Open CRS:Congressional Research Reports for the People
are prepared by staff of the Library of Congress Congressional Research
Service and are intended to provide an overview of the legislative topics
being addressed by the U.S. Congress. They are meant to provide fact-rich,
unbiased, non-technical background information on policy issues.
site allows keyword searching of and provides summaries for over 12,600
CRS Reports that are available through various repositories sponsored
by organizations such as National Council on Science and the Environment,
Federation of American Scientists, and Thurgood Marshall Law Library at
University of Maryland School of Law.
Encyclopedia of U.S. Foreign Relations. 4 vols. 1997
the history of U.S. foreign policy regarding countries including Russia
and the former Soviet Union, Iran, Korea and issues including Antiballistic
Missile Treaty, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, Comprehenisive
Test Ban Treaty, Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, Nuclear Nonproliferation,
Nuclear Weapons and Strategy, Human Rights, Oil and Foreign Policy,
Nongovernmental Organizaions, Accompanying bibliographies provide suggestions
for further reading.
Encyclopedia of American
Foreign Policy. 3v. 2001
topics such as Arms Control and Disarmament,
Strategy and Diplomacy, Cold War, Post-Cold War Policy,
Oil, Human Rights.
American Foreign Relations Since 1600: A Guide to the Literature. 2nd
ed. 2 vols. 2003
list of resources published by the Society for Historians of American
Foreign Relations. Includes U.S. document collections, personal papers,
bibliographies, historiography and biographies for a time period as
well as overviews of relations between the U.S. and other countries
foreign relations with Russia, check Chapter 31: US and New Cold War
under Carter and Reagan: US - Soviet Relations, pp.1846-52 and Chapter
32: US and End of Cold War and After: End of Cold War and the Soviet
for availability of books of interest that you find in the Towson and/or
USMAI Catalog. Check for availability of journal articles from the Cook Library Web site, by checking the Journals List to see if the library subscribes to the journal/newspaper/magazine that you want.
Content consists of the current edition of Europa World Year Book and the regional breakout for Eastern Europe, Russian and Central Asia, which contains political and economic profiles of nations from this area of the world
In additon to country profiles, each regional volume contains timely essays on issues affecting that region
Older editions back to 2002, are housed in the 5th floor book stacks of Cook Library - DJK1 E2
country reports published by various concerns that are available through
this database provide up-to-date descriptive information on the economy
and politics of nations.
database provides full text access to Country Monitor, Country Profile and Country Report (Economist Intelligence Unit), and Political
Risk Yearbook: Country Forecasts and Country Conditions.
Although the emphasis of some of these publications is economic, basic
country information and extensive current political profiles are included.
The Country Profile, and the Political
Risk Yearbook are published annually. The Country Report and Country Monitor offer monthly updates. NOTE:There may not be a report for every country in each (or
any) of the six publications
in Business Source Complete , click on the Advanced
Type the name of the country you are researching in the first
box and change Select a Field to SUBJECT TERMS (e.g. Russia)
down the screen, next to the box that says Publication,
type the word country
limit your search to the politics of a country, add politic* to your search (e.g. russia and politic* [SUBJECT TERMS]
limit your search to the economics of a country, add econom* to your search (e.g. russia and econom* [SUBJECT TERMS]
search for a specific publication, type its title next to the box
that says Publication
Provides overviews of "political, economic, and social developments in Russia and its regions, and looks at Russia's role in international relations" - from the Web site
Use Advanced Search
Scroll down results page to see items sorted by type: Publications; Chapters; Primary Resources: Security Watch
A combined search in Academic Search/Social Sciences Abstracts, the Towson (Cook)/USMAI Catalogs, and think
tank websites are all potential sources of analysis
of issues. Here are some strategies for finding this type of information.
Once in the database, click on CHOOSE DATABASES and add Social Sciences Abstracts to your search, and click on CONTINUE
Click on ADVANCED
SEARCH and limit to peer-reviewed articles
Remember that selecting peer-reviewed articles will eliminate the most current information that you might get from magazines.
example: russia and nuclear [SUBJECT TERMS] and
decommission* or stockpil* or waste or disposal [Select a Field ]
Use similar terms when searching the library book catalogs
Search Google with keywords and site:org and you will retrieve a list
of analytical sources from think tanks
example: russia iran nuclear site:org will bring up resources from organizations like Globalsecurity.org,
Nuclear Threat Initiative [NTI], Arms Control Association, Bulletin
of the Atomic Scientists, International Institute for Strategic
Studies, Center for Defense Information [CDI] and Council on Foreign
example: chechnya site:org will
produce a list of results from organizations like Human Rights Watch,
Global Issues, Council on Foreign Relations, and Rand
"Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is the most comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs." - from the site
full text of political transcripts from U.S. Federal News Service and
FDCH News Service including FDCH Political Transcripts and Congressional
Testimony, interviews, speeches and GAO reports.
Also includes statements of visiting dignitaries.
Click on the Sources tab on the left side of the homepage and then Browse Sources
Select Country ( United States) > News > NewsTranscripts > and check off those transcripts that you want to search including
Below the search box, click on show options to search specific document sections
Search HEADLINE (For example, chech! = chechen or chechnya or chechnia)
If this search yields over 3000 results, try adding another search term
If you want more results, search HLEAD (headline and lead paragraph)
search by names, if desired (e.g. obama, bush, rumsfeld, fleischer)
arranged in reverse chronological order by publication date
move longer "more relevant" resources to the top, change Publication Date to Relevance at the top of the results list
To limit your results by length of article, search section LENGTH, >1000 (for example)
If desired, limit specifydate option from all available dates to previous year, date is between )
LexisNexis also provides full text of world newspapers. Search these from the entry screen of LexisNexis using a Power Search.
"Kremlin Package" consists of same day, English translations of verbatim
transcripts of press conferences and speeches in the USSR by [Putin, Medvedev] Gorbachev,Shevardnadze,
Ligachev, Yeltsin, Gerasimov, Maslennikov, Minister of Defense,Chairman
of KBG, etc."
- Direct quote taken from the LexisNexis Web site
on Sources tab on left side of the homepage, and then Browse Sources
Select Country > then Russia > then News
Select Newswires for
, TASS, and any other resources that look promising
Official Kremlin Intl News Broadcasts has primary sources such as speeches, interviews, and press conferences
Scroll down the search screen and seleect HLEAD as Section and enter search terms
example: chech! (! = The way to search for chechen or chechnya or chechnia)
If you get more than 3000 results message, click on edit search and add another search term OR limit specifydate of your search from all available dates to previous year, date is between )
Another way to limit your search is by length of article
In Section, highlight Length > and then type in 500 (words), for example
arranged in reverse chronological order by publication date
move longer "more relevant" resources to the top, change Publication Date to Revelance at the top of the results list
Select Country > Russia > Newspapers for the Moscow News, Moscow Times, and Russian Press Digest and other publications, if you are researching business/economic news
"Worldpress.org is a nonpartisan magazine whose mission is to foster the international exchange of perspectives and information. It contains articles reprinted from the press outside the United States, as well as originally written material. " - from the Web site
Provides links toRussiannews sources , indicating political bent, as well as to Russian blogs
theCurrent Digest of the Post-Soviet Press (1996 to 2010), which was superceded by the Current Digest of the Russian Press in 2011. Cook
Library owns in print from 1992 - 2004. Later issues available from other USMAI libraries through ILLiad. Cook also owns the Current
Digest of the Soviet Press from 1949-1991.
on the words Advanced search
Type your search words in the search boxes, as desired
On the search screen under Limit Your Results, next to the box labeled Publication, type current digest