International Relations

Welcome to the research guide for your course international  relations!

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In the PHC Library catalog, you can search a variety of resources by title, author, keyword, or phrase, linking you to journal articles, ebooks, and print books in the on-campus collection. The more specific your search terms, the more specific the results will be.  For our Distance Learning (DL) students, excerpts from print items held in the on campus library can be provided on request.

If you are accessing electronic resources from off-campus and are required to log in, use your student portal user name and password to gain access. If you have difficulty with the website or accessing any resources, please let library staff know by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu or  library@phc.edu. 

Professional library assistance is available on campus, by phone at 540-441-8400, or by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu.


  • Stratfor: Global Intelligence is a news analysis provider that covers political, economic, and military developments from around the world.

  • JSTOR collection contains complete issues of thousands of scholarly journals in a wide range of disciplines. Issues from the most recent two to five years for each title are not included in the collection.

  • ProQuest and Academic Search Premier contain thousands of articles in broad areas of social sciences and law. For the most current sources on a subject, limit search to the last year or last 2 - 3 years.

  • LexisNexis provides access to a wide range business, government, legal and reference information, as well as full-text newspapers.

Internet Resources


You can search for specific sources by using the following terms and limiting by "Subject":

International relations.
International relations--Moral and ethical aspects.

States -- Non-states -- Problems and challenges

United Nations.
International agencies.
Treaties--Moral and ethical aspects.

Selected Journals

You can search for articles but title, author, keyword, or phrase or you can browse the following journals through the library's Periodical Listing.

  • Foreign Affairs (In print 1998 - present and online 1997-present)

  • Foreign Policy Bulletin (Online 2003 - one year ago)

  • International Journal for Religious Freedom (In print 2008 - present)

  • Journal of International Social Affairs (PHC publication in print 2013-present)

  • Orbis (In print 2003 - present)

Research Tips

  • Citation help needed? Try OWL (Online Writing Lab) for Chicago/TurabianMLA, and APA styling formats. 

  • Search by subject: Once you have located one item in the catalog, you can click on the search term within the record to find other items on the same or similar subjects. Once you have located a helpful source, additional potential sources may be found in the item's bibliography.

  • Can't find what you need in the PHC collection? If you are unable to locate an item in the PHC collection, you may request resources through Interlibrary loan. ILL requests may be made directly in the library catalog.

  • Research assistance is available in the library or by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu

Created: Dr. Stephen Baskerville/Thornhill, 2013. Last update: Thornhill, 2022.

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