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Global Studies: Scholarly Resources

This is a selected list of resources for starting research in Global Studies. While the emphasis of this guide is on Global Justice, the resources may be of use for many topics.

Database Background

There are different tools and ways to find information, such as Scopus, the library ALL Search box, and different databases. Each way has its own strengths and weaknesses, so it is recommended that you search in at least 3 different places.

Why use article databases?

  1. More focused/targeted searching - by subject/discipline
  2. More sorting/filtering options:
  3. Type of source (academic journal, book chapter, magazine, newspaper, report, etc).
  4. Sort results by relevance or date
  5. Potentially limit search to specific topic areas, geographic regions, languages, etc.
  6. Many will auto-fill suggested search terms to help you search
  7. Most make identification of peer reviewed journals/articles easier 

How to access databases at WPI:

  • Go to the library website
  • If you know which specific database you want to go to click on the Databases A-Z link under the search box, or frequently used databases
  • If you are not sure which database(s) you need, click the By Subject link then click the subject area that meets your needs

WPI Library Search

Search WPI LIBRARY SEARCH for books, articles, media and more!



Start Your Search

A great place to start your search for OER is an OER search tool, such as OASIS or the OER Metafinder. These tools allow you to search some of the main trusted sources of OER through their interfaces.

*Search OASIS  
Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a search tool that aims to make the discovery of open content easier. OASIS currently searches open content from 115 different sources.


*Search the OER Metafinder

This is a search engine for open access textbooks and OER from George Mason University. It searches across 22 different sources of open educational materials

MOM iconMason OER Metafinder (MOM)
Advanced Search


You can also search individual OER and open textbook collections, listed below, or find open access or licensed content through the WPI Library Search.

When in doubt, ask your librarian! We can help you find OER to use in your courses.

Open Textbooks