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 – East and Southeast Asia

Government sites


Reference books in VRL


Digital Collections/Exhibits


Columbia’s Asia for Educators:
Buddhist and Asian Art (Huntington Archive)
Chinese Posters (Westminster)
Chinese Propaganda Posters (U of Amsterdam)
East Asia Image Collection(Lafayette) – mostly Japan
Nanking Massacre (Yale Div)
World Digital Library collections for East Asia and Southeast Asia


British Library’s Maps
David Rumsey map collection, incl. Japanese historical maps
Huntington Archive Maps – detailed, historical, and locator maps
Perry-Castaneda Map Collections (UTexas) for Asia

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