International relations & security: Recommended starting points

International relations/studies at Virginia Tech

International relations concern how and why nation-states interact with one another and with an international system that also comprises private, non-governmental, and intergovernmental organizations. Tech's international studies program blends the subfields of international relations and comparative politics, with an emphasis on foreign languages.

Background: verviews and reference works in international relations

Start here to locate research literature

Security resources

Surveys of US National Intelligence Agency Resources (Webinars)

Archived 45-minute webcasts provide overviews for exploring publicly available information from US intelligence agencies. Presenter is Albert Chapman (Purdue University Library). Offered as part of the US Government Publishing Office's "FDLP Academy" training sessions for librarians (but not geeky).

Social Sciences & History Librarian

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Bruce Pencek
3050 Newman Library (MC 0434)
560 Drillfield Dr
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Office hours (academic year):
Tu 1-3 pm,
Wed 2-4 pm,
and by appointment.
(540) 231-2140

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All active trials are listed in a sidebar on the Databases A-Z guide, usually including their expiration dates and links to online user evaluation surveys.  Here I list current trials of likely interest to the departments I serve.