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Global Studies: Global Studies as a Field of Study

Global Studies is a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary subject area that explores the concept of globalization and the interrelationships of peoples and states.

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Global Studies as a Field of Study includes a broad and interdisciplinary range of research and pedagogical practices focusing on the connections and interdependencies among actors and stakeholders around the world.

Digital Libraries

  • World Digital Library: A Library of Congress associated website, the World Digital Library provides documents about the world from around the world from 8000 BCE through the present.
  • Hathi Trust Digital Library: Provides books on a full range of historical eras, countries and disciplines.
  • OCED iLibrary: OCED iLibrary allows users to either search or brows for information in books, papers, statistics, fact books or glossaries on global studies topics.

Women's Studies


  • Women’s Studies International: Womans Studies International identifies articles, books, chapters, conference papers, gray literature and media on women's studies and feminism world wide from 1864 – present.
  • GenderWatch - With archival material dating back to 1970, GenderWatch™ provides authoritative historical and current perspectives on the evolution of gender roles as they affect both men and women. 
  • Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index - provides indexing for essays, multi-authored collections, and journal articles on women, sexuality and gender in the Middle Ages, published since 1990.
  • Bibliography of Books About Women in the Middle East  Many of the entries were taken from the book, Women in the Middle East and North Africa: an Annotated Bibliography by Ayad al-Qazzaz which includes abstracts. A few other abstracts have been included for more current works and, over time, more abstracts will be added.

Reference Resources

Helpful Websites

Global Health

  • CABI Global Health and  CAB Abstracts: CABI Global Health and CAB Abstracts identifies scientific resources within the applied health sciences fields including biomedical life sciences, public health, health promotion, public health emergencies, epidemiology and biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, nutrition and food sciences, infectious diseases and parasitology, tropical and international health, diagnosis and therapy of disease and health systems.
  • Global Disease Alert Map - An interactive global map of emerging infectious diseases, updated constantly with new information from an aggregate of worldwide sources.
  • Pan American Health Organization Data and Statistics - A guide to the latest available information on health indicators for countries and territories in the Region of the Americas.
  • The World Bank Health Data - An aggregate of health data from various multinational sources, covering  health systems, disease prevention, and population dynamics.


Political Sciences and Public Affairs

  • CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online): CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online) includes comprehensive information on international affairs and policy studies from sources such as books, journals, policy briefs, the working papers of university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences. 
  • CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts: CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts identifies citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science, international relations, law, and public administration and policy from 1976 – present.
  • CQ Global Researcher: CQ Global Researcher includes topic reports on global affairs issues from international viewpoints that users can search or browse for in order to learn more about that topic and find additional related resources. 
  • ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research): ICPSR identifies social science research data with in social and political science disciplines including criminal justice, public health, education, psychology and racial and ethnic minorities. Allows users to search or browse for information.
  • International Political Science Abstracts: International Political Science Abstracts identifies articles on political science issues such as government theory, political processes and national and area studies.
  • PAIS (Public Affairs Information Services): PAIS identifies articles, books, websites, statistics, yearbooks, directories, conference proceedings, pamphlets, reports, government documents, and microfiches on political, social, public policy issues from 1915 – present.


  • GEOBASE: GEOBASE is a database of research on geology, human and physical geography, environmental sciences, oceanography, geomechanics, alternative energy sources, pollution, waste management and nature conservation.
  • Web of Science: Web of Science includes Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index and Arts & Humanities Citation Index. Web of Science identifies articles, reviews, proceeding papers, editorial reviews, news items and many other content formats on subjects with in the sciences including but not limited to environmental sciences, engineering, food sciences, life sciences and geography.

Social Sciences

  • CSA Sociological Abstracts: CSA Sociological Abstracts identifies abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers in sociology and in the social and behavioral sciences from 1963 – present.
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS): IBSS provides comprehensive international coverage in 100 languages and countries identifying journal articles, books, reviews and selected chapters from 1951- present.
  • Social Sciences Citation Index: Social Sciences Citation Index includes journal articles and cited references in anthropology, political science, history, public health, industrial relations, social issues, information science, library science, social work, law, sociology, linguistics, substance abuse, philosophy, urban studies, psychology, women's studies, and psychiatry.
  • SocIndex: ScoIndex identifies full text publications, research and content on social issues worldwide from 1880 – present.
  • FRANCIS: This database provides multidisciplinary and multilingual coverage of humanities and social science research.

Islamic Studies

  • Index Islamicus: Index Islamicus identifies publications in European languages covering all aspects of Islam and the Muslim world, including history, beliefs, societies, cultures, languages, and literature. Index Islamicus includes content published by Western orientalists, social scientists and Muslims from 1906 - present.
    Oxford Islamic Studies Online: Oxford Islamic Studies Online identifies primary and secondary sources through searching or browsing on Islamic topics. Oxford Islamic Studies Online also provides timelines and learning resources. 
    Encyclopedia of Islam - The Encyclopedia of Islam has long been the definitive publication covering the whole scope of Islamic religion, life, and culture.
  • Bibliography on Islam in Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa Contains more than 4,300 references in European languages from 1960 to 2005.

Historical Information