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Background Information

Political Handbook of the Middle East
Print Location: Ref JQ1758.A58 P65 2008
Periodically updated handbook provides extensive information about many aspects of politics and government in the Middle East and North Africa.
Companion to the History of the Middle East
Print Location: Burling 1st floor DS62 .C63 2005

Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East & North Africa
Print Location: Ref DS43 .E53 2004 Restricted Resource
An alphabetically four volume set on multiple aspects of the Middle East and North Africa

Maps

Perry-Castaneda Library Maps
An outstanding collection of historical and contemporary maps held by the University of Texas at Austin Perry-Castaneda Library
www.al-bab.com maps
Links to recent maps of the Arab region.

Scholarly Articles

Google Scholar
Accesses the scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts, and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and other websites. Includes links to resources subscribed to by Grinnell College.
Historical Abstracts with Full Text Restricted Resource
Covers world history after 1450, excluding the U.S. and Canada. Includes articles from over 2,000 journals, books, collections, and dissertations and offers full-text access to many resources.
PAIS International Restricted Resource
1915-present. Index of scholarly and non-scholarly articles, books, government documents, reports, and more, covering global public policy and social issues, from the Public Affairs Information Service.
Project MUSE Restricted Resource
Access to the full text of approximately 350 scholarly electronic journals in the arts & humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts Restricted Resource
Index of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, public policy, and public administration.
JSTOR Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Digital repository of complete full-text backfiles of several hundred scholarly journals in the Arts & Sciences, Health & General Sciences, and Ecology & Botany, except for the most recent two to five years.

Historical Newspapers and Magazines

New York Times Historical (1851-2013) Restricted Resource Resource contains images Resource contains newspapers
Complete online access (including advertisements) to the full text of the New York Times from 1851 to 2013. For current access, see U.S. Newsstream, LexisNexis Academic, and other sources.
Nineteenth Century UK Periodicals Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
1801-1900. Database containing over one million pages of periodicals published in Great Britain, including titles on women, children, sports & leisure, and humor.
Times Digital Archive 1785-2006 [London Times] Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
Fully searchable access to the complete backfile of The Times of London, including text, images, editorials, and advertisements.

Historical Texts

Google Book Search
Provides full-text of many books no longer under copyright, and allows searching of the contents of many more titles.

Library Catalogs

Center for Research Libraries Topic Guide: Middle Eastern Studies
A guide to resources available from the Center for Research Libraries.  Materials may be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan for extended periods.
WorldCat Restricted Resource
Before 1000 BCE to the present. Catalog of millions of books, web resources, and other materials held in libraries worldwide, maintained by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). The best way to identify resources beyond Grinnell College's collections.

Images

AP Images (Associated Press) Restricted Resource Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
Constantly updated, AP Images provides access to millions of primary source photos from 1825 to the present. Also provides audio, video, graphics, and interactives. This database may be used for educational purposes only.
Google Image Search
Search images available on the World Wide Web.

Primary Sources

Digital National Security Archive Restricted Resource
Contains 39 collections consisting of over 100,000 meticulously indexed declassified government documents, covering critical world events and U.S. policy decisions from post-World War II to the present. Bibliographies, chronologies, glossaries, overviews, and photographs are included.
Empire Online Restricted Resource
1492-present. A digital collection of original primary documents relating to intercultural contact, including aspects of imperialism, religion, race, and class.
Internet Archive Resource contains images Resource contains audio
Digital library that archives texts, audio, music, moving images, software, videos/films, and web pages from the Internet for researchers, historians, and scholars, as well as the general public. Also provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities.
Travels in the Middle East Archive
A digital archive focusing on Western interactions with the Middle East, particularly travels to Egypt during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. TIMEA offers electronic texts such as travel guides, museum catalogs, and travel narratives, photographic and hand-drawn images of Egypt, historical maps, and interactive GIS (Geographic Information Systems) maps of Egypt and Cyprus.

Web sites

Global Connections PBS: Middle East
"Global Connections is the online home to a family of sites created to help teachers, students, and the general public learn more about events around the world through readings, lesson plans, links, timelines, and maps."  
Middle East and Islamic Studies Portal
Maintained by Columbia University Libraries.
www.al-bab.com: Arab News Media Online
A country-by-country listing of Arab newspapers and news-related web sites available in Arabic, English and French. 

Style and Citation Guides

Purdue University Online Writing Lab Style Guides: Chicago/Turabian Style
This style guide contains information on the Chicago Manual of Style method of document formatting and citation. These resources follow the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, which was issued in September 2010.
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