Western Michigan University libraries
The libraries' home page contains links to the catalog, WestCat, as well as links to online resources such as databases and journals. Use WestCat to find a particular book (using the author/title/keyword search) or to find books on a subject (using the guided keyword search).
Two gateways maintained by the library should be particularly helpful for students in the Department of Political Science: the overall political science gateway.
The librarians at the reference desk are there to assist you with any questions you may have regarding the use of the research tools, or to give you suggestions if you feel you are groping in the dark.
This is one of the leading sources of development-related documents on the web, indexed and organized by subject.
International affairs resources
Part of the WWW Virtual Library, this internet directory is a guide to resources on the Web, providing annotated links to directories and a further series of links to a variety of development-related sites.
Indexes to books and journal articles
Articles from major economic development journals are indexed in this database and are available in the FirstSearch collection of databases. (Access through WMU Libraries’ subscription.)
This public administration and law database indexes books and periodicals from many parts of the world. (Access through WMU Libraries’ subscription.)
Sciences Citation Index
This unique source is an index to all authors cited in a work in the social sciences, and in reverse, to all works citing a particular author. If you are interested in what one person has written, one of the uses of this index is to find out who has cited that author, and how the author's ideas have been used. (Access through WMU Libraries’ subscription.)
Guides to resources
Foreign government resources on the web
This site, from the University of Michigan Documents Center, provides links to websites of governments and to data, directory and news sites that deal with the rest of the world.
Facts and figures on developing countries
- The World Factbook
In addition to statistics on each country, this publication includes color maps and flags.
Human Development Report
A publication of the United Nations Development Program, available as a PDF file, and also in Waldo Library at HD72 .H85x
Other reports of the UNDP are at the following web page: http://hdr.undp.org/reports.
Lexis-Nexis Statistical Universe
In this index to statistical sources, you may search using subject keywords and the database will provide details of publications which carry statistics in those fields. (Access through WMU Libraries’ subscription.)
Nations of the world
This guide, from the Law Library of Congress, contains a lengthy list of resources for each nation. Most of the items are links to statistical, legal or legislative information on the country.
This OECD website provides data graphically displayed on development assistance from OECD countries, and on a number of indicators connected with poverty and with economic growth, country by country.
U.S. state department background notes
A summary of facts about each country with particular emphasis on the country's relationship with the U.S.
World development indicators
The World Bank’s annual compilation of data about development.
Many tables accessible here are from the WRI publication, World Resources. Included in this site is a set of country data profiles, available in PDF format.
Development Experience Clearinghouse
Here you can search for project documents of USAID funded projects, and order them online, or in the case of some more recent documents, download them for free.
USAID results and data
Search for more general information regarding USAID funded projects and the results of data gathered.
Development organization sites
DAC Evaluation Abstracts
Project evaluations indexed on this site represent a large number of organizations.
The Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, is a leading British center for research and teaching on international development.
The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
A site devoted to topics in development ethics.