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New Resource — Armed Conflict Database



From the Institute for Strategic Studies (ISS)

Note: This resource does not offer downloading.

  • Conflicts are categorized as High, Medium, and Low Intensity. Includes current and past conflicts (back to 1997).
  • Provides a historical overview of each conflict, military and political developments, by year.
  • Includes a list of External Sources, including relevant official documents, UN Resolutions and other sources, by conflict.
  • A section on non-State Armed Groups, organized alphabetically and by region.
  • Statistics on the number of fatalities, internally displaced persons (IDPs), refugees and returnees, for each conflict, by year, displayed in charts, tables, and graphs (no download option)


Looking for data?

Need to talk to someone to help you learn more about the data resources available to you in the social sciences? Drop by Uris Library Rm 102A behind the Consultation Services desk on Thursday mornings from 9am to 12noon to chat with Michelle Edwards from CISER. Walk-ins welcome or email Michelle at to make an appointment.

The Center for Research Libraries preserves Baghdad, post-invasion, newspapers

“… In the months following the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, a flood of new newspaper titles hit the Iraqi streets, published by various political parties and institutions such as the Organization for Fayli Kurds, the Political Prisoners’ Organization, the Democratic Reform Party, etc. The titles included in this project provide a snapshot of the transformations and transitions taking place in Iraq at the time. Many of the titles have since ceased publication.” For more information about this microfilm collection, see the Center for Research Libraries.

Microfilm and other CRL holdings may be requested via Interlibrary Loan.

Global Public Opinion Surveys

polling_the_nationsSearch by polling organizations, including universities,newspapers, television news, Internet polling groups, and special-interest groups. Ability to narrow a search to the specific wording used, and to track questions over time.

For more global opinion surveys, see: International Surveys and Opinion Polls .

Access to declassified documents

National Security Archive, Electronic Briefing Books
“The National Security Archive’s continually growing collection of Electronic Briefing Books (EBBs) provide timely online access to critical declassified records on issues including U.S. national security, foreign policy, diplomatic and military history, intelligence policy, and much more. Updated frequently, the EBBs represent just a small sample of the documents in our published and unpublished collections.”

The Digital National Security Archive
ProQuest, in partnership with The National Security Archive, produces the Digital National Security Archive,”A digitized library of more than 40 meticulously researched collections* compiled by top experts and scholars documenting critical world events from post World War II through the 21st century”

*The library has purchased a number of these collections and continues to buy additional collections, as-needed.

Declassified Documents Reference System
The database ranges from the years immediately following World War II, when declassified documents were first made widely available, through 1992 (as of 11/22/2011).

Foreign Relations of the United States via HeinOnline:

Select Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) from the Hein Online Library.
Next, select the Search tab.
You can select the “Field Search” to restrict your search to the title field or to combine title and full-text searches.

Print copies:
Olin LIbrary, JX 233. A3 [6th floor, regular size section]

Title varies slightly:

Supplements: “Emergence of the intelligence establishment” (1945/1950)
“The intelligence community” (1950/1955)

See also:
United States. Dept. of State. Conferences at Cairo and Tehran, 1943. – JX 233 .A378
United States. Dept. of State. The Conferences at Malta and Yalta, 1945. — JX 233 .A38
United States. Dept. of State. Historical Office. The Conference of Berlin; the Potsdam Conference, 1945. — JX 233 .A46

Digitized volumes are also available from the
U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian Web site, both online and as  ebooks

CRL to Digitize Endangered Foreign Government Documents


CRLThe initial focus of the CRL project, “An Open Web Repository of Civil Society Documentation,” will be ten nations cited in Transparency International’s 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index as among those being governed by the world’s most corrupt regimes. CRL will digitize and post to the web official gazettes that were published during the 1950s to the mid-1990s, and will supplement the hard copy holdings by harvesting from the web materials published more recently. More…

Sage Research Methods




Researchers can explore methods concepts, understand particular methods or identify a new method. Since SAGE Research Methods focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences. Includes methods cases, journal articles on methods, and much more, providing a comprehensive picture of research methods (quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods) across the social and behavioural sciences.

Journal Rankings — Two Approaches

1. Google Scholar H-5 index
About Google Scholar Metrics
See also this post from the Scholarly Kitchen

2. ISI Journal Citation Reports– Impact Factor


The journal Impact Factor is the average number of times articles from the journal published in the past two years have been cited in the JCR year. The 5-year journal Impact Factor is the average number of times articles from the journal published in the past five years have been cited in the JCR year. It is caclulated by dividing the number of citations in the JCR year by the total number of articles published in the five previous years.

Select JCR Social Sciences Edition and View a Group of Journals by Subject Category option.

After submitting the subject category, for example, Political Science, sort journals by Impact Factor.

Click on individual titles for more information, including how many self-cites

New library website on the way!

Upcoming changes to the library website, happening on July 1st.

Please be assured that the Classic Catalog, and the e-journals list, will still be there. They are actually fairly easy to spot (after blinking twice). Links to the new catalog and the e-journals list appear just below the search window.

The Classic Catalog will appear as a link from the new catalog. It is not there yet, but it will be by the time we go live, on July 1st.

This new catalog will eventually include all the functionality of the Classic Catalog, but until it does, we will continue to provide easy access to the Classic Catalog.


The new discovery system will also provide access to books, articles, databases and more, from a single-search. We hope that this will help our students discovery rich new resources for their research.

Visualizing the US legislative process…

Legislative Explorer is an interactive visualization that allows anyone to explore actual patterns of lawmaking in Congress, compare bills and resolutions introduced by Senators and Representatives and follow their progress from the beginning to the end of a two year Congress. You can filter by topic, type of legislation, chamber, party, member, or even search for a specific bill.

Legislative Explorer draws from an underlying relational database that includes information about the legislative histories, topics and sponsors of more than 250,000 bills and resolutions (1973-present). The database is updated nightly to reflect changes in the status of current bills.

The Library of Congress, THOMAS website (including
E. Scott Adler and John Wilkerson, The Congressional Bills Project
Josh Tauberer, and Unitedstates/Congress GitHub
Charles Stewart and Jonathon Woon, Congressional Committees dataset
Keith Poole, VoteView

Legislative Explorer data is updated nightly. More detailed descriptions of the data sources and bulk downloads are available at:

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