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Intelligence & Foreign Affairs Research

A guide created for NDS 465 - Overview to U.S. National Intelligence

Library Databases

The library's databases are your source for scholarly and academic articles!

Bortz Library subscribes to dozens of academic research databases, covering a wide array of subject matter. These databases provide access to articles from academic journals, magazines, newspapers, and more. 

Use the EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) search box below to search through all of the library's databases at once, or click on the title of a particular database from the list below to search through just one database. Each database in the list has been included on this guide for its subject coverage and relevance. 


Article Search 

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Database Search Tips

To search through all of the library databases at once, head over to the Library Catalog and select the Databases tab on the search results page (see screenshot below). This is where you will find scholarly articles, newspaper articles, book reviews, ebooks, and more. 

Brainstorm Search Terms

Before you begin searching in an online database, try to think of as many search terms as possible. Think of all the different aspects of your research question and try to generate multiple search terms for those aspects. Come up with synonyms and try the different terms in your search. NOTE: The list below contains suggested search terms, it is by no means a comprehensive list of potential search terms.

Potential Search Terms:

  • Foreign Policy
    • U.S. foreign policy
    • United States foreign policy
    • Foreign relations
    • Foreign affairs
    • government affairs
  • China
    • PRC 
    • People's Republic of China
    • South China Sea
    • "freedom of navigation"
    • Taiwan
  • Russia
    • cyberwarfare
    • cybersecurity
    • Crimea
    • Ukraine
  • Intelligence
    • counterintelligence
    • military intelligence

Use Filters to Refine Search Results

Look for:

  • Full Text: this will limit results to items that you can read right away through our subscriptions
  • Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Articles: limits to scholarly articles



All databases should have filters (like those shown above) on the search results page that will help you narrow down - or expand - your search results. 

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