World Poverty

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This guide is designed to help you research information about world poverty. It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used. Included in the list are websites and search engines that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!

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The on-line catalog provides access to the Library's collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals and audio-visual titles. These resources may be used to find information for assignments or general interest.

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Good Search Terms to use: words or phrase

  • global poverty
  • globalization and economy
  • developing countries and poverty
  • world economy
  • international poverty

New Books

Alters, Sandra. World Poverty. Detroit: Gale, Cengage Learning, 2013. Print.
Call Number: REF HC79.P6 A48 2013

Circulating Books

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Babb, Sarah. Beyond the Development Banks: Washington politics, world poverty, and the wealth of nations. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009. Print.
Call Number: HG1975.B33 2009

Brainard, Lael, Abigail Jones and Nigel Purvis, eds. Climate Change and Global Poverty: A billion lives in the balance?. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2009. Print.
Call Number: QC903 .C545 2009

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Gilbert, Geoffrey. World Poverty: A reference handbook. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2004. Print.
Call Number: HC59.72 .P6 G53 2004

Smillie, Ian. Freedom from Want: The remarkable success story of BRAC, the global grassroots organization that's winning the fight against poverty. Sterling: Kumarian Press, 2009. Print.
Call Number: HN690.6.Z9C66453 2009

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Boucher, Douglas M., ed. The Paradox of Plenty: Hunger in a bountiful world. Sterling: Kumarian Press, 2009. Print.
Call Number: HD1542 .P37 1999

Reference Books

Books with a call number beginning in REF are located on the second floor of the library.

State of the World: A Worldwatch Institute report on progress toward a sustainable society.
Call Number: REF HC59 .S733 2007

The following books are available on Credo Reference

Poverty: An International Glossary
Spicker, Paul, Álvarez Leguizamón, and David Gordon, eds. Poverty: An International Glossary. Boston: Credo Reference, 2011. Web.

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The Princeton Encyclopedia of the World Economy
Reinert, Kenneth A. and Ramkishen S. Rajan, eds. The Princeton Encyclopedia of the World Economy. Boston: Credo Reference, 2012. Web.

Electronic Books


The library has recently added 20,000 online books from the vendor Ebrary. This is the “community college” collection, of interest to students and faculty at 2-year colleges. All books are simultaneously available to all RCC users.

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Delivering Aid Differently
Fendler, Wolfgang and Homi Kharas. Delivering Aid Differently. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2010. Web.

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The Day After Tomorrow: A Handbook on the Future of Economic Policy in the Developing World
Canuto,Otaviano and Marcelo Guigale, eds. The Day After Tomorrow: A Handbook on the future of economic policy in the developing world. Washington, DC: World Bank Publications, 2010. Web.

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Just Give Money to the Poor : The Development Revolution from the Global South
Hulme, David, Joseph Hanlon and Armando Barrientos. Just Give Money to the Poor: The development revolution from the global south. Sterling: Kumarian Press, 2010. Web.

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Economic growth, poverty, and household welfare in Vietnam.
Glewwe, Paul, Nisha Agrawal, David Dollar. Economic Growth, Poverty, and Household Welfare in Vietnam. Washington, DC: World Bank Publications, 2004. Web.


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's periodicals section for articles about world poverty.
  • The Economist
  • New Internationalist
  • Newsweek
  • U.S. News & World Report


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.

Academic Search Premier

Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including over 31,000 article mentioning "globalization", 925 articles mentioning "world poverty", 8,200 mentioning "global economy" and 120 using "developing countries" and "poverty."

Global Issues in Context

Global Issues in Context offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Featured are hundreds of continuously updated issue and country portals that bring together a variety of specially selected, highly relevant sources for analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural issues. A search for "world poverty" yields over 1,100 resources.

Academic OneFile

Academic OneFile is the premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. With extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects, Academic OneFile is both authoritative and comprehensive. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text with no restrictions, researchers are able to find accurate information quickly. A search for world poverty brings up 3,079 news articles, 617 magazine articles, 471 academic journal articles, 22 multimedia resources and 9 books.

Issues & Controversies

Issues and Controversies helps researchers understand the crucial issues we face today, exploring more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture. Updated weekly, with links to a 12-year back-file, Issues and Controversies offers in-depth articles made to inspire thought-provoking debates. This database is great for research papers and debate prep. A search for "world poverty" in this database shows 272 articles and 319 reference materials.

Streaming Videos

Full length and segment videos from Films On Demand.

Films On Demand

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A World Apart: Global Inequality and its Consequences
Deconstructing conventional economic notions of production and consumption, the film examines the role of Western corporations in environmental problems—such as deforestation, destructive mining, and land mine infestation in Africa, Asia, and South America. These problems are linked to global economic issues, such as lack of access to capital markets and dependence on foreign aid. (53 minutes)

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What Are We Doing Here? Why Western Aid Hasn't Helped Africa
Wealthy nations have sent vast amounts of monetary, medical, and food assistance to Africa. Yet much of the continent remains mired in poverty, famine, and bloodshed. Challenging viewers to rethink traditional humanitarian approaches, this film follows four young Americans as they experience firsthand the scope and intractability of Africa’s suffering. From Cairo to Cape Town, viewers are taken across war-torn, famine-ridden, and AIDS-ravaged countries in which aid workers, government officials, and ordinary individuals explore the complex issues affecting millions of Africans today. Discussions focus on HIV/AIDS, armed conflict, child sponsorship, U.S. farm policies, and the role of NGOs. (95 minutes)

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A Poverty Free World
Under ideal circumstances investments in physical capital, human capital, and technology will produce income growth. Geography, history, population, inequality, dual economies, inadequate credit markets, and other factors contribute to the persistence of widespread poverty. (1:24 minute clip)

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Slums and Money: A Socioeconomic Analysis
Patterns of urbanization and poverty are playing an increasingly heavy role in the debate over globalization and market regulation. In a hard-hitting analysis of the issues, this program assembles a wide-ranging set of opinions from scholars and experts—as well as from ordinary individuals around the world who face urban hardships and obstacles to their livelihoods every day. Commentators include economists Jeffrey Sachs and 2008 Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman; Prof. Sakika Fukuda Parr, former editor of the UN Development Program’s Human Development Report; and World Bank President Robert Zoellick. City residents, favela dwellers, and itinerant merchants in India, Turkey, Nigeria, Brazil, and China have their say. (45 minutes)

Web sites

There are many good world poverty web sites on the internet. These web sites have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Cornell University has a very good guide.

  • United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.

  • Action Against Hunger/ACF International is a global humanitarian organization committed to ending world hunger. Recognized as a leader in the fight against malnutrition, ACF works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, ACF runs life-saving programs in over 40 countries benefitting some five million people each year.

  • was created for all people around the world who want to end poverty. It was started in January 2007 by a private individual (John Breen) and has no political, religious, or corporate affiliation.

  • USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. Our work supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting: economic growth, agriculture and trade; global health; and, democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance.

  • The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Our mission is to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting results and to help people help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity and forging partnerships in the public and private sectors.We are not a bank in the common sense; we are made up of two unique development institutions owned by 187 member countries: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA).

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Research guide prepared on 3/9/11 by Quinn Eureka. Updated on 5/6/14 by Joy Singletary.