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GLBL 702: Global Politics, Institutions and Societies (Fall 2020)

Library session September 2, 2020

Activity 1. Scavenger hunt

Small groups (10 minutes)

Work with your partner(s) to solve the “puzzlers” below. Be prepared to share your findings with the class.

Group 1.

Please find the book The making of a dream by Laura Wides-Muñoz in the UNC Libraries catalog.

  • What is the first subject assigned to this book?
  • How many books under this subject are in the UNC catalog?
  • Compare this number to WorldCat and the Library of Congress catalog.
  • What might be going on here?

Group 2.

Please find the most cited paper on the topic of “multilateralism”.

Group 3.

The Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect tracks resolutions and presidential statements from the UN Security Council that have been informed by the Responsibility to Protect.

  • How many resolutions did they list in 2016?
  • And in 2020?


Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. 2016. UN Security Council Resolutions Referencing R2P.

Group 4.

How many members of the national police were killed by Sender Luminoso and Movimiento Revolucionario Túpac Amaru in 1990-92, according to the Permanent Representative of Peru to the United Nations?

Group share and discussion (20 minutes)

Activity 2. Asking questions about primary sources.

Small groups (15 minutes)

Work with your partner(s) to answer the questions below. Be prepared to share your answers with the class.

  1. What is your source? What is its format, genre, and scope? When was it produced? 
  1. Who is the creator of this source? For what purpose might they have created it? Who might have been their intended audience? 
  1. What topic(s) could this source be used for? What do you think this source is likely to reveal about the topic(s)? What is it unlikely to reveal? 
  1. What other information do you think you would need to understand this source and place it in context? 

Group 1.

Lucas, Bob. “Can We Survive a Civil War?: Black-White Clash Ignores Moderates.” Los Angeles Sentinel, February 29, 1968. Retrieved from:

Group 2.

China Today 1956, No. 1. Retrieved from:

Group 3.

United States Air Force Culture and Language Center. Expeditionary Culture Field Guide. Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama: AFCLC, 2019. Retrieved from:

Group 4.

Report of the Anglo-American Committee of Enquiry on Palestine. Terrorism in Palestine, 1946. The National Archives, FO 371/52565-0017. Retrieved from:

Group share and discussion (20 minutes)

Closing remarks and Q&A


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