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Studying conflict-related topics can be very interesting, and also rather challenging given the interdisciplinary nature of conflict studies. Because the field has developed from so many directions at once (ie law, social work, community studies, business, psychology, labor studies, etc.) you may miss important collections of materials and ideas if you only search in the fields you are most familiar with. Fortunately for us, cataloging and indexing services like the CRInfo project and bibliography services like the Peacemaker's Trust bibliography project have emerged, providing useful first stop locations for your research. You should have a look if you haven't visited them lately.

Some other helpful links you may want to consider:

The "Ultimate Research Assistant" site provides an impressive set of tools for searching and using content from the web. Be sure to check out the "mind map" view.

Speaking of mind maps, how about a mind map created from a wikipedia search? You can create one easily with

Search the online dictionary metasearch system - OneLook.

Julianna Birkhoff, former program officer at the Fund for Research in Dispute Resolution, has prepared a beginning researchers guide that provides helpful advice. See her Conflict Resolution Research FAQ.

Daniel Druckman, professor at George Mason University, has published a research methods textbook entitled Doing Research : Methods of Inquiry for Conflict Analysis aimed at Conflict Studies students. You can search inside the books contents at using this link.

Bill Warters (your "webslinger" here at, wrote an article in the Conflict Management in Higher Education Report that, while dated 2000 (a long time ago in web years), should still should prove helpful. It was called Harnessing the Power of the World Wide Web for Conflict Studies Courses.

The Plowshares Peace Studies Collaborative (comprised of Earlham, Goshen, and Manchester Colleges) has developed a Webliography of Websites Useful to Peace Studies Undergraduates. Lots of good stuff here.

Exploring Global Conflict: An Internet Guide to the Study of Conflict
This resource guide was developed and edited for a 1998 Global Studies Summer Institute entitled "Cultural Differences in an Interdependent World: Exploring Global Conflict." This guide features a variety of Internet resources related to conflict, peace, current news sources, human rights and humanitarian aid, educational resources, as well as information related to specific conflicts around the world including: Northern Ireland, the Middle East, the Great Lakes region in Africa, and the former Yugoslavia.

If you are interested in a process known as Action Research (research that actively involves the participants and supports efforts at change), you'll find lots of helpful and very specific tools and examples at the Action Research Resources site.

If you are interested in program evaluation research, you will want to visit our Research and Program Evaluation Office here at

The site known as University Libraries Electronic Resources, Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University is a very useful resource. GMU was/is home of the first Ph.D. program specifically in the field of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and their librarians have done a good job laying out the key tools available. Be forewarned, however, that it was designed for students on the GMU campus, and links to lots of campus-licensed search tools that are not available to non-students. Fortunately, your campus library might subscribe to them as well if you want to try them out and see what you get.

Research Items from the Campus-adr Tech Blog Archives

Here's 20 random items from the blog Bill Warters has been maintaining since 2003. Perhaps you'll see something worth checking out further.

NoodleTools Search Engine Chooser

This item was posted 01/23/2004.

Conflict War and Peace Encyclopedia Entries

This item was posted 07/17/2009.

Free to Access and Use: A New Repository of Legal Scholarship Goes Live

This item was posted 09/17/2003.

Covering Violence: How Should the Media Handle Conflict?

This item was posted 09/28/2006.

10x10 Web Snapshot of the Past Hour’s Most Important Words

This item was posted 11/10/2004.

International Association for Conflict Management Papers Archive

This item was posted 04/06/2005.

Peace and Conflict 2003: A Global Survey of Armed Conflicts, Self-Determination Movements, and Democ

This item was posted 03/16/2005.

ARK Qualitative Archive on Northern Ireland Conflict

This item was posted 03/05/2008.

War Beyond The Box -  a Center for Social Media Project

This item was posted 12/15/2004.

Search for Conflict Resolution Jobs in a New Way - Cluster Them

This item was posted 04/30/2005.

Free Full-Text Articles at

This item was posted 07/30/2003.

New ERIC Database now offers Fulltext Articles

This item was posted 10/08/2004. Video Library

This item was posted 05/14/2007.

FindLaw Site Adds Public Tools Section

This item was posted 03/31/2004.

Podcasting Legal Guide and Wiki

This item was posted 05/14/2006.

Conflict and Security Resource Guide - part of ELDIS Gateway

This item was posted 02/02/2005.

Diplomacy Monitor

This item was posted 11/22/2006.

C.A.S.T. - The FFP Conflict Assessment System Tool

This item was posted 08/20/2004.

United Nations Documents Collection Now Free and Online

This item was posted 01/30/2005.

Lots of RSS Feeds for Law

This item was posted 08/27/2003.