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Find Articles

Article databases can lead you to more focused information on various aspects of your country in magazines and journals.

For example, check out Critical Arts: A Journal of South-North Cultural and Media Studies which provides an African and Third World perspective of media, culture, and social theory.

Other Databases

Academic Search Premier
Academic OneFile
Communication & Mass Media
SocIndex with Full Text
Business Source Complete

Critical Arts: A Journal of South-North Cultural and Media Studies If the full text of the article is not available immediately in the database, click on the Full Text Finder link to locate the full text in another database.

Use Journal Finder if you have a citation and need to find the full text journal.

Find Books

Search the SMC Library Catalog:

Search libraries worldwide:

Google Books

If you find a book the library does not own, submit an interlibrary loan request.

Keyword/Subject Searching

Africa book
  • Keywords
  • [your country or region] e.g. Ethiopia or Africa
  • "developing countries" or "least developed countries" or "developing nations" or "third world countries"
  • media, telecommunications, tv, internet, newspaper, radio, film, information technology, ict
  • history
  • statistics
  • social aspects or social conditions
  • politics or government
  • education
  • economic, infrastructure
  • music
  • religion

Sample Searches

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Find News

Search Infotrac Newsstand to find news articles from a broad range of newspapers and newswires from around the world.

Consult Translation Resources if needed to get a quick understanding of an article.

Other News Databases

Access World News
ProQuest Newspapers
Lexis Nexis Academic

Check out the headlines at BBC News: World or Al Jazeera. Search BBC Monitoring publications which report on news and information gathered from mass media around the world.

Search Google News for current stories. Use the Advanced Search dropdown in the search box to limit your search to a location (i.e. Ethiopia) or a news source (i.e. cnn). Search the Archives to track the emergence of an ongoing issue.

You can also search for sites in your country by adding inurl:[country abbreviation] to your search. Find country abbreviations at Internet World Stats.

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Find Country Info/Stats

Europa World

Search a specialized country resource like Europa World to find up-to-date information on elections, government officials, country statistics, and media outlets to name a few.

Other Databases

Credo Reference
Global Road Warrior
CIA World Factbook
eHRAF World Cultures

Political Handbook of the World Use the Political Handbook of the World to get more detailed information about political parties in your country and other organizations.

Search World Trade Press books published on your country about communications, society, and culture.

Print Resources

Travel guides to many countries as well as encyclopedias of countries and regions are kept in the Reference and circulating collections.

Search Reference Universe to find other reference material in the library's collection.

Encyclopedia of Africa
REF DT3 .E53 2010

Encyclopedia of the World's Nations and Cultures
REF G63 .K874 2007

Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications
REF P87.5.E532 2003

Routledge International Enyclopedia of Education
REF LB15 .R633 2008

Selected Web Resources

Reporters Without Borders
Organization founded in 1985 to promote freedom of information. Publishes the World Press Freedom Index annually.

United Nations data search allows you to search across multiple sources such as UNESCO, Food and Agriculture Organization, etc.

Statistics and reports from United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Click on Worldwide from the menu and select a UNESCO region to pull up various countries.

UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries, and Small Island Developing Countries provides country profiles on least developed countries. See List of Least Developed Countries.

World Bank
Select a country from the Countries menu button and find statistics, publications, and special reports related to that country.

The World Health Organization a branch of the United Nations provides statistics and reports related to health trends globally.

ICT (Information and Communications Technology) Research Guide
Includes links to statistics on ICT development in various countries. The International Telecommunications Union a specialized agency of the UN also has some free statistics on its site.

Human development statistics from the United Nations

World Development Indicators

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Find Multimedia

Music & Films

Search the SMC Library Catalog for Videos/DVDs

Limit to:

Women's Songs of South Africa

More Audio, Video, and Images

YouTube Channels


Find podcasts in Google by typing inurl:podcast and your keyword in the search box.



Credo Reference
Do an image search on your country in specialized encyclopedias and atlases.

Atlas of the World
REF OVER G1021 .N38 2011

Media tools

Easily edit YouTube videos.

Open source audio editor.

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Evaluating Sources

Consider the following factors when evaluating your sources.

Currency - Is the timeliness of the information appropriate? Check the publication date of the website, book, or article. Date may not be an issue with historical topics unless you are looking for primary sources.

Relevance - Does the information fit your assignment/research question? Look at abstract, table of contents, introduction, cited references, and index to determine relevance. Is it a popular or scholarly source?

Authority - Who is taking responsibility for the source?--subject specialist, news reporter, organization. Where did they obtain their information? Is a bibliography or reference list provided? Look at author credentials, about us links on websites, etc.

Accuracy - Never rely on one source. Compare facts with additional sources.

Purpose - What is the intent of the article/author?--to persuade, to inform, to influence your opinion.


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