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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

  • Until 2 April you can read eBooks from Practical Action Publishing, the publishing arm of Practical Action (a development charity which works directly in four regions of the developing world – Latin America, East Africa, Southern Africa and South Asia). This trial offers access to collections such as Country Profiles, GenderGlobal Public Health and more, and special series such as Development in Action. Individual titles can also be found in sEURch. Please provide your feedback to this trial collection here
  • The Library offers trial access to Yearbook of International Organizations. If you make use of this resource, please provide feedback (positive or negative) to your faculty liaison.
  • Several publishers have made content temporarily available due to COVID-19 response. For an overview of this content, visit the A to Z database list.

Please contact your faculty liaison if you think any temporary content should be part of our permanent collection. 


Information Skills

Learn how to search, find and manage scholarly information and data in an efficient way. Visit the library's Information Skills portfolio for more online modules!

  • 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.
  • Search techniques Successful searching is largely about being precise. Search techniques can help you search with precision and find what you need.