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International Relations *

A guide to databases and scholarly online sources that support conducting research in international relations and comparative politics.

Librarian Subject Specialist

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Robert V. Labaree
Dr. Robert V. Labaree
VKC Library, Room 38A

International Relations: Introduction and Collection Policy

Resources in all formats that support teaching, research, and learning in the field of international relations are located primarily in or accessible online from the Von KleinSmid Center Library for International and Public Affairs. The library collects in the major areas of emphasis of the discipline, including general theory and methodology of international relations, international political economy, international security studies, foreign policy analysis, terrorism and counter-terrorism, state-society relations, comparative politics and public diplomacy, and regional studies. Additional emphasis is given to collecting materials related to issues of globalization, foreign aid, non-governmental organizations [in support of the international documents collection], global disaster management, sustainable development, peace and conflict studies, all aspects of international human rights law [in collaboration with the Law Library], and economic development in emerging economies. Acquisition of materials related to international finance, global commodities trading, and labor are collected in collaboration with the Business Library. There are no geographical limitations regarding what is acquired, but particular interest is placed on European countries in support of the European Union regional depository collection. With the exception of international relations theory and ideology, materials spanning the current thirty years is covered in this collection development policy as earlier works transition to studies of history. With the general exception of course textbooks and re-prints of doctoral dissertations, scholarly materials of all types, including multimedia and online resources, are collected. The collecting efforts emphasize material either published in or translated into English. Materials in other languages are acquired very selectively based on curricular and research support needs or that are accepted on a case-by-case basis for transfer from the East Asian Library and the Boeckmann Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies.