War with Iraq – Information Resources

Related campus resources:

World Affairs Crisis Resources
Prof. Dov Waxman’s Sources
Intellectual Freedom Project
Forums on the War

Library staff have selected and compiled for the Bowdoin community the following list of information resources about the war in Iraq. Our intent is to support informed scholarly discourse on campus, as well as to foster individual understanding of this war.

Note: Items with an asterisk (*) require a Bowdoin ID for off-campus access.

News Coverage – American Sources

These library databases are good sources for current and retrospective news coverage:

  • LexisNexis-Academic*
    Local, regional, and national newspaper & newswire coverage; transcripts from ABC, CBS, CNN, National Public Radio, The NewsHour and more; full text.

Special news coverage also is available from these Web sites:

  • New York Times (requires free registration)
  • CNN
  • Yahoo! News
    http://story.news.yahoo.com/fc?cid=34&tmpl=fc&in=World&cat=IraqA collection of articles from a variety of sources.

News Coverage – International Sources

For a different perspective, consider following the news from another country:

  • World News Connection*
    Full text of foreign news broadcasts and press releases translated into English beginning November 1994.
  • BBC News (British Broadcasting Corporation)
  • CBC News (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

Periodical Indexing and Abstracting Services

These Library databases won’t necessarily bring you up-to-the-minute articles on the war but are excellent for scholarly research into political, economic, and social issues in Iraq and U.S.-Iraq relations. For databases without full text, use the Find Journals tool to determine if the Library has the full text in another source; if not, use Interlibrary Loan.

  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts*
    Covers periodicals from around the world since 1975; political science, international relations, law and public administration; abstracts only, no full text
  • PAIS International*
    Articles, books and government documents (including the U.N.) since 1972; no full text.
    Paper version (Main Library, Index Section) of PAIS covers 1915-1994.
  • Academic Search Premier*
    Multidisciplinary database that covers popular magazines and scholarly journals; many full text articles.

Books, Videos & Government Documents in the Bowdoin College Library

For books, videos, and government documents (1999+) in the Library, please use the Catalog. For government documents prior to 1999, use Government Documents Monthly Catalog.

Subject searching in the Library’s catalog produces a focused list of sources on a topic. Consider using the following subject headings:

A keyword search is more random but often can be productive. Try some of the following suggestions:

To limit a subject or keyword search to videos in the catalog, use the “Limit/Sort” or “Modify” function.

Think Tanks/Research Papers

  • Iraq Research and Documentation Project (Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University)
    “The Iraq Research and Documentation Project aims to create a comprehensive, accessible, computerized, multi-media database system about the government, politics and civil society of modern Iraq basing itself on such hitherto inaccessible sources of information.”–IRDP Information page

Here is a selection of research institutes and think tanks representing a variety of viewpoints:

Iraq Background Country Reports/Maps

  • Iraq: A Country Study (Library of Congress)
    http://memory.loc.gov/frd/cs/iqtoc.htmlOne of a series, these Dept. of the Army studies provide detailed coverage of many aspects of a country, e.g., history, transportation, economy, government.
  • Background Notes: Iraq (US Dept. of State)
    Brief information on people, government, economy, defense, foreign relations.
  • CIA World Factbook
    Basic facts on the people, government, economy.
  • Frontline: The Long Road to War (PBS)
    Frontline chronicles twelve years of US confrontation with Saddam Hussein.
  • Iraq: Selected Internet Resources (Library of Congress)
    Thorough selection of Internet sources on Iraq’s government, culture, economy, education, history, religion and more.


  • CIA Maps
    (Main Library, Gov’t. Ref. PrEx 3.10/4:)Variety of physical and political maps on Iraq and the region; available in different sizes.

Key Documents

  • Lexis/Nexis Congressional*
    Comprehensive access to U.S. legislative information, including The Congressional Record; full text.
  • AccessUN*
    Documents from the six main bodies of the United Nations – General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, Trusteeship Council, Secretariat and International Court of Justice; full-text is included for some.
  • United Nations Security Council Draft Resolution (March 7, 2003)
    Second resolution proposed by the United States, United Kingdom and Spain. It was announced on March 17 that the three countries would not pursue a vote on the resolution.
  • United Nations: The Situation in Iraq
    Compilation of U.N. briefings, statements, humanitarian efforts, key developments and related stories.
  • Statements by US officials:
  • The White House http://www.whitehouse.gov/
    Press briefings, speeches and initiatives of the Bush administration.

Comprehensive Sites

These sites served as sources for this page and are excellent places for continued research.

Questions & Further Assistance

Please call the Library’s reference desk at 725-3227 or visit our Ask A Reference Librarian page.

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