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Countries and Cultures

Finding library and web resources to research a topic in another country

Article Databases

The library databases below are the best for your assignment:

Academic Search Premier is a great starting place for any topic. It covers all subject areas, includes articles from both popular magazines and scholarly journals, and has loads of full text. Depending on the topic, many ENG102 students will get all they need from Academic Search Premier.

Academic Search Premier - Tutorial | Quiz 

AnthroSource is the premier online portal serving the research, teaching and practicing needs of anthropologists. An online service of American Anthropological Association, AnthroSource offers access to more than 100 years of anthropological knowledge.  

The most helpful feature of Opposing Viewpoints is that it provides clearly identified pro and con sources for each topic. You can either browse the most popular topics from the first screen, or you can search by keyword. This is a great place to start, but you need to look at other tools also.  All of the essays are available full text.

It also provides other useful information about each issue, such as relevant articles from encyclopedias, magazines and scholarly journals. Use the tabs at the top of your search results to find these.

CQ Researcher is an excellent source for comprehensive background information on current issues in the news. It is the most reliable place to find balanced, unbiased overviews. These reports are meant to educate rather than influence researchers.  (This link takes you to the CQ Library; from there select CQ Researcher.)

 Nexis Uni

Nexis Uni includes newspapers from around the world, including the New York Times (but not the Arizona Republic).

Access World News offers newspaper coverage from around the US and around the world. 

Get articles from our local newspaper the Arizona Republic from to 1999 to present.  Local information can often be harder to find than national, so ask a Librarian for help if you want it and are not finding it.


Alt-Press Watch is a full text database of selected independent newspapers, magazines, and journals of the alternative press. It provides an alternative to mainstream media perspectives on local, national, and international issues.

Ethnic NewsWatch brings full text coverage of ethnic and minority presses from around the United States.  Provides viewpoints and resources you may not find anywere else!


All Research Databases

There are hundreds of additional library research databases

  • Use the alphabetical list if you know the name of the database
  • Or use the search by subject menu.

Background Information

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Contains dozens of online encyclopedias and other reference works. Good for the humanities.

Sage Knowledge
An online collection of over 40 reference titles from Sage Publications. It is especially good for the social sciences and sciences.

Credo Reference Online  
Provides full-text online access to many reference books in all major subjects. Also includes dictionaries for major European languages and biographical reference resources. 
Encyclopaedia Britannica
Contains the complete encyclopedia, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, world atlas, timelines, "This Day in History" feature, and world data analyst. 

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