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Political Science Research Guide: International Organizations

Provides and introduction to key resources used when looking for research materials in the field of Political Science

What are International Organizations?

 

Wikipedia Defines International Organizations as such:

An international organization is an organization with an international membership, scope, or presence. There are two main types:

  • International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs): non-governmental organizations  (NGOs) that operate internationally. These may be either:
    • International  non-profit organizations  (e.g. International Committee of the Red Cross.)
    • International corportations - referred to as multinational corporations.
  • Intergovernmental Organizations, also known as international governmental organizations (IGOs): the type of organization most closely associated with the term international organization, these are organizations that are made up primarily of sovereign states (referred to as member states). Notable examples include the United Nations (UN),  Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE),  Council of Europe (CoE), European Union (EU; which is a prime example of a supranational organization), and the World Trade Organization (WTO). The UN has used the term "intergovernmental organization" instead of "international organization" for clarity

Both types of organizations have played roles in International Affairs.

You can find more information about International Organizations a number of ways:

  1. Use the information in the Box Below to locate various International Organizations and their Documents.

     
  2. Find books on them by searching the Library Catalog.
     
  3. Look for Journal Articles on International Organizations.  To do so search  Databases that index content related to International Relations, or  Political Rights and Participation of Citizens in various States.  Database covering both are listed in Boxes Below.
     
  4. Look for Current information about them by searching for News about them.

 

  International Relations Databases

Databases of Relevance to International Organizations include:
 

  • EBSCOHost Academic Search Premier
    Interdisciplinary full-text database indexing many Political Science journals. Also has indexing for News magazines which makes it useful for current events.
     
  • JSTOR
    Searchable collection of periodicals in the Humanities and Social Sciences.  Coverage is retrospective (3-5 years and older).
     
  • Periodical Archive Online
    Searchable collection of periodicals in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Coverage is retrospective (3-5 years and older).

     
  • Project Muse
    Searchable collection of periodicals in the Humanities and Social Sciences.  Unlike  Periodical Archive Online and JSTOR Project Muse is current.
     
  • Web of Knowledge
    Coverage:Interdisciplinary database that indexes the most widely respected periodicals in Academia.

 

For a Historical Treatment of International Organizations, you will need to consult:

  • America: History and Life
    Useful resource for historical Political Science Topics.  Indexes Canadian and American History Journals. 
     
  • Historical Abstracts
    As Historical Abstracts index history journals outside of North America, it is a useful tool for research into the historical topics dealing with  International Organizations  outside of North America.

     Political Rights and Political Participation Databases

Some Databases that will provide information about the political rights and political participation of different groups include:

  • Gender Studies Database
    Coverage: Full-text database focused on Gender issue.. Useful for topics dealing with equality, rights, women's groups and gender and politics. 
     
  • LGBT Life
    Coverage: Full-text database focused on Sexual Orientation and Gender Studies. Useful for topics dealing with equality, rights, women's groups, Gay and Lesbian Groups, and gender and politics. 
     
  • ATLA Religion Index
    Coverage: Database that indexes journals in the field of Religion. Useful for topics dealing with religious equality, religion,society and politics. 

     
  • Business Source Premier
    This Business Database is a useful resource for information about Business and its relations to Government and Society
     
  • Philosopher's Index
    Coverage: Database that indexes journals in the field of Philosophy. Useful for topics dealing with human rights, the social contract, ethics and government. 
     
  • SocIndex
    Coverage: Database that indexes journals in the field of Sociology. Useful for topics dealing with social groups.
     
  • Bibliography of Native North Americans
    Coverage: Database that indexes journals in the field of Native Studies. Useful for topics dealing with First Nations People, equality, and political rights, and First Nations People and Politics.
     
  • Econlit
    Coverage: Database that indexes journals in the field of Economics. Useful for topics dealing with poverty, social justice, political rights and political participation by different economic groups. 

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