International Studies Perspectives (2005) 6, 174–189.
Use of Internet Sources in International Studies Teaching and Research
WAYNE A. SELCHER Elizabethtown College
This bibliographic review discusses and evaluates cost-free, reliable, quality online content useful to academics in international studies teaching and research at the college level, including how and where to locate such materials through guides, directories, gateway sites, repositories, and various types of search engines; considerations about Internet use in college classes; and undergraduate assignments that use sources of information from the Internet. There is also consideration of characteristics and trends of college student use of the Internet for research purposes, the ‘‘invisible’’ or deep web, electronic information literacy for academics, and maintaining current awareness on the fast-changing web. Keywords: teaching, research, Internet, international studies
This essay sets out some basic practical techniques, tips, and cost-free or low-cost sources to consider for judicious use of the Internet in undergraduate courses and faculty research in international affairs. It is based largely on the author’s experience since 1999 as creator and editor of the very widely used and referenced Internet directory, the WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources hhttp://www.etown.edu/vl/i, and in using Internet resources in several undergraduate international affairs courses. The Internet increasingly affects real-world international relations (Bollier, 2003), in e-commerce and e-conferencing in international business, grass-roots ‘‘global civil society’’ nongovernmental organization (NGO) campaigns, use of the Internet by Zapatista rebels in Mexico and by Al Qaeda and Iraqi ﬁghters resisting the United States, the blocking of websites by dictatorships in Saudi Arabia and China, the blocking of Nazi-oriented sites in Germany, and the use of website hacking in political protest. After the...