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Reference works make excellent starting points for research; they provide concise articles on key topics by scholars of the field, often accompanied by suggestions for further reading. The following are available online through the Penn Library website, and a number also can be found in printed versions, usually in Van Pelt Reference.
The sources listed below are print volumes shelved in Van Pelt Library Reference Stacks, on the first floor of Van Pelt. This is only a sample, of course; try to find more with Franklin keyword searches, such as encyclopedias international relations.
'To attempt such a difficult task requires ambition, confidence and skill. All three qualities are evident in this impressive reference book. It deserves a prominent place in all International Relations libraries'. Dr Scott Burchill, In Australian Journal of Political Science, 43:4, 747 -- 766. Now in its third edition, International Relations: The Key Concepts, remains an important resource for anyone interested in international politics. Comprehensive and relevant, it has been fully revised to reflect the most important themes and issues in international relations in the post-9/11 era. Featuring new entries on: * The Arab Spring * Responsibility to Protect * Governmentality * Postcolonialism * Neoliberalism * Global Financial Crisis With suggestions for further reading and a useful guide to websites, International Relations: The Key Concepts is an ideal aid for students and newcomers to the field of International Relations.
Contains nearly 6,000 A-Z entries, with "full coverage of every international treaty since the founding of the League of Nations, with generous quotations or full text for all key treaties, conventions, pacts, protocols, and declarations."
The three-volume encyclopedia covers "the major theoretical issues and analytical approaches within the field...[and] provides detailed discussion of the contributions of key individuals and surveys a wide range of empirical conditions and developments within the global political economy, including its major institutions."
Ebook series. Keesing's (and other publishers), 1775-2012. (ProQuest Ebook Central)
In recent decades, AnnReg's structure assigned narrative chapters to world regions, with sections for individual countries; each volume also included a chronology of world events. Based upon the monthly Keesing's Record of World Events (1987-2012), formerly Keesing's Contemporary Archives ((1918) 1931-1986).
Each year's first issue (or first two issues), starting in 1963, is devoted to annual reviews of the political situation of each Asian country, with titles like, "India in [year]". Covers East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Central Asia.
"A weekly digest of Asian events with index." Annual back-of-the-volume indexes are arranged by country and may be helpful for basic chronology. Asia includes the Middle Eastern countries but not the USSR or Russia.