New acquisitions: History, February & March 2018

By Mary Fisk|March 28, 2018|Africa, China and Inner Asia, History, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Politics and International Relations, Religion, Religions, South Asia, South East Asia|

This is a selection of titles received by SOAS Library for the History collections during February and March 2018 Click on the hyperlink to go through to the item entry on the SOAS Library catalogue Please note that E-book content is accessible to SOAS staff and students only, with institutional log-in Comparative and thematic Non-Muslim provinces under early Islam: Islamic rule and Iranian legitimacy in Armenia and Caucasian Albania /

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Osama Bin Laden files released

By Victoria Bird|November 2, 2017|Archival collections, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Middle East, Central Asia and Islamica, Politics, Politics and International Relations, Religions|

The CIA has releases nearly 470,000 additional files recovered in the May 2011 Raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound. The material contains audio, document, image, video, and software operating system files. The material is posted in the original Arabic and in as close to the original form as possible, modified only so the files cannot be edited. Among other things, this release includes: Usama Bin Ladin’s personal journal and more

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Online Privacy Guide for Journalists 2017

By Victoria Bird|August 29, 2017|Politics, Politics and International Relations, Research methods|

One of my summer jobs is the update of my various training materials. This includes working on the Digital Privacy and Security section of the Library’s online course Develop Your Information Skills. One resource that I’ve just added to the collection, and that might be of interest is the Online Privacy Guide for Journalists 2017. Covering topics such as communicating with sources, safeguarding your data, password management tools, securing your email

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If you use international data… from the UKDS

By Victoria Bird|August 23, 2017|Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Relations|

The international data at the UK Data Service via UKDS.Stat (http://stats.ukdataservice.ac.uk/) currently only has funds to continue for another year to July 2018. This means that we might be unable to access this resource after this time. This includes data from the IEA, IMF, UNIDO, OECD and the World Bank. Some is in the public arena, but not all of it. UKDS are currently considering other options and trying to

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U.S. Intelligence on Asia: new digital document collection now available

By Mary Fisk|July 27, 2017|Archival collections, China and Inner Asia, History, Japan, Korea, Politics and International Relations, South East Asia|

SOAS Library has recently subscribed to the archival document collection U.S. Intelligence on Asia (1945-1991)  from Brill Online Primary Resources. This resource is available to all Library users on-site. SOAS staff and students can also access this off-site via their institutional login. The resource can be accessed through the Library’s A-Z databases. Click here to go to the appropriate page of the index, and then scroll through the list of

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An introduction to the World Trade Organisation

By Victoria Bird|June 7, 2017|Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Relations|

Full Fact have asked Professor Aoife O’Donoghue to put together a quick rundown on the World Trade Organisation and how it works as part of their series on Brexit and Europe. It provides a basic introduction on the organisation so might be of interest to undergraduates starting to look at globalization, trade and/or governance. To access, follow this link: https://fullfact.org/europe/introduction-world-trade-organisation/ Aoife O’Donoghue is an Associate Professor at Durham University Law School: https://www.dur.ac.uk/law/staff/?id=5868

Access South Africa – trial available until 25 May 2017

By dsw|May 5, 2017|Africa, History, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

SOAS Library has arranged trial access to the news resource Access South Africa. The trial is available until 25 May 2017. Access South Africa provides full text news articles (current and archived) which can be used to pinpoint sources, compare perspectives and track subjects historically and geographically. It includes more than 120 titles from seven provinces, including titles such as Mail & Guardian, Beeld, The Citizen, City Press, The Witness, Son, Daily Sun, Hermanus

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Selected papers from the personal library of Colin Legum, 1919-2003 – trial available until 1st May 2017

By dsw|April 5, 2017|Africa, History, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

The Library has arranged trial access to:   Selected papers from the personal library of Colin Legum, 1919-2003    Colin Legum was a South African-born journalist and anti-apartheid activist. This archive brings together a wealth of material relating to the modern development of South Africa, with particular reference to the anti-apartheid movement. On-campus access The trial is available until 1st May 2017.  Please send any feedback to Dawn Wright (dw3@soas.ac.uk) or

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Trial of African Blue Books of Statistics, 1821-1953 – available until 1 May 2017

By dsw|April 5, 2017|Africa, Economics, History, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

The Library has arranged trial access to: African Blue Books of Statistics, 1821-1953 – trial available until 1 May 2017 ‘Blue Book’ is the name given to the annual statistical reports of the former British colonies in Africa. Colonial regulations issued in 1843 state: ‘The Annual Blue Book containing accounts of the Civil Establishment, of the Colonial Revenue and Expenditure and of various statistical particulars, etc. … must be filled

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New Books on Southeast Asia recently arrived in SOAS Library

By Jotika Khur-Yearn|February 28, 2017|Anthropology and Sociology, Art and Archaeology, Development Studies, Economics, History, Politics and International Relations, Religions, South East Asia|0 comments

The politics of Shari’a law : Islamist activists and the state in democratizing Indonesia / Michael Buehler. Landscape, memory, and post-violence in Cambodia / James A. Tyner. Foundations of Islamic governance : a Southeast Asian perspective / Maszlee Malik. Migration, micro-business and tourism in Thailand : highlanders in the city / Alexander Trupp. (Ebook) Unresolved border, land and maritime disputes in Southeast Asia bi- and multilateral conflict resolution approaches and

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