Reference Sources

Background Notes (from the U.S. State Department)
BBC Country Profiles (includes info re: country’s media outlets)
CIA World Factbook
Congressional Research Service reports (curated by the Government Documents department at the University of North Texas). Note: CRS reports are also available at, Federation of American Scientists, and appear in PowerSearch under the Books tab.

MW Library Catalog – reference books (e.g. History in Dispute)
Opposing Viewpoints (Gale) – database focused on contrasting policy perspectives
PowerSearch (Gale) – incl. reference books and Congressional Research Service reports
Salem History – includes books on world religions and American immigration
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
World History in Context (Gale) – history focus (unlike general PowerSearch database)
Virtual Reference Library (Gale) – digital reference books on a variety of topics

Research Sources

African History Sourcebook
Ancient History Sourcebook
AP Source – magazines & journals (both trade/professional and scholarly)
Digital Resources by Global Region– for European lists, select from menu on European Countries tab
EBSCO ebooks – books covering range of topics and perspectives
Google Scholar – reports, older journal articles, and a wide array of sources
Historical Newspapers (incl. New York Times from 1851-2007, London’s Guardian and Observer from 1791-2003, and four historic black newspapers)
Indian History Sourcebook
Islamic History Sourcebook
Jewish History Sourcebook
JSTOR – archive of scholarly articles (does not include most recent 5 years)
Microsoft Academic Research – similar to Google Scholar
MW Library Catalog – esp. biographies and nonfiction books in the 300’s and 900’s
NationMaster – statistics
PowerSearch (Gale) – news, journals, and magazines incl. The Economist
Science Direct (Elsevier) – scholarly journals – incl. social sciences and psychology
World History in Context – history focus (unlike general PowerSearch database)
World Digital Library – primary docs from world libraries browseable by region/time

U.S. Foreign Policy

American Presidency Project – U.S. presidential libraries have online exhibits and archives that include primary source material.
Foreign Relations of the U.S. (UW) – primary documents
Frontline Diplomacy – LoC archive shedding light on life of diplomats
National Security Archive (GWU) – includes primary  source documents
Office of the US Historian – digital records of US Foreign Policy by administration
Primary Docs in Am. History (LoC) – organized by topic and era
Public Papers of the President(UM) – through Clinton or G.H.W. Bush through Obama
State Dept Archive new interface (1945-1976+) HTML or eBooks

Current Events

NEWS search engines– Search the past 30 days of news from multiple sources
Google News
Google News – Advanced Search
Bing News
Digg (stories from the web re-posted by Digg users)
Yahoo! News

World News Sources

Many of the news agencies listed here have regional pages too.

Al-Jazeera America
BBC World News
CNN World News
Inter Press Service (NGO focusing on global South)
LinkTV (501c3 based in California)
Newseum: Interactive Map of Today’s Front Pages
New York Times World News
UN News Centre – select region with map on right
World Affairs Journal – select region from top menu
Worldpress Directory of World Newspapers (go to the source news sites – articles reprinted on the Worldpress site may be excerpts or edited versions)

News in Another Language
Google News has versions for several countries – a few in English, but most in that country’s primary language (see the drop-down menu near the upper right under U.S. Edition). Consider using a free Google account to customize your Google News with news in a languages you’re studying.

Global Region – Russia

Reference (incl. books in VRL)

BBC: Russia Country Profile
CIA World Factbook: Russia
Daily Life in Imperial Russia
Encyclopedia of Russian History (choose desired volume from drop-down menu)
Russia at War: From the Mongol Conquest to Afghanistan, Chechnya, and Beyond (choose desired volume from drop-down menu)
State Department Profile: Russia
UN Country Profile: Russia
World Bank in Russia

News and Stats

Eurasianet – independent news organization based at Columbia University that produces features and analysis in both English and Russian about political, economic, environmental and social developments in Eurasia
Statistical Resources for Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia (UM)
Transitions Online: Russia and Eastern Europe – nonprofit organization established to strengthen the professionalism, independence and impact of the news media in the post-communist countries of Europe and the former Soviet Union

Primary sources
Archives of the Rossica Society of Russian Philately (U Florida) – digitized Russian postage stamps commemorating various events
Communist Documents (Harvard Cold War Studies) including History of the KGB (1977)
Documents related to Nazi-Soviet Relations (Yale Law School’s Avalon Project)
Documents related to Soviet-American Diplomacy (Yale Law School’s Avalon Project)
Guide to manuscripts and archival materials about Russia located in the United States – for the serious Russian scholar willing to travel to see the documents they seek
Gulag: Many Days, Many Lives (GMU) – presents an in-depth look at life in the Gulag through exhibits featuring original documentaries and prisoner voices and an archive filled with documents and images
Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System – consists chiefly of summary transcripts of 705 interviews (compiled in English) conducted with refugees from the USSR during the early years of the Cold War
Image database from (CEIR) Central Eurasian Information Resource – this project aims to develop a broad and representative collection of images illustrating the geography, folkways, lifestyles and architecture of the vast regions (or oblasts) of the Russian Federation and other newly independent states of the former Soviet Union which, until now, have been relatively little visited or studied.
Islam and Eurasia: Bridging the Information Divide (U Wisconsin) – ten digitized English language travel accounts by persons who journeyed through Muslim regions of the Russian Empire
Russia Movie Theater Project (WM) – oral histories

Worldwide Virtual Library for Russian and Eastern European Studies (a.k.a. REES Web) – directory includes links to several online archives and collections of primary sources


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