TRN151 (Global Governance) Course Guide

Finding Reference Articles

A reference book either in print or online is a good place to begin your research. There are specialized dictionaries and encyclopedias for each discipline which will give you summary articles for your topic with a bibliography of authoritative sources for further reading. The following reference books may be useful:

Encyclopedia of Globalization. New York: Routledge, 2007. 4 volumes

Provides a detailed scholarly account of the various aspects of globalization. Articles contain See Also references and a bibliography.
[Trinity Reference Collection, Main Floor JZ1318 .B63 2007]

Encyclopedia of Governance

Deals with the changing nature and role of the state in recent times. Provides a point of reference for topics surrounding governance for the period between the collapse of post-war consensus and the rise of neo-liberal regimes in the 1970s.

Encyclopedia of International Relations and Global Politics. London: Routledge, 2005.

Major entries on topics such as collective security, good governance and international law. Important concepts are cross-referenced and there are suggestions for further reading.
[Trinity Reference Collection, Main Floor [JZ1160 .E593 2005]

Encyclopedia of the United Nations and International Agreements. By Edmund J. Osmanczyk. 3rd ed. New York: Routledge, 2003. 4 volumes.

A guide to the UN's institutions, procedures, policies, specialized agencies, historical personalities, initiatives and involvement in world affairs, this resource contains the full text of international agreements.
[Trinity Reference Collection, Main Floor JX1977 .O8213 2003]

Europa World Plus

Online version of the Europa World Year Book contains profiles of each country, a chronology of events, and directories of government and politics, society and media, business and commerce.

International Relations: A Concise Companion. By David Weigall. London: Arnold, 2002.

[Trinity Reference Collection, Main Floor JZ1161 .W45 2002]

International Relations: The Key Concepts. By Martin Griffiths. New York: Routledge, 2002.

[Trinity Reference Collection, Main Floor JZ1161 .G75 2002]

Political Handbook of the World. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2010

This reference book provides a summary of each country's past and present politics. It also includes a section on intergovernmental organizations describing the purpose, history and membership of each.
[Trinity Reference Collection, Main Floor JF37 .P65]

World Factbook

Finding Government Information


The following resources may be useful in helping you locate Canadian government information.

Government of Canada Publications Catalogue

Canadian Research Index

Departments & Agencies in the Government of Canada

Canadian Laws and Statutes


United States

The following resources may be useful in helping you locate US government information.


Central Intelligence Agency



The following resources may be useful in helping you locate international government information.

UN Official Document System

OECD iLibrary (Organization for Economic Cooperation in Development)

British Parliamentary Publications

Europa (European Union)

Finding Books

Search the University of Toronto Libraries Catalogue for books and journals (the catalogue does not include individual journal articles). Decide on the type of search (Simple in which you can search for terms in any order that may be limited to author, title, subject, or call number; Advanced in which you can do Fielded or Boolean searches). Search results may be refined further by clicking on items listed in the left panel.

Finding Articles

Use an article database to search for articles in newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, essay collections and conference proceedings. There are a number of different article databases, some useful for interdisciplinary topics, others subject specific. Online journals should be accessed through the web site of the University of Toronto Libraries System which has purchased subscriptions to the journals; a Google search will yield citations for articles but not generally the full text of the article.

If you want to find a specific journal article (when you know the journal title, volume, year and starting page of the article) use Article Finder.  If you know the title of the article click on the Articles tab and type in the title in quotation marks.



One of the first article databases to provide full text access to complete back runs of journals in the humanities, social sciences and sciences. The ability to search the full text of each journal is a useful feature. Recent volumes are not available as the database adheres to a "moving wall" policy to ensure that publishers collect revenue.

Google Scholar

Configure your browser to be recognized as a member of the University of Toronto community and get free access to articles.  Follow the instructions below the link Connect to this resource.

Subject Specific

On the University of Toronto Library Web Site, click on the link “Subjects A to Z". Under the heading "Find the  the best research resources for your topic", choose the area of study that you are doing research in. The article databases that are recommended will provide access to journals specifically in that subject area.  

WorldWide Political Science Abstracts

Provides citations for journals in political science, international relations, law and public administration. Major areas of coverage include but are not limited to: comparative politics, developing nations, politics and society, economic policy and welfare systems.

 Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO)

This database's focus is on theory and research in international affairs. It includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, proceedings from conferences, policy briefs and case studies.

PAIS International

Provides references in the field of international relations, public affairs and social policy to journals, articles, books, government documents, research reports, internet material, and publications of international agencies from 1977 on (PAIS Archives provides earlier coverage). Some of its major areas of coverage include AIDS, ethnic cleansing, political persecution and globalization.

Finding Think Tank Research

Think tanks and innovation labs are becoming an increasingly important element of policy research. Since it would be impossible to list every think tank worldwide, you may find the following lists and directories useful in locating think tanks related to your topic.

FPRI Think Tanks Directory (Foreign Policy Research Institute)

Think Tank Directory Europe

Hillwatch: Think Tanks

Think Tank Initiative

Global Think Tank Watch

NIRA's World Directory of Think Tanks (Also available at Robarts in the Reference section, call number H96. N57)

World Think Tanks (

Finding Websites

Anyone can create their own website.  How do you know whether the web site that you’ve found is relevant, authoritative and current?

1. Look at sites which provide lists of web sites that have been evaluated: 

Virtual Library


2. Use a website evaluation tool:

Evaluating Web Pages (University of California Berkeley Libraries)

Research Using the Internet (University of Toronto Writing Centre)

Recommended Websites

Governmental Web Resources University of Toronto Libraries

Compiled by the Data, Map and Government Information Services Library, the site is a gateway to both government and NGO sites.

The WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources

Gateway to a diverse range of sites, including research institutes, news sources, and non-governmental organizations. 

Finding Writing Aids

Writing at the University of Toronto

This is an excellent site for advice on academic writing.     


Use this online personal database and bibliography creator to organize your research.  Once you have registered, take the brief tutorial to learn how the database works.

For individual research consultations please email Courtney Lundrigan ( to set up an appointment or drop in to the library (9-5 weekdays).

Revised October 2013