the arts & humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.
Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890–1982 Restricted Resource
Provides indexing of general-interest periodicals published in the United States, including full coverage of the Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature. Reflects the history of the 20th century, offering access to information about history, culture, and seminal developments across nine decades.
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts Restricted Resource
Index of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, public policy, and public administration.


New York Times (TimesMachine) Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
Digital access to the New York Times as it appeared in the daily print newspaper from 1851 through 2002.  Full access to the TimesMachine requires registration to Grinnell College's New York Times academic site license
U.S. Newsstream Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
This database enables users to search and access current U.S. news content, as well as archives that stretch back into the 1980s. It features top newspapers, wires, broadcast transcripts, blogs, podcasts, and digital-only websites in full-text format. Titles include the Des Moines Register, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Newsday, and numerous other regional and local Gannett titles. Content is updated daily and cross-searchable on the ProQuest platform.

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries--Disciplinary

Encyclopedia of Human Rights (online) Restricted Resource
Focusing primarily on developments since 1945, this encyclopedia offers comprehensive coverage of all aspects of human rights theory, practice, law, and history by leading scholars and human rights experts . The coverage includes major figures, organizations and institutions, human rights events and crises, and human rights norms.


Gale OneFile: News Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
Coverage varies; primarily 1996–present. This InfoTrac collection provides access to more than 2,300 major U.S. national, regional, and local newspapers, as well as some international titles. Also included are thousands of radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts.

Biographical Information

Biography and Genealogy Master Index Restricted Resource
This database indexes over 2,000 publications containing biographical information on noteworthy people, living and deceased, from all over the world. A wide range of fields of endeavor and periods of history are represented in its sources.

Primary Sources

Independent Voices Restricted Resource
Over one million pages from the magazines, journals, newsletters, and newspapers of the alternative press archives of participating libraries, primarily spanning the 1960s to the 1980s. Starting with materials by feminists and soldiers, the collection will grow to include small literary magazines, underground newspapers, LGBT periodicals, the minority press (Latino, Black and Native American) and the extreme right-wing press.
Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law Restricted Resource
Fully searchable database containing a wide array of legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world, including every slavery-related statute passed by each colony and state as well as the federal government and all reported state and federal court cases on slavery—which reach into the 20th century. Other materials include legal commentaries, law reviews, Congressional debates, pamphlets, and more.
World Scholar: Latin America and the Caribbean Restricted Resource
This multidisciplinary database brings together content from scholarly journals, newspapers, and periodicals with interactive multimedia tools relating to Latin America and the Caribbean from the 15th century to the present. From historical perspectives on the colonial period to analysis of current events, researches will find a wide array of integrated primary and secondary sources.

Reference Resources

Oxford Reference Online Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Fully integrated and cross-searchable collection of over 135 academic dictionaries providing short-entry content, as well as many of Oxford’s encyclopedias and companions and other scholarly works.
Human rights bibliography : United Nations documents and publications, 1980-1990
Print Location: 1st Floor Oversize K3236 .H863x 1993 v. 1-5
v. 1. Main list by category -- v. 2. Author index -- v. 3. Subject index (Abol-Foro) -- v. 4. Subject index (Fort-Puer) -- v. 5. Subject index (Puni-Zion)
Dictionary of Human Geography
Print Location: Burling 2nd floor GF4 .D52 2000

Government Information

Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) Reports Restricted Resource
1957–1995. As a unit of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) prepared translations of foreign-language monographs, reports, journal and newspaper articles, and radio and television broadcasts from around the world, particularly communist and developing countries. These reports, covering military, socioeconomic, political, environmental, scientific, and technical issues and events, were used by U.S. government officials, various agencies, and the research and industrial communities. Now in a fully seachable digital edition, a vast body of foreign materials is available in English to researchers studying geopolitics, public policy, the Cold War, and more.

General Sources - World

Online tool for graphically comparing nations on a comprehensive range of statistics. Includes country profiles covering geography, military, economics, international relations
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Resource contains quantitative data
Statistics and data on land use, water use, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, nutrition, and food aid. Also includes a spatial database of agricultural land-use data with online mapping capabilities.

Economic Data - World

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Resource contains quantitative data
Statistics and data on a wide range of topics, including the economy, demographics, health, crime, education, science and technology, and transportation, for countries in Europe, North America, and Central Asia.


General OneFile Restricted Resource
This InfoTrac collection covers general interest topics—from the humanities, education, and business to current events, science, and environmental issues—and includes more than 8,000 full-text periodicals, over 3,600 journals, and five newspaper indexes—totaling more than 13,000 titles in all. Also features more than 500 travel guides, a full collection of National Public Radio programs with searchable transcripts, and links to thousands of video files from television news programs.

Web sites

Association for Conflict Resolution Resource contains images

The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) is a professional organization enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution. ACR is the nation’s largest professional association for mediators, arbitrators, educators and other conflict resolution practitioners. ACR works in a wide range of settings throughout the United States and around the world.

CR Info: The Conflict Resolution Information Source

This site is a free service, funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. As a "linking" site, our staff of editors maintains a keyword-coded catalog of over 20,000 Web, print, and organizational resources, as well as event listings and other conflict resolution-related resources.

Exploring Humanitarian Law
The Exploring Humanitarian Law curriculum gives teachers easy-to-use materials to help students understand the rules governing war and their impact on human life and dignity.
Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict

The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) is a global civil society-led network which seeks to a new international consensus on moving from reaction to prevention of violent conflict. GPPAC works to strengthen civil society networks for peace and security, and to link local, national, regional, and global levels of action.  

United States Institute of Peace
The United States Institute of Peace works to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflict around the world. USIP does this by engaging directly in conflict zones and by providing analysis, education, and resources to those working for peace. Created by Congress in 1984 as an independent, nonpartisan, federally funded organization, USIP’s more than 300 staff work at the Institute’s D.C. headquarters, and on the ground in the world’s most dangerous regions
Conflict Resolution Education Connections Resource contains images Resource contains audio
A web-site to explore some of the wide array of available materials that support conflict resolution education (CRE as we like to call it)and contribute materials.
Tools for conflict resolution instructors
A web-based resource at Wayne State University developed by Bill Warters that includes syllabi, course planning tips, lists of resources, etc. for integrating Peace and Conflict resolution into teaching.
Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems International
The Human Rights Search Engine (HuriSearch)searches over 4500 human rights websites
United Nations Human Rights
Website for the U.N. Office of the High Commission for Human Rights which is "a department of the United Nations Secretariat, is mandated to promote and protect the enjoyment and full realization, by all people, of all rights established in the Charter of the United Nations and in International Human Rights Laws and Treaties."
Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)
Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) is an international non-governmental organisation that supports human rights learning; the training of activists and professionals; the development of educational materials and programming; and community-building through on-line technologies
Peace and collaborative development network
Free professional networking site to foster dialogue and sharing of resources in international development, conflict resolution, gender mainstreaming, human rights, social entrepreneurship and related fields.
Hiroshima Peace Media Resource contains images Resource contains audio
Includes a variety of media about the peace efforts coming from the World War II A-bombs dropped on Japan by the United States. The site is available in Japanese or English
Center for Systemic Peace
The Center supports scientific research and quantitative analysis in many issue areas related to the fundamental problems of violence in both human relations and societal development.Affiliated with the Center for Global Policy at George Mason University.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Website for CEIP, a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States. Content includes comment, analysis, and research sections.

Resources at Grinnell

Peace and Conflict Studies Program
The Peace Studies Program builds upon Grinnell College's long history of social commitment and civic engagement as it pursues its mission to promote understanding of the causes of conflict and creative strategies for its peaceful resolution on many levels.
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