GBST 100 What is the research assignment?
The major writing assignment for Dr. Bozonelos's course is a 7-page analysis of a global issue. Students are expected to analyze a global issue by describing the details, comparing perspectives, determining realistic solutions, and supporting their thoughts about the issue.
The global issue must be explicitly analyzed, rather than implicitly analyzed. The task of explicitly explaining the logical relationship(s) between a series of events is written analysis.
The global issue analysis paper must address the following five subtopics:
1. An overview of the problem/issue – What is the problem? Where does it exist? When did it begin? What people or groups are directly involved? Specific names, dates, locations are needed.
2. Different perspectives (views) about the problem – What are the causes of the problem? Does everyone see it as a problem? Historical sources must be used to examine the facts and opinions about the problem.
3. Possible existing solutions – How have experts / others associated with the issue suggested fixing the problem? What makes the suggestions different? Based on the background of this issue, what do you predict will happen in the future?
4. Barriers to existing solutions – What human, environmental, and or geographical barriers stand in the way of fixing the problem? Based on your research, which group has the stronger case?
5. Ways to address the barriers – Given what you have learned, what do you think would be the best solution to the problem?
Your paper must include a minimum of 7 scholarly sources and be cited in MLA or Chicago Style format. Please remember to directly contact Dr. Bozonelos if you have any questions about the research assignment.
GBST 100 Identify and find a scholarly article
A scholarly article is how researchers (scholars) communicate the findings and analysis of their research. Scholarly articles:
- Provide original research and analysis - these articles are based on studies or experiments, or analyze an artifact or event. Every scholarly article presents something new about the world we didn't know before.
- Are written by scholars - scholars tend to hold PhDs, or other advanced degrees and are professors at universities.
- Are published in peer-reviewed journals - These are generally accessed via library databases.
- Might be hard to read - they act as the primary conversation between scholars about a field of study. Since they are written by scholars, for scholars, they contain specialized language that might be hard for the lay person to understand.
Credit: Allison Carr
WATCH: What is a scholarly article?
Popular, Scholarly, and Trade Sources (knowing the difference) (University of Texas Libraries)
Tips on searching the databases
Here are some general tips on searching for articles for your report:
|Use keywords, not long search phrases||
Instead of searching for "how is globalization impacting indigenous culture protection" break down your search into the main keywords:
globalization, indigenous culture
|Use AND to combine different keywords||globalization AND indigenous culture|
|Use OR to combine similar keywords||globalization OR economic or cultural | preservation OR protection OR conservation|
|Use quotation marks (" ") to keep phrases together||globalization AND "cultural appropriation" AND indigenous culture|
|Look for ways to limit your search in the database||You can often limit by type of article (scholarly and peer-reviewed), year of publication, subject|
Use these library databases for Global Studies research
Access to the latest research in core anthropology journals, including social and cultural studies.
|Full-text||current to current||All|
| Campbell Collaboration
Systematic reviews on the effects of social interventions in the areas of education, crime and justice, social welfare and international development.
|Full-text||2004 to present|
| Ethnic NewsWatch
<p>Full-text ethnic newspapers, searchable in English or Spanish.</p>
|Some full-text; plus links to full-text via Get-It||1992 to current||None|
| European Views of the Americas
Index to materials published in Europe from the late 15th through mid-18th centuries concerning the New World.
|1493 to 1750|
Covers news and business information, including Dow Jones and Reuters newswires and The Wall Street Journal, plus more than 8,000 other sources providing current news.
|Full-text||1975 to current||Some|
<p>GenderWatch contains publications which focus on how gender impacts a broad spectrum of subject areas. GenderWatch is a repository of an important historical perspective on the evolution of the women’s movement and the changes in gender roles.</p>
|Full-text||1970 to current||All|
All aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done at each level to minimize these effects.
|Some full-text; plus links to full-text via Get-It||1948 to current||Most|
| Historical Abstracts
Historical coverage of the world from 1450 to the present.
|Links to full-text via Get-It||1973 to current||All|
| ICPSR: Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research
Download social science datasets for use with statistical software, such as SPSS.
|Full-text||1992 to current||All|
| International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text
This database is the definitive research tool for theatre and dance studies. In addition to all the comprehensive indexing of the International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance (IBTD), it contains full text for top performing arts journals.
|Full-text||1936 - Current to current||Most|
| Kanopy Video Library
Kanopy provides streaming on-demand access to thousands of documentaries, feature and independent films, and training videos. Licensing partners include Criterion Collection, Universal Paramount, The Great Courses, New Day Films, California Newsreel, PBS, First Run Features, Media Education Foundation, Documentary Educational Resources, and others. Kanopy videos can be viewed on a range of devices and platforms including Apple, Android, and Windows.
NewsBank is a provider of several databases containing primary source documents, including current and historical newspapers, books, pamphlets, government publications and more. This link provides access to all library databases provided by NewsBank, including America’s News (which contains current access to the San Diego Union-Tribune and several thousand other US newspapers), the Archive of Americana, a historical primary source and newspaper collection, the America’s Historical Newspapers collection, American State Papers and the U.S. Congressional Serial Set.
|Full-text||1789 to Current||Some|
An important index to political, economic, and social issues in current debate.
|Links to full-text via Get-It||1972 to current||All|
| ProQuest Global Newsstream (formerly Newsstand)
Global Newsstream enables users to search the most recent global news content, as well as archives which stretch back into the 1980s featuring content from newspapers, newswires, and news sites in active full-text format. This product provides one of the largest collections of news from the US, Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Australia.
|Full-text||1980 to current||None|
| ProQuest - News & Newspapers
Search among ProQuest’s News & Newspapers databases
|Some full-text; plus links to full-text via Get-It||1985 to current||None|
| Sociological Abstracts
Provides access to the latest international findings in theoretical and applied sociology, social science, and political science.
|Links to full-text via Get-It||1963 to current||All|
| Women's Studies International
Includes over 204,000 records drawn from a variety of essential women's studies databases.
|Links to full-text via Get-It||1972 to current||Most|
Contains (EXCEPT for the latest five years) core scholarly journals in sociology, history, economics, political science, mathematics, African-American & Asian studies, literature, humanities, music, and biological, health & general sciences.
|Full-text||1838 to most recent five years||Most|
| Academic Search Premier
<p>This scholarly collection offers information in nearly every area of academic study including: computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies, and many more.</p>
|Some full-text; plus links to full-text via Get-It||1975 to current||Most|
| Google Scholar CSUSM
Link to citations and full-text from your CSUSM Library databases and beyond!
|Some full-text; plus links to full-text via Get-It||current to current||All|
Internet websites and resources for Global Studies
Websites & Resources
Center for Global Development Independent think tank focused on mitigating global poverty and inequality through policy change in the U.S. and other first world countries
Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR) European-based organization dedicated to researching global and regional political economies.
Human Rights Watch International organization dedicated to defending and protecting human rights
Human Trafficking Center Housed at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies (University of Denver), HTC provides research that improves inter-organizational cooperation and accountability, influences anti-trafficking policy, and raises public awareness about the problem
International Monetary Fund (IMF): Provides information on how economics have a global impact
Trafficking in Persons 2018 (report from U.S. State Department): "This year’s report focuses on effective ways local communities can address human trafficking proactively and on how national governments can support and empower them."
UNAIDS Works towards stopping new HIV infections, ensuring that everyone living with HIV has access to HIV treatment, protecting and promoting human rights and producing data for decision-making
UNICEF: This resource focuses on socioeconomic issues, particularly education and health, affecting children worldwide
World Bank: Their mission is to increase economic development and reduce poverty
World Health Organization: Health-based international organization serving all nations within the UN. This resource has information about global health initiatives as well as issues affecting individual countries.
United States Data
San Diego Data
Citing Your Sources
- In Text Citations (video) by Purdue Onine Writing Lab
- MLA Formatting and Style Guide by Purdue Online Writing Lab (Comprehensive online guide with examples)
- MLA Sample Paper by Purdue Online Writing Lab (PDF)
- Citing in Chicago Style (video) by Conestoga College Library
- Chicago Formatting and Style Guide by Purdue Online Writing Lab (Comprehensive online guide with examples)
- Chicago Sample Paper by Purdue Online Writing Lab (PDF)