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PO 245 International Relations

APA style guide from the Purdue Writing Lab

American Political Science Association Style Manual citations and documentation


  • Scholarly journals: aka = Peer Reviewed, Primary Journals, Research Journals

Generally, Scholarly journals have the following elements in common:     

  • Peer Review (Refereed)  - Blind, double blind.  Other subject specialist review the submitted research for its viability to be published within the journal
  • Abstract/summary written by the author(s)
  • Footnotes / References 
  • Follow citation guidelines for citing sources common within that scholastic discipline
  • Place of FIRST published research on a topic
  • Often more than one author, particularly in scientific research
  • Ethics statement - how human and animal subjects are treated within experiments
  • Use research methods tied to the subject discipline. For example Case Studies are often used in the subject area of Management Studies
  • Conclusion

  • Databases for locating scholarly articles
 Political Science Discovery search
Political Science Complete
 CQ Researcher
CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online
EconLit with Full Text
SocINDEX with Full Text
Academic Search Premier

LexisNexis Academic

World at War: Understanding conflict and society
  • Example of scholarly / academic journal that publishes research based articles

Pierce, J. J. (2011). Coalition Stability and Belief Change: Advocacy Coalitions in U.S. Foreign Policy and the Creation of Israel, 1922-44. Policy Studies Journal, 39(3), 411-434. doi:10.1111/j.1541-0072.2011.00415.x.

about The Policy Studies Journal: "As the principal outlet for the Public Policy Section of the American Political Science Association and for the Policy Studies Organization(PSO), the Policy Studies Journal (PSJ) is the premier channel for the publication of public policy research"  (,subjectCd-PO73.html).

  • Example of publication with essays written by faculty, academics, subject specialists

Mead, W. (2011). The Tea Party and American Foreign Policy. Foreign Affairs, 90(2), 28-44. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

about Foreign Affairs:  "Since its founding in 1922, Foreign Affairs has been [a] for serious  discussion of American foreign policy and global affairs. It is published by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), 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"(

  • Example of newstand / popular press magazine with articles by reporters, academics, etc.

Walt, S. M. (2011). Where do bad ideas come from and why don't they go away. Foreign Policy, (184), 48-53. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

about Foreign Policy: "Founded in 1970 ...and now published by the Slate Group, a division of  Washingtonpost/Newsweek Interactive, LLC, in Washington, D.C., Foreign Policy is [a] magazine of global politics, economics, and ideas"  (

  • Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia of Global Studies (4 vols.) Reference Collection JZ1318.E626 2012
Encyclopedia of Globalization (4 vols.)  Reference Collection JZ 11318.E63 2007
Global Refugee Crisis (2010)  Reference Collection HV640 .L625 2010
Oxford Companion to Global Change (2009)  Reference Collection GE149.O84
State of the World  (2011)  Reference Collection HC59.S73
World Economic and Social Survey: sustainability development challenges (2013)  Reference Collection HC59.A169
World Development Reports (2009-2013)  Reference Collection HC59.7.W659 

Rennison, Callie Marie. "National Violence Against Women Survey." Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence. Ed. Claire M. Renzetti and Jeffrey L. Edleson. Vol. 1. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2008. 480-481. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 23 Jan. 2014.

"Introduction to Global Terrorist Movements." Terrorism: Essential Primary Sources. Ed. K. Lee Lerner and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner. Detroit: Gale, 2006. 259. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 23 Jan. 2014

  • Statistics

World Development Indicators
Statistical Abstract 
Statistical Insight

  • Books at SMC and WorldWide

Library Catalog  (catalog for Saint Michael's College)

WorldCat (catalog for libraries worldwide)

Organizations and Think Tanks

Brookings Institution
1775 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20036
Public policy think tank focusing on foreign policy and governance.

Foreign Policy in Focus
A project of IPS; scholars, advocates, and activists seeking to make the United States a more responsible global partner

Institute for Policy Studies
A community of public scholars and organizers linking peace, justice, and the environment in the U.S. and globally.

A nonprofit organization including five policy groups: a Congress Watch division, Energy Program, Global Trade Watch,  Health Research Group and Litigation Group

Atlantic Council
1101 15th St., N.W., 11th Floor, Washington, DC 20005
Works to promote trans-Atlantic cooperation on issues including security, business, energy and the environment

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20036
(202) 483-7600 
Focus on international cooperation and U.S. international engagement

Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20001
Advocates U.S. troop reductions in Europe and promoting economic freedom

Center for Global Development
1800 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Third Floor, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 416-4000
Concerned with global poverty

Center for Strategic and International Studies
1800 K St., N.W., Washington, DC 20006
(202) 887-0200
Addresses global security issues

Court of Justice of the European Union
Boulevard Konrad Adenauer, Kirchberg, L-2925 Luxembourg
+352 4303 1
Interprets laws of the European Union

1400 16th St., N.W., Suite 210, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 667-8227
Alliance of U.S. based nongovernmental organizations focused on disaster relief and sustainable development

International Institute for Strategic Studies
13–15 Arundel St., Temple Place, London, England WC2R 3DX
+44 (0) 20 7379 7676
Research institute specializing in political military conflict

Millennium Challenge Corporation
875 15th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20005
(202) 521-3850
U.S. foreign aid agency responsible for distributing funds

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Boulevard Leopold III, 1110 Brussels, Belgium
+32 (0) 2 707 41 11
Intergovernmental military alliance of North American and European countries

Princeton Project on National Security
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, 423G Robertson Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544-1013
(609) 258-2228
Focus on developing a long-term U.S. national security strategy

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