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Development Studies

This guide gives an overview of recommended sources for development studies.


This guide gives an overview of recommended sources available at the Erasmus University Library in Rotterdam and the Library of the International Instititute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague: databases, journals and reference works relevant for Development studies. Attention is also paid to sources that are publicly available on the Internet. 

Please use the tabs at the left to find information for your research and interest. The links in this guide will automatically take you to ERNA-login if this is required for off-campus access. If you have any questions or comments about this guide, or need further help with using this guide or your area of research, please let me know.

Running trials for Development Studies

‚ÄčThere are currently no active trials with a focus on Development Studies. However, we welcome feedback on content that is temporarily available due to COVID-19 response. Please contact your faculty liaison if you think any temporary content should be part of our permanent collection. 

Some highlights that you can check out are:

JSTOR's World Heriatge Sites: Africa collection.

JSTOR's Struggles for Freedom: Southern Africa collection. 

Cambridge Elements, Politics and International Relations or Economics series. 

Cambridge Histories, which includes series such as Religion, Asian History, Philosophy & Political Thought, and more. 

Bloomsbury collections on Politics & International Relations and Sociology

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  • Build your search profile After finding the search terms for your research topic, you have to combine these search terms in a search profile, establishing specific relationships between the search terms. In library databases and catalogs, this is done using Boolean or logical operators such as AND, OR and NOT.
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