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Secondary Sources for US Foreign Relations (In order of relevance/usefulness)

Gale Virtual Reference Library
This database is particularly useful for getting background information on your topic.

Humanities International Complete (EBSCO)
Hint: You will likely find articles that are reviews of books. If you would like to locate a book, try the Resnick Library Catalog or WorldCat (to get books listed in WorldCat, you will need to set up an interlibrary loan account; click here for details).

Academic Search Complete (EBSCO)

Remember: You can combine EBSCO databases by clicking on "Choose Databases" above the search box and checking the boxes for both databases.

Google Scholar


Primary Sources for US Foreign Relations (Those in bold will likely be of particular interest)

On reserve (behind the library’s front desk)

Major Problems in American Foreign Relations, Vols. 1 & 2.
E183.7.M28 1995

Voices of Freedom: A Documentary History, Vol. 2 (1865-2009)
E173.V645 2010

Electronic resources
Click here for exercises to familiarize yourself with some of these resources.

AMDOCS: Documents for the Study of American History

American Presidency Project  
Scroll down to search the "Documents Archive." 

The Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy

Department of State historical documents

First World War: A Multimedia History
See the "Memoirs and Diaries", under "Narratives" (on the left).

Foreign Relations of the United States  
If searching, click on "Search only the full text," then click on "Boolean Search," at the top of the page. 

GPO: U.S. Government Printing Office (1992-present)

Library of Congress - American Memory (see “Diplomacy and Foreign Service” in “War, Military")

HathiTrust Digital Library

Life Magazine Archive (Google Books)

National Archives & Records Administration, Primary Sources for Educators and Students (Browse by Era)
Hint: This might be useful if you have not chosen a topic yet, though the National Security Archive will likely be better.

National Security Archive
Hint: Click on "Documents", at the top, to access the Electronic Briefing Books.

New York Times Archive (1851-1980)
Non-subscribers have access to 20 free articles a month from 1851-1923 and 1987-Present

Other electronic resources (including links to Freedom of Information Act reading rooms)

Time Magazine Archive (1923-present)

University of Hawai'i Digital Collections

Citing Primary Sources
Depending on your source, select "Government document" or "Historical document" from the drop-down menu
A variety of other citation resources are available here

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