Background or "reference" sources such as scholarly encyclopedias, handbooks, and bibliographies are a great place to start. They provide good overviews of the relevant scholarship and always include citations to secondary sources. Often they include primary source suggestions too.
Latest edition of the major reference work for the study of U.S. foreign relations. Chapters are arranged both chronologically and topically. Among potentially relevant chapters is Ch. 28, "Economic Issues and U.S. Foreign Relations."
For technical references on economics issues.
A fairly new resource that is likely to have relevant articles such as "United States Foreign Economic Aid."
A large collection of annotated bibliographies, often with citations to both primary and secondary sources.
The Oxford Handbooks may be a helpful starting point for any number of topics. Books in this series include The Oxford Handbook of the Politics of Development.
Includes the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences and other sources useful for quick references.
Documenting the sources you use in your research paper is a key part of the research and writing process. Complete and accurate citations to the books, journal articles, primary sources, and other items you use will allow readers to verify your sources and explore them further if they'd like to learn more about the issues you've raised.
In the field of history, the standard citation style is the Chicago Style, and you will want to consult it to find the proper format for citing sources in your footnotes as well as at the end of your paper in your bibliography. Here are the main links for referring to the Chicago Manual of Style:
In addition, the Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) offers a helpful overview of the Chicago Manual of Style (currently in its 17th edition).
Use the Intergovernmental Organization Search Engine (a Google custom search) to search across hundreds of IGO websites:
Use the Non-governmental Organization Search Engine to search across NGO websites. Sites were chosen based on their consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and also collated from University of Minnesota Human Rights Library, Duke University Libraries' NGO Research Guide, and the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO).
Christopher J. Anderson, Special Collections Librarian and Curator of the Day Missions Collection, Divinity Library, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Brenes, Senior Archivist for American Diplomacy, Manuscripts and Archives, Sterling Memorial Library, email@example.com
Bill Landis, Head of Public Services, Manuscripts and Archives, Sterling Memorial Library, firstname.lastname@example.org