Major Research Tools

Encyclopedia of Human Rights

Full-Text, Reference

Scholarly encyclopedia covering human rights theory, practice, law, and history. Includes articles on organizations and institutions, human rights events and crises, and human rights norms.

Europa World Plus

Data, Full-Text

Up-to-date profiles of countries of the world. Includes political histories, economic statistics, and directory-style information on politics, media, and business. A "comparative statistics" section can be used to generate tables of comparative data on countries in formats suitable for exporting into Excel or SPSS.

Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace

Full-Text, Reference

Scholarly encyclopedia covering historical, political, theoretical, and philosophical issues relating to peace and conflict. Includes coverage of world leaders, major historical and current events, organizations, and theories.

Political Science Complete


Index of journal articles, books, and conference papers in political science and related fields. Includes a substantial amount of full text.

Public Affairs Index


Index of articles, books, government documents, and other materials on global public policy issues, including international affairs.

Other Suggested Research Tools

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

A valuable resource for anyone wanting thoughtful coverage and analyses of international affairs. This site can be used not just for peace studies, but also for international relations, history, etc.

China Data Center


Collection of major Chinese governmental data on the national, provincial, city, and county levels. Includes areas such as population, employment, industry, education, agriculture, trade, public health, and much more.

Digital National Security Archive


Collections of declassified documents covering US policy decisions around nuclear escalation and non-proliferation, the space race and military uses of space, and the Cuban missile crisis. Also includes collections of documents covering US foreign policy in relation to: Argentina; China; Colombia; Cuba; Mexico; South Africa; and North and South Korea.

Europa: Gateway to the European Union


Basic information from the European Union server on EU policies, key issues, institutions, etc.

FAS Collection of Congressional Research Service Reports


Selection of reports written by the Congressional Research Service for members of Congress on issues relating to foreign policy and national security.

Foreign Affairs Ministries on the Web


List of links for locating web sites of ministries of foreign affairs from the United States Institute of Peace. Useful when searching for a government's position on a foreign policy issue.

Foreign Relations of the United States


Collection of primary source documents from Presidential libraries, Departments of State and Defense, NSA, CIA, AID, foreign affairs agencies, and private papers of individuals involved in formulating U.S. foreign policy. Selected volumes online. Complete print version available in Skillman Library (Call No. JX 233 .A3). Freedom in the World

Data, Full-Text

Full text of annual reports (2002 to present) detailing political and civil rights in countries and territories of the world. Includes "ratings of freedom" for each country from 1973 to present. Also includes reports and rankings on freedom of the press in various countries.

Historic Documents


Coverage: 1972-2017

Annual collection of primary sources covering significant events of the year. Includes materials such as speeches, international agreements, and reports from governments, NGOs, and other organizations. Each document is preceded by an introduction providing context and background.

Human Rights Library


Full text of important international human rights documents. From the University of Minnesota Human Rights Library.

Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective


Coverage: 1907-1984

Index of major journals in the humanities and social sciences.

International Constitutional Law


English translations of national and international constitutional documents.

MEMRI: Middle East Media Research Institute


English translations of Middle Eastern media ("special dispatches") plus analysis of media reports ("inquiry and analysis").

Middle East 1916-2001: A Documentary Record


Collection of resolutions, agreements, statements, etc. relating to the history of the modern Middle East, particularly Israel, Palestine, and peace attempts. Part of Yale Law School's Avalon Project.

Migration Information Source

Data, Full-Text

Data on international migration and refugee trends by country. Includes country profiles with discussions of migration policies and patterns and detailed data on foreign-born residents of the U.S.

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Books


Collection of declassified United States government documents on foreign affairs and national security since World War II. Documents are grouped by topic or region of the world and cover nuclear history, U.S. intelligence and government secrecy, humanitarian interventions, the 9/11 attacks, and more.

Newspaper Digitization Projects


Gateway to digitized full-text historic newspapers from foreign countries and the U.S. (Note that resources followed by a dollar sign are subscription resources and may not be available at Lafayette.)

Parallel History Project on Cooperative Security


Primary document collections related to the development of NATO and the Warsaw Pact during the Cold War, their mutual threat perceptions, and military plans.

Political Database of the Americas

Data, Full-Text

Database of political information, documents, and links on Western Hemisphere politics, focusing on Latin America. From the Center for Latin American Studies (Georgetown Univ.) and the Organization of American States.

QWIDS: Query Wizard for International Development Statistics


Data on the volume, origin, and types of aid and resource flows to over 150 developing countries and territories. From the OECD.

SIPRI Databases


A set of databases covering international conflict and peacekeeping. Includes summaries of conflicts and data on military expenditures, arms production, and nuclear capabilities. From the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)

Data, Gateway, Index

This portal from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism includes a Global Terrorism Database, datasets on terrorism, and an index of research on terrorism, counter terrorism, radicalization, and more.

Tahrir Documents


Archive of translated activist papers from the 2011 Egyptian uprising and its aftermath. Sponsored by UCLA.

Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Information System

Gateway, Reference

Reports and other information for 56 countries (Europe, U.S., former Soviet republics) on hate crimes, racism, homophobia, anti-semitism, and related topics. From the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.

Transitions Online Premium


News from Central and Eastern Europe and countries of the former Soviet Union. Includes searchable archive back to 1994 and annual country surveys covering politics, international relations, the economy, and social issues.

United Nations


Official website of the U.N. Contains relevant information on this institution, its members, meetings, resolutions, etc.

United Nations Information System on the Question of Palestine (UNISPAL)


Collection of full-text, United Nations documents related to the question of Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East from 1917 to the present.

Women's Human Rights Resources

Gateway, Index

Covers international law as it relates to women's rights and women's issues. Includes references to scholarly articles, United Nations publications, reports from non-governmental organizations, and legal cases, plus annotated links to other web sites. From the law library at the University of Toronto.