The Inter-American Defense College (IADC), located on Fort Lesley J. McNair, was formally opened on 9 October 1962 when the Honorable Dean Rusk, then Secretary of State of the United States, presented the building and furnishings donated by the United States Government.
Inter-American Defense College
Find books, journals, government documents, maps, and reference materials on defense management, national security policy, military strategy, and civil-military affairs. IADC students have full access to library services.
Located just minutes from IADC, the Library of Congress is an unparalleled world resource. The collection of more than 151 million items includes more than 34.5 million cataloged books and other print materials in 470 languages; more than 66.6 million manuscripts; the largest rare book collection in North America; and the world's largest collection of legal materials, films, maps, sheet music and sound recordings.
DATABASES AND OTHER SOURCES OF INFORMATION
MERLN (Military Education Research Library Network)
Links to full-text current U.S. policy statements from the White House, DOD, DOS, and Congress, along with full-text analysis of current topics by NGOs, think tanks, and scholarly journals.
MERLN also provides full-text access to:
PROQUEST (link thru MERLN)
Access to thousands of newspapers, magazines, and journals, including such titles as The New York Times and Foreign Affairs.
JANE’S TERRORISM AND INSURGENCY CENTER (link thru MERLN)
Get the latest news on terrorist activities throughout the world, analysis from Jane’s global network or security and intelligence experts, in-depth profiles of terrorist groups, and track terrorist activity by region or country.
NEWSPAPER DIRECT PRESS DISPLAY (link thru MERLN)
See hundreds of newspapers from countries throughout the world - in their original language, in full-page format, from front page to last, complete with headlines and pictures.
CIAO (COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS ONLINE) (link thru MERLN)
Search the most comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs for articles, working papers, conference proceedings, and books from scholarly publishers.
MILITARY PERISCOPE (link thru MERLN)
Access detailed information on military structure, orders of battle, and weapons systems from countries throughout the world.
DIGITAL NATIONAL SECURITY ARCHIVES (link thru MERLN)
See previously classified U.S. Government documents on key foreign policy topics (El Salvador, Vietnam War, Iran, Presidential Directives on National Security, South Africa, Terrorism, etc.) that have been declassified for public use.
EBSCO ALUMNI EDITION (link thru MERLN)
Designed to support the research needs of post-graduate professionals with access to academic and business journals.
RESDAL (Security and Defense Network of Latin America)
Excellent source of links to security and defense-related people, organizations, academic productions, official documents magazines, network events, and its own publication ‘Comparative Atlas of Security and Defense in Latin America.’
FLACSO (Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences)
A UNESCO-sponsored international organization, FLACSO operates in thirteen Latin American countries with the principle objective of promoting research in the Social Sciences. This site provides links to publications of the Secretary General, along with links to member countries’ publications.
ECLAC (Economic Commission for Latin America)
See statistics on Latin American demographics, environment, social cohesion, sustainable development, information and communication technologies, economics, and more.
LANIC (Latin American Network Information Center)
Directory of thousands of links to Latin American databases and other online resources organized by country and subject.
HAPI (Hispanic American Periodicals Index)
Full-text links in Spanish and Portuguese to analyses of political, economic, and social issues from 1970 to the present.
PDBA (Political Database of the Americas)
Information about the Western Hemisphere’s institutions and political processes, national constitutions, branches of government, elections, political parties, and other subjects relating to the strengthening of democracy in the region.
Access available World Bank datasets including databases, preformatted tables, reports, and other resources.
Access extensive country and regional-specific analyses on democratic governance, economic reforms and public finance environment and energy, human security and conflicts, poverty and inequality, and social cohesion and exclusion.
Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues of 267 world entities.
The Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.
U.S. government information and services. Includes defense and international links to official U.S. country studies information about foreign governments, and international topics and issues.
A frequently updated Internet directory of over 2000 annotated links to high-quality English-language sources of information and analysis in a wide range of international affairs, international relations, international studies, global studies, and global education topics.
Lists of reputable Internet resources, books, and articles on topics such as Colombia, Cuba after Castro, Illegal Immigration and U.S. Border Security, Latin America, Military Role in Drug Interdiction, Narco-Terrorism, Venezuela, etc.
Lists of reputable Internet resources, books, and articles on topics such as Civil-Military Relations, Irregular Warfare, Multinational Operations, Peacekeeping, Regional Study Resources, etc.
Linguee is a unique translation tool combining an editorial dictionary and a search engine with which you can search through hundreds of millions of bilingual texts for words and expressions.
WordReference provides free translation dictionaries that include definitions, synonyms, antonyms, verb conjugations, and public forums that discuss questions regarding translation, grammar, usage, and style.
Resources from the DOD’s Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center(DLIFLC), including cultural videos and presentations, pronunciation guides, and language guides with common words and expressions.
Foreign language lessons from the DLIFLC’s Global Language Online Support System (GLOSS). They are designed for independent students who want to improve their vocabulary, reading, and listening skills.
This free reference guide contains information on the Chicago Manual of Style method of document formatting and citation, including proper way to cite web sources.
WorldCat is the world's largest network of library content and services. It lets you search many libraries at once for a book, movie, or research article and then locate it in a library nearby. WorldCat can also automatically create bibliographic citations.
Lessons and presentations from the Strategic Leadership Studies division of the Air War College.
Hand-outs about different aspects of the writing process such as developing a thesis, counter-arguments, and transitioning.
Filter and arrange copious economic, political, and cultural data through maps and graphs. Google provides this site’s structure for the presentation of data from sources like the IMF, World Bank, OECD, and Eurostat.
(Google Académico, Google Scholar, Google Acadêmico)
Search solely for academic books and articles. Google Scholar will return results through its advanced search mechanism for even more detailed results.
Navigate through resources comprised of documents digitized by research libraries, Google Books, and other sources. As HathiTrust has many old documents, it is an excellent source for reading historic documents.
Like the Library of Congress, the National Archives and Records Administration is located just minutes from IADC and is a major world resource. In addition to in-person research that it offers on-site, researchers can also access more than 120,000 documents online.
Access a large digitized collection of maps, both historic and contemporary, covering many themes. The University of Texas administers the site.
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