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The following provides a list of resources to assist you with research in Security Studies.

Some resources are restricted to people currently affiliated with Dickinson. Because Security Studies research can cross over many academic disciplines (such as Political Science, History, Sociology, etc.) students are strongly encouraged to consult with a librarian for help with specific topics.

You may also find the US Army War College Library, which is open to Dicksinson students, helpful for particular topics.

Please consult your liaison librarian or a librarian at the War College for assistance.

Liaison Librarian: Anna Kozlowska, 717-245-1849

Conflict Resolution Research Guide

International Terrorism Research Guide


General Collection

Full length books on subjects relating to Security Studies may be found in the Waidner-Spahr Library Catalog. However, because Security Studies can encompass such a wide range of topics, try combining specific terms related to your topic rather than just searching for Security Studies.

Reference Sources

Political Handbook of the World Available Online.
Encyclopedia of United States National Security Available Online.
Encyclopedia of Intelligence & Counterintelligence Available Online.
The 9/11 Encyclopedia Available Online.
Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict Available Online.
Handbook of International Rivalries Available Online.

Major Databases

This list of databases offers the best places to get started in a few general areas but there are many more available at the Waidner-Spahr Library.

Consult a librarian to choose the best database to look for information about your specific topic.

Praeger Security International
The world's largest full-text electronic resource on international security, containing books, expert commentary, reports and primary documents from foreign policy, military, and security professionals. Covers security-related topics such as terrorism, economic development, diplomacy, and international crisis response.
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration / policy.
Political Science Complete
Subject coverage includes comparative politics, humanitarian issues, international relations, law and legislation, and political theory. Coverage Range: 1960s-present, some Full-Text.
PAIS International
Index access to journal articles, book chapters, reports, and government publications from 120 countries. The coverage ranges from 1972 to present, with some full-text.
CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online)
Index access to journal articles, book chapters, reports, and government publications from 120 countries. The coverage ranges from 1972 to present, with some full-text.
Peace Research Abstracts
Covers essential areas related to peace research, including conflict resolution, international affairs, and peace psychology. Coverage Range: 1964-present, citations only.
CQ Press Electronic Library
Searches across all of the CQ Press electronic resources, including CQ Research, CQ Weekly, and the CQ Press electronic editions of reference books.
Criminal Justice Abstracts
Covers essential topics related to criminal justice and criminology, including international journals.
National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts
Covers the fields of law enforcement and criminal justice. Topics covered within the database include corrections, courts, crime statistics, domestic preparedness, drugs, juvenile justice, law enforcement, and victims.
Lexis-Nexis - Academic Universe
Access to hundreds of newspapers from around the world, plus a wealth of legal, business, medical, and reference information.

Other Helpful Databases

JSTOR An interdisciplinary archive of over 600 journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Project Muse A multi-disciplinary database of full text articles from scholarly journals in both humanities and social sciences. Most journals covered are up to date. Can be used as complementary to JStor as the latter covers mostly archival issues.

Social Science Citation Index A multidisciplinary index to the journal literature and conference proceedings of the social sciences. Also has the capacity to conduct a cited reference search and create a citations map. Covers publications 1965 to present . Gives access to citations only, not full text.

Social Sciences Full Text Covers English-language periodicals, published in the Unites States or internationally, in sociology, anthropology, psychology, geography, economics, political science, and law. Indexes material from 1983-present, includes abstracts for material 1984-present and contains some full-text for 1994 to present.

Government Information

Please also see the library’s Research Guide for Government Information for assistance.

United States

THOMAS A website provided by the Library of Congress that provides detailed legislative information. It offers bill tracking by number as well as sponsor. Also searches cabinet nominations, appropriations bills, public laws, the congressional record, presidential nominations, treaties and roll-call votes.

GPO (Government Printing Office) Government Documents Covers all types of U.S. government documents published since 1976. Includes citations with some links to full text. Print documents are available in our library, the State Library in Harrisburg, and via interlibrary loan (ILLiad).

Access to Archival Databases Online gateway to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) of the Federal government.

Congressional Universe (Lexis Nexis) Contains congressional publications, committee prints, Congressional hearings, House and Senate documents and reports, legislative histories, bill tracking, and full-text public law. Coverage range: 1969-present. Majority is Full-Text.

CQ Weekly Provides a weekly report on issues in Congress, as well as the status of proposed legislation, committee and floor activity, debates and roll-call votes. Covers a date range of 1983 to the present and has full-text access.


Constitutions, Treaties, and Official Declarations: An index providing full-text access to international treaties, constitutions, and other political documents from around the world.

ODS: Official Documents System of the United Nations: The official place to look for United Nations documents, it covers documents published by the United Nations from 1992 onwards, as well as the full-text of UN Resolutions.

UNBISNET: This is the catalog of the Dag Hammarskjöld Library andincludes links to the full-text of many UN documents. It covers three main areas: Bibliographic Records from 1979 to present, Voting Records from 1946 to present, and an index to speeches. Items not available in full-text may be requested through ILLiad.

United Nations Treaty Collection: Provides access to multilateral treaties deposited with the United Nations, as well as bilateral and multilateral treaties registered with the United Nations.

World Treaty Index: An electronic treaty database spanning the 20th century.

Multilaterals Project: Multilateral conventions and treaties organized by subject.

Country Studies

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

Background Notes: Summary information on countries worldwide, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty (U.S. Department of State).

Country Studies: Published by the Library of Congress, each title in the series, which is not all-inclusive, offers background analysis on a country's history, geography, society, economy, political system, foreign policy, and national security.

Country Profiles: Guides to the history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions (BBC News).

Political Database of the Americas: Reference materials, primary documents, comparative studies, and statistical data for countries in the Western Hemisphere (Georgetown).


Lexis-Nexis - Academic Universe  :Access to hundreds of newspapers from around the world, plus a wealth of legal, business, medical, and reference information.

ProQuest  :Covers all disciplines including social science, humanities, arts, literature and so on. Entries contain value-added content from a wide range of sources including newspapers, periodicals and books.

CQ Researcher: Issues a weekly analysis on broad-ranging topics from the news. Each report focuses on a single issues and is written by a journalist. Covers a date range of 1991 to the present and has full-text access

World News Connection: A news translation service produced by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) for the U.S. Foreign Broadcast Service, a government agency which monitors and translates newspapers, radio and television broadcasts, and official statements of foreign governments.

Alternative Press Index: Contains citations and some full-text articles from alternative, radical and left periodicals, newspapers, and magazines. It is international in scope with its central focus on socialism, national liberation, labor, indigenous peoples, gays, lesbians, feminism, ecology, democracy, and anarchism. Covers material from 1991 to the present. Click on the "Get It" button to access full-text when available.

NewsVault: Allow for cross-searching of 19th Century British Library Newspapers, 19th Century U.S. Newspapers, Economist Historical Archive, Financial Times Historical Archive, Listener Historical Archive, Sunday Times (London) Digital Archive, Times (London) Digital Archive, and Times (London) Literary Supplement Historical Archive.


International Relations and Security Network

Institute for Strategic and International Studies

Central Intelligence Agency Use the Keyword Search to find more full-text speeches and reports, or check here for the latest CIA reports.

National Security Institute

Digital National Security Archive

Director of National Intelligence

Federal Bureau of Investigation

United States Institute for Peace

Center for Strategic & International Studies