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Resources for Geography of Western Europe: GEOG 4892

Starting Your Research

Search Tips

When starting your research, brainstorm the terms that can be used to describe this type of research. Some examples of keywords:

Location: names of countries, cities, or international organizations
General: Politics and government, political parties, elections, immigration, migrants

You can use keywords to search for resources in web sites; in Chinook, the library catalog; or in article databases. Many of the databases youll be searching will also use descriptors or specific words or phrases assigned to a particular topic (much like subject headings in the library catalog). You can use these descriptors to find similar articles and get ideas for additional search terms. Use the Search Worksheet to record this information.

Research and Subject Guides Database

This database provides a complete listing of guides in the library. The guides cover a range of research topics from finding primary sources and economic information to using particular databases and creating citations.

Secondary Sources

Searching for Books

To find books and other materials located in CU Libraries, search Chinook. You can search using subject headings provided in Chinook. Some of these subject headings are listed below. This is NOT a complete list but, rather, a starting point.

Subject Headings

European Union Publications

Used the catalog's advanced keyword search function to find publications by the European Union. In the first search box select Author and then enter "European Commission," "European Parliament," or "European Union." The majority of EU titles will be found under European Commission. In the other boxes, use keywords from your worksheet to focus in on the titles you are interested in. The links that follow can be used as a starting point for your searches.

Book Chapters

Book chapters' titles often reveal hidden treasures in a book. For an example, take a look at The logics and politics of post-WWII migration to Western Europe. To search these book chapter titles you need to use the keyword search. If you want more chapter titles, check out WorldCat or Google Books.

Searching for Articles

Articles, especially peer-reviewed or scholarly ones, can form a good start for your research. If you are trying to figure out where to start, use Find Articles and More.

  • Find Articles and More The databases are arranged alphabetically by name, or you can find databases in a particular subject area by choosing a subject from the drop down menu on that page. Here are a few databases to try first:
    • Click on the + next to Political Science and choose the link for Scholarly Sources.
    • Click on International Area Studies. Choose Europe. Use your keywords.
  • Not having luck? Here are a few other more general resources (not focused on political science):
    • Academic Search Premier CU Index of nearly 4,000 academic journals, with full text available for many.
    • Google Scholar Uses Google search technology to search a wide variety of sources for academic material.
  • When searching any of these databases for titles, please use the Tips for Using an Article Database, which you can find on the back of your Search Worksheet
Primary Sources for European Countries and Organizations

Country Pages
These pages link to information from individual countries. Resources you find here include links to official government bodies, country profiles from organizations and news sources, links to articles and databases, and resources in Chinook.
International Organizations
This page provides links to international organizations and a custom search that only searches international organizations. Here are some selected international sources that may be of interest (the tips listed below are described on the Search Worksheet:
  • European Union (EU)

    Europa The EU is an economic and political partnership between 27 democratic European countries. EU policies are part of national policies.

    • Tip #1 under Searching an International Organization or Foreign Government Website works well with Europa: Use the Policy Areas link to search the EU by subject.
  • Council of Europe (COE)
    Council of Europe Founded in 1949, the COE has 47 members. Its aim is to protect human rights, pluralist democracy, and the rule of law. One of its subgroups is the Department of Local and Regional Democracy and Good Governance, which has published country reports.
    • Tip #3 may be your best approach to the COE web site: Search for your topic in the A-Z list.
  • Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
    OSCE A regional security organization consisting of 56 participating states. OSCE deals with three dimensions of security: politico-military, economic and environmental, and human.
    • Use Tip # 5 to find the many databases and documents produced by the OSCE: Click on the Resources link at the top of the OSCE page to access them.
  • Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
    OECD Established in 1961, the OECD is a club of "like-minded" nations that hope to achieve the highest sustainable economic growth and employment. Many of these nations are European. The OECD collects data, monitors trends, analyzes and forecasts economic developments and researches social changes for member and non-member countries. Reports and data are available through the SourceOECD CU
Citing your work

  • RefWorks
    RefWorks is a database that lets you save your citations and then format them in the style of your choice. Check out this quick guide for help using this resource.
  • Citing Sources
    This guide goes over the various formats you can use to cite material as well as providing links to quick citation sheets.
Need more help?

We are always happy to answer questions or set up appointments to have a more in-depth discussion of your research.

Suzanne Larsen Jennie Gerke Leanne Walther
suzanne.larsen@colorado.edu jennifer.gerke@colorado.edu leanne.walther@colorado.edu
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