U.S. Foreign Relations
a guide to library resources
Titles with call numbers beginning "Ref" are in the Reference Area in
Crumb Library. Some sources are available through the library web
site. All items are on paper, unless "microfilm" is indicated, or it
is an online resource.
REFERENCE BOOKS FOR BACKGROUND INFORMATION
- Encyclopedia of U.S. Foreign Relations. (Ref E
183.7.E53 1997) A 4-volume work, with bibliographical notes.
- Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy. (Ref JX
1407.E53) Studies of the principal movements and ideas.
Alphabetically arranged essays, with bibliographies. 1978.
- Congressional Quarterly Almanac. (Ref JK 1.C66)
1963-date. A digest of material from CQ Weekly Report. Good
coverage of congressional role in policy-making,
- America's Foreign Policy, 1945-1976: its creators and
critics. (Ref E 840.6.P37) Mainly biographical essays on key
policy-makers, with selected references.
- Chronological History of United States Foreign Relations,
1776 to 1989. (Ref E 183.7.B745 1985). A year-by-year record
- Atlas of United States Foreign Relations. (Ref G
- Background Notes. (Ref G 59.U5) Leaflets produced by
the U.S. Dept. of State on all foreign countries.
- Dictionary of American Diplomatic History. (Ref E
Officers of the Department of State and U.S. Chiefs of Mission,
BIBLIOGRAPHIES: lists of books and articles
- Guide to American foreign relations since 1700. (Ref E
183.7.A1G84 1983) A chronologically arranged bibliography, with
good annotations, of important books and articles. Includes a good
- Intervention and counterinsurgency: an annotated
bibliographjy of the small wars of the United States. (Ref E
- Origins, evolution and nature of the cold war: an annotated
bibliographic guide. (Ref E 183.8.A1B53 1986) An excellent
source for books and articles.
- U.S. Foreign relations: a guide to information sources.
(Ref JX 1417.A1P52 1980) Use the detailed table of contents to
find appropriate sections.
- Supplement to a bibliography of United States-Latin
American relations since 1810. (Ref F 1418.A1T7 1968
- Foreign Affairs Bibliography. (Ref JX 1391.A1F6)
Several volumes which annotate and evaluate books, 1919-1972.
There are 3 major sections: general international relations; the
world since 1914; world regions. And The Foreign affairs
50-year bibliography; new evaluations of significant books on
international relations 1920-1970 (Ref JX 1305.A1 F62)
- American Studies: an annotated bibliography. (Ref E
173.A1A436) See vol.II, p.1118 and following for books on U.S.
foreign relations, with annotations for each.
- The American Historical Association's Guide to Historical
Literature. (Ref D 20.A1A55). A 2-vol. selective bibliography
for the study of history.
- Index to United States Documents Relating to Foreign
Affairs: 1828-1861. (Ref Z 1223.Z7 H22)
OTHER REFERENCE TOOLS - examples of other types of
reference works for history research
- GPO Catalog . A catalog of U.S. government publications
for 1976-date. (on the library web site). A subject index for
1900-1971 is shelved at Ref Z 1223.A182.
- U.S. Serial Set Index. (Ref Z 1223.Z9C65) An index to
various publications, mainly of congressional committees, from
1789 to 1969.
- International Relations Dictionary. (Ref JX 1226.P55
1982) Terms are grouped in 12 chapters.
- American National Biography. (Ref CT 213 .A68
- World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers. (Ref UA
- Guide to Archives and Manuscripts in the United States.
(Ref CD 3022.A45)
- Statistical information compiled by the U.S. government in its
most condensed form in Historical Statistics of the U.S.
(Ref HA 202.B87 1976). The library also has many of the annual
Statistical Abstracts of the United States for years since
1902. (HA 202); the latest 3 years are in Reference.
BOOKS - BearCat: the library catalog: and other tools for
locating books, pamphlets, etc.
Many search modes are available. Search by Author Keyword
for books by a particular author. A Title Keyword search looks
for word(s) found anywhere in the book titles (and contents notes, if
included on the record.) A Subject Keyword search looks for
Library of Congress subject headings having the word(s) you enter.
Some of the Subject Headings for this topic are:
UNITED STATES - FOREIGN
ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE, AMERICAN
UNITED STATES - FOREIGN RELATIONS -
TARIFF - UNITED STATES
UNITED STATES - FOREIGN ECONOMIC
UNITED STATES - RELATIONS -
UNITED STATES- COMMERCIAL
HISTORY, MODERN - 20TH CENTURY
UNITED STATES - HISTORY- [time
......and many more.
The same subject headings used in our library catalog may be used
to search the catalogs of other libraries. Especially comprehensive
is the set of volumes called Library of Congress Catalog: Subject
Catalog (Z 881.A1 U375). This is a printed version of all the
cards printed by the Library of Congress. The National Union
Catalog: Authors (Z 881.A1U518) and the British National
Bibliography are also major research tools.
Of growing importance are connections to other large online
library catalogs, such as the Library of Congress, and the combined
database of many library catalogs called
WorldCat (on the library web site); as well as
FINDING JOURNAL ARTICLES - Indexing and abstracting
services are the basic tool for finding articles by subject. The
subject headings used in these tools are often similar to those used
in the online catalog. See the list of suggested indexes for POLITICS
on the library web site, which includes the following:
- Expanded Academic ASAP (InfoTrac), ProQuest - PA
Research, and Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe (all on the
page on the library web site) index recent years of a very diverse
group of periodicals and newspapers. The complete text of articles
is sometimes available online.
- International Political Science Abstracts. Good
coverage of international scholarly writing in political science.
(Ref JA 36 .I5) for 1966 - date.
- Public Affairs Information Service Bulletin. This is an
index to selected journals, government documents, pamphlets, and
books. Recent years are available through the library web site,
older years at (Ref H 1.A1 P82)
- Humanities Index. An index to journals in, among other
fields, history. 1973 - 1995 is in paper at Ref AI 3.R49. Earlier
years from 1907 are covered by International Index
- Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature. An index to
popular and news periodicals for the years 1890-2000, on paper at
Ref AI 3 .R48.
History and Life. An index, with abstracts, to journals of U.S. and Canadian history, in paper at Ref E 171.A1 A48 for 1964-1998.
The information obtained from indexes looks like the following.
Under UNITED STATES--FOREIGN RELATIONS in Humanities Index:
The light at the end of the tunnel: the
United States and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. T.H.
Anderson. Dipl Hist 12:443-62 Fall '88.
Abstracts also include a brief summary of the article.
Articles on American history usually appear in professional
journals such as Journal of American History, American Historical
Review, Journal of Modern History, Foreign Affairs, Past and Present,
Journal of Interdisciplinary History - etc. To find articles that
have been written on a given topic in these and other journals, one
should consult one of the indexes listed above.
For a complete list of periodicals in the libraries at SUNY Potsdam use the "CitationLinker" link on the "Finding Articles" web page. Articles in journals not available in Potsdam may be requested through ILLiad - our interlibrary loan service.
Many primary sources can be found directly through the library
catalog. Look especially for the subdivision, "--SOURCES", following
a subject heading, as in UNITED STATES--HISTORY--20th CENT--SOURCES.
Collections have been made of especially significant primary sources,
such as Documents of American History (Ref E 173.C66 1973c)
See the library web page on Primary
Sources for U.S. History - which describes some of the major
collections and resources for U.S. history in general in SUNY Potsdam
Newspaper stories and news summaries:
A few newspapers have indexes to their contents.
- The New York Times Index. 1851-date (Ref AI 21.N45).
Look under subjects and names, follow cross-references to related
entries. Page, date, and column of the stories in the New York
Times are given.
- The Times (London) Index. (Ref AI 21.T46) - An index to
the London Times.
- ProQuest (on the library web site) indexes recent years
of some major U.S. newspapers.
Sources which summarize world new include:
- Facts on File: weekly world news events. (Ref D
410.F32) A looseleaf service which records all vital news of the
week. Has cumulated annual indexes.
- Annual Register of World Events 1958-1979. (Ref D 2.A7)
A chronicle of events and essays prepared by specialists.
- Yearbook of World Affairs. (JX 21.Y4) 1958-1984.
- Statesman's Year-book. (JA 51.S7) 1933-date. Latest
years in Ref.
Primary Sources for Foreign Relations: in paper
Foreign Relations of the United States. Published by the
U.S. Dept of State.
Other major document sets:
- Many U.S. government documents, including congessional
committee hearings, reports, and committee prints, are listed in
BearCat, the library catalog, especially for the 1960s -
early 1980s. See for example; Committee on International
Relations, Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Senate Foreign
- Other U.S. documents can be located by using an index such as GPO Catalog (1976-date)
- American Foreign Relations: a documentary record - (JX
231.D6) 1938/39-1978. Produced by the Council on Foreign
- The United States in World Affairs: (E 744.U66) An
account of American foreign relations. 1931-1940; 1945-1967;
- American Foreign Policy: current documents. (JX
1417.A33) 1956-67; 1981-1990. An annual publication of the U.S.
Dept of State. Also. basic documents, 1977-1980.
- Department of State Bulletin., (Microfilm JX232.A33)
v.1 (1939) - v.89 (1989). Continued by US Department of State
Dispatch, 1993-1999. (Microfilm JX232.A33). Now
- Annals of Congress, 1789-1824 (J11.A5) continued by
Congressional Debates , 1824-1837 (J11.D5), continued by
Congressional Globe, 1833-1873 (J11.G5), continued by
Congressional Record, 1873-1992 (J11.R5) and 1993-date
(USDoc Microfiche X 1.1/A:) The daily record of the proceedings
and debates in Congress. Now also online, see below.
- Public Papers of the President. (J 80.A283) We have
- Historical Series: The Senate Foreign Relations Comm.
This set includes the "Executive Sessions of the Senate Foreign
Relations Comm.", which are being opened to the public. Currently
1947-1965 are printed. The early ones are in paper at KF 26.F6,
while the later ones are GovDocMicrofiche Y4.F76/2:Ex3/2.
- Survey of International Affairs. (D 442.S8) London.
Royal Institute of International Affairs. 1924-1962. And
Documents on International Affairs (D 442.S82),
- Yearbook - United Nations. (Ref JX 1977.A37Y4)
1946-date. Records the activities of the U.N. and its agencies.
Composed of essays, to which are appended documentary references
and in many cases the text of and vote on resolutions.
Online resources for U.S. foreign relations:
Other U.S. Government publications relating to foreign relations
- Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. Annual
(1979-1985 at JC 571 .U48a) (1986-1993 at USDoc microfiche
version: 1993-1999 A review of the status of human rights in
various countries, prepared for use with Congress's foreign
assistance program. Along with human rights information, a table
showing U.S. economic and military assistance to each country is
- Congress and Foreign Policy. annual. At KF 4651.A6133
for 1975-79,81,83,90-91; at USDoc microfiche Y4.F76/1-13 for
1984-89,1992. Ceased in 1992?
- Report to Congress on voting practices in the United
Nations / United States Department of State. (Ref JX 1977.8.V6
R46) for 1985-1992. Online
for 1995 - date
reports on economic policy and trade practices, online for
1994 - date.
Examples of other types of primary sources:
- Lost chance in China: the World War II despatches of John
S. Service. (DS 777.55.S443)
- The Truman administration: a documentary history. (E
- Memoirs. George F. Kennan. (E 748.K374A3)
- Franklin D. Roosevelt and foreign affairs. (E
- America in a divided world, 1945-1972 (Documentary
history of the United States). (E 744.F47 1975)
- American foreign policy, 1950-1955; basic documents.
U.S. Dept. of State. Historical Office. (JX 1417.A55)
- Major problems in American foreign policy: documents and
essays. (E 183.7.M28)
- Human rights documents. (JC 571.H55 1983)
- Amnesty International report. (JC 571.A44a)
Selected Internet Sites related to U.S. Foreign Policy
Crumb Library Guide. DT 1/2002 rev 2/2003