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International & Transnational Relations

Includes primary sources.

Search Tips

Subject headings make your search more relevant. Do a keyword search using the terms below, then use the facets under Subject on the left to further narrow your results.

for History of a Country
Search for "history" and the country as a subject keyword.  You can narrow your search even farther by focusing on a particular aspect.

for Foreign Relations between Countries
Search for each country's name plus "foreign relations" as subject keywords.

for Specific Wars
Use these terms as subject keywords:

      World War 1914-1918
      World War 1939-1945
      Vietnamese Conflict 1961-1975
      Korean War 1950-1953
      Persian Gulf War 1991
      Afghan War 2001
      Iraq War 2003

Track your research

Record the sources you use as you go to avoid that last-minute bibliography panic, and inadvertent plagiarism.

Citing Sources--a guide to proper documentation, with examples for all formats of sources using several style manuals.

Use a citation manager like Endnote or Refworks.

Search Strategies

Use truncation to search for variations on words, e.g. leader* for leader, leaders, leadership; terroris* for terrorist, terrorists, terrorism. Many databases, including the catalog, use *. Some use ! or other symbols.

More keywords to use--also may be used as descriptors (subject headings) in some databases:

  • leadership; or political leadership
  • decision*
  • world war causes, or world war antecedents
  • history [add to name of country, e.g. china history]

Target your search by using Boolean operators--AND, OR, NOT--to combine the terms you want to find.

Unlike Web search engines, some databases will read a string of words as a phrase. By tweaking your search intelligently you will avoid the "overload of hits vs. I-didn't-find-anything" syndrome.

Reference Books