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Area Studies

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African Studies

BlackPast.org
Includes an online encyclopedia of hundreds of famous and lesser known figures in African America, full text primary documents and major speeches of black activists and leaders from the 18th Century to the present, plus other features.

Companion Encyclopedia of Middle Eastern and North African Film [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa including the former Soviet republics, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, The Maghreb, Palestine, and Turkey. Content includes history and major issues, biographical information on leading directors and actors, filmographies, and related information.

Country Studies: Area Handbook Series
Searchable versions of the Handbooks published by the Library of Congress and sponsored by the Department of the Army. Most books in the series deal with a particular foreign country, describing and analyzing its political; economic; social; and national security systems and institutions, and examining the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they're shaped by cultural factors.

Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History [Rutgers Restricted]
"A five-volume set and supplement covering all aspects of the African-American experience from 1619 to the present day. Using biographies, historical essays, and thematic pieces, many written by foremost scholars, it addresses a wide array of subjects in over 2,300 articles to define in one source the cultural roots, participation in American life, and current condition of the African-American community." 2nd edition.

Encyclopedia of African American Artists [Rutgers Restricted]
Biographical and critical information on "black artists from the African Diaspora who have worked and lived, or continue to do so, in the United States." Electronic version of the print resource.

Encyclopedia of African American Education [Rutgers Restricted]
"The encyclopedia follows the struggle of African Americans to achieve equality in education—beginning among an enslaved population and evolving into the present."

Encyclopedia of African American History [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers the "totality of the African American experience, from beginnings in precolonial Atlantic Africa through the dawn of the 21st century."

Encyclopedia of African American Music [Rutgers Restricted]
"Showcases all facets of African American music including folk, religious, concert and popular styles.quot;

Encyclopedia of African American Society [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers such topics as abolitionism, affirmative action, the civil rights movement, economic growth, law and justice, politics, racism, and religion. Also includes articles on notable African Americans, groundbreaking events, sports and culture, and significant heritage sites.

Encyclopedia of African Religion [Rutgers Restricted]
Includes "ideas, concepts, discourses, and extensive essays on African religion."

Encyclopedia of Black Studies [Rutgers Restricted]
"Contains a full analysis of the economic, political, sociological, historical, literary, and philosophical issues related to Americans of African descent." Includes key themes such as: afrocentricity, anti-racism, arts, associations and organizations, campus politics, civil rights, classical africa, culture, departmental histories, institutions, intellectual schools, legal issues, movements, political issues, racism, religion, reparations, and resistance.

Encyclopedia of Immigration and Migration in the American West [Rutgers Restricted]
Examines the settlement of the American West including "coverage of movements of American Indians, African Americans, and the often-forgotten role of women in the West’s development." Electronic version of the 2 volume print resource.

Encyclopedia of Islam [Rutgers Restricted]
"Includes articles on Muslims of every age and land, on tribes and dynasties, on the crafts and sciences, on political and religious institutions, on the geography, ethnography of the various countries and on the history, topography and monuments of the major towns and cities. Its scope encompasses the old Arabo-Islamic empire, the Islamic countries of Iran, Central Asia, the Indian sub-continent and Indonesia, the Ottoman Empire and all other Islamic countries." New edition.

Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World [Rutgers Restricted]
"Looks at Islam's role in the modern world, doing so in context of the religion's history and development over the last 13 centuries. Contains thematic articles, biographies of key figures, definitions, illustrations, maps and more." Electronic version of the 2 volume print resource.

Encyclopedia of Race and Crime [Rutgers Restricted]
"A comprehensive compilation of relevant facts and information on topics related to race and crime and the crime and justice experiences of racial/ethnic groups in the United States."

Encyclopedia Of The History Of Arabic Science [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers the history of Arabic contributions to science, mathematics and technology including their influence on the Middle Ages in Europe.

Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society [Rutgers Restricted]
"Describes over a hundred racial and ethnic groups, with additional thematic essays discussing broad topics that cut across group boundaries and impact society at large." Electronic version of the 3 volume print resource.

Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa [Rutgers Restricted]
"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. Each country in the region is reviewed, detailing its population, economy, and government." Electronic version of the 4 volume 2nd edition of the print resource.

Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America [Rutgers Restricted]
"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." Electronic version of the 6 volume 2nd edition of the print resource.

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online [Rutgers Restricted]
Includes regional overviews, with surveys of musical heritage, traditions and themes, as well as descriptions of specific musical genres, practices, and performances. Electronic version of the 10 volume print resource.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities: An Encyclopedia [Rutgers Restricted]
"This exhaustive analysis of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) throughout history discusses the institutions and the major events, individuals, and organizations that have contributed to their existence.quot;

History in Dispute [Rutgers Restricted]
"Addresses heavily debated questions by offering different critical perspectives on major historical events, drawn from all time periods and from all parts of the globe."

International Encyclopaedia of the Middle Ages [Rutgers Restricted]
"Covers all aspects of medieval studies within the period 300 to 1500. Its geographical scope covers the whole of Europe, part of the Middle East, and parts of North Africa to document the roots of Western culture and those of its neighbours in the Byzantine, Arab and Jewish worlds."

LookLex / Encyclopaedia
Formerly the Encyclopaedia of the Orient, the site provides extensive information on North Africa and the Middle East accessible via an alphabetical index or a search interface.

Myth Encyclopedia
Covers myths and legends from around the world, encompassing North and South America, Africa and Asia, and the Pacific islands, with links between related articles. Based on the Thomson Gale print publication, Myths and Legends of the World.

New Encyclopedia of Africa [Rutgers Restricted]
"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." Electronic version of the 5 volume 2nd edition of the print resource.

Race Relations in the United States [Rutgers Restricted]
"Covers the key events, influential voices, race relations by group, legislation, media influences, cultural output, and theories of inter-group interactions."

World Factbook
From the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, the Factbook includes maps and detailed information on the geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for countries worldwide.


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East Asian Studies

Berkshire Encyclopedia of China [Rutgers Restricted]
Subtitled Modern and Historic Views of the World's Newest and Oldest Global Power the encyclopedia covers such diverse topics as "arts, belief systems, business, communications, cuisines, demographics, education, law and politics, leadership, minority groups, natural disasters, natural resources, regional and international relations, social welfare, technology, and the changing roles of women." Electronic version of the 5 volume print resource.

Country Studies: Area Handbook Series
Searchable versions of the Handbooks published by the Library of Congress and sponsored by the Department of the Army. Most books in the series deal with a particular foreign country, describing and analyzing its political; economic; social; and national security systems and institutions, and examining the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they're shaped by cultural factors.

Encyclopedia of Modern Asia [Rutgers Restricted]
"Historical articles emphasize people, places, events, and developments that have had a lasting influence on Asia. Articles also cover Asian relations with Western nations, the relations between nations within Asia, and also the flow of people, goods, and ideas within Asia and globally." Electronic version of the 6 volume print resource.

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online [Rutgers Restricted]
Includes regional overviews, with surveys of musical heritage, traditions and themes, as well as descriptions of specific musical genres, practices, and performances. Electronic version of the 10 volume print resource.

Myth Encyclopedia
Covers myths and legends from around the world, encompassing North and South America, Africa and Asia, and the Pacific islands, with links between related articles. Based on the Thomson Gale print publication, Myths and Legends of the World.

World Factbook
From the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, the Factbook includes maps and detailed information on the geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for countries worldwide.


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Jewish Studies

Companion Encyclopedia of Middle Eastern and North African Film [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa including the former Soviet republics, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, The Maghreb, Palestine, and Turkey. Content includes history and major issues, biographical information on leading directors and actors, filmographies, and related information.

Dictionary of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict [Rutgers Restricted]
"Covers the history of the conflict, going back to the birth of Zionism at the end of the 19th century. The two-volume set covers five Arab-Israeli wars, and provides biographies of political personnel in Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and the occupied territories."

Encyclopaedia Judaica [Rutgers Restricted]
An electronic version of the 2007 edition of the 22 volume work on Judaism. The encyclopedia features more than 21,000 entries on Jewish life, culture, history, and religion, written by Israeli, American and European subject specialists.

Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World [Rutgers Restricted]
"Provides a compendium of some 2,100 articles across a diverse range of disciplines including, but not limited to, history, anthropology, ethnography, folklore, law and jurisprudence, linguistics, sociology, politics, philosophy, religious studies, women's studies, art history, literature, film studies, material culture, and biographies of notable persons. The time frame of the contents is from the advent of Islam and the initial Muslim-Jewish encounter in the seventh century to the present (2010)."

Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa [Rutgers Restricted]
"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. Each country in the region is reviewed, detailing its population, economy, and government." Electronic version of the 4 volume 2nd edition of the print resource.

History in Dispute [Rutgers Restricted]
"Addresses heavily debated questions by offering different critical perspectives on major historical events, drawn from all time periods and from all parts of the globe."

Holocaust Encyclopedia
Includes hundreds of articles on every aspect of the Holocaust with links between entries, timelines, photographs, and primary documents.

International Encyclopaedia of the Middle Ages [Rutgers Restricted]
"Covers all aspects of medieval studies within the period 300 to 1500. Its geographical scope covers the whole of Europe, part of the Middle East, and parts of North Africa to document the roots of Western culture and those of its neighbours in the Byzantine, Arab and Jewish worlds."

Jewish Encyclopedia
Electronic version of the 12 volume encyclopedia originally published in the early 1900s.

Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia
"Embraces the whole Jewish world and all of Jewish culture from the Hebrew Bible to the present." Includes the text from the original CD-ROM resource plus some images. Articles will be added and updated over time.


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Latin America, Caribbean, Spanish & Portuguese Studies

Country Studies: Area Handbook Series
Searchable versions of the Handbooks published by the Library of Congress and sponsored by the Department of the Army. Most books in the series deal with a particular foreign country, describing and analyzing its political; economic; social; and national security systems and institutions, and examining the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they're shaped by cultural factors.

Encyclopedia of Puerto Rico
"Organized into 22 subject areas structured in 15 sections, which include essays and articles by academics, researchers, and subject matter experts. Each area includes a general overview and an increasing number of specialized articles of an expository and descriptive nature."

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online [Rutgers Restricted]
Includes regional overviews, with surveys of musical heritage, traditions and themes, as well as descriptions of specific musical genres, practices, and performances. Electronic version of the 10 volume print resource.

History in Dispute [Rutgers Restricted]
"Addresses heavily debated questions by offering different critical perspectives on major historical events, drawn from all time periods and from all parts of the globe."

World Factbook
From the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, the Factbook includes maps and detailed information on the geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for countries worldwide.


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Latino Studies

Encyclopedia of American Immigration [Rutgers Restricted]
"Covers the full depth and breadth of American immigration history--from the arrival of the early ancestors of Native Americans more than ten millennia ago to a broad range of twenty-first century immigration issues." Addresses the diverse demographic, economic, legal, political, and social aspects of immigration.

Encyclopedia of Puerto Rico
"Organized into 22 subject areas structured in 15 sections, which include essays and articles by academics, researchers, and subject matter experts. Each area includes a general overview and an increasing number of specialized articles of an expository and descriptive nature."

Encyclopedia of Race and Crime [Rutgers Restricted]
"A comprehensive compilation of relevant facts and information on topics related to race and crime and the crime and justice experiences of racial/ethnic groups in the United States."

Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society [Rutgers Restricted]
"Describes over a hundred racial and ethnic groups, with additional thematic essays discussing broad topics that cut across group boundaries and impact society at large." Electronic version of the 3 volume print resource.

Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America [Rutgers Restricted]
"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." Electronic version of the 6 volume 2nd edition of the print resource.

Latino Baseball Legends: An Encyclopedia [Rutgers Restricted]
"Offers the most comprehensive, go-to source for everything relating to Latin American baseball stars, tracing the history of Latinos in baseball through the stories of those who have excelled at the game. Colorfully written 3,000-word entries explore the lives and careers of 25 dominant players, from legends such as Roberto Clemente to deserving, but comparatively unknown superstars such as Martin Dihigo. Shorter listings note another 75 Latinos who have figured prominently in the sport.quot;

Race Relations in the United States [Rutgers Restricted]
"Covers the key events, influential voices, race relations by group, legislation, media influences, cultural output, and theories of inter-group interactions."


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Middle Eastern Studies

Companion Encyclopedia of Middle Eastern and North African Film [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa including the former Soviet republics, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, The Maghreb, Palestine, and Turkey. Content includes history and major issues, biographical information on leading directors and actors, filmographies, and related information.

Country Studies: Area Handbook Series
Searchable versions of the Handbooks published by the Library of Congress and sponsored by the Department of the Army. Most books in the series deal with a particular foreign country, describing and analyzing its political; economic; social; and national security systems and institutions, and examining the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they're shaped by cultural factors.

Dictionary of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict [Rutgers Restricted]
"Covers the history of the conflict, going back to the birth of Zionism at the end of the 19th century. The two-volume set covers five Arab-Israeli wars, and provides biographies of political personnel in Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and the occupied territories."

Encyclopaedia Iranica
Covers "Iranian civilization in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent," and "will eventually cover all aspects of Iranian history and culture as well as all Iranian languages and literatures."

Encyclopedia of Islam [Rutgers Restricted]
"Includes articles on Muslims of every age and land, on tribes and dynasties, on the crafts and sciences, on political and religious institutions, on the geography, ethnography of the various countries and on the history, topography and monuments of the major towns and cities. Its scope encompasses the old Arabo-Islamic empire, the Islamic countries of Iran, Central Asia, the Indian sub-continent and Indonesia, the Ottoman Empire and all other Islamic countries." New edition.

Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World [Rutgers Restricted]
"Looks at Islam's role in the modern world, doing so in context of the religion's history and development over the last 13 centuries. Contains thematic articles, biographies of key figures, definitions, illustrations, maps and more." Electronic version of the 2 volume print resource.

Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World [Rutgers Restricted]
"Provides a compendium of some 2,100 articles across a diverse range of disciplines including, but not limited to, history, anthropology, ethnography, folklore, law and jurisprudence, linguistics, sociology, politics, philosophy, religious studies, women's studies, art history, literature, film studies, material culture, and biographies of notable persons. The time frame of the contents is from the advent of Islam and the initial Muslim-Jewish encounter in the seventh century to the present (2010)."

Encyclopedia Of The History Of Arabic Science [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers the history of Arabic contributions to science, mathematics and technology including their influence on the Middle Ages in Europe.

Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa [Rutgers Restricted]
"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. Each country in the region is reviewed, detailing its population, economy, and government." Electronic version of the 4 volume 2nd edition of the print resource.

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online [Rutgers Restricted]
Includes regional overviews, with surveys of musical heritage, traditions and themes, as well as descriptions of specific musical genres, practices, and performances. Electronic version of the 10 volume print resource.

History in Dispute [Rutgers Restricted]
"Addresses heavily debated questions by offering different critical perspectives on major historical events, drawn from all time periods and from all parts of the globe."

International Encyclopaedia of the Middle Ages [Rutgers Restricted]
"Covers all aspects of medieval studies within the period 300 to 1500. Its geographical scope covers the whole of Europe, part of the Middle East, and parts of North Africa to document the roots of Western culture and those of its neighbours in the Byzantine, Arab and Jewish worlds."

LookLex / Encyclopaedia
Formerly the Encyclopaedia of the Orient, the site provides extensive information on North Africa and the Middle East accessible via an alphabetical index or a search interface.

World Factbook
From the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, the Factbook includes maps and detailed information on the geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for countries worldwide.


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South Asian Studies

Country Studies: Area Handbook Series
Searchable versions of the Handbooks published by the Library of Congress and sponsored by the Department of the Army. Most books in the series deal with a particular foreign country, describing and analyzing its political; economic; social; and national security systems and institutions, and examining the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they're shaped by cultural factors.

Encyclopaedia Iranica
Covers "Iranian civilization in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent," and "will eventually cover all aspects of Iranian history and culture as well as all Iranian languages and literatures."

Encyclopedia of India [Rutgers Restricted]
"A four volume survey of the history, cultures, geography and religions of India from ancient times to the present day. Includes more than 600 entries, arranged alphabetically."

Encyclopedia of Modern Asia [Rutgers Restricted]
"Historical articles emphasize people, places, events, and developments that have had a lasting influence on Asia. Articles also cover Asian relations with Western nations, the relations between nations within Asia, and also the flow of people, goods, and ideas within Asia and globally." Electronic version of the 6 volume print resource.

Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War: a Political, Social, and Military History [Rutgers Restricted]
Articles of varying lengths on all aspects of the Vietnam war, with a chronology, document texts, and related information. Each article includes a list of references and linked cross-references to related topics.

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online [Rutgers Restricted]
Includes regional overviews, with surveys of musical heritage, traditions and themes, as well as descriptions of specific musical genres, practices, and performances. Electronic version of the 10 volume print resource.

Myth Encyclopedia
Covers myths and legends from around the world, encompassing North and South America, Africa and Asia, and the Pacific islands, with links between related articles. Based on the Thomson Gale print publication, Myths and Legends of the World.

World Factbook
From the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, the Factbook includes maps and detailed information on the geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for countries worldwide.