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Introduction to National Security: GSAP 2010

Before starting your research, don't forget your Research Strategy Worksheet.

Secondary Sources

  • Chinook, the Library Catalog
    This resources will help you find books, periodical/journal titles, encyclopedias, government publications, and other resources available at CU in both print and electronic form. Note: Not all government publications are cataloged, especially if you are looking for material before 1975. There are numerous tools that can help you find these materials, contact me or the Government Information Library for assistance.
  • Research and Subject Guides Database
    Want to find even more guides? This database contains all the guides from Government Information as well as all the other libraries on campus. You can find information on how to use database, how to cite material, and how to start your research. Either click the box for a specific type of guide and then browse among lists of research guides, or do a keyword search (by topic, course, citation style, etc.).
  • Find Articles and More
    Databases are grouped by subject (Political Science, International Area Studies, etc.) and provide lists of citations. Look in different subject areas (Government, History, etc.) to get different perspectives on your topic/issue.
Primary Sources

Places that cover more then one branch

  • Declassified Documents Guide
    • Digital National Security Archive CU
      Provides access to more than 60,000 declassified documents central to U.S. foreign and military policy since 1945. The documents are organized into 27 collections. Each collection contains a diverse range of policy documents including presidential directives, memos, diplomatic dispatches, meeting notes, independent reports, briefing papers, White House communications, email, confidential letters and other secret material. Contextual and reference supplements are provided for each collection, including general introductory essay, a chronology, glossary and bibliography. Includes collections of documents on Vietnam, Japan, China, Presidential Directives on national security and US espionage and intelligence.
    • Declassified Documents Reference Service CU
      Contains over 500,000 pages of previously classified government documents covering major international events from the Cold War to the Vietnam War and beyond obtained from presidential libraries. Documents are from various government agencies, including the White House, CIA, FBI, State Department and others. Currently, the database ranges from the years immediately following World War II through 2002 and covers nearly every major foreign and domestic event of these years.
    • Index to Documents of the National Security Council on microfilm (PrEx 3.10:D 65)
      This collection is comprised of all of the formerly classified NSC papers that have been released through Freedom of Information Act requests. Included are formal policy papers, progress reports, background documents "P" files, "Mill" papers, National Security Council actions, national security action memoranda, and national security study memoranda. Consists of a basic collection with nine supplements and includes online guides.
  • Foreign Relations of the United States
    The Foreign Relations of the United States series is the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions that have been declassified and edited for publication. FRUS begins with the administration of Abraham Lincoln in 1861. There are two cumulative indexes covering 1861-1899 and 1900-1918. The organization of FRUS is generally chronological, but the dates of the volumes do not necessarily reflect the dates of documentary history. Material in FRUS is not declassed for thirty years, so the most recently published volumes have documents for the Ford administration (i.e. through 1976).
  • Research and Subject Guides
    There are in-depth subject guides on a variety of topics. This database lets you search by keyword, department or guide type.

  • Presidency Guide
    • Presidential Libraries
      This page from the National Archives has links to all the presidential libraries web sites, as well as an introduction to doing research on presidential documents. Not all of the presidential libraries have materials online, but many, such as the Nixon Library, provide online access to previously classified presidential documents.
    • The American Presidency Project
      Provides access to full-text public papers of the presidents from 1929, State of the Union Addresses from 1789, and a streaming audio and video archive. Includes speeches, executive orders, proclamations, press conferences, Saturday radio addresses, Fireside Chats, State of the Union Addresses and Messages, addresses to Congress and to the Nation, and more.
Executive Branch

  • Military Guide (Department of Defense)
    • Defense Link contains information about all branches of the military. From Defense Link you can locate:
    • Strategic Studies Institute Publications
      The Strategic Studies Institute is a division of the US Army War College and calls itself "the source for national security research and analysis." The majority of their current publications are online, the earlier publications that aren't online should be available in the Government Information Library.
  • Department of State
Legislative Branch

  • Congress and Legislation Guide
    • LexisNexis Congressional CU
      Full text service which provides access to Congressional bills and bill status, legislative histories, hearings, Congressional Record, congressional reports and documents, biographical, financial and voting record information, laws, proposed and existing regulations, searchable full-text journals and other information.
International Sources

  • International Organization Guide
    This guide links to the web pages or guides to the major international organization, it also has a search feature that lets you search across all these international organizations web sites.
  • National Counterterrorism Center--Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (WITS)
    WITS is the National Counterterrorism Center's database of terrorist incidents. The NCTC defines terrorism as occurring when groups or individuals act on political motivation to deliberately or recklessly attack civilians/noncombatants or their property and the attack does not fall into another special category of political violence, such as crime, rioting, or tribal violence. The WITS database coverage is begins on 1/1/2004 and is updated quarterly.
  • Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST)
    FIRST is an integrated database containing information on armed conflicts and peace keeping, arms production and trade, military expenditure, armed forces and weapons.

Need more help?

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

Jennie Gerke Research Desk (2nd floor)
jennifer.gerke@colorado.edu govpubs@colorado.edu
303-735-6804 303-492-8834