Answered By: Paul Galfano
Last Updated: Sep 14, 2018     Views: 48

You can use library databases to find articles on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).

First, visit the library homepage and click on the 'A-Z Databases' icon (as shown in the images below): 

To access the databases referenced below, use the alphabet to find each database by its first letter.  For Global Issues in Context , click on G and scroll down to find Global Issues. 

1. A good starting point is to read through a comprehensive article on TPP available via the Global Issues in Context database. Type in "Trans-Pacific Partnership" in the search box of the database and click the search button (as shown in the image below):


2. Click on the 'view more' link to read through more of the main article. There are additional related articles in the links below the main article to read through.  Note: A 'citation tools' link is on the top right of the page which can generate a citation of the article in either APA or MLA format, depending on what was designated by the instructor (see image below where blue arrow points to):


3. To find additional articles you can use the ABI/INFORM database. Once you have accessed it from the A-Z list of databases page, the next step will be to generate keywords. Start with the basic acronym "TPP" or use the full name of the agreement as the keywords. Enter these into the ABI/INFORM search box. Note: remember to check on the small 'Full-Text' box before hitting the 'search' button. More specific keywords are used to narrow down the search to a specific aspect of your topic. For example, you could use "TPP" with the name of a specific country within the Trans Pacific (example: "TPP and Indonesia") or with an issue like job loss (TPP and "job loss").  

As it generates a results list of articles, it is important to utilize the 'Narrow Results' search option of the ABI/INFORM database (contained at the left of the page in any results list of articles). You can narrow results by publication date (to get articles published within the last few years), source type (scholarly journal, newspaper, or business or trade magazine), or document type (article, case study, industry report, conference report, interview, book chapter, etc.).  There's also a search option to arrange articles by subject. Using one or more of these search options provides more focused and shorter results lists of articles. Use the image below as a guide for using the Narrow Results options (see image below):


Once you've chosen an article to include in your paper, ABI/INFORM has a 'Cite' feature that will enable you to create a citation for the article in APA or MLA format (depending on what was designated by the instructor). You'll see the 'cite' feature in the box at the top right (see image below).



Use the following databases to find articles on TPP and other trade agreements:

ABI/INFORM (ProQuest) and ProQuest Central - Use the search box for keywords (example: "TPP" or "Trans Pacific Partnership") to generate an initial results list articles, then use the 'Narrow Results' search options for a shorter list to review.

Global Issues In Context - Click the "Business and Economy" view all link to view articles related to trade agreements.

CQ Researcher - Use the "Browse Topics" tab to find and access the link for "International Trade" to view articles related to trade agreements.  

Business Insight: Global - Choose "Articles" in the drop-down menu next to the search bar. Use the keywords "trade agreements" to get an initial results list of articles, and then use the databases filter options on the left sidebar to limit the results by publication, publication date, and subject.

If you are unsure how to access the library databases, watch the video below the links (Media).


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