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DIPL 2120: International Conflict and Security

News databases and Chicago Style Citation resources for Diplomacy students

What are reputable sources?

It is important to use sources that are appropriate for academic work.  The easiest way to ensure your using appropriate sources is to search for articles and ebook on SHU's Library website (located at  You'll want to use peer-reviewed (academic) journal articles.  These have been reviewed and vetted by a panel of academic experts.  You also will want to find grey matter which refers to IGO and NGO reports, think tank white papers and policy reports.  JSTOR Security Studies (a database) is an excellent resource.  The content in this database has been curated and provide excellent resources about nuclear weapons and international security.  Therefore, make sure you start with a database like JSTOR Security Studies and not Google when you begin your research.

Also, find out what agencies cover your research topics and publish reports and white papers about nuclear weapons or international security.  Here are some examples:

Information Sources

Adapted with permission from:

University of New Mexico University Libraries' English 120: Full Library Tutorial


Western Libraries. "Evaluating Sources."  Tutorial video. Western Libraries, January 13, 2013. Video.

Evaluating Sources by Western Libraries is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0

Currency: Is the information timely?  When was it created?  How important is current information to your topic?

Relevance : Does the information meet your need?  Does it answer you research question?

Authority: Who is responsible for the information?  Who wrote and published it?  What are the author’s and publisher’s credentials?

Accuracy: It is important to find information that is reliable, truthful and correct.  Is the information supported by evidence?   Does the author use an unbiased, neutral tone?

Purpose: Why does the information exist?  Is the information intended to inform?  Examine the author’s intentions, assumptions and biases.

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