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As the United States' principal historical record of political open source intelligence for more than half a century, the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Report is an indispensable source for insights into decades of turbulent world history. The original mission of the FBIS was to monitor, record, transcribe and translate intercepted radio broadcasts from foreign governments, official news services, and clandestine broadcasts from occupied territories. Accordingly, it provides a wealth of information from all countries outside of the U.S."”from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.
FBIS Daily Reports, 1941-1974 consist of Daily Reports published from September 4, 1941 through March 29, 1974. They provide national and occasionally local perspectives on topics related to World War II and the Axis alliance, the new Islamic countries of the Middle East, the creation of Israel, the Berlin Wall, colonialism in Africa, apartheid, the Cold War, the Suez Crisis, the beginning of the Space Age, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, East-West interaction and much more. They also offer views on such figures as Salvador Allende, Fidel Castro, Winston Churchill, Ngo Dinh Diem, François Duvalier, Mohandas Gandhi, Adolf Hitler, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Ruhollah Khomeini, Nelson Mandela, Imre Nagy, Joseph Stalin, Mao Tse-tung, Chaim Weizmann and many others.
FBIS Daily Reports, 1974-1996 are comprised of eight parts: Part 1: Middle East, Africa, Near East and South Asia (MEA, NES); Part 2: Sub-Saharan Africa & South Asia (SSA, SAF, AFR, SAS); Part 3: China (CHI); Part 4: Asia, Pacifi c and East Asia (APA, EAS); Part 5: Latin America (LAT, LAM); Part 6: Eastern Europe (EEU); Part 7: Soviet Union and Central Eurasia (SOV); and Part 8: Western Europe (WEU).
These reports are also available on microfiche in Wilson Library Government Documents (US Microfiche) (Mfiche PREX 7.13:JPRS-EER- ).
FBIS Daily Report Annexes, 1974-1996 offer international, national and local perspectives on Middle East crises and negotiations, the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, the secret acquisition of radar systems by the People's Republic of China, and much more.
Article Databases and Indexes
Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes
Anthropology Plus brings together into one resource the highly respected Anthropological Literature from Harvard University and Anthropological Index, Royal Anthropological Institute from the UK. Anthropology Plus provides extensive worldwide indexing of journal articles, reports, commentaries, edited works, and obituaries in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies. The index offers excellent coverage of all core periodicals in the field in addition to local and lesser-known journals. Coverage is from the late 19th century to the present.
The IMB is an interdisciplinary guide to the study of the Middle Ages, the period 476-1500. Geographic coverage extends across Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, covering resources in over 25 languages. Note: The IMB provides downloadable software to view and print non-English diacritics and special characters.
Also available in print in Wilson Reference D111 .I56x
Iter is a bibliography of over 230,000 articles and reviews drawn from over 475 medieval and renaissance journal titles.
LLBA covers all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Complete coverage is also given to various fields of linguistics including descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical and geographical linguistics.
The MLA International Bibliography is a classified listing and subject index of scholarly books and articles on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics which has been compiled by the Modern Language Association of America since 1926.
Since its establishment in 1914, PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) has chronicled issues in the public debate through highly selective coverage of a wide variety of sources, including references to monographs, periodical articles, notes and announcements, government documents, policy reports and analytics. Addition of the Archive to our current PAIS International database extends comprehensive access to public and social policy information.
This core database for the field of sociology contains information on sociology and social policy worldwide. Sociological Abstracts includes citations from the 1952-present.
CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts is building on the merged backfiles of Political Science Abstracts, published by IFI / Plenum, 1975-2000, and ABC POL SCI, published by ABC-CLIO, 1984-2000. The database provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration & public policy.
General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles
Catalogs and Bibliographies
Hosted by the Royal Irish Academy Library (Dublin), Irish History Online is an authoritative guide (in progress) to what has been written about Irish history from earliest times to the present. It currently contains over 77,000 bibliographic records (February 2012). Over 3,200 new entries were added to the database during 2011, while a further 11,400 existing entries were upgraded.
The Hathi Trust is a reliable and increasingly comprehensive digital archive of library materials converted from print that is co-owned and managed by a number of academic institutions.
Search with MNCAT to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.
This link goes to the catalogs page. Start a search in either the Catalogue général or The Union Catalog of France (Catalogue Collectif de France/CCFr).
The German National Library is central archival library and national bibliographic centre for the Federal Republic of Germany. Its task, unique in Germany, is to collect, permanently archive, comprehensively document and record bibliographically without gap all German and German-language publications from 1913 on and to make them available to the public.
General Reference Sources
This reference work provides 50,000 specially-written signed biographies of the men and women who shaped all aspects of the British past, from the earliest times to the end of the year 2000. Licensed for 1 user at a time.
WBIS Online is a comprehensive biographical database, providing short biographical information on over 6 Million people from the 8th century B.C. to the present.
WBIS provides an index to the entire archive; we have full-text access to these language-area archives:
1) Baltic Biographical Archive
2) Czech & Slovak Biographical Archive
3) German Biographical Archive
4) Polish Biographical Archive
5) Russian & Soviet Biographical Archive,
6) Scandinavian Biographical Archive
Published and updated weekly, the Central Intelligence Agency's online directory of Chiefs of State ... is a reference aid. It includes most governments of the world, some of them not officially recognized by the United States.
The Library of Congress Country Studies 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.
Published annually, this brief guide profiles the economy, government, land, demographics, communications, and national defense establishments of 191 nations and other political entities. Prior years may be accessed via Countries of the World. Tables of data items in each country's profile can be viewed from the Notes and Definitions link. Click on the term being defined and a table for all countries will appear.
Provides detailed information on countries of the world including statistical surveys, information on
government, finance, religion, press, publishers, radio and television, etc.
"mille trésors de la Bibliothèque nationale de France" The BnF's digital archive features high-resolution digital images of manuscripts, documents, books, art works and other graphics, photos of physical objects from antiquity to the early 20th century, and audio-visual files.
Gateways & Megasites
Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions
Electronic Journal Collections
Digizeitschriften provides access to over 110 core German Research Journals.
delivers a complete, full-text searchable copy of every issue of The Economist from 1843 to 2008. Full-colour images, multiple search indexes, and the facility to browse each and every issue - all combine to offer a unique primary source covering the 19th and 20th centuries.
Persee provides full-text access to backfiles (in many cases, quite long) of selected French social-science and humanities scholarly journals. So far, some 36 titles are included in the subjects of archaeology, art, anthropology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, literature, political science, psychology, sociology, and the social sciences in general..
To view the individual journals, click on the link provided and then on Journals overview
Full text database of media outlets, trade publications, news sources and websites that has international coverage. Includes daily newspapers, transcripts, newswires, and all editions of the Wall Street Journal. Financial information for publicly traded companies, stocks, funds, currencies, and common market indexes. Limited to 7 simultaneous users.
Due to licensing restrictions for academic subscriptions, not all of the news sources in Factiva are available. See this list of Excluded Titles. If you need assistance using Factiva, please contact the Journalism Librarian.
Preceded by Keesing's contemporary archives (1931-1986), this British weekly abstracting service has long been known as a "record of national and international current affairs with continually updated indexes."
LexisNexis Academic is a full text databases of business, legal, news, magazines, and wire services. It includes sources for accounting, environmental studies, health and medical care, government and politics, people, and consumer information. Legal publications include law journals, federal and state statutes, codes, cases, agency rules & regulations, patents and legal reference materials.
Primary Source Materials
Established in 1957, the JPRS Reports are English translations of foreign-language monographs, reports, serials, journal and newspaper articles, and radio and television broadcasts from regions throughout the world.
The emphasis is on the communist and third-world countries of this period. The JPRS Reports also contain a wealth of hard-to-find scientific, technical, and social science materials, translated from many languages.
These reports are also available on microfiche in the Government Publications department in Wilson Library. See (US Microfiche) (Mfiche PrEx 7.22/5: )
Encompasses all areas of social, political, economic and foreign policy, showing how issues were explored and legislation was formed. Includes House of Commons sessional papers from 1715 to the present, with supplementary material back to 1688. Includes Records of proceedings, the Debates (Hansard), and the House of Commons journal; Sessional papers providing information to parliament on matters of policy and administration: Bills, House papers, and Command papers. Also includes those Papers of the House of Lords presented to the Commons, such as reports prepared by Lords Select Committees.
Societies, Agencies, and Organizations
Official Agency & Organization Websites
Statistics and Data
Style Manuals and Writing Guides
RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).
By Umberto Eco, in print and unrevised since 1977 (Eco wrote an augmented introduction in 1985). "Written in the age of typewriters, card catalogs, and writing pads, How to Write a Thesis is less about the final outcome than about the path and method of arriving there." [from the foreword by Francesco Erspamer]. First published in English translation only in 2015.
The standard work and most comprehensive of the style manuals. All chapters are written for the electronic age, with advice on how to prepare and edit manuscripts online, handle copyright and permissions issues raised by new technologies, use the latest methods of preparing mathematical copy, and cite electronic and online sources.
Rev. ed. of the MLA style manual and guide to scholarly publishing / Joseph Gibaldi. 2nd ed. 1998.