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International and Global Studies

by Amy E. Gratz last modified Aug 19, 2014 01:45 PM

Amy Gratz is the Subject Librarian for International and Global Studies. She provides research support for students enrolled in Environmental Studies, Global Health Studies, and International Affairs on both the Major and Minor level, and for Social Entrepreneurship and Asian Studies on the Minor level. You can contact Amy by phone or e-mail, or visit her in person at the Tarver Library.

Due to the multidisciplinary nature of International and Global Studies, students may also wish to contact Subject Librarians in particular areas of interest. Please note the following:

Environmental Studies: Geoff Timms is the Subject Librarian for Biology and Environmental Biology.

Global Health Studies: Carolann Curry from the Medical School Library is also available to support the Global Health program. She can be reached by phone at 2549 or , or visit her in person at the Medical School Library, on the Macon campus. If you don't know where it is located, use this campus map.

International Affairs: Julie Huskey is the Subject Librarian for Political Science as well as Business & Economics.

Need help citing sources?  Check out the guide from OWL at Purdue for help formatting your citations in APA, MLA, or Chicago citation styles.  You can also bring your reference list to the Ask Jack desk, and a librarian will check your citations.

College of Liberal Arts, International & Global Studies


 

Multidisciplinary Databases

LexisNexis Academic
Provides full-text documents from over 5,600 news, business, legal, medical, and educational sources. The sources include international, national, and regional newspapers, trade journals, wire services, broadcast transcripts, and government publications. This is a good resource for finding reports on countries and businesses.

Web of Science (Web of Knowledge)
Provides detailed citations and abstracts for the top scholarly periodicals in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Includes the Science Citation Index, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index. Covers both domestic and international journals, open access resources, books, patents, proceedings, and Web sites.

ScienceDirect
Elsevier's Science Direct Web Editions provides access to the current twelve months of articles from about 200 journals in the physical and biological sciences. The issues are available on a rolling basis, so when the March 2010 issue is posted, the March 2009 issue is removed.

TOPICsearch 
A current events database that offers many full text articles covering social, political, and economic issues, scientific discoveries, and other topics.

CQ Researcher (1991 to present)
The CQ Researcher is the choice of researchers seeking original, comprehensive reporting and analysis on issues in the news. It offers in-depth, non-biased coverage of political and social issues, with regular reports on topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the U.S. economy.

Academic Search Complete 
This multidisciplinary database includes more than 6,100 full-text periodicals (over 5,100 of which are peer-reviewed), and also offers indexing and abstracts for monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database is updated daily and features PDF going back as far as 1887 with the majority of full-text titles in searchable PDF format.

Research Library 
Provides abstracts and indexing for over 2,600, as well as full text for over 1,700 scholarly journals and general magazines. Research Library is an expansion of, and replacement for, the database titled Periodical Abstracts Research II.

JSTOR
This database provides access to complete back files of core journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. This database provides archives of 33 journals related to Health Sciences, including Infection Control and 22 journals related to Health Policy, including Journal of Public Health Policy. JSTOR's agreement with publishers includes an updating provision referred to as a "moving wall," which is a fixed period of time ranging, in most cases, from 2 to 5 years, that defines the gap between the most recently published issue of any journal and the date of the most recent issue available in JSTOR. For this reason, JSTOR is primarily useful for historical research.

Dissertations and Theses Full Text
This multidisciplinary database includes 2.7 million searchable citations to dissertations and theses from around the world from 1861 to the present day together with 1.2 million full text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works. Also available through this link is the option using the Advanced Search (selecting school name/code) to include and/or limit to doctoral dissertations and/or master’s theses produced by students at the Atlanta campus of Mercer University.

Environmental Studies Databases

Environment Complete (EBSCO)
Offers coverage in the areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more. The database also contains full text for more than 400 journals, including many of the most used journals in the discipline.

GreenFILE (EBSCO)
GreenFILE covers scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports. The database contains nearly 300,000 records, full text for a few selected titles and searchable cited references for more than 200 titles. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.

AGRICOLA 
Available in the familiar EBSCO interface, this database covers every major agricultural subject including agricultural engineering and marketing, animal breeding, entomology, environmental pollution, farm management, foods and feeds, pesticides, rural sociology, social sciences, veterinary medicine, and water resources. The citations consist of journal articles, book chapters, monographs, conference proceedings, serials, technical reports, and other materials on a broad range of agricultural topics. Useful for animal model selection when researching public health topics.

JSTOR Plant Science
JSTOR Plant Science is an online environment that provides access to foundational content vital to plant science - plant type specimens, taxonomic structures, scientific literature, and related materials. This new environment includes hundreds of thousands of type specimens, paintings, drawings, correspondence, and supporting materials.

Global Health Databases

MedlinePlus
MedlinePlus is the National Library of Medicine’s website for free consumer health information. It is a selective list of authoritative health information resources from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other organizations. It contains information on over 700 health topicsdrugs and supplements, an illustrated medical encyclopediamedical dictionarynewsdirectories that include locations and credentials of doctors, dentists and hospitals, and interactive tutorials, including over 165 slideshows with sound and pictures explaining a procedure or condition in easy-to-read language.

National Library of Medicine Databases
The National Library of Medicine offers 271 databases, electronic resources, and APIs that contain articles and information on a wide variety of health subjects.

MEDLINE
Available in the familiar EBSCO interface, this database includes extensive consumer health and patient education information on over 650 diseases and conditions.

POPLINE
This is the world’s largest database on reproductive health and focuses on particular developing-country issues including demography, AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, maternal and child health, primary health care communication, population, and environment. Maintained by the K4Health Project at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for Communication Programs and is funded by the United States Agency for International Development. The database includes nearly 370,000 records with most of the items published from 1970 to the present. The database adds 10,000 records annually and is updated every Monday.

CINAHL Plus with Full Text (EBSCO) — Search 800 nursing and allied health journals, nursing dissertations, and selected other biomedical journals. Many full-text articles available. Limited coverage of psychology and management literature is also included.

PsycARTICLES
This database, from the American Psychological Association (APA), is a definitive source of full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology. The database contains more than 100,000 articles from 59 journals - 48 published by the APA and 11 from allied organizations. It includes all journal articles, letters to the editor, and errata from each journal. Coverage spans 1894 to present, and most APA journals are available from Volume 1, Issue 1.

PsycINFO
Contains citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, and technical reports, as well as citations to dissertations, in the field of psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines. Through linking functionality, some articles are available in full text. Coverage is from 1887-present.

International Affairs Databases

LexisNexis Academic
Many types of publications, virtually all in full text: newspapers (in English, other languages, and translations of international papers), legal news, general interest magazines, medical journals, trade publications, company financial information, transcripts, wire service reports, government publications (such as the federal case law, U.S. Code, Code of Federal Regulations, Congressional Testimony, etc.), law reviews, and reference works (such as the Forbes Annual Directory, the Official Guide/American Marketplace and the US Global Trade Outlook).

Social Science Journals (ProQuest)
Covers many topics including addiction studies, urban studies, family studies, and international relations.

Homeland Security Digital Library
The digital library collection is focused on strategy and policy in the various subject areas of Homeland Security Research and supports the curriculum of the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS). Topics covered include borders and immigration, emergency management, infrastructure protection, intelligence, law and justice, management and economics, military, politics and government, public health, technology, terrorism and society, weapons and weapons systems.

ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest)
ABI/INFORM Complete provides full text for over 1,461 U.S. and international journals covering all aspect of business and management. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for 759 journals. ABI/INFORM Complete is an expansion of, and replacement for, the database titled ABI/INFORM Global.

International and Global Statistics

CIA World Factbook
Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.

UNdata
This resource brings UN statistical databases within easy reach of users, allowing them to search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN system. Since its foundation, the United Nations System has been collecting statistical information from member states on a variety of topics, including crime, education, energy, environment, finance, food and agriculture, gender, health, HIV/AIDS, human development, industry, information and communication technology, labor, population, refugees, tourism, and trade.

World Trade Organization
The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business. The WTO's databases and publications provide extensive access to trade and tariff data. (Description taken from WTO website.)

Eurostat
Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union situated in Luxembourg. Its task is to provide the European Union with statistics at European level that enable comparisons between countries and regions. (Description taken from Eurostat website.)

Global Health Facts
A project of the Kaiser Family Foundation, this resource provides data by country on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and other key health and socio-economic indicators.

World Health Organization (WHO) 
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends. You may also want to look at the Global Health Observatory, a WHO resource that includes the WHO database, reports, indicator registry, and country stats from each Member State.

International Social Survey Programme
This resource is an excellent source of statistical information on a wide variety of subjects in the social sciences, including the environment, national identity, social networks, family and changing gender roles, religion, leisure, and the role of government. Data is collected from 43 countries around the world and made available to researchers in raw form for further study. This website also includes a comprehensive bibliography of publications using ISSP data.

Gender Equality Data and Statistics (from The World Bank)
This gender data portal is a one-stop shop for gender information, catering to a wide range of users and providing data from a variety of sources. Data at the country level are organized under six thematic headings, which are aligned to the themes identified by the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics. (Description taken from the World Bank website.)

United States Statistics

Statistical Abstract of the United States (ProQuest) — A resource that includes authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States. Published annually by the Federal Government since 1878, ProQuest now updates and publishes this resource monthly.

US Energy Information Administration
Official energy statistics from the U.S. government. Also contains some environmental information (e.g., greenhouse gas emissions).

US Bureau of Labor Statistics
Offers statistics on consumer price, employment, wages, inflation, productivity, the U.S. economy, etc. This is a gold mine of current statistical data and reports covering consumer spending, employment, wages, productivity, occupations, international trade, and industries. Also shows "The U.S. Economy at a Glance."

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
CDC.gov is the Center for Disease Control’s primary online communication channel.  CDC.gov provides users with credible, reliable health information on: data and statistics, diseases and conditions, emergencies and disasters, environmental health, and healthy living for individuals as well as Public Health professionals, healthcare providers, and researchers and scientists.

CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report is issued by the CDC.

National Library of Medicine Health Statistics Research Guide
This is not actually a statistical database, but a list of recommended resources for locating health statistics, maintained by the National Library of Medicine. The Health Statistics and Numerical Data subject guide includes some of the major sources of health and general statistics in the United States and a brief list of international resources.

OpenSecrets.org
From the Center for Responsive Politics, which is the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. The center is nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit.

State and Local Statistics

Georgia Statistics System
Supported by UGA, this website will customize the statistics, maps and graphs that you want from the latest data sources from the Georgia County Guide and the Farmgate Value Report. Use the county-by-county analysis tool to compare multiple counties on a wide variety of categories, including Health, Population, Vital Statistics, Education and Natural Resources, among others.

OASIS - (Online Analytical Statistical Information System) - Georgia Division of Public Health
Use OASIS to access Georgia vital statistics, maternal and child health, Georgia Comprehensive Cancer Registry, and population data. Select data by age, race, sex, county or year. A GIS mapping tool is also available.

County Health Rankings
The County Health Rankings measure the health of nearly all counties in the nation and rank them within states. Compare counties on factors such as mortality, morbidity, health behaviors, clinical care, social & economic factors, and physical environment.  You can also see how a county compares to the state average and national benchmarks.

State Health Facts
Contains the latest state-level data on demographics, health, and health policy, including health coverage, access, financing, and state legislation. Compare Georgia to other states or to national data. This website is a project of the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Journals

Search the library catalog by journal title to get a listing of the print journal titles available.

Journals about global health topics are available electronically in full text. Search by journal title in: Full Text Electronic Journal List or browse the subject list for journals in one of the following areas:

Books and Government Documents

Search the library catalog to find books available in the University Libraries as well as electronic books. Please check to make certain items you want are available at your location; if the item you need is at another location, view this guide on how to request it. If you don't see a title in the online catalog, you may request books via Interlibrary Loan, or suggest new or additional titles that the library should purchase.

International and Global Studies books will be located in many different sections of the Library of Congress Classification System. Some suggested areas include:

    • D 204 - 475: Modern History of the World
    • JZ 5 - 6530: International Relations
    • RA 1- 1270: Public aspects of medicine
    • S 1 - 972: Agriculture (general)

Mercer undergraduate students may also check out books from the Medical School Library. (The check out period is only for one week.) They use a different library catalog, and they use the National Library of Medicine's subject classification scheme (referred to as MESH). The public health books are in the "WA" call numbers.

Government Documents

The University Libraries are a Federal Repository, and provide access to both federal and state government documents. A wealth of information, especially statistics, is available in Government Documents. Access to the print collection and an extensive electronic collection is provided through the online catalog. If you need assistance with these resources, you may wish to email the Government Documents Librarian directly.

Governmental Agencies

United Nations
The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights. There are currently nearly 200 member countries, committed to peacekeeping, peacebuilding, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance. (Description taken from UN website.)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC.gov provides users with credible, reliable health information, data, and statistics on diseases, conditions, emergencies, disasters, environmental health, healthy living, injuries, violence and safety, life stages and populations, traveler's health, and workplace safety and health.

Department of Health & Human Services
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

Environmental Protection Agency
The mission of the EPA is to protect human health and the environment.

Food and Drug Administration
The FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.

National Institutes of Health
NIH’s mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.

National Library of Medicine
The world’s largest biomedical library, NLM maintains and makes available a vast print collection, and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development, and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology.

World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends. You may also want to look at the Global Health Observatory, a WHO resource that includes the WHO database, reports, indicator registry, and country stats from each Member State.

World Trade Organization (WTO)
The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business. (Description taken from WTO website.)

 

Useful Web Sites

Corporation for National & Community Service
Established in 1993, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its core programs. The mission of CNCS is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. (Description taken from website.)

USA.gov for Nonprofits
Find information and services for nonprofits, including grants, loans, assistance, taxes, management and more.

World Association for Non-Governmental Organizations
The World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO) is an international organization uniting NGOs worldwide in the cause of advancing peace and global well being. WANGO helps to provide the mechanism and support needed for NGOs to connect, partner, share, inspire, and multiply their contributions to solve humanity’s basic problems. (Description taken from website.)

Against the Odds:  Making a Difference in Global Health

Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, this exhibit includes the stories of those (scientists, advocates, governments, and international organizations) who are taking up the challenge to prevent disease and improve quality of life.  Components include:  Community Health, Food for Life, Action on AIDS, The Legacy of War, Preventing Disease, and Global Collaboration.

America's Health Rankings
This source has tracked the health of the nation for the past 20 years, thus providing a unique, comprehensive perspective on how the nation - and each state - measures up. Options include rankings by state and by various measures including such topics as binge drinking, cancer deaths, infectious diseases, health status, and public health funding. A new feature is a state obesity calculator.

Global Health Facts
A project of the Kaiser Family Foundation, this resource provides data by country on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and other key health and socio-economic indicators.

UNICEF's Statistics and Monitoring
The "Customized Statistical Tables" tool includes economic and social data from 195 countries and territories, with particular reference to children’s health, education, protection, and HIV/AIDS. Also includes the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS).

World Bank World Development Indicators
Provides convenient access to a wide range of economic, environment, health, political, and social indicators in roughly 200 countries. Time series data is available for many indicators from 1960 onwards. In addition to the wide range of global statistics, the WDI provides convenient data extraction tools that allow data access in Microsoft Excel and other statistical packages.

CIA World Factbook
Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.

Gates Foundation Global Health Page
Portal to information about the global health programs of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which is one of the world's leading philanthropic organizations.

Public Health Improvement Resource Center
Provides resources for individuals who want to strengthen the United States public health infrastructure, which is defined as the "network of people, agencies, services, knowledge, regulations, and equipment." Includes information on more than 100 accessible resources that support the initiation and continuation of quality improvement efforts. These resources promote performance management and quality improvement, community health information and data systems, accreditation preparation, and workforce development. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and PHF provide funding for this site.

Electronic Public Health Resources
Sponsored by the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library of the University of California, Berkeley, resources are organized by broad topics. Also included are links to agencies and organizations, professional resources, and indexes and publications. Not all resources are freely available.

Health Data Tools and Statistics
This site links to health statistics and data sets as well as resources to support data collection.

Global Health.gov
Under the umbrella of the Department of Health and Human Services, this site provides links and resources that assist with the department's goal to promote the health of the world’s population.

 

Course-Specific Resources

 

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Amy Gratz

Amy Gratz

Amy Gratz
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Instructional Services Librarian

B.A. Gustavus Adolphus College 2006; M.S.L.I.S Syracuse University 2008

Phone: 478-301-5334
E-mail: gratz_ae@mercer.edu

 
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