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Library Resources for Studying International Affairs

Reading Room

Find current and back issues of newspapers and magazines, including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Current History, Foreign AffairsTime magazine, and The Week.


Taft Online Subscription Databases

  • Access World News Full-text articles from thousands of news sources worldwide covering 1978 to the present
  • Global Issues in Context News, perspectives, video, reference, country information, primary source documents, and statistics on issues of global importance
  • Issues & Controversies Provides exclusive, extensive coverage of hundreds of today's hot topics, with pro/con articles, primary sources, media, editorial and news content. 
  • Sirs Knowledge Source General reference database containing thousands of full-text articles and other resources. Includes a pro/con issues database and SIRS Government, a comprehensive resource for the study of all aspects of U.S. federal government, including government documents, Supreme Court decisions, and more



See Find and Evaluate Websites for hints on how to locate quality websites.
Please read Wikipedia's article on Academic use.

  • Best News Websites for Students (Includes a number of free websites for grades 6-12)
  • Brookings Institute: International Affairs (The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level)
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (a unique global network of policy research centers in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, India, and the United States. Our mission, dating back more than a century, is to advance peace through analysis and development of fresh policy ideas and direct engagement and collaboration with decision-makers in government, business, and civil society)
  • E-International Relations: Student Portal (E-International Relations is a leading website for students and scholars of international politics recommended by leading academics and practitioners from around the world, featuring high quality scholarly content and student-facing resources) 
  • Foreign Affairs (from the Council on Foreign Affairs, a non-profit and nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to improving the understanding of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs through the free exchange of ideas)
  • HeadlineSpot (A portal to thousands of online news resources, arranged by media type, region, subject, and opinion)


Your Bibliography

A statement from MIT Libraries on why we cite our sources: To show your reader you've done proper research by listing sources you used to get your information. To be a responsible scholar by giving credit to other researchers and acknowledging their ideas. To avoid plagiarism by quoting words and ideas used by other authors. To allow your reader to track down the sources you used by citing them accurately in your paper by way of footnotes, a bibliography or reference list.

Use your MLA guide from Mr. Cibelli

Updated 7/2018