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Culture and Area Studies Databases

(see also Anthropology, Ethnic Studies & Multiculturalism, History--General, International Business, and General)


[Worldwide--Video]   [Worldwide--eBooks]   [Worldwide--Indexes]

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Worldwide -- Online Video:

Area Studies Video Online (Alexander Street Press) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
The collection includes films focused on cultural, political, and socioeconomic issues in the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia, and other global communities to provide an interdisciplinary resource for every region of the world. Many of the videos have searchable transcripts that display alongside the video. Faculty can create annotated playlists, select clips, and link directly to them from their websites or online syllabi.

Ethnographic Video Online (Alexander Street Press) Remote access available Full text available
Provides anthropologists, sociologists, and cultural historians with an expansive and multifaceted survey of human culture and behavior the world over. Covers anthropology, history, politics, religion, linguistics, geography, economics, area studies, psychology, environmental studies, and more. Researchers can identify and compare materials by theme, cultural group, geographic location, ethnographer, content type, and anthropological subject. Many of the videos have searchable transcripts that display alongside the video. Faculty can create annotated playlists, select clips, and link directly to them from their websites or online syllabi.

Current Affairs in Video (Alexander Street Press) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
These issue-based documentaries from around the world focus on the key issues and events of recent global history, including terrorism, immigration, human rights, public health, globalization, urban studies, border studies, political science, Middle East studies, and much more. Many of the videos have searchable transcripts that display alongside the video. Faculty can create annotated playlists, select clips, and link directly to them from their websites or online syllabi.


Worldwide -- Online Encyclopedias and Books:
General Information - Arts & Recreation - Economics & Business - Government & Law - Religion


General Information:

Cities of the World (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Countries of the World and Their Leaders (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Yearbook 2011, Yearbook 2006, Yearbook 2005.
A compilation of U.S. Department of State reports on contemporary political and economic conditions, government personnel and policies, political parties, religions, history, education, press, radio and TV, climate, and other characteristics of selected countries of the world; together with travel alerts, passport and visa information, world health information for travelers, and customs and duty tips for returning residents.

Countries and Their Cultures (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Focuses on cultures and countries around the world, specifically what is and is not shared culturally by the people who live in a particular country. Entries contain descriptive summaries of the country in question, including demographic, historical, cultural, economic, religious, and political information.

Keesing's World News Archives: 1931-current (Keesing's) Full text available
Combines the over 95,000 articles from Keesing's Contemporary Archives and Keesing's Record of World Events to provide the full text from 2003 onward (and excerpts of the text from 1931-2002), adding about 150 articles per month. Drawing from a wide range of press and other sources in a variety of languages, it provides an overview of the political news of the world with a commitment to internationalism, accuracy, objectivity, and permanence. Covers, with their historical context, such topics as elections, changes of government, wars, treaties, appointments, diplomacy, terrorism, security issues, legislation, budgets, economic developments, international agreements, actions by the UN & other international organizations, natural disasters, environmental issues, and scientific discoveries.

Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)


Arts and Recreation:
(see also: Art, Film, Theater & Performing Arts, Literature, Music, and Sports)

Arts and Humanities Through the Eras (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
For each of the five major periods (Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece & Rome, Medieval Europe, Renaissance Europe, and the Baroque & Enlightenment), it discusses architecture & design, dance, fashion, literature, music, philosophy, religion, theater, and visual arts, profiling milestones, movements, masterworks, and schools of thought in relation to each other, as well as to history and culture. Includes an overview of each period with a chronology of major world events and biographical profiles of pioneers, masters, and other prominent figures in the field.

Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Global and interdisciplinary coverage the world of sport and its incredible variety, incorporating knowledge from sports management, sports science, human movement studies, sport history, and sport sociology. Key social issues such as doping, racism, sexism, civic life, youth participation, and public policy are amply covered, with all perspectives represented.

Cambridge World History of Food (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Covers the full spectrum of foods that have been hunted, gathered, cultivated, and domesticated from prehistoric times to the present, offering a geographical perspective on the history and culture of food and drink. Includes nutritional makeup, prejudices, fads, taboos, policy issues, toxins, additives, labeling, entitlements, impact on cultures & demography, brief histories of over 1000 plant foods, and much more.

Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Covers clothing and different forms of body adornment - including makeup, tattoos, and piercing - examining the origins of clothing, the development of fabrics & technologies, the social meanings of dress, costumes from a wide variety of historical eras, histories of specific garments, techniques & manufacturing, and important persons & institutions. Discusses contexts of class, gender, sumptuary laws, as well as advertising, fashion careers, uniforms; costume design for stage & screen, and more. Includes a timeline.

Encyclopedia of Food and Culture (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Presents 600 articles on food and its place in human culture and society, covering everything from agronomy to zucchini. Students, academics, and general researchers will find entries on everything from food preparation, distribution, and storage to holidays and festivals, nutrition and health, and cultures and cuisines. Entries range from 250 to 10,000 words each and are supplemented by 400 photographs and illustrations, sidebars, recipes, menus, timelines, and a comprehensive index.

Fashion, Costume, and Culture: Clothing, Headwear, Body Decorations, and Footwear through the Ages (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides a broad overview of costume traditions of diverse cultures from prehistoric times to the present day, examining more than 430 items of human decoration and adornment. Explores how and why items were created, the people who made them, their uses, and how clothing reflects the different cultural, religious, and societal beliefs.

Reference Guide to World Literature (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Contains biographical and critical essays on authors from throughout the world, as well as essays covering specific work or works of an author, with criticism and analysis of those works.


Economics and Business:
(see also: International Business, Economics, and Media)

IMF eLibrary (International Monetary Fund) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
Produced by the International Monetary fund, International Financial Statistics provides data on all aspects of international and domestic finance (dating back to 1948), including: prices - production - population - interest rates - exchange rates - national accounts - money and banking - balance of payments - government accounts - international liquidity - and international transactions. Balance of Payments Statistics delivers aggregate and detailed country data on international economic transactions with international investment position (dating back to 1960) on: capital transfers and changes in each economy's external financial claims and liabilities - tables featuring area and world totals of balance of payments components and aggregates - and total goods, services, factor income, and current transfers each economy receives from or provides to the rest of the world. (Click "Sign In or Register". A special password is required for full access. Please contact the Reference Desk at 516-299-2305.)

Dealing with an International Clientele: Communications, Diplomacy and Etiquette (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Monthly Bulletin of Statistics Online (MBS) (United Nations Statistics Division) Remote access available Full text available
Presents current economic and social statistics for more than 200 countries and territories of the world. It contains 53 tables (comprising over 100 indicators) of monthly, quarterly, and annual data on a variety of subjects that illustrate important economic trends and developments. Includes: energy - finance - transport - population - construction - price indices - manufacturing - national accounts - employment and earnings - industrial production indices - international merchandise trade.

World Press Encyclopedia (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Describes the press and electronic media systems of over 200 countries, including the overview & background, economic framework, general characteristics, number & type of media, press laws, censorship issues, state-press relations, education & training in journalism, and more.

Worldmark Encyclopedia of National Economies (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)


Government and Law:
(see also: Government & Politics, Criminal Justice, Law, and Education)

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) Remote access available Full text available
Comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs. CIAO is also widely-recognized source for teaching materials including original case studies written by leading international affairs experts, course packs of background readings for history and political science classes, and special features.

Countries of the World and Their Leaders (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Yearbook 2011, Yearbook 2006, Yearbook 2005.
A compilation of U.S. Department of State reports on contemporary political and economic conditions, government personnel and policies, political parties, religions, history, education, press, radio and TV, climate, and other characteristics of selected countries of the world; together with travel alerts, passport and visa information, world health information for travelers, and customs and duty tips for returning residents.

Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Combining the disciplines of criminology, sociology, history, law, and political science, this encyclopedia presents concepts, theories, empirical research, and practical viewpoints on all facets of law enforcement on the state, local, federal, national, and international stages. Includes: development, practice, theory, and functions of policing in a historical and contemporary framework; comprehensive and comparative views of policing and law enforcement systems worldwide; the impact of technology and modern culture on law enforcement, the impact of court decisions; what an officer or an agency does; and coverage of most U.S. law enforcement concepts, strategies, practices, agencies, and types.

European Union, Commonwealth, and Foreign Nations: Laws, Cases, and Treaties (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available
EUR-Lex European Union Cases - EUR-Lex EU Legislation - EUR-Lex EU Parliamentary Questions - EUR-Lex EU Preparatory Acts - EUR-Lex EU Treaties - EUR-Lex EU National Provisions Implementing Directives - Australian Commonwealth, State & Territory Case Law - Commonwealth & Irish Cases, Combined - Gatt Panel and World Trade Decisions - Hong Kong Cases - Hong Kong Public Law Reports - International Legal Materials - Irish Cases: 1950-2010 - New Zealand Cases - Northern Ireland Reported and Unreported Cases - Malaysia and Brunei Cases - Butterworths South African Constitutional Law Reports - UK Cases, Combined Courts - U.S. Treaties in Force - U.S. Treaties on LEXIS.

FIRST: Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (SIPRI) Remote access available Full text available
Provides statistics and reports, organized by country, that cover: armed forces, conventional weapon holdings, and military activities - arms production, trade, embargoes and export controls - conflicts and peace keeping activities, landmines, and failed state indicators - general country indicators, population and economic statistics, global peace index, and political terror scale - form of government, elections, membership in international organizations, treaties and agreements - military expenditure and research - nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles - security news, links to related websites, chronology of security related events, and disease outbreaks - energy security and coal - human rights and freedom - and more. Produced by the International Relations & Security Network and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute with information from thirty international partner organizations.

Governments of the World: A Global Guide to Citizen's Rights and Responsibilities (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides multidisciplinary background information on the governments, political issues, and citizen politics in every independent nation of the world (and several non-independent territories), covering both their structure and how they affect citizens in the daily exercise of their rights and responsibilities. Includes historical surveys on different types of political systems; sidebars that explore key people, themes, & events; biographical sketches; a selection of primary documents; the intricacies of international relationships in a global environment; and the roles of international courts & supranational institutions such as the United Nations & the European Union.

World Education Encyclopedia (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Survey of the educational systems of 233 countries. Each entry covers history, background; constitutional & legal foundations; educational system overview; preprimary & primary education; secondary education; higher education; administration, finance, educational research; nonformal education; teaching profession; summary; and bibliography. Includes information on topics such as new political & educational philosophies, new technologies, and study abroad programs.


Religion:
(see also: Religion)

Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)


Worldwide -- Indexes to Journals and Books:

Abstracts in Anthropology (Baywood) Remote access available
Index to anthropological scholarship in all its subfields: cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics - covering both third world societies and subcultures within industrialized nations. Also includes topics such as: history, artifacts, language, physiology, drug abuse, environment, social welfare, social relations, geriatric caregiving, medical intervention, applied anthropology, geographical overviews, ethics of genetic engineering, societal factors in disease transmission, ecological factors in prehistoric site selection, and more.

SocINDEX with Full Text (Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available
Offers comprehensive coverage of sociology, encompassing all sub-disciplines and closely related areas such as criminology, demography, ethnic studies, gender studies, marriage, family, political sociology, religion, social development, social psychology, social work, anthropology, history, violence, and more. Contains full text for 708 journals (some dating back to 1908), 780 books, and 9,333 conference papers along with abstracts for more than 1,130 core coverage journals dating as far back as 1895. Also features over 25,000 author profiles.

LexisNexis Academic Universe All News (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available
Full text English language international publications from Europe, Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and North America (click "Advanced Options" - select "Country" or "World Region" from the dropdown menu - then select the place that you want from the other menu), as well as Non-US Newspapers and Wires and Foreign Language News. Includes a Country Information Search with socioeconomic profiles and news from Business Monitor International, PRS Risk Guide & Service, and recent news stories with business, economic, and political information (click "Advanced Options" - select a country from the dropdown menu).

InfoTrac Newsstand (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available NOVEL Database Full text available
Formerly Custom Newspapers, this provides access to more than 33.5 million full-text articles from 1,100 major national, regional, and local U.S. newspapers, as well as leading titles from around the world, for comprehensive coverage of current events with national, global, and regional perspectives, as well as first-hand accounts of historical events. It includes context-sensitive multimedia pictures and video clips as well as audio versions of articles that can be downloaded for later listening.

LIUCat on the Web: Remote access available
The online public access catalog of Long Island University's six campuses. This can be searched from any computer. No password is needed.


Africa:

Africa: An Encyclopedia for Students (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Based on the scholarship in the acclaimed Encyclopedia of Africa, aimed at college and graduate students, this work presents Africa, from Egypt to Cape Town and from prehistoric times to the present day, in a format accessible to high school students. This set spans many disciplines, covering animals, foods, holidays, festivals, tribal groups, ecology, music, art, trade, economy, geography, religion, folklore, and fossil and skeletal discoveries.

Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Covers the modern history of the Middle East and North Africa, with major sections on Colonialism and Imperialism, the World Wars, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the United Nations' involvement in the region, reflecting the far-reaching changes the Middle East has undergone in recent years. Each country in the region is reviewed, detailing its population, economy, and government.

Historical Atlas of the Islamic World (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Geography is vital for the understanding of Islamic history and its problematic relationship with modernity. The maps in this book illuminate important aspects of the shifting patterns of state and religious authority that prevailed during the vast sweep of Islamic history, from the time of the Prophet to the present, by opening windows into significant areas of the distant and recent past, thereby helping to explain the legacy of conflicts - as well as opportunities - that the past has bequeathed to the present.

LIUCat on the Web: Remote access available
The online public access catalog of Long Island University's six campuses. This can be searched from any computer. No password is needed.

New Encyclopedia of Africa (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Addresses the entire history of African cultures from the pharaohs and the ancient civilizations of the south through the colonial era to the emergence of 53 independent countries, some of them newly emergent in world commerce and others deep in conflict. Covers issues facing the continent such as global development, the AIDS crisis, and international terrorism.


Asia: India   (see also: The Middle East)

Encyclopedia of Buddhism (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Encyclopedia of Modern Asia (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
3,000 articles explore the economics, religion, technology, politics, education, family, environmental issues, international relations, scientific advances, and other vital aspects of Modern Asia from a global perspective. Includes historical articles that emphasize people, places, events, and developments that have had a lasting influence on Asia as well as coverage of Asian relations with Western nations, the relations between nations within Asia, and also the flow of people, goods, and ideas within Asia and globally, providing a variety of perspectives on issues and events. Defines Asia to include Turkey, Iran, and Iraq but not the rest of the Middle East.

Historical Atlas of the Islamic World (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Geography is vital for the understanding of Islamic history and its problematic relationship with modernity. The maps in this book illuminate important aspects of the shifting patterns of state and religious authority that prevailed during the vast sweep of Islamic history, from the time of the Prophet to the present, by opening windows into significant areas of the distant and recent past, thereby helping to explain the legacy of conflicts - as well as opportunities - that the past has bequeathed to the present.

LIUCat on the Web: Remote access available
The online public access catalog of Long Island University's six campuses. This can be searched from any computer. No password is needed.


India:

Encyclopedia of India (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Encompasses the history, cultures, geography, and religions of India, covering over 4,000 years from ancient times to the present day, with such topics as art, economics, defense, human rights, industrial growth, judicial system, languages, medical science, education, policies, theater, trade, and more. Includes chronologies detailing India's long history.


Australia:

LIUCat on the Web: Remote access available
The online public access catalog of Long Island University's six campuses. This can be searched from any computer. No password is needed.


Europe: Ireland - Russia - United Kingdom

Ancient Europe, 8000 B.C. to A.D. 1000: Encyclopedia of the Barbarian World (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Explores the many peoples of early European civilizations responsible for such accomplishments as the rise of farming in the Neolithic era and the building of Stonehenge. Coverage expands from prehistoric origins through the early Middle Ages when tribal movements helped define the end of ancient culture and the rise of the modern European world.

Europe, 1450 to 1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
1,150 articles written by eminent scholars explore European history from 1450-1789, including coverage of major topics in art, government, and education, along with specific topics such as guilds, key individuals, food riots, royal mistresses, the Spanish Inquisition, apocalypticism, Utopia, and more.

Europe 1789 to 1914: An Encyclopedia of the Age of Industry and Empire (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
A survey of European history from the onset of the French Revolution to the outbreak of World War I. Alphabetically arranged entries cover the period's most significant personalities and meaningful developments in the arts, religion, politics, exploration, and warfare.

Europe Since 1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of War and Reconstruction (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
A survey of European history from the beginning of World War I in 1914 to the present, presented through alphabetically arranged entries that focus on the period's scientific, social, and cultural history as well as the political, military, and economic developments.

LIUCat on the Web: Remote access available
The online public access catalog of Long Island University's six campuses. This can be searched from any computer. No password is needed.

Reference Guide to Holocaust Literature (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides biographical and critical essays on 223 writers connected to or concerned with the Holocaust, as well as separate essays on 307 of their works.

Renaissance: An Encyclopedia for Students (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
This set has been prepared especially for nonspecialists, focusing on the Renaissance-era topics that are most studied in art, literature, economics, science, and world history classes. Entries cover a range of topics, such as Florence, Galileo, heraldry, Medici family, opera, piracy, Shakespeare, Leonardo Da Vinci, and many others. Includes a master chronology with topical timelines, a bibliography with age-appropriate further reading sources, and a comprehensive index.


Ireland:

Encyclopedia of Irish History and Culture (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Spanning prehistoric times to the present and treating both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, entries represent an inclusive, cross-disciplinary approach that covers history, archaeology, anthropology, geography, politics, economics, languages, literatures, visual arts, and other fields.


Russia:

Encyclopedia of Russian History (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Covers the people, politics, economics, religion, culture, and social systems of Russia, spanning from the earliest beginnings of the Russian nation (among the ancient Eastern Slavic tribes) to the end of czarist Russia and on through the rise and fall of the Soviet Union to provide a greater understanding of and appreciation for Russia in all of its many spheres.


United Kingdom: (see also: British Literature)

Encyclopedia of Irish History and Culture (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Spanning prehistoric times to the present and treating both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, entries represent an inclusive, cross-disciplinary approach that covers history, archaeology, anthropology, geography, politics, economics, languages, literatures, visual arts, and other fields.


Latin America: Mexico

Contemporary Hispanic Biography (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
vol.01, vol.02, vol.03, vol.04. Biographical profiles of the important and influential persons of Latino heritage around the world in a wide variety of fields, including art, business, education, law, literature, medicine, politics, religion, science, and more.

Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(Canada, Mexico, and the United States; see database page for description)

LIUCat on the Web: Remote access available
The online public access catalog of Long Island University's six campuses. This can be searched from any computer. No password is needed.


Mexico:

Mexican-American War (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Covers the period from the U.S. annexation of Texas to the Treaty of Guadeloupe Hidalgo (1848), including the battles of the conflict and also the mixed feelings of Americans regarding the war.


The Middle East:

Current Affairs in Video (Alexander Street Press) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
These issue-based documentaries from around the world focus on the key issues and events of recent global history, including terrorism, immigration, human rights, public health, globalization, urban studies, border studies, political science, Middle East studies, and much more. Many of the videos have searchable transcripts that display alongside the video. Faculty can create annotated playlists, select clips, and link directly to them from their websites or online syllabi.

Dictionary of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides clear definitions and comprehensive explanations of the history, geography, religion, and demographics of the conflict, from the birth of Zionism at the end of the 19th century to the five Arab-Israeli wars and biographies of political personnel in Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and the occupied territories.

Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Covers the modern history of the Middle East and North Africa, with major sections on Colonialism and Imperialism, the World Wars, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the United Nations' involvement in the region, reflecting the far-reaching changes the Middle East has undergone in recent years. Each country in the region is reviewed, detailing its population, economy, and government.

Gender and Violence in the Middle East (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Contends that violence is fundamental to the functioning of the patriarchal gender structure that governs daily life in Middle Eastern societies.

Historical Atlas of the Islamic World (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Geography is vital for the understanding of Islamic history and its problematic relationship with modernity. The maps in this book illuminate important aspects of the shifting patterns of state and religious authority that prevailed during the vast sweep of Islamic history, from the time of the Prophet to the present, by opening windows into significant areas of the distant and recent past, thereby helping to explain the legacy of conflicts - as well as opportunities - that the past has bequeathed to the present.

LIUCat on the Web: Remote access available
The online public access catalog of Long Island University's six campuses. This can be searched from any computer. No password is needed.


North America: Canada - United States

Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(Canada, Mexico, and the United States; see database page for description)

LIUCat on the Web: Remote access available
The online public access catalog of Long Island University's six campuses. This can be searched from any computer. No password is needed.

Salem History (Salem Press) Remote access available Full text available
Provides the full text of the reference sets, The Fifties in America, The Sixties in America, The Seventies in America, and The Eighties in America that cover the events, movements, people, and trends in popular culture, literature, art, business, sports, science, technology, economics, politics, and more of each decade in both the United States and Canada. Includes the impact and subsequent events of each topic discussed as well as photographs, maps, graphs, charts, and sidebars.


Canada:

Canadian Parliamentary Guide (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Biographical sketches of current parliamentarians, including those serving in the Privy Council, Senate, and House of Commons. Includes results of all federal general and by-elections since 1867, current and historical data on provincial and territorial governments (with statistical information), listings for provincial and territorial legislative assemblies (with general by-election results), and more.

LexisNexis Canadian Law (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available
Provides the text of Canadian Legislation, Canadian Court Cases, and Canadian Law Journals.


United States:
(see also: United States History and American Literature. For minority groups in the USA, see Ethnic Studies & Multiculturalism)

Cities of the United States (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides data on the history, geography, climate, population demographics, municipal government, economy, culture, education, research, health care, recreation, convention facilities, transportation, communications, incentive programs, development projects, and largest employers of the largest or fastest-growing cities, or those with a particular historical, political, industrial or commercial significance. Includes directory information, detailed maps, and city web sites.

Comparative Guide to American Suburbs (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Focuses on the individual and the suburban communities within each of the 60 largest U.S. metropolitan areas. Provides profiles of numerous suburban communities with a 10,000+ population.

Contemporary American Religion (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Essays by subject experts treat concepts, doctrines, policymaking, commerce, science, human rights, arms control, anti-imperialism, environmental diplomacy, refugee policies, terrorism, countermeasures, and more. Includes a chronology.

Encyclopedia of American Religions (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Encyclopedia of Recreation and Leisure in America (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides a comprehensive survey a broad range of activities, including rodeos, quilting bees, stickball, stock car racing, and more, from the Colonial era to the present, examining how the pursuit of leisure has changed over time, reflecting shifting social, cultural, political and economic trends in the United States. Particular attention is paid to how leisure activities have varied by region, class, ethnicity, gender and age.

Encyclopedia of War and American Society (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Contains 8,000 to 12,000 word essays on specific culture groups in the United States, emphasizing religions, holidays, customs, and languages in addition to providing information on historical background and settlement patterns. Also covers ethnoreligious groups such as Jews, Chaldeans, and Amish. Each essay lists organizations and research centers; name, address, and contact information for periodicals, radio, and television stations; and a further readings section.

Social Trends and Indicators USA (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Covers the culture of mass appeal - all the experiences in life shared by a people in common as well as those things created for the majority to be easily understandable and accessible (often disseminated by the mass media) to them. Includes: social life, music, print, film, television, radio, sports, art, performance, food, fashion, holidays, hairstyles, and more, emphasizing American popular culture in the second half of the 20th century. Each entry analyzes the topic and its significance within the broader cultural context.

Worldmark Encyclopedia of the States (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)


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