VCE Global politics units - Unites 3 & 4 - Global actors & challenges

Identifies resources and search strategies to access relevant items for the VCE Global politics - Global actors & challenges

Key terms

See the VCE Australian & global politics study design booklet (page 32) for a definition of countries included within Asia- Pacific and for details relating to the requirements for the analysis of a specified country regarding the use of power to serve their national interest and how those interests have been shaped. 

For definitions of key terms see

Overview of resources

Whichever country and issue is chosen, there will be a range of material available in books, journal articles, newspapers and websites.


For a broad overview of any of the countries see:

  • official government websites.
    • these are written by the ruling government and so will reflect a positive view of the government's activities, but these websites are also detailed and give in depth information on policies, administration and the structure of government.
    • these sites will have .gov or .go in their address, for example
  • CIA World factbook
    • provides brief overview on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military of countries across the world
  • politics & government
    • search under this topic for any country to find general books
      • for example politics government China, limited to the ebooks search scope
      • choose 'Books etc'  from Search scope to expand results to include print books


  • researching and analysing national responses to particular political issues can be a complex task
  • research will involve a range of searches using a variety of keywords
  • because political issues are widely written about use quite specific keywords and vary keywords across a number of searches

Search example

Issues around artificial islands in the South China Sea

  • when searching for books only use a few keywords as there will be fewer books on the topic and they will tend to be catalogued using quite broad terms
  • there will be a vast amount of articles so use a range of keywords and be reasonably specific
  • if using the 'article search' through our Library catalogue refine your search to 'peer reviewed journals' for the most scholarly

Examples of search results in this topic.

Key online resources

Listed below are key online resources accessible through the Library.

Library catalogue

Use our catalogue to search for online articles across our databases. Advanced search is the best option

Use the 'Refine results by filters' to focus your search

Filters to narrow your search

Change scopes to locate different types of material. For example ebooks or print books

Example of scopes

Online databases