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POLSC2411 - Martin

Welcome to the Library's course guide for POLSC 2411, The Contemporary Middle East: Challenges and Promise.  This guide provides a gateway to the rich array of resources available in print, in our subscription databases, and freely online.  Recommended resources are grouped into broad categories, shown by the tabs at the top of the guide.  Please also consider the "Related Research Guides" listed below.
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General Reference
Below are some key print and electronic reference materials in the Library's collection.  Also consider searching our library catalog or e-book collections directly for books on specific topics or countries.

Print Resources 
  • Middle East: A Guide to Politics, Economics, Society, and Culture REFERENCE DS44 .M497 2012
  • Contemporary Middle East: A Documentary History REFERENCE DS42 .F44 2008
  • Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World REFERENCE DS35.53 .O96 2009
  • Statesman's Yearbook REFERENCE JA51 .S7
  • Political Handbook of the World REFERENCE JF37 .P6

Related Research Guides
Note:  Certain resources are listed on multiple guides.
Article Databases
The links below provide access to scholarly articles and similar materials.  Sometimes the same journal (e.g. Foreign Affairs) is housed in multiple databases.  If you have a specific citation, or wish to browse a particular journal, type the journal name into the Library's Full-Text Finder.  For news articles, consult the Newspapers research guide listed at the right.

JSTOR Restricted Resource
A total of more than 900 full-text scholarly journal titles in an online archive beginning with the first issue of each title. The archive includes nine JSTOR Arts and Sciences Collections. In JSTOR, there is usually a time lag in full-text content. Use JSTOR in conjunction with our current online databases and print holdings. (See also Example of a Search in JSTOR )

Project MUSE® Restricted Resource
Offers over 400 quality journal titles from nearly 100 not-for-profit publishers. Project MUSE® covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and many others.

CQ Researcher Restricted Resource
A good starting point for issues in the news.

Academic Search Premier Restricted Resource
Multidisciplinary database with extensive full-text coverage in biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, religion, theology and other disciplines in the humanities. Indexes 8,450 publications with full text for more than 4,600 of those titles (more than 3,900 are peer-reviewed). PDF backfiles to 1975 or earlier for more than one hundred journals. Searchable cited references for more than 1,000 publications.

Academic OneFile (1980 - current) Restricted Resource
Contains peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources; extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature, and other subjects. Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1985. Millions of full-text articles, updated daily.
Military & Government Collection Restricted Resource
Designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government, this database offers a thorough collection of periodicals, academic journals, and other content pertinent to the increasing needs of those sites. It provides cover-to-cover full text for nearly 300 journals and periodicals and indexing and abstracts for nearly 400 titles.

EconLit™ with Full Text Restricted Resource
Published by the American Economic Association; provides full-text for nearly 600 publications including titles from the American Economic Association (all with no embargo), such as: American Economic Review, Journal of Economic Literature, and Journal of Economic Perspectives; citations and abstracts to economic research dating back to 1969, covering all fields of economics, including capital markets, country studies, econometrics, economic forecasting, environmental economics, government regulations, labor economics, monetary theory, and urban economics.

CountryWatch Restricted Resource
Provides country-specific intelligence and data on all countries, including daily news coverage, intelligence briefings, and up-to-date articles from regional news wire services across the globe.
Related Research Guides
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Government/IGO Resources on the Web
Following are links to official U.S. Government resources and those of select intergovernmental organizations producing information and analysis on the Middle East.  Search the List of Foreign Government Websites for government agencies in specific countries (e.g. Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs). For a more comprehensive list of IGOs, review the List of Intergovernmental Organizations given below.

U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs
"Deals with U.S. foreign policy and U.S. diplomatic relations with" the states and territories in the Middle East region. "Regional policy issues that NEA handles include Iraq, Middle East peace, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, and political and economic reform."

World Factbook
Provides country overview and information on geography, people, government, economy, communications, and more. Listed by country and information type. Prepared by the CIA, print updated annually, web site updated weekly.

Homeland Security Digital Library
“The nation's premier collection of documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management. The HSDL is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.”  The Public Collection contains over 75,000 items.

List of Foreign Government Websites
Resource Type: Web Site Access to websites of various branches of foreign governments, alphabetically listed, compiled by Northwestern University Library.

List of Intergovernmental Organizations
Resource Type: Web Site Alphabetical list of IGOs maintained by Northwestern University Library.

World Bank - Middle East and North Africa
A landing page for World Bank research, news, and statistics related to the region.

Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process
“UNSCO provides a well-recognized focal point within the United Nations system vis-à-vis the parties to the peace process, regional and international actors, and international and multilateral institutions.”  The website maintains a document library that includes briefings to the Security Council since 2006, press clips, and the text of pertinent UN resolutions.

UN Information System on the Question of Palestine (UNISPAL) - Documents Collection
“Contains the texts of current and historical United Nations material concerning the question of Palestine and other issues related to the Middle East situation and the search for peace.”

European Union Institute for Security Studies - Middle East and North Africa
Regional page of the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), the EU's "agency dealing with the analysis of foreign, security and defense policy issues.

International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Select Countries  from the top menu to access IMF reports and publications arranged by country.
Related Research Guides
Note:  Certain resources are listed on multiple guides.
Think Tanks/Other Web Resources
Following are links to prominent think tanks providing analysis on the Middle East, as well as select online resources compiled by other academic institutions.  (An extensive list of think tanks is included in CIAO.  Click on “Working Papers” in the upper left and make a selection; a URL for each organization‘s website is given at the top of each page.)

Carnegie Middle East Center
“An independent policy research institute based in Beirut, Lebanon, and part of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The center provides in-depth analysis of the political, socioeconomic, and security issues facing the Middle East and North Africa.”

Brookings Doha Center
"Based in Qatar, the Brookings Doha Center is an overseas center of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., that advances high-quality, independent policy analysis and research on the Middle East."

Middle East Institute
“The oldest Washington-based institution dedicated solely to the study of the Middle East."

Council on Foreign Relations - Middle East and North Africa
Portal to CFR analysis of the region.  Use the dropdown menu to filter resources by topic, publication type, and year.

International Crisis Group - Middle East and North Africa

Rubin Center for Research in International Affairs (IDC Herzliya, Israel)
A research center focused “on the modern Middle East and its relations with other regions.”  Content is a combination of articles, multimedia, and e-books.

Pew Research: Global Attitudes Project
Resource Type: Web Site "Conducts public opinion surveys around the world on a broad array of subjects ranging from people’s assessments of their own lives to their views about the current state of the world and important issues of the day."

Gulf/2000 Project
A project of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs "designed to make available in a single location a wealth of information on the eight countries of the Persian Gulf region."  Resources include country-specific information and links (through the "Visit a Country" tab) and an extensive collection of current and historical maps.

Middle East Studies: News Sources
A listing of mostly English-language news sources based in or otherwise focused on the Middle East. Broken down by country and focus/media type. Maintained by Georgia State University Library.

The Middle East 1916-2001: A Documentary Record
Provides access to important historical documents related to the region.  Maintained by the Avalon Project at Yale University Law School.
Encyclopædia Iranica
"Dedicated to the study of Iranian civilization in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent."  An international project based at Columbia University.  
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