Welcome! This page highlights key resources for conducting effective research for Colloquium: Aid, Violence, and Politics in Africa.
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Tips on Finding Books
- Note the use of the asterisk as a wildcard symbol (Nigeria* searches for Nigeria and Nigerian), and the use of quotes to search "structural adjustment" as a phrase.
- From the list of results, click on a title and look at the other subject headings listed.
- Use the search facets on the left side of the results page to narrow down results by dates of publication, format, subject, location, and other features.
- If your research involves legal texts, don't forget to search Pegasus, the catalog of the Columbia Law Library, directly.
- If a book is checked out or not in held by any Columbia Library, you can request the book through BorrowDirect, a consortium of the libraries of Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale, in addition to select libraries of Harvard, MIT, and the University of Chicago. Items requested through BorrowDirect are typically delivered within 3 to 4 business days with a 6-week loan period + one 6-week renewal.
Tips on Finding Articles
- African Affairs
- Foreign Affairs
- Foreign Policy
- Human Rights Quarterly
- International Organization
- International Peacekeeping
- International Studies Quarterly
- International Social Science Journal
- Journal of Conflict Resolution
- Journal of Humanitarian Assistance
- Journal of International Development
- Peace Review
- Third World Quarterly
Data and Reports
Armed Conflict Database covers international and internal conflicts, as well as terrorism, incl. information on refugees and returnees, internally displaced persons, weapons used and their flows, fatalities, costs, historical backgrounds, and timelines. Users can generate reports, download data, and browse through year-by-year analysis and fact sheets online.
Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports and Issue Briefs are reports to members of Congress on a variety of topics relevant to current political events.
CountryWatch provides comprehensive and up-to-date political,economic, cultural, business, and environmental information. Country Wire provides current country-specific news.
Economist Intelligence Unit includes full text access to the Economist, as well as Country Reports, Country Datas, Country Monitor, Country Forecast, Country Finance, and Country Commerce.
FAOSTAT is a collection of global food and agricultural statistics.
Global Market Information Database (GMID) contains over a million demographic, economic and marketing statistics for 205 countries worldwide. The database also contains 6-year historic market size data for more than 330 consumer products in 52 countries, plus 5-year forecasts.
International Monetary Fund (IMF) Data and Statistics includes a range of time series data on IMF lending, exchange rates and other economic and financial indicators.
IMF eLibrary offers instant, full-text access to publications of the International Monetary Fund, among them periodicals, books, working papers and studies, and data and statistical tools
Janes.com provides analysis of events and trends in political, security and military affairs with a detailed breakdown of global military and political structures for reference.
OECD iLibrary is a portal for the online publications portal of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Rand Reports contains citations and abstracts for Rand publications, 1946-1997; full text, 1998-present.
UNdata includes statistical time series for countries from around the world covering a wide range of economic and socio-demographic topics.
News, Legal and Government Information and Analysis
Selected List of International Organizations
Note: You may also wish you use the search engine HURISearch to explore local and/or grassroots organizations doing peacebuilding work.
Help With Citations
CiteSource offers guidelines and templates for citing your research in a variety of citation styles, including MLA, APA, and Chicago Manual of Style. The site also offers resources on copyright, intellectual property, and how the Web shapes information use. A publication of the Trinity College Library.
Zotero is a free tool for managing citations, organizing research, storing documents,sharing your references with others, and creating fomatted bibliographies, footnotes, and in-text citations. For detailed tips on installing and using Zotero, consult the library's Zotero guide.