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  • ABI/INFORM Complete
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    Articles from leading business journals, magazines, trade publications and newspapers including the Wall Street Journal. Available through ProQuest Articles from leading business journals, magazines, trade publications and newspapers including the Wall Street Journal. Available through ProQuest.
  • AccessUN
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    AccessUN indexes the majority of United Nations documents and publications. Articles appearing in UN periodicals are individually indexed as well as bilateral and multilateral treaties in the UN Treaty Series.

    Documents from the six main bodies of the United Nations - General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, Trusteeship Council, Secretariat and International Court of Justice - are indexed. Masthead documents (formerly referred to as mimeographed documents), Official Records, sales publications, limited and restricted documents, and documents emanating from sessional and standing committees, functional commissions, conferences and regional bodies are the basis of the Index.

    Full-text resolutions from the General Assembly, Security Council and the Economic and Social Council are appended to their respective bibliographic citations.

  • Alternative Press Archive
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    The Alternative Press Archive is an interdisciplinary bibliographic database (with links to full-text) of more than 474,000 journal, newspaper, and magazine articles in over 700 international alternative, radical, and left periodicals. Born of the New Left, it was launched in 1969 to provide access to the emerging theories and practices of radical social change. The Archive covers 1969-1990. The Alternative Press Index (API), begins in 1991.
  • Alternative Press Index
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    The API is a bibliographic database (with links to full-text) of more than 368,000 journal, newspaper, and magazine articles from over 300 international alternative, radical, and left periodicals. Born of the New Left, it was launched in 1969 to provide access to the emerging theories and practices of radical social change. Coverage, beginning in 1991, is both international and interdisciplinary. The Alternative Press Archive covers 1969-1990.
  • Aluka
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    A digital library containing scholarly resources from and about Africa. The USC Libraries is among the contributors of materials in this database from one of our archival collections relating to the former Portuguese colonies of Mozambique and Angola.
  • BBC Country Profiles
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    This site supplies information on the history, economy, and politics ofcountries and territories. Each profile includes an overview, map,facts, and current leaders. A media overview provides information on thepress, television, radio, news agencies, and number of Internet users.Links provided on the side of the profile connect to the latest news andkey stories, BBC links, background articles, related Internet sites andvideo and audio clips from the BBC archives. Additional features includetimelines, recent news links, background articles, Internet sites, andBBC archive video and audio clips. Information on over 20 keyinternational organizations is also included.
  • Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
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    This site is one of the fastest ways to find information about the exploitive practices of 4000 businesses worldwide, which would be difficult to locate by other means. Users can begin searching by company name, issue, country, or topic. Balanced coverage is provided via news, announcements, and special resources while providing responses from the accused companies. By making negative enterprise behavior more transparent, the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre may help stop companies’ human rights abuses.
  • Caribbean Search
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    It is a multidisciplinary database that provides a comprehensive guide to English-language articles pertinent to the countries and people of the Caribbean region. The collection contains over 730 Caribbean-focused scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, reports and reference books making this the largest collection of full-text content available for the region.
  • Chatham House Online Archive
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    Chatham House Online Archive provides a searchable, browsable research environment that enables users to explore approximately half a million pages and over ninety years of research, expert analysis, and commentary published in briefing papers, special reports, pamphlets, conference papers and books. Users also have access to the full text of Chatham House’s two flagship publications: the leading academic journal International Affairs and the magazine The World Today. Additionally, the archive offers unique access to thousands of hours of audio recordings of Chatham House lectures and their fully searchable transcripts offering valuable insight into the thoughts and reasoning’s of key figures in international affairs.
  • China-Latin America Finance Database
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    The Inter-American Dialogue’s new online China-Latin America Finance Database is the most up-to-date source of information on Chinese lending activity in Latin America and the Caribbean. Based on original findings from the Dialogue report “The New Banks in Town: China Finance in Latin America,” the database includes upwards of $87 billion in loan commitments to Latin American and Caribbean countries, searchable by country, lender, sector and year. Chinese lending to the region reached an all time high of $37 billion in 2010 -- more than World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and U.S. Export-Import Bank lending combined.
  • CIAO:Columbia International Affairs Online
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    Comprehensive source for research in international affairs.
  • Confidential Print: Africa, 1834-1966
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    This resource contains papers issued by the British Government between c. 1820 and 1970. These are the most important papers generated by the Foreign and Colonial Offices and include single-page letters or telegrams to comprehensive dispatches, investigative reports, and texts of treaties. The documents in Confidential Print: Africa cover the whole of the modern period of European colonization of the continent.
  • Country Studies
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    The Country Studies/Area Handbook Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world. The series examines the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors. Studies included here were published between 1988 and 1998. Information on some countries may no longer be up to date. See the "Research Completed" date at the beginning of each study or the "Data as of" date at the end of each section of text. Older studies, including some on countries that no longer exist in the same form, such as East Germany and the Soviet Union, may be retained because they continue to offer historical information of value to researchers.
  • CQ Global Researcher Archive
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    Features dozens of downloadable reports on important global issues dating back to 2007.
  • CQ Press Electronic Library
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    An integrated search environment for obtaining analysis on Congressional issues in the news and coverage of the status of bills, votes and amendments, floor and committee activity, and backroom maneuvering. This database searches the full-text of CQ Weekly, CQ Researcher, CQ Historic Documents, contact directories, a variety of reference books, and selected datasets focused on issues in U.S. politics and areas of public policy, such as, health care, education, economics, bioethics, environment, and society. Contents are created by more than 125 Capitol Hill reporters, editors, and researchers to provide non-partisan coverage and detailed analysis of issues facing Congress on a daily basis. Coverage is from 1972 to the present.
  • Declassified Documents Reference System
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    Declassified Documents Index provides full text access to formerly U.S. government classified documents that Primary Source Media obtains as they are declassified. The documents emanate from a wide variety of government agencies including the CIA, Department of State, National Security Council, Department of Defense, FBI, etc. It is possible to search by subject, title words, issue date, and documents source. Help in searching is available on-line or ask a librarian in VKC Library for assistance.

    The full text of the documents are available online as well as on microfiche in VKC Library. The call number of the microfiche collection is no.427 and it is located in the microfiche cabinets on the east side of the library. It is necessary to have the Fiche Issue Date, the Fiche Number and the Document Number to locate a document in the fiche collection.

  • EIU Country Commerce
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    A practical reference guide to the specific operating conditions, commercial laws and business regulations in more than 55 countries. It offers guidance on issues such as obtaining proper permits and registrations, protecting intellectual property and complying with local tax laws-including e-commerce rules. Provided by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
  • EIU Country Report
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    Provides detailed political, economic and business information on 180 countries.
  • Facts On File World News Digest
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    World News Digest brings together and enhances nearly seven decades of news from the renowned Facts On File World News Digest in print. This archival record of domestic and international news is updated weekly and contains more than 1 million internal hyperlinks and convenient new features such as tabbed search results. It covers all major political, social, and economic events since November 1940.
  • Foreign Broadcast Information Services: Daily Reports (1941-1996) plus Annexes
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    Content will be released to this digital product on a monthly basis over a time span of about two years. When completed, the product will consist of approximately two million pages. The original mission of FBIS was to monitor, record, transcribe and translate intercepted radio broadcasts from foreign governments, official news services, and clandestine broadcasts from occupied territories. These translations, or transcriptions in the case of English language materials, make up the Daily Reports.
  • Foreign Office Files for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, 1947-1980
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    Sourced from the British Foreign Office files, this resource covers the political and social history of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan in this period with additional content on Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim and Kashmir, as well as other frontier regions. The threat posed by China and the Soviet Union is analyzed in detail. Other files look at the impact on United Kingdom, US and European trade, industrial policy, education and the media. There is a variety of material including diplomatic dispatches, telegrams, newspaper cuttings and transcripts, maps, photographs, political and economic reports, minutes of meetings, conference proceedings, letters, and other ephemera. This project comprises the following three sections: Independence, Partition and the Nehru Era, 1947-1964; South Asian Conflicts and Independence for Bangladesh, 1965-1971; Afghanistan and the Cold War, Emergency Rule in India, and the Resumption of Civilian Rule in Pakistan, 1972-1980.
  • Gapminder
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    Interactive data visualization tool, includes country-level data on a variety of development-related themes including economic, political, and social measures.
  • Hispanic-American Periodicals Index (HAPI)
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    Locate articles in the humanities and social sciences from and about Latin America and related to Chicano and Latino studies from the Hispanic American Periodicals Index. Some fulltext available.
  • Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL)
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    The Homeland Security Digital Library is composed of homeland security documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management collected from a wide variety of sources. These include federal, state, tribal, and local government agencies, professional organizations, think tanks, academic institutions, and international governing bodies. Resources are carefully selected and evaluated by a team of librarians and subject-matter specialists.
  • HOMELANDSECURITYnetBASE
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    From emergency response and disaster planning to counterterrorism, this eBook collection includes resources for emergency preparedness and response to terrorist attacks and natural disasters, transportation security, biodefense, detection of radioactive and radiological materials, and research on next-generation security technologies. It covers homegrown and international terrorism, sleeper cells, and international law.
  • House of Commons Parliamentary Papers
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    Includes over 200,000 House of Commons sessional papers from 1715 to the present, with supplementary material back to 1688. Page images are provided, with full text searching for each paper.
  • Information Services Latin America (ISLA)
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    Information Services Latin America (ISLA) is a press monitoring service providing fulltext images of news articles related to individual Latin American countries and to regions such as the Caribbean area, Andean region, or Latin America in general. Articles are from 9 U.S. and British elite newspapers. Access is by month and year or by country or region. Coverage is from August, 2007 to the present. Content is updated monthly.
  • Integrated Database of Trade Disputes for Latin American and the Caribbean
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    The Integrated Database of Trade Disputes for Latin American and the Caribbean provides information on the trade dispute systems in which Latin American and Caribbean countries participate. Integrated search option allows the user to specify complainant, respondent, subject, or object of the dispute. Database is made available online by the Division of International Trade and Integration of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).
  • International Historical Statistics
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    International Historical Statistics provides access to 490 tables, covering data on 211 countries and territories collected between 1750-2010. Includes data on the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania as well as on countries whose borders have changed and are now difficult to source (e.g. Czechoslovakia and Zaire). Within each region are chapters on population and vital statistics, labor force, agriculture, industry, external trade, transport & communications, finance, prices, education, and national accounts. Each section has a full description of the sources used to compile the statistics; all statistical tables can be downloaded as ePDFs and/or Excel files with the ability to remove sections and merge tables.N.B. As with all statistical sources, the frequency and completeness of the data will vary by country and source.
  • Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) Reports, 1957-1994
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    This database features English translations of foreign-language monographs,reports, serials, journal and newspaper articles, and radio and television broadcasts from regions throughout the world. With an emphasis on communist and third-world countries, this database contains a wealth of hard-to-find scientific, technical, and social science materials translated from many languages. These reports are ideal for researching military,socioeconomic,political, environmental, scientific and technical issues and events.
  • Keesing’s World News Archive
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    Keesing's World News Archive contains about 95,000 unbiased, full-text reports of the most historically significant political, social, and economic events of the world since 1931. About 150 new articles are added each month. Among the events covered are elections and changes of government; wars, treaties, appointments, and diplomacy; terrorism and issues of internal security; legislation, budgets, economic developments and international agreements; actions by the UN and other international organizations; natural disasters, environmental issues, and scientific discoveries. In addition to keyword searching, there is a “Breaking History” feature providing historical analysis and context on today’s headlines. Each Breaking History article uses the Keesing’s archive to generate a full timeline with links to contemporary articles on the events dominating today’s news.
  • Mideastwire.com
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    An Internet-based service of translated news briefs covering key political, cultural, economic, and opinion pieces appearing in the Arab media.While there are now more than 500 Arabic and Persian news outlets reporting stories from and about the Middle East, there is currently no affordable means for English speakers to gain access to much of this content. Mideastwire.com aims to close this gap by offering daily translated briefs covering some of the key political, cultural, economic and opinion pieces appearing in the Arab media. Currently, the service covers news from all twenty-two Arab countries, Iran, and the Arab diaspora generally, with coverage that extends across the North Africa region as well as including the United Kingdom and other countries that host Pan-Arab media. The site includes a fully searchable archive containing thousands of briefs coded by subject categories (women, judicial, energy etc), specific news sources (Al Hayat, Al Jazeera, Al Quds Al Arabi etc), countries, general topics (opinion, business etc.), and keywords.
  • National Journal Group's Policy Central
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    the National Journal Group is a leading source of nonpartisan reporting on the current political environment and emerging policy trends. Their Policy Central web site allows you to track the development of public policy with archives dating back to 1977; get forward-looking, twice-daily insight on the key players, behind-the-scenes deals, and political strategies and alliances in Congress; obtain coverage of the media's coverage of important developments from hundreds of print, online and broadcast sources; research the largest database of over 5,000 public opinion surveys on political races, important issues and national figures; and, track political and issue campaigns with streaming video of 3,500 television advertisements.
  • NationMaster.com
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    NationMaster is a freely available website compiling data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD. Allows users to quickly generate maps and graphs.
  • PAIS International
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    A selective list of the latest books, periodical articles, government documents, pamphlets, microfiche, and reports of public and private agencies relating to business, economic and social conditions, public policy and administration, and international relations. The system provides selective subjects and bibliographic access to periodicals, books, hearings, reports, gray literature, government publications, Internet resources, and other publications from 120 countries. Materials are in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish with English language abstracts and subject headings. The database contains more than 480,000 records, each with bibliographic information and brief, descriptive abstracts and includses coverage from 1915 to the present.
  • PolicyFile
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    PolicyFile includes information addressing virtually all aspects of public policy. Specific themes listed include: Arms Control, the Commonwealth of Independent States, Democratization, the Department of Defense, Economic Policy, Education Policy, the European Union, Global Economics and International Trade, Health Policy and Health Care Reform, Human Rights, Immigration, Intelligence, Latin America, Science and Technology Policy, State and Local Issues, Terrorism, and Urban Policy. The database can be browsed by primary contributor or thematically and all abstracts have been linked to Home Pages, electronic mail addresses and full text documents, where available.
  • Political Database of the Americas (PDBA)
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    The PDBA is a non-governmental project of the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at Georgetown University in collaboration with the OAS, FLACSO-Chile, and other organizations in the region. It offers information about institutions and political processes, national constitutions, branches of government, elections, political constitutional studies and other subjects related to democracy in the Americas. With more than 1,500 pages of information, it is an important source of relevant to the 35 countries of the region including U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Information is classified according to the themes: Political Constitutions and Comparative Constitutional Studies; Executive Branch; Legislative Branch ; Judicial Branch; Electoral Data and Systems; Political Parties; Decentralization and Local Governance; Democracy and Citizen Security; Indigenous Peoples, Democracy and Political Participation; Civil Society.
  • ProCon.org
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    The web site’s mission is to promote “critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, primarily pro-con format.” Topics such as Sex and Gender, Religion, and Media and Entertainment have at least one pro/con issue. The "for" and "against" text is in two columns, preceded by a “Did you know” and followed by a background essay. Footnotes are embedded in the text with many live links.
  • ProQuest CRS Reports
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    The Congressional Research Service (CRS) works exclusively as a reference and research service for the U.S. Congress. CRS prepares studies and issue briefs on a variety of topics providing background information for investigations and legislative proposals under study by Congress. Reports may take many forms: policy analysis, economic studies, statistical reviews, legal analyses, historical studies, chronologies, and two-page fact sheets.
  • SAGE eReference
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    Sage e-Reference is a full-text collection of over 80 online specialized encyclopedias in the social sciences, including communications, gender studies, social work, history, psychology, etc. Search one encyclopedia, or all of them simultaneously.
  • United Nations Official Document System
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    This is the official repository for documents published by the United Nations. The full text of parliamentary documents and official records from 1992 to present are accessible in Portable Document Format (PDF) in all official languages of the United Nations. Full text of resolutions from all UN bodies are available from 1946 to present.

    The database can be searched by date, document symbol, full text words or by a combination.

  • University on the Square: Documenting Egypt's 21st Century Revolution
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    This digital collection features oral histories, photographs, video recordings, and visual art that document the January 25, 2011 Revolution. It preserves the history of the 18 Days in Egypt and beyond by collecting content from activists, participants, and observers from the American University in Cairo as well as members of the larger Egyptian and global communities."From the American University in Cairo Library.
  • USC Digital Library
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    The USC Digital Library (USCDL) is the digital repository for original research materials which have been selected for archiving by the Libraries. Content made available by the USCDL facilitates new and creative opportunities for scholarship and teaching by providing enhanced access to materials which feature and highlight the Libraries' holdings or from non-Library held collections identified in collaboration with members of the USC academic community. Accordingly, the USCDL provides a wealth of primary and original source material in a variety of formats. These may include, but are not limited to USC theses and dissertations; photographs; rare books, or portions thereof; manuscripts; source documents; sound recordings; moving images; data sets; 'born digital' documents; and digital representations of physical objects. USCDL content can be licensed or sub-licensed to parties outside of USC.
  • Water Resources Abstracts
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    Water Resources Abstracts provides summaries from 1967 to the present of the world's technical, scientific, and public policy literature on water-related topics covering the characteristics, conservation, control, pollution, treatment, use and management of water resources as well as the legal aspects of water supply, use, control, or management. Abstracts are drawn from journals, books, conference proceedings, and technical reports in the physical and life sciences, as well as from engineering, legal, and government publications. The database also includes access to Water Resources Netsites, linking to research and development programs, data sets, lists of experts and researchers, conference and meetings information, and other resources on the Internet.
  • World Bank Worldwide Development Indicators
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    The World Bank's World Development Indicators provides direct access to more than 700 development indicators, with time series for 208 countries and 18 country groups from 1960 to present. A subset of these data can be viewed graphically within the World Bank's Data Visualizer.

    Also, check out the World Banks new open-data initiative.

  • World Factbook
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    World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities. The Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.
  • World News Connection (ProQuest)
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    Research tool for anyone who needs to monitor non-U.S. media sources, the material in WNC is provided to the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) by the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS). Analysts from FBIS domestic and overseas bureaus monitor timely and pertinent open-source materials. WNC is the only news service that allows you to take advantage of the intelligence gathering experience of FBIS
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
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    This database provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international journal literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration and policy. Over 1,700 titles are monitored for coverage and, of these, 67% are published outside of the United States.