International Relations & Comparative Politics

Sources for Context & Overviews

Resources for Articles in International Relations


Discipline or Area Specific

Multi-disciplinary Databases

  • Web of Science indexes core journal articles and other resources in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. A key feature of the database is citation searching which enables you to find who has cited an article since it was published.
  • Google Scholar enables you to search for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, etc. from all broad areas of research. Google Scholar also provides information on who has cited an item since it was published.
  • Social Science Premium is an index and full text database in the social sciences, including politics, sociology, and education.

Finding Books

Finding Books at Harvard

Finding Books Beyond Harvard

  • Borrow Direct - for books not currently available at Harvard. Submit a request and receive the book within 4 days.
  • Interlibrary Loan - for articles, books, etc. request to borrow it from a broader network of libraries.  
  • Purchase request - for items you need added to the Library collection.

Government Documents and Data Resources

Selected resources:

  • AccessUN is an index of current and retrospective United Nations documents and publications 
  • Armed Conflict Database covers international and internal conflicts, Users can generate reports, download data, and browse through year-by-year analysis and fact sheets online.
  • provides over 75 country risk-related variables including political, economic, financial and government stability. Also includes domestic and international economic indicators, social indicators, ICRG Risk Ratings and Coplin-O'Leary Forecasts.
  • Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) a suite of global research services that includes: Country Data, Country Finance and Country Forecast,

News Resources

  • Factiva is a database of over 8,000 business and news publications, most in full text.
  • collects and publishes in French and English daily news stories from over 130 African publishers.
  • East View Universal Databases are a set of fulltext databases which include a collection of newspapers from larger cities in Russia.
  • GenderWatch is a full text database of diverse publications that focus on the impact of gender across a range of subjects.
  • Latin American Newsstand provides full-text information in Spanish and Portuguese from 41 newspapers from Puerto Rico and 11 Latin American countries.
  • provides English summaries of news from 22 Arab countries, Iran, and the Arab media Diaspora.