Political Science

Q&A: tracing the history of TRIPS agreement

Question: I am researching on the negotiating history of article 66.2 of the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). I would like to find information on debates that preceded adoption of this Article in the Agreement. I have not been able to find any particular thread in the GATT Archive that would enable me trace this history.


Thanks for contacting the GATT archive. Here are a few angles to explore in order to trace that history.

Election resources for 2010 midterms

The 2010 midterm elections are just a couple of weeks away (November 2, 2010 across the country!). So I thought I'd highlight some cool Web resources to help voters separate the wheat from the chaff of our political candidates.

  • Project Vote Smart is a non-partisan volunteer organization that tracks voting records, biographical & contact Information, candidate issue positions, interest group ratings, public statements, and campaign finances. And this election cycle, they've put together a nifty little tool called VoteEasy where you can quickly see candidates from your state and Congressional districts and explore their positions on 12 different issues from abortion, Afghanistan and education to environment, social security and taxes. One word of warning, the site has a soundtrack so turn your speakers down or click on the audio control on the lower right of the site. You've been warned :-)
  • MAPLight is a site that tracks Money And Politics (MAP). They've also recently released some California-centered tools like MAPLight California which tracks campaign contributions to Assembly members and Senators in the California State Legislature and MAPLight Prop 23 which tracks donations for/against the hot button issue of Prop. 23 (which suspends Air Pollution Control Laws Requiring Major Polluters to Report and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions That Cause Global Warming Until Unemployment Drops Below Specified Level for Full Year).
  • Also centered on California, the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley, in collaboration with the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University, and the Center for California Studies at CSU Sacramento has created the California Choices Website with guides to the nine ballot measures on the November 2 California General Election ballot. The site also features a View Endorsements and Share Your Vote page where you can compare endorsements from political parties, unions, newspapers, and other organizations, and share how you are voting with friends and family via email or Facebook.

Please leave us links to other voter resources in the comments. And DON'T FORGET TO REGISTER TO VOTE WITH YOUR STATE SECRETARY OF STATE!

Find Protest Resources

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Some books/microfilm to check out:


Suggested journals/e-journals

Suggested databases:

  • Academic Search Premier add: America: History & Life, Left Index, The Nation Digital Archive
  • Alt-PressWatch (alternative Press) - add Ethnic NewsWatch, GenderWatch, and ProQuest Research Library
  • ARTstor -images on historical, geographical, and social topics
  • CSA Illumina : IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences), PAIS International in print - politics, Political Science, Sociological Abstracts
  • Oral History Online

Special Stanford resources:


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Q&A: Resources on international security for the Honors College

Is there an electronic copy of the resources for the Honors College students in International Security?


Yes, below is the list, with the links to the resources themselves.

Honors Program in International Security Studies 2009:
A short list of resources at Stanford Libraries

PAIS [Public Affairs Information Service]
WorldCat [listings for thousands of libraries worldwide]
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
EIU Country Data [Economist Intelligence Unit]
IMF Country Report [International Monetary Fund Library Network]
Armed Conflict Database [Very good at keeping up with “non-state armed groups” i.e “terrorists”]
Jane’s [Defense and Intelligence publications, also in paper via Socrates]
Forced Migration Online [Oxford U. Press]
Lexis Nexis [Newspapers and Legal Research]
Lexis Nexis Congressional [Congressional Publications and CRS reports]
United States Congressional Serial Set
House of Commons Parliamentary Papers
CAB [Commonwealth Agricultural Bureau: good for rural development issues and security at the local level]
World News Connection [FBIS] [CIA monitoring of world news broadcasts]
ProQuest Historical Newspapers [New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, etc.]
NewsBank [Access World News]
Facts On File World News Digest [Facts.com, 1940 to present]
Digital National Security Archive [historical materials, WWII through 1990s]
IGO/NGO Search
World Bank E-Library

World Development Indicators [WDI Online]
Lexis Nexis Statistical [and microfiche: ASI, IIS, SRI]
China Data Online
STAT-USA [Contains GLOBUS on international trade data]
OECD Stat & Source OECD

Print Resources:
SIPRI Yearbook
United Nations Disarmament Yearbook
Europa World Year Book, current only online
Political Handbook of the World
Economist Intelligence Unit Country Reports: country by country, in many libraries across campus and in storage.
IMF Country Reports

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