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                      Select "Catalog Only" and search:  "war on terror"

          Catalog Advanced Search:   Subject = United States Foreign Relations Russia  Year Published =2001-2012

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Foreign Policy Primary Source Documents

 A list of all our major online databases is found in Virgo at . 

ProQuest Congressional provides mostly full-text publications from the U.S. Congress, including testimony from Congressional hearings, legislative histories of laws, reports to Congress, etc.

                Search:  Department of Homeland Security     Date is between = Jan 1, 2002 and Dec 25, 2002

Advanced Search:  extraordinary rendition AND Europe  Date is Between = 2001 - 2007
Limit To = Hearings   


Digital National Security Archive  contains declassified documents used by the U.S. government in conducting foreign policy. The materials are obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.  Several collections in this database are  related to topics in this class: US Intelligence and Weapons of Mass Destruction; Terrorism and US Policy; US Intelligence Community After 9/11.etc.

               Search Documents:  Keyword = al-Qaeda    Names/organization = CIA 
Collections = National Security Agency: Organization...1945-2009; Presidential Directives, Part II;
US Intelligence Community After  9/11 

Homeland Security Digital Library
is a research collection of open-source resources related to homeland security policy, strategy and organizational management. Find articles, government documents, press briefings, statements by government officials, research papers, and books on all aspects of homeland security, most with links to online full text.

                                                       Search = wiretapping


Finding Journal & Newspaper Articles

A list of all our major online databases is found in Virgo at .


Academic Search Complete A general database of articles from a variety of scholarly journals, popular magazines, and some newspapers. Includes some speeches and interviews.  Years of coverage varies according to title, but some publications are covered back to the late 19th century.

                                 Search: "Bush administration"  AND "civil liberties"   Published Date = 2001-2012

           To search for speeches:  Bush, George W. = AU author  AND  "war on terror"   Document Type = speech

To search for interviews: Powell, Colin = PE People  AND  "weapons of mass destruction"  Document Type =

America History & Life  Covers the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to present with records from 2,000 English-language journals published worldwide. Includes book reviews.

                                 Search:  "Department of Homeland Security" AND terrorism

 JSTOR  Full-text backfiles of many important scholarly journals. Coverage is usually from the first issue to 3-5 years before the present.

               Advanced Search:  oil  AND "Iraq war"    Type = article
Date range = From 2001 to 2009    Discipline =
Middle East Studies; Political Science

PAIS, 1915-present Useful for finding journal articles, book citations, government publications, and reports issued by public and private organizations in the areas of political science and public policy.

                                        Search:   "free trade agreements" and "Bush administration"

LexisNexis Academic  offers access to a variety of news sources, including newspapers, magazines, television and radio broadcast transcripts, etc.  Years of coverage varies by title, usually with nothing prior to the early 1980's.

                                       Advance Search:  de-baathification and Bremer
Specify Date = Date is between 2003 and 2004
Select Source by Type = major world publications

ProQuest Historical Newspapers  Searchable full text backfiles of the New York Times (1851-2006), Wall Street Journal (1889-1991), Chicago Tribune (1849-1986), Los Angeles Times (1881-1986), Washington Post (1877-1992), and Chicago Defender (1910-1975).

              Search NY Times:  Advanced Search = "weapons of mass destruction" AND Iraq  Date = 2001-2003         


Additional Resources

A list of all our major online databases is found in Virgo at . 

CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online provides working papers from research institutes, occasional papers from NGO's, foundation-funded research reports, proceedings from conferences, books, journal articles, and policy briefs.

                                  Search:  "foreign aid"  "post-9/11"

Department of State  See Media Center for daily press briefings, press releases, remarks and testimony by senior officials, etc."For materials from the Bush Administration see Archive at the bottom of the screen.

Central Intelligence Agency See News & Information for press releases and statements, speeches and testimony, CIA and the War on Terrorism, etc.  Also see Library for agency publications, Kent Center for Intelligence Analysis, etc

Department of Homeland Security See Topics, News, and About DHS.

Book Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences This page is maintained by library staff to help you find book reviews in the social sciences and humanities.  Another good source is Academic Search Complete

                         Search: Ti Title = Descent into Chaos: the United States and the Failure of Nation Building    
                                     Document Type = Book Review 

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