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POLSC 401 - Model United Nations

A guide for Carla Martinez-Machain's Fall 2017 section of POLSC 401.

Search It

Tips for using Search It to find information about international agreements.

1. Enter "international relations" as a subject term. 

Search It advanced search for international relations as a subject

2. Use the remaining rows to add keywords related to the type of agreement. Notice that you can broaden a search by using OR to present Search It with alternative terms. 

Search It advanced search for international relations as a subject and carbon or warming as keywords

3. When you view a results list, you can filter by topic, resource type, date, and other criteria. Topic and date filters are particularly useful.

LexisNexis Academic

Tips for using LexisNexis Academic to find information about international agreements.

1.  Click the Search by Subject or Topic button and choose all news.

LexisNexis Academic homescreen showing location of select topic button

2. Click the Advanced Options button.

Advanced options button in LexisNexis Academic

3. Set a date limit and enter your search in the form of SUBJECT(term) AND keyword AND keyword. Notice that international relations should be entered inside quotation marks.

LexisNexis Advanced Options screen

PAIS International

Tips for using PAIS International to find information about international agreements.

​1.   Open the Thesaurus.

Thesaurus in PAIS International

2. Search for the word "International." If you see a term you like, you can click the box to the left and click add to search.  I also recommend clicking the note icon next to international relations.

note icon next to international relations

3. Notes screens show related terms. You can click the check marks for all the related terms of interest and click add to search.

Thesaurus view in PAIS International showing related terms for International Relations

 

Google Books

Tips for using Google Books to find information about international agreements.

1.  Search for the name of a specific agreement, or search for a type of agreement, or search for the terms international relations.

2.  Narrow by date:

a. Select Search tools.

b. Select any time and then click custom range.

c. Enter a date range and click Go.

3. If you wish, add additional terms to the search to narrow the results.

4. Use OR between terms to search for either of the two terms. This will broaden your search.

See Google Books screenshots on the Country Information page of this guide for a visual of these steps.