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Key Resources for International Relations (SAIS)

Start your research with this multi-subject guide to recommended resources

Books At JHU Libraries

Start your search in Catalyst, the JH Libraries catalog. You can request materials from any Hopkins library, including Sheridan DC, for self service pickup. Note that materials from other Hopkins libraries are delivered within approximately two business days.

If the JH Libraries don’t have what you’re looking for, try searching and requesting the material from partner universities using BorrowDirect. Expect delivery in approximately one week.

Use the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) book request form for materials not available through Catalyst or BorrowDirect. For book chapters or specific page scans, use the article request form.

Books Beyond JHU

EBOOK Collections

The first stop for access to ebooks is Catalyst. After you've searched and found a result set, use the Show Only limit on the left to choose "Available Online" and the Format limit to choose "Books."

For research on various topics:

Encompasses more than 36,000 academic books (along with hundreds of textbooks) published by Cambridge University Press. JHED ID required.

Makes available thousands of books (including fiction!) from a variety of publishers. Proxy login is inconsistent, so users will have to click “Online Access” in the catalog record linked here. JHED ID required.

Known primarily as a source for scholarly articles, JStor also has some ebooks. You can use Narrow By to limit to books before you search. JHED ID required.

Project Muse
From the Hopkins Press, you can run your search and then limit results to books under "Content Type" on the left. JHED ID required.

ProQuest Ebook Central
Unlimited access to all owned titles from participating publishers through mid-June. JHED ID required.

Internet Archive’s Open Library - great for older titles
A collection of ebooks that supports remote teaching, research, and independent scholars. Includes There a collection of 2.3 million modern eBooks that may be borrowed by anyone with a free account.

Oxford Academic
Offers a single point of entry for access to scholarly and academic e-books and journals published by Oxford University Press.


SAIS dissertations are listed in Catalyst. From this pre-limited search, you can also click on Advanced Search to add in additional terms and / or use the sorting options on the left side of the results screen.

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses is a good source for searching and accessing dissertations (including many in full text PDF).