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The NATO Studies Open Portal

  • Last updated: 20 March 2018

NATO-related Strategic Papers


  • ABOUT NATSHEL – The NATO Studies Open Portal

    What is NATSHEL – The NATO Studies Open Portal?
    • NATSHEL (NATO Sources for Higher Education and Learning) is the NATO Studies Open Portal, a one-stop portal that gives access to strategic papers published by NATO and NATO agencies and non-NATO think tanks, governmental, non-governmental and intergovernmental entities. It has been designed for researchers and scholars interested in NATO studies and transatlantic security issues. NATSHEL can also be used as a library catalogue by anybody interested in NATO-related topics.
    Who authors NATSHEL?
    • NATSHEL has been prepared by the Library & Knowledge Centre of the NATO Defense College, in collaboration with the NDC Research Division.
    How is it prepared?
    • It is prepared on the basis of a selection of items related to defence and security, released by think tanks and other agencies, which are catalogued in the OCLC WorldCat, the largest library database in the world.
    Who can access NATSHEL?
    • NATSHEL is accessible to anyone: researchers, defence and security scholars, and the general public. It is a gateway providing access to freely accessible publications. A part of NATSHEL is for internal use; copyright reasons may also restrict its use.
  • Tutorial and Frequently Asked Questions

    Do I have to pay to access NATSHEL – the NATO Studies Open Portal?
    • No, NATSHEL is free of charge and freely accessible. It is a catalogue prepared by the Library and Knowledge Centre of the NATO Defense College, providing access to publications that are freely accessible on the Web. There may, however, be copyright reasons that limit the use of the publications retrieved by the NATSHEL Discovery tool.
    What can I do with NATSHEL?
    • If you are interested in NATO and NATO-related defence and security studies, NATSHEL is your gateway to resources describing and discussing NATO activities and operations and strategic issues in defence and security.
    Does NATSHEL include only US resources?
    • No. Publications are selected on the basis of quality and relevance to NATO-related strategic and security issues. Think tanks and other research entities releasing them are spread out across five continents. The selection is based on formal criteria such as academic relevance and suitability (to students of the NATO Defense College), scientific level of publications (for instance, the presence of footnotes), primary scope of research and timing. All publications offer a strategic perspective that improves understanding of NATO or are relevant in a broader security context.
    What is the operational language of NATSHEL?
    • NATSHEL’s operational language is English. The database also includes resources in French – NATO’s other official language. There are plans to include other languages, within a framework of cooperation with other agencies and libraries.
    How is NATSHEL structured?
    • NATSHEL is divided into four sections.
    • First section - NATO-related strategic papers, allowing a free search in the database for: a) NATO-generated sources: primary sources such as strategic papers, declarations, communiqués, and other key papers posted on the NATO website and published by some NATO agencies (including, of course, the NATO Defense College); b) non-NATO generated strategic sources: policy and research papers, government reports and other articles and books on key security and defence research areas, freely accessible and published by Think Tanks, Defence Colleges, Governmental agencies and intergovernmental institutions.
    • Second section – Resources for NDC Study Projects – includes ready-made, constantly updated bibliographies of strategic papers in key security and defence areas. They are normally prepared for NDC Course Members and made available online.
    • Third section, to be used for free searches of the NDC Library Catalogue: books, articles and other resources.
    • Fourth section: NATO eLibrary. Restricted to six NATO agencies, this resource includes access to some 10,000 e-books in relevant fields (NATO-related scientific and security / defence domains, international relations).

Resources for NDC Study projects


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