Reference Sources

Background Notes (from the U.S. State Department)
BBC Country Profiles (includes info re: country’s media outlets)
CIA World Factbook

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 – Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Reference (incl. books in VRL)

Arab Uprising Country by Country  (BBC) – select country at top
Middle East: Documentary History – pub. in 2008, this text provides documents in context from the past, but not recent changes
Oil Prices (US Energy Admin)


Arab Spring: Interactive Timeline (Guardian) – requires Flash
Global Connections: Middle East (PBS) – incl. interactive timeline and thematic articles
Syrian Regional Refugee Response – inter-agency portal for data, news, and docs hosted by UNHCR


Primary sources
Abdul Hamid II Collection (LOC) – portrays Ottoman Empire during reign of one of last sultans
Africa & M.E. Reading Room (LOC) – incl. webcasts
Discover Islamic Art (Museum with No Frontiers)
Maps – from UTexas & D. Rumsey
Photograph/print archives: AGSLArchNetMidEastImage.comNYPL, and Saudi Aramco
Political Posters (Am Univ of Beirut) – 1960’s to 1980’s
Tahrir Documents – ongoing effort to archive and translate activist papers from the 2011 Egyptian uprising and its aftermath. Materials collected from demonstrations in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and published in English alongside scans of the originals 





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