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Global Development (ECO 135)

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Library Guide


Global Development (ECO 135)

This guide will introduce you to some of the information tools that you can use in researching the historical, social, economic, and environmental context and issues for your particular country or region.


Research Tips!

  • Allow yourself 2-3 weeks to thoroughly research your country and topic: start with the background, then go more in-depth
  • Note alternative search terms for your topic. For example, one could search for "Angola", but also for the broader region in which it is located, "Sub-Saharan Africa", or even some other grouping, such as "Lusophone Africa" (Portuguese-speaking African countries). 
  • Having trouble? Don't give up -- ask a librarian who will show you ways to find better results


(1) Find Basic Demographics and Facts


To find basic demographics, brief histories, and other statistics, use the resources listed on the Country Information guide. 




(2) Find Books


Books are thorough, detailed, and in-depth. They are excellent to use for learning about your country because they select and compile many significant articles, discussions, and statistics into one source. In other words, they can save you work!


Find Print Books in Marymount Library

Search by the name of the country or region. For example, "Angola", "Sub-Saharan Africa", "Lusophone Africa" etc. and then click the subject or keyword button to browse for book titles.




Find E-Books in Marymount Library

When you start, begin searching by the name of the country or region, and ideally add a globalization focus (e.g. economy, technology, politics, culture, environment or health). We have far more ebooks than we do print books, so this will make your search results more manageable.






Find Books in Other Libraries


(1) Search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world.

(2) If the Marymount does not have the book, contact the library and we'll get it for you (at no cost) within 3-10 days.






(3) Find Magazines and Journal Articles


Once you have done some basic reading about your country and established some of the facts, you can use newspapers, magazines, and journal articles, as well as books, to enrich your research and find more detailed discussions.


Through the Library

The Library pays for access to specialized search engines where you can find online magazine and journal articles, as well as documentary film, on topics of interest to scholars. Some articles are fully available. Other times you might only find a summary of the article with information about where and when it was published. In this case, we may have access somewhere else in the library (ask a librarian!). If not, we can usually get a copy from another library.


Where? Go to the Library's home page.  Look under Research > Find Articles.

Academic Search Premier

Search for articles from nearly 4,700 journals and magazines in all subject areas.

Be sure to click the "full text" check box on the search home page.


 CQ Global Researcher

Search in-depth reports written by journalists about pressing political, social, environmental, or regional issues from around the globe.


Films on Demand

Over 8,000 educational videos covering all academic disciplines, including fields relevant to ECO 135: global studies, area studies, anthropology, business and economics.  


ProQuest Research Library

Search for articles from over 5,000 magazines and journals in all subject areas.

Be sure to click the "full text" check box on the search home page.


LexisNexis Academic

Search for international news on your country/topic. LexisNexis can also be good for early stage topic exploration because it helps you learn about what people are discussing with respect to your country right now. Simply type in the name of your country and click on "subjects" on the left-hand side. See this example.


Business Source Elite

Search business publications for newspaper, magazine, and journal articles.

Be sure to click the "full text" check box on the search home page.





(4) Find (Good) Websites


Using Advanced Google 

Use the advanced search to focus in on better, more relevant results. To access Advanced, start typing in your search words and then click on the gear icon    in the upper-right hand corner of the search screen when it appears.


For example, zoom in on information published from sites that end in .gov (US government), .edu (American colleges), .org (associations or other non-commercial organizations), or .int (intergovernmental organizations and those affiiliated with the UN - see list of organizations).


Example: Search for .edu web sites on Angola, economy or water:




Example: Search the United Nations website (un.org) on Angola environment:


(5) Cite Your Sources

Marymount Library Citation Guides: available for MLA and APA citation styles. For help citing sources, ask a librarian.






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