UCB Libraries


IAFS 1000: Globalization
An Interdisciplinary Study of Current Global Issues


  • Basics
  • Books and Background Info
  • Articles and More
  • Multimedia
  • Help


Spend some time browsing through the Library Website; you will be using it A LOT during your time at CU-Boulder.


Many questions like....


  • Where is Room 260A?
  • How long can I check out books?
  • How do I find newspaper articles?

...can be answered on our How Do I... webpage


Remember!!!! If there is something that you need; a book, article, video etc... We can probably get it for you even if it seems like you've hit the end of the road.


Three ways to get materials

The Library Catalog (we call it Chinook) and the Library Website



Find the Prospector icon and "Request It" from a nearby library

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Log in using your Identikey, and submit the required information. Also, the more of the non-required information you can provide the easier it will be to expedite your request.


The first time you log in you will need to fill out your contact information.


Specify a realistic "Not Wanted After Date". If you order an item and do not use it, the Libraries will have to pay for the loan anyway

Choosing Search Terms

Break down your topic into discrete concepts that represent major aspects. These concepts can be used to develop keywords and subject terms that will be useful during your research.For more flexible searching, think of various ways to express these search terms:

    • synonyms (related terms)
    • broader terms
    • narrower terms

The Search Strategy Process Worksheet can be helpful in helping you develop search terms for your own topic.


You need to tailor the search terms to the type of material you are searching. When searching for:

    • Books
      • Broader terms tend to work better because the topics covered by books tend to be more general.
    • Journal articles,
      • Narrower terms tend to work better because the topics covered by articles tend to be more specific.

Organizing Your Research

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. FAQS for RefWorks: Tips on getting started and instructions on how to use RefWorks. 


Citing Sources
This guide goes over the various formats you can use to cite materials. It also provides links to quick citation sheets.


Chinook Plus vs. Chinook Classic

You may notice that there are two search bars on the library homepage


Chinook Plus Chinook Classic
Google'ish Search Results

Traditional Library Catalog

Keyword Search Multivariable Search
Books and Articles in results Books in results


If you have a specific title, author, call number, or ISBN number it is easier to use the more "traditional" Chinook Classic.


If you want to browse and limit your search results by keywords, locations, and subjects it is easier to use Chinook Plus.


Google Scholar and Chinook

You can configure your Google Scholar searches to work with the Chinook Library Catalog


Settings ---> Library Links ---> Choose up to 5 libraries


When you find a result in Google Scholar, click "Find at CU"


Finding Books

To make it more confusing, the main library at Norlin has 4 different collections: Norlin Stacks, Science Library, Art and Architecture, and Government Publications.

Norlin Stacks is on the 3rd floor.


There are three levels: 3A, 3B and 3C.


Maps are located at the entrance to the stacks. Locate the first letters of your call number and consult the map to see what floor and aisle your book is located on.


Check your books out at the Circulation Desk near the front entrance and log-on to My Chinook to renew your books or check the status on Interlibrary Loan orders.


Helpful Background Information

Gale Virtual Reference

Digital encyclopedia chapters and articles from various resources. Try searching for Peru AND coca


Sage eReference

Search for a broad term like "Peru" and then search within the results for your specific topic.


ABC Clio eBook Collection

Online full-text of of hundreds of reference books on many subjects, including U.S. and world history, politics, government, society, education, religion, folklore, mythology, science, environment and geography.


UCB Find Articles Page

Click the Find Article link on the library homepage to reach our Find Articles Page


Each image at the top takes you to an EBSCO or Proquest database with personalized searching options selected by our librarians for the topic that you are interested in

History, Religion, and Culture


Society, Politics, Environment

Also look at the subject categories at the bottom of the page.

We have one for Anthropology and International Affairs; each with subcategories of their own


Good Databases for this Course

Check out the International Affairs tab on the Find Articles website.

It is divided into catgories like Development, Economics, Environment, and Political Science


CQ Researcher

Great for looking at hot topics and country information



Great for interdisciplinary research; keep in mind that JSTOR provides full-text of back-issues and doesn't always have the most current information


PAIS International

Political/Social/Economic Research



ProQuest Newsstand

Full-text articles from 500 + domestic and international news resources


Ethnic NewsWatch

Interdisciplinary full-text database of newspapers, magazine articles, and journal articles from native and/or minority presses.


Country Profiles and Statistics

Country Profiles from the Government Information Library

The government information library has a webstie for every country in the world. Some of the links may be out of date so be sure to also search Google if you aren't finding the information you need.


  • Look at BBC country profiles for each country. Example: Peru

Library of Congress Country Studies

Detailed descriptions and analysis of the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.


World Bank Country Profiles and Statistics

Overview of social and economic characteristics of each country in the world. Statistics are easy to locate throughout the website


Finding Images

It's not a requirement, but it's good to get used to using Public Domain and Creative Commons images for your presentations. As long as you are using the image or video in an education context, you are falling under the terms of "Fair Use". Feel free to write the photographer or author of the image for their permission to use it in your presentation (they will likely say yes...and be thrilled)


Visit the UCB Libraries "How Do I...Find Images" page for advice on Fair Use and Public Domain


Check out AP Images; a photojournalism archive


Or Creative Commons Search, which allows you to search for images under public domain


Finding Videos

Visit the UCB Library "How do I...Find Videos" page for advice on locating videos outside of Youtube, Google, and other common websites.


For example, you can search websites like the BBC for video coverage of news


Organizations like the Library of Congress also have their own YouTube pages


Did you know? The CU Boulder library also has a DVD Collection. Just search for a keyword in Chinook Plus and narrow your search by "video" on the left-hand side.

Getting Help

Still need help after trying the strategies listed on this guide? Or can't figure out how to use a particular resource? Here are some options for further assistance:


  • How Do I...? helpful web guides on a variety of research-related topics

  • Ask Us! email, chat, text, and phone reference services are available extended hours

  • Walk-up reference services at the Research Desk on the 2nd floor of Norlin Library as well as at some branch libraries (see "Hours Staffed")

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