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Background and Contextual Information

  • Modern World History  
    Hundreds of reference articles covering 1450 to today; great for some basic history and cultural background if you need it.
  • World Geography and Culture Online  Icon
    A Facts on File database. Maps and cultural information, statistics, images, and more.
  • CIA World Factbook
    Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
  • International Crisis Group
    Lots of information on countries here, from a group working to prevent conflict.
  • U.S. Department of State
    Lots of rich information here. Start with the country, then move to the issues, or use the search function for Al-Qaeda.
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica  Icon
    Digital, multimedia version of the renowned encyclopedia.


You will use NoodleTools for recording the sources you use, for notetaking, and for outlining.

Record every source immediately, and add notes as needed. You will use Chicago/Turabian as the style. Members of each desk can share resources and notes when that becomes useful. If you need help, see Karyn.



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