Research Guide for Politics JP Workshop

#1 Political Islam
Created by John J. Hernandez, Politics Librarian
Firestone Library,
Social Science Reference Center

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Reference Works
Background Information
Finding Books
Journal Articles & Papers
News Sources
Statistical Sources
Useful Websites

General Reference Works

bullet Encyclopedia of the Middle East Peace Process and the Middle East/North Africa Economic Community.
Publisher: Greenwich, CT; London: JAI Press, 1997.
Location: Social Science Reference Center (SSRC). Firestone 
Call Number: DS119.76 .R67 1997 

bullet Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East.
Publisher: New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 1996.
Location: General and Humanities Reference (DR). Firestone 
Call Number: DS43 .E53 1996

bullet Historical Dictionary of Islam
Publisher: Lanham, MD; London: Scarecrow Press, 2001.
Location: Firestone Library (F)
Call Number: BP50 .A33 2001

bullet Historical Dictionary of Islamic Fundamentalist Movements in the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey.
Publisher: Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1999. 
Location: Firestone Library (F) 
Call Number: BP60 .M36 1999 

bullet The Oxford Dictionary of Islam
Publisher: Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
Location: General and Humanities Reference (DR). Firestone
Call Number: BP40 .O95 2003
bullet The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World (4. vols.)
Publisher: New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
Location: General and Humanities Reference (DR). Firestone
Call Number: DS35.53 .O95 1995

bullet The Political Dictionary of Modern Middle East.
Publisher: Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1994. 
Location: Near East Collection (SY). Firestone 
Call Number: DS43 .K67 1994 

bullet Political Encyclopedia of the Middle East.
Publisher: Jerusalem: Jerusalem Publishing House, 1999. 
Location: Firestone Library (F) 
Call Number: DS62.8 .P64 1999b 

bullet Political Parties of the Middle East and North Africa.
Publisher: Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1994.
Location: Near East Collection (SY). Firestone 
Call Number: JQ1758.A979 P65 1994

bullet A Popular Dictionary of Islam
Publisher: London: Curzon Press, 1992.
Location: Firestone Library (F)
Call Number: BP40 .N48 1992b

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Country & Regional Background Information

bullet Background Notes
Factual publications prepared by the staff of the U.S. State Department that contain information on all the countries of the world with which the United States has relations. Each report contains information about the country's people, history, government, political conditions, economy, foreign relations, relations with the U.S., and travel and business. These reports are updated periodically.

bullet EIU Country Reports (PU only)
Annual reports by the Economist Intelligence Unit, which is considered to be a definitive source of business intelligence, provide detailed information on political and economic trends for 180 countries worldwide. Each report includes annual and quarterly economic indicators; economic forecasts; and information on domestic politics, international relations, economic growth, and foreign trade. Annual reports are updated by quarterly EIU Country Profiles. Reports and profiles from 1996 forward are available online with earlier reports in paper are held in Firestone, see the catalog for more information.

bullet Europa World (PU only)
The online version of the indispensable Europa World Year Book published since 1926. Europa provides detailed up-to-date surveys of over 250 countries and territories, a comprehensive listing of over 1,650 international organizations, directory information, and current analysis. Includes essential names and addresses and other information covering such areas as a country's constitution, government, legislature, political organizations, diplomatic representation, religion, media, finance, trade, industry, transport, and tourism. Paper copies of the yearbooks (1959- ) are located in Firestone (F) under call number JN1 .E85, with the current volume in General & Humanities Reference (DR). For more detailed information on the Middle East region, see The Middle East and North Africa listed below.

bullet Human Development Report.
Publisher: New York: Oxford University Press, 1990- 
Location: United Nations Collection (UN). Firestone 
Call Number: HD72 .H85 (1990- )
Produced by the United Nations Development Programme, the HDR series advocates a shift in the development debate away from a sole concern with economic growth toward a balanced concern for equity, sustainability, productivity and empowerment. The report's Human Development Index (HDI), offereds an alternative to GNP as a measure of development. In addition to the global report, there are national, subnational, and regional Human Development Reports for 135 countries.

bullet The Middle East and North Africa.
Publisher: London: Europa Publications, annual.
Location: Firestone Library (F) 
Call Number: DS49 .M5  (1948- )
Current Volume: General and Humanities Reference (DR)
Part of Europa's Regional Surveys of the World series, this volume provides background information on issues concerning the Middle East/North Africa region, as well as a general survey and analysis of the contemporary social, political and economic situation. In-depth individual country and territory surveys include comprehensive essays on physical and social geography, history and economy, major economic indicators, and a directory of contacts in the fields of government, media, trade, industry and tourism.

bullet Patterns of Global Terrorism.
Publisher: Washington, DC: United States Department of State, annual.
Location: Government Documents Collection (DOCS). Firestone
Call Number: S 1.138: (1986, 1989- )
URL: (1995- )
Congress requires the Department of State to provide a full and complete annual report on terrorism around the world as well as efforts by countries to assist the U.S. in counterterrorism programs.

Political Handbook of the World.
Publisher: Binghamton, NY: CSA Publications, annual.
Location: Firestone Library (F)
Call Number: 7560.729 (1928-1970)
Call Number: JF37 .P6 (1975- )
Current Volume:
Social Science Ready Reference (SSRC)
Provides essential political information about every country in the world, including heads of government, cabinet members, leaders and programs of political parties, representation in national legislatures, news media, and membership in international organizations. The handbook's primary focus is on government and development of the country's political climate.

The Statesman's Yearbook.
Publisher: New York: St. Martin's Press, annual.
Location: Firestone Library (F)
Call Number: JA51 .S7 (1876- )
Current Volume:
General and Humanities Reference (DR)
Similar to the Political Handbook above, Statesman's Yearbook also provides detailed information about all the countries of the world. The yearbook's focus is more on social and development indicators. Each entry includes a small map for quick geographical orientation, as well as a list of references for further reading.

bullet World Development Report.
Publisher: Washington, DC: World Bank, 1978-
Location: Firestone Library (F)
Location: Pliny Fisk Library (SXF). Firestone
Call Number: HC59.7 .W6 (1978- )
Current Volume: Social Science Ready Reference (SSRC)
This annual report discusses the state of the world economy and prospects for the next decade. Recent volumes have been dedicated to particular themes such as the environment, health investment, and poverty. The statistical appendix World Development Indicators, now published separately, provides tables of economic data that allow the researcher to compare the low, middle, and high-income economies of the world, see WDI Online below under "statistical sources" for more information.

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Finding Books

The Main Catalog is your primary tool for finding books in the Princeton University Libraries. The catalog also helps you find other materials, including videos, sound recordings, internet sites, and journals (the journals themselves- not individual articles). You can search the catalog by title, journal title, author, subject, or keyword.

Research Tip: Start your search out using keywords, which tend to get more results. Use the Long View feature to see the full record displaying the
subject headings that describe the subject matter of the item. When you find items that seem relevant to your topic, use these subject headings to find additional related items. See the list below for a few ideas.

Sample Keywords
Sample Subject Headings
  • political islam
  • holy war
  • radicalism
  • fundamentalism
  • islamist movements
  • middle east
  • muslim world
  • arab world
  • names of countries
  • Islam and politics.
  • Islamic fundamentalism.
  • Middle East--Foreign relations.
  • Middle East--Politics and government.
  • Africa, North--Politics and government.
  • Islamic countries--Politics and government.
  • Islam and state.
Use the name of a country with the
following sub-headings:
    • --Foreign Relations
    • --Politics and Government
    • --Social Conditions

When you find an item you'd like to see, be sure to pay attention to the location, call number, and status as indicated in the catalog record. See the list of location codes for help determining in which library collection the item is held. The call number shows where in the collection the item should be, and t
he status tells you whether the book is available or not. For more information on the call numbers used at Princeton and for help with locating a book in Firestone, see the Library Call Numbers & Locations page.

If after several tries you still don't find good results, you might want to look at the Library of Congress Subject Headings, copies of which are located at the General & Humanities and Social Science reference desks. This set of large red volumes provides a listing of the appropriate subject headings that correspond to various topics. Be sure to ask the staff at the reference desk for help. You can also schedule a research consultation with myself or another subject specialist.

Beyond the main catalog, you have access to other Princeton library catalogs, as well as regional and worldwide catalogs via the Library Catalogs page. For information on how to obtain books you find at other libraries that are not held at Princeton, see the Borrow Direct and Interlibrary Loan pages.

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Finding Articles & Papers

Click here to go right to the databases.

Some Tips on Searching Online Databases:
  1. Break up your topic into its component concepts. For example, suppose your topic is a study of the connestions between conservative Islam and terrorism. This can be broken down into the component concepts: conservative, Islam and terrorism.

  2. Think of possible synonyms (similar words) for these concepts. For example, a synonym for Islam would be Muslim, another way of saying conservative could be fundamentalist. Construct a keyword search on each of the concepts separately by combining the synonyms with a Boolean OR operator. For example, conservative OR fundamentalist.

  3. Use truncation symbols to find variations on words. For example, the search term terror* will find terror, terrorism and terrorist. Note: not all databases use the asterisk * for truncation. Some use a question mark ? or exclamation point ! or some other character. See the help pages of the particular database for more details.

  4. After you've executed searches on the separate concepts, combine the concepts using the Boolean AND operator. Group your synonyms using parentheses ( ) to represent the concepts. For example, (conservativ* or fundamentalis*) AND (islam* or muslim*). Note: many databases have a Search History feature that allows you to select previously executed searches and combine them using AND or OR.

  5. By first doing searches on the individual concepts and then combining them, you can modify your search more easily, as well as try other combinations with different keywords. The resulting set of references should cover the main concepts contained in your topic. Scan the abstracts to see if the articles you found are relevant. Note: many databases will highlight the keywords you searched indicating where they were found within the record.

  6. Pay attention to the subject headings or descriptors of articles that seem particularly good. You can use these terms as additional keywords for further searches!
Selected Indexes for Political Islam:

The following databases provide references to scholarly journal articles and papers. For additional databases, see the Article Indexes & Research Databases page. For additional print indexes, consult the staff at the Social Science Reference Center. Most of the databases are accessible from off-campus via the Proxy Server.

bullet Alternative Press Index (PU only)
This international and interdisciplinary database indexes journals covering cultural, economic, political and social change in the humanities and social sciences. Covers nearly 300 alternative, radical and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines with selected abstracts from research journals from 1991 to present.

bullet Alt-Press Watch (PU only)
Interdisciplinary full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the alternative and independent press. Indexes over 170 titles from 1970 to present, providing viewpoints and perspectives that complement and challenge the coverage of the mainstream media.

bullet ATLA Religion Database (PU only)
This database provides a collection of major religious and theology full text journals representing all major religious faiths, denominations and language groups. Coverage in this collection dates back to 1949.

bullet CIAO - Columbia International Affairs Online (PU only)
CIAO publishes online a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, NGO occasional papers, foundation-funded research projects, conference proceedings, books, journals, and policy briefs.

bullet Ethnic NewsWatch (PU only)
Provides full text access to news, culture, and history from over 240 publications of ethnic, minority and native press from 1960 to present offering additional viewpoints from those proffered by the mainstream press.

bullet Historical Abstracts (PU only)
This database has long been recognized as the leading bibliography providing unmatched coverage of world history (excluding North America) dealing with time periods from 1450 to the present. It covers approximately 2,000 journals, as well as books and dissertations published worldwide since the mid 1950s in history and related areas, including anthropology, genealogy, multicultural studies, political science, and sociology.

bullet Index Islamicus (PU only)
Produced by the Islamic Bibliography Unit at Cambridge University Library, this database indexes literature on Islam, the Middle East and the Muslim world from a variety of disciplines, including accounting, archaeology, the arts, economics, education, geography, history, Islam, law, literature, science, philosophy, politics, religion, theology, travel, and zoology. Records included in the database go back to 1906.

bullet International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (PU only)
Compiled by the British Library of Political & Economic Science of the London School of Economics & Political Science, this database provides bibliographic information from an international selection of publications (including over 2,600 journals) in the fields of economics, political science, sociology, and anthropology. Indexing covers material published from 1951 to present.

International Political Science Abstracts (PU only)
Provides abstracts in English or French to articles selected from over 1,000 international journals. Topics covered include political science method and theory, political thinkers and ideas, governmental and administrative institutions, political process, international relations, and national and area studies. Index covers material published from 1989 to present.

bullet OmniFile Full Text Mega (PU only)
OmniFile is a multi-disciplinary database that provides indexing, abstracts, and select full text of articles in a wide variety of areas, including art, education, the humanities, the social sciences, science and technology, popular periodicals, business, legal periodicals, and library and information science. Indexing begins in 1982, abstracts in 1984, and full-text coverage in 1994.

bullet PAIS International (PU only)
This database by the Public Affairs Information Service provides citations to articles, books, reports, and select government documents on public and foreign policy issues from 1972 forward. PAIS is generally considered to be a comprehensive index to policy literature. The print version of PAIS goes back to 1915, and is located in the Social Science Reference Center Index Shelves under call number 0487.739.

bullet Policyfile (PU only)
Provides indexing and abstracts of research publications addressing the complete range of public policy research. PolicyFile draws its content from public policy think tanks, university research programs, research organizations, and trade publishers. The database consists of over 50,000 abstracts dating from 1990 to present, with some full text where available and links to organizational home pages.

bullet RAND Publications
A nonprofit public policy research institution established after World War II to study national security, in the 1960s RAND added domestic policy problems to its research agenda. Current areas of research and analysis include national defense, education and training, health care, criminal and civil justice, labor and population, science and technology, community development, international relations, and regional studies. The publications database goes back to 1946, with online versions of many documents available generally as of 1998. See the RAND Publications Research Guide for more help in locating RAND publications held in Princeton libraries.

bullet Social Science Citations Index (PU only)
Interdisciplinary index to journals and collected volumes in the social and behavioral sciences. Provides access by author, citation and subject for materials published from 1956 to present. Note: This database is very useful for tracing the chain of citations in social science literature. Use SSCI to find references to articles that were cited in a given article, as well as other articles that cite that article.

bullet Sociological Abstracts (PU only)
Provides access to the world's literature in sociology and related disciplines, both theoretical and applied. The database includes abstracts of journal articles selected from over 2,500 journals, as well as books, conference papers, dissertations, and book reviews. Coverage of this database goes back to 1963.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (PU only)
Provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science, including international relations, law and public policy. Indexing covers material from 1975 to present. Also provides references to reliable web resources.

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News Sources

bullet FBIS Index (PU only)
Provides indexing to the Daily Reports of the CIA's Foreign Broadcast Information Service. These reports include translated broadcasts, news agency transmissions, newspapers, periodicals, and government statements from nations around the world focusing on political, economic, scientific, and cultural issues and events. Search by keyword, region and date. This index covers reports from 1975-1996, which are mostly available in microfiche with some in paper. Ask for help locating these reports at the Social Science Reference Center. For more recent material, see the World News Connection below.

bullet LexisNexis Academic (PU only)
Provides full-text access to news from across the U.S. and around the world. Coverage of most newspapers goes back to around the mid 1980s, but varies widely.

bullet ProQuest Newspapers (PU only)
Provides indexing and full text of the Wall Street Journal (1984- ) and Barron's (1988- ), and abstracts only of the New York Times and USA Today (1989- ). After you click on the link above, pull down the database menu and select "News- ProQuest Newspapers" to search these titles.

bullet New York Times (ProQuest Historical Newspapers) (PU only)
Provides retrospective coverage of the New York Times going back to the first issue (1851-2001) in full text. Search by keywords and date.

bullet Wall Street Journal (ProQuest Historical Newspapers) (PU only)
Provides retrospective coverage of the Wall Street Journal going back to the first issue (1889-1986) in full text. Search by keywords and date.

bullet Washington Post (ProQuest Historical Newspapers) (PU only)
Provides retrospective coverage of the Washington Post going back to the first issue (1877-1987) in full text. Search by keywords and date.

bullet World News Connection (PU only)
Continues coverage of the FBIS reports mentioned above from 1996 to present, and with full text. The search functions are similar (by keyword, region, and date) with a "latest headlines" feature for monitoring current news.

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Statistical Sources

For numeric data files and assistance in data analysis, see the folks at Data & Statistical Services.

bullet Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST)
A free-of-charge service for politicians, journalists, researchers and the interested public, FIRST is a joint project of the International Relations and Security Network (ISN) and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The integrated database system contains clearly documented information from research institutes around the world covering areas in the field of international relations and security, such as hard facts on armed conflicts and peace keeping, arms production and trade, military expenditure, armed forces and conventional weapons holding, nuclear weapons, chronology, statistics and other reference data.

bullet Foreign Statistical Abstracts Collection
The library maintains a collection of current statistical yearbooks for various countries, arranged by country name, in the Social Science Reference Center. Some of these are available in English or in dual languages, but many are in the native language of the country. Earlier yearbooks will be available generally under the same call number in Firestone stacks. See the SSRC staff for more information.

bullet Statistical Universe (PU only)
Provides indexing and abstracts to federal, state, and international statistical publications as well as selected business and professional publications containing statistics. Many statistical tables are available in full text, and direct links to many web-accessible statistical sources are also provided. Statistical Universe is the web equivalent of the print American Statistics Index, Statistical Reference Index, and Index to International Statistics; and provides indexing for the corresponding ASI, SRI and IIS microfiche sets located on the C-Floor of Firestone. IIS provides abstracts for reports and other statistical publications issued by IGOs such as the United Nations, IMF, World Bank, and OECD.

bullet EIU Country Data (PU only)
A service of the Economist Intelligence Unit that provides international economic data and forecasts on a time series basis. Data are derived from national governments, trade associations, BIS, IMF, IFC, OECD, the World Bank, and EIU's own researchers. A related product, EIU Market Indicators and Forecasts (formerly EIU Country Indicators) provides more social and political risk data. EIU also provides detailed cost comparisons of major international cities in EIU City Data. All three are accessible from the link above. Once in, click on "EIU Data Services" at the top of the page and choose the desired database.

bullet WDI Online
WDI Online is the web version of World Development Indicators, the World Bank's statistical appendix to the World Development Report. Select data by country, series and years.

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Additional Useful Websites

bullet The Middle East Institute
Located in Washington, DC, the Middle East Institute provides a number of resources to keep the public objectively informed about the Middle East. This site provides access to the table of contents, abstracts, and select articles from The Middle East Journal. You can also access online policy briefs about current events in the region, descriptions of the Institute's monographs, and their online catalog of scholarly works in Middle Eastern studies.

bullet Middle East Studies Internet Resources
Maintained by Frank Undlandherm, Middle East and Jewish Studies Librarian at Columbia University Libraries, this page is an on-going compilation of electronic bibliographic resources and research materials on the Middle East and North Africa available on the Internet.

bullet Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies
Located in Tel Aviv, Israel, the Dayan center is an interdisciplinary research center devoted to the study of the modern history and contemporary affairs of the Middle East.

bullet Online Middle East Net Assessment Reports
Provided by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), this site contains reports and briefings on a wide range of strategic issues in the Middle East that offer overviews of economic, demographic, social, energy, and military trends in the Middle East, and more detailed studies of the trends in North Africa, the Arab-Israeli ring states, and the Persian Gulf.

bullet U.S. State Department, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs
The bureau deals with U.S. foreign policy and U.S. diplomatic relations with Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

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