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ICS 195 Comparative Approaches to Global Issues

Your Librarian

The librarian for your course is:

Holly Ackerman, Ph.D.

Contact Holly with questions about your search for appropriate materials or to request an appointment

3 Kinds of Sources

Quantitative Databases

You can also find additional data about specific world areas by looking at guides about those areas listed under International Studies on the Research Support - Research Guides link on the library homepage. Or, see the guide on Data & Visualization Services.


Secondary Sources - Books & Journal Articles


The best way to find books is by going to the Books & Media tab on the Duke Libraries homepage and searching for keywords connected to your topic. Once you find a book that looks appropriate, click on the title and then click on the SUBJECTS tab. This will lead you to a list of all the books in our library on that subject.

To enlarge your search, try the following catalogs:

  • The Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) - a catalog that includes UNC, NC Central and NC State as well as Duke. Click the REQUEST button if there are books you want from one of the other libraries and they will be delivered to you.
  • WorldCat - a combined catalog from thousands of research libraries. Books available at Duke will have a Duke logo. If you want books not owned at Duke just click the GET IT AT DUKE button and then the request button and the book will be sent from the other library within a few days.


You can always use the ALL search on the Duke Libraries homepage. This will search across many databases. Or, you can use specific databases such as those below.


Social Sciences

Area Studies

Primary Sources

1. To find primary sources in our own David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library search for keywords related to your topic. You must register with the Rubenstein Library, request any items you find and then view the items in the Rubenstein reading room. Allow two business days for materials to be delivered before going to the reading room to view them.

2. Each subject guide on world regions has a section on primary documents.

3. On the library homepage, click on the "Research Databases" area and select the Primary Sources link under the dropdown menu marked "All Database Types." Then select a "Subject" from the dropdown menu. This will lead you to databases containing primary documents on your area of interest.

4. From the "Books & Media" section on the library homepage, you can search for keywords such as the name of a country and words like diary, letters, photographs. This will lead you to primary documents. Click on the "SUBJECTS" tab in these records and it will lead you to more primary sources on that topic.

Getting Started