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Researching the EU on the World Wide Web

    Researching on the Web can be very rewarding. It can also be very confusing and time consuming. This guide is meant to try and help you organize your surfing to make the most of your time. Of course, you can do your research any way you like. Here are my suggestions:

Dr. Steven Wolinetz

The Ten Step Process to EU Enlightenment  


  • Step 1: Know something about the EU
    If you are just starting to learn about the EU it is important that you know something about it before you start to wade through the mass of information that is on the Web. That way you can decide what information you want before you try and find it.
  • Step 2: Choose a home base
    I always have a "home base" when I am doing my research. What this means is that I have one central page that usually contains a variety of links related to the subject area that I am researching. This page is an example of what I call a "home base". You can use it or else you can follow this link to find a number of other such pages: EU Links
  • Step 3: EU Institutions
    The next places that I always go are the EU Institutions themselves. Here you can get the official line on the specific area that you are researching. If you are researching the nature of the institutions themselves then this is also the best place to go. You can follow this link to get a list of the home pages of the institutions, and a brief description of each: EU Institutions
  • Step 4: The Treaties
    The closest thing that the EU has to a constitution is the set of treaties that defines it. Their importance is self-evident. Follow this link for a list and links to their texts: EU Treaties
  • Step 5: The Member States
    To understand the EU it is essential to understand its members. The home pages of the various member states provide insight into state-level policies towards the EU, among other essential information. Follow this link for a list of member state home-pages and pages of links to various state-level government organizations: EU Member States
  • Step 6: EU Official Documentation
    If you browse around in the home pages of the EU Institutions you will eventually find links to official documentation. The EU also has an Office for Official Publications. Furthermore there are a number of other sites from which EU Documentation can be obtained. Follow this link to get there: EU Publications
  • Step 7: EU Delegations
    A major role of the EU delegations around the world is to encourage non-EU individuals to learn about it. Consequently these home pages are treasure troves of information. Check them out here: EU Delegations
  • Step 8: Organizations associated with the EU
    There are a number of organizations with ties of varying strength to the EU. Often your research will lead you here. This link will bring you to a list of some of the most important of these: Organizations Associated with the EU

    Note: This is not an exhaustive list of international organizations, sorry.
  • Step 9: Other information sources
    There is a variety of unofficial sites with information about the EU. Many of these are run by universities, think tanks, etc. Go here to check them out: Other information sources
  • Step 10: EU Databases and Links
    If you have tried everything else and still have not found what you are looking for then it is time to strike out on your own and try and find it. Fortunately there are a number of other link pages like this one with different links for you to try. Also a number of databases have been specifically designed to look for EU related information for you.
    Look here: Links and Databases

EU Bibliography by Professor Osvaldo Croci.

EU 15 - An Insider's Game on Europe

If you have any comments, questions or links which you think should be added to this page please e-mail Dr. Steven Wolinetz