GBST 100 What is the research assignment?

GBST 100 What is the research assignment?

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

GBST 100 Identify and find a scholarly article

GBST 100 Identify 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?

TUTORIAL: Find a scholarly article using CSUSM library databases

Popular, Scholarly, and Trade Sources (knowing the difference) (University of Texas Libraries)

GBST 100 Find a scholarly article

Tips on searching the databases

Here are some general tips on searching for articles for your report:

Tip Examples
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 publicationsubject 


Use these library databases for Global Studies research

Use these library databases for Global Studies research

Most Useful

Database Full Text Coverage Scholarly

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.

N/A current

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

Also Useful

Database Full Text Coverage Scholarly

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 &amp; 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

Internet websites and resources for Global Studies

GBST 100 - Internet resources and websites

NGO Directories

Directory of Development Organizations

UNESCO Database of NGOs

World Organization of Non Governmental Organizations (WANGO)

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

United Nations Human Rights (Office of the High Commissioner) 

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.

International Data

City Population

Country Statistical Yearbooks: An Alphabetical Index

Statistical Sites of the World Wide Web

United States Data

American FactFinder

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics

San Diego Data

SANDAG - Demographics and other data




Citing Your Sources

Citing Your Sources