Global & International Studies

Research Tip Sheet (pdf)

It is also important to understand the difference between Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Sources, including how to locate and use them

Omni Searching

The library's search tool Omni lets you do just one search to find books, newspaper articles, journal articles, and other types of resources. 

  • Use keywords only, do not search using a full sentence.
  • Combine keywords for different ideas with AND
    • Search by keyword for specific topics: Globalization AND women
      Or by country: Globalization AND China
  • Combine synonyms or similar words for an idea with OR
  • Use the * at the end of the root of a word to find all the forms of that word

Narrow by:

  • Resource Type
  • Publication Date
  • Subject 
  • Language
  • Location

 

Academic Journals vs. Popular Magazines and Newspapers

Journal Articles

Grey Literature

Grey literature is an important source of information for research. It provides access to a broad range of information and often contains new ideas. Searching grey literature also offers the potential to balance any tendencies for publication bias found in published literature. It helps introduce alternative perspectives that may not be represented in standard literature.

Examples of grey literature include:

  • technical or research reports
  • committee reports
  • market reports
  • conference papers
  • white papers
  • poster
  • pamphlet
  • conference presentations
  • blogs
  • emails
  • podcasts
  • government documents
  • speeches
  • preprint materials
  • theses and dissertation
  • newsletters
  • clinical trials

Resources for finding grey literature

Policy Reports and Working Papers

Think Tanks

Tips for Newspaper Searching

  • Factiva (Globe and Mail, The Economist and the Wall Street Journal live here)
  • Nexis Uni
  • Canadian Newsstream  Access to over 280 Canadian news sources
  • PressReader provides pdf access to newspapers and magazines from more than 100 countries in over 55 languages. The collection currently exceeds 5,000 titles.
  • Global Terrorism Database - provides information on terrorist attacks around the world since 1970 with annual updates

A small sample of titles available online through the Library catalogue:

 

Content last updated: February 6, 2020