Online Books/Texts
Resources on the Middle East


Online Books/Texts

The Constitution Annotated

Analysis and Interpretation of the U.S. Constitution

The European Library

The European Library is an Internet service that offers access to the resources of 47 European national libraries.Thi

The WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources 

The Virtual Library: International Affairs Recourses is an Internet directory of over 2000 annotated links to high-quality English-language sources of information and analysis in many international and global studies topics. Sites are carefully selected for their long-term value, favoring those with cost-free, authoritative information and analysis online.

Global Information Sharing Toolkit from the U.S. Department of Justice

Whether you are tackling a justice information sharing business problem, targeting a general area of interest, or looking for a specific Global publication, the Global Information Sharing Toolkit (GIST) has an answer. This tool is designed to give you options for locating the best solutions. From developing a privacy policy to establishing a fusion center to seeking guidance on First Amendment rights or implementing Global Reference Architecture standards, Global is ready to help!

Using Deep Web Search Engines for Academic and Scholarly Research

You may have heard the term in passing before, the rumored-but-rarely-talked-about topic of the “deep web”. A web underneath the web, filled with petabytes of data and information that’s out of the reach of your standard Google, Bing, or Yahoo search bar.

Library of Congress  American Memory Project  

Provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.

Making of America 

8,500 volumes- Antebellum through reconstruction documents. Making of America (MoA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currently contains approximately 8,500 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. For more details about the project, see About MoA. Making of America is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Marine Corps University Library

“The Library collection includes 140,000+ books, 130,000+ microforms, 200 print journal subscriptions and access to thousands of journals, serials, news sources, and gray literature through a variety of databases.  While the collection’s focus is on Marine Corps history and expeditionary warfare, all aspects of military arts and sciences and military history are covered in depth, with additional coverage in ancillary subject areas such as history, international relations, regional and area studies, geography, political and social sciences and technology.”

Perseus Library

This classics collection features several hundred works of classical Greek and Roman texts.

Resources on the Middle East

Middle East Directory

Geography – Atlases and Maps

Berkeley Earth Sciences & Map Libraries Several thousand maps from the library’s collection have been scanned and are viewable online. In addition, many records contain links to other online Web maps. Digital topographic maps covering entire countries are avaiable from this list.

Google MapsMaps are great for getting around, but online maps could be a lot better. So Google decided to make dynamic, interactive maps that are draggable – no clicking and waiting for graphics to reload each time you want to view the adjacent parts of a map. Want to be able to type in the name of a region or neighborhood and see any part of it as easily as with a regular street map? Now you can with Google Maps. Since these maps are draggable, you can use your mouse or the directional arrows to pan left, right, up and down to see areas that are hidden offscreen. You can also use the slider to zoom in and zoom out.

Internet Map Resources – Site by the Univ. of Texas Library presents an extensive collection of maps resources available on the Internet. Categories include: Cartograhic Reference, City Map Sites, Country Map Sites, Historical Map Sites, State and Weather Map Sites.

The Library of Congress: Map Collections: 1544- 2004 

Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress holds more than 4.5 million items, of which Map Collections represents only a small fraction, those that have been converted to digital form.

The focus of Map Collections is Americana and Cartographic Treasures of the Library of Congress. These images were created from maps and atlases and, in general, are restricted to items that are not covered by copyright protection.

Map Collections is organized according to seven major categories. Because a map will be assigned to only one category, unless it is part of more than one core collection, searching Map Collections at this level will provide the most complete results since the indexes for all categories are searched simultaneously.

Searching Map Collections

Formerly, Map Collections: 1544 – 1999 – The LoC Map Collections: 1544- 2004 site contains the largest and most comprehensive cartographic collection in the world.


Windows on Eurasia Blog

Paul Goble (also an IWP professor) is a longtime specialist on ethnic and religious questions in Eurasia. Most recently, he was director of research and publications at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy. Earlier, he served as vice dean for the social sciences and humanities at Audentes University in Tallinn and a senior research associate at the EuroCollege of the University of Tartu in Estonia. While there, he launched the “Window on Eurasia” series. Prior to joining the faculty there in 2004, he served in various capacities in the U.S. State Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and the International Broadcasting Bureau as well as at the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He writes frequently on ethnic and religious issues and has edited five volumes on ethnicity and religion in the former Soviet space. Trained at Miami University in Ohio and the University of Chicago, he has been decorated by the governments of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for his work in promoting Baltic independence and the withdrawal of Russian forces from those formerly occupied lands.

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