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IR 210, International Relations: Introductory Analysis: Question 6

This course guide provides guidance on how to complete Analytical Exercise #1 in Dr. Lamy's IR 210 class.

Question 6:

Book only: Where might you find information about:

  • Nuclear non-proliferation
  • The UN Development Decades program
  • Global reactions to ISIS/ISIL
  • Arctic security issues

Provide full citations. NO textbooks.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Similar to the work of historians, scholars in the field of international relations address big, interconnected, and complex issues that require extensive research and documentation. The only format to disseminate this type of in-depth research is in books; a journal article is too short and a research center report typically only examines a specific topic. As a researcher, you must know how to locate books on your topic.

Why no textbooks? A textbook covers a particular subject area that is used for learning that subject in school. While textbooks may be useful in learning about something you are unfamiliar with, textbooks are not an appropriate research tool because they often only provide an overview of current and past studies about a subject area. They contain no original or new research or provide new understanding about that topic [i.e., they offer no new research or interpretive understanding of topics; they only summarize prior research].

By asking you to provide the "full citation" you are practicing how to cite sources you use for your own research.

Research Approach

There are two ways to search for books at USC. First, you can enter a topic in the search box on the main page of the USC Libraries. Whe records appear, click on the link for book/e-book in the left-hand column under CONTENT TYPE. Choose a title that matches your interests.

Most of the time, when you click on a title from the general search box, it will take you into the HOMER catalog. You can search the catalog directly by clicking on the Research tab at the top of the USC Libraries' main page and choosing HOMER catalog. When you enter a topic, be sure to put the word "and" in between each word or short phrase [i.e., global terrorism and Europe"].