27 January 2012

Goodbye and Good Luck

Today is my last day at SOAS Library. The library is currently recruiting a replacement subject librarian, but in the meantime if you have any queries please contact:

Politics & International Relations - Mary Seeley - ms28@soas.ac.uk
Economics - Farzana Whitfield - fq@soas.ac.uk

You may also be able to find the information you need on the library webpages.

All the best for the future!

World Economic Forum 2012

The official website of the meeting at Davos provides the latest reports and news, as well as free access to the most recent reports produced by the organisation. website also provides free access to the most recent reports produced by the organization. 

Reports include:

Its YouTube channel has interviews with world economic leaders, session videos and short documentary films. You can also view some past interviews and presentations on Fora TV.
For quick commentary on the events see the Bloomberg news section.

11 January 2012

South Asia Research Documentation Services (SARDS)

SARDS is an electronic database containing bibliographic references to South Asia research articles maintained by the Universities of Bonn, Halle and Munich. It covers the period 1797-2000 and is particularly useful for tracing European language articles. 

It is a good supplement to the Bibliography of Asian Studies that SOAS Library subscribes to - note that you will need a SOAS user name and password to access this resource off campus.

9 January 2012

Useful sources on the Arab Spring

The Elections in the News blog from the LSE recently posted a list of useful sources for tracing electoral reform in the Middle East. The list includes news services along with analysis and reports from various international think tanks.

6 January 2012

Egypt Elections

Egypt Elections Watch has just been launched by Jadaliyya in association with Ahram Online, the Center of Contemporary Arab Studies (Georgetown University) and the Middle East Studies Program (George Mason University). This site has excellent introductions to election laws, profiles of parties and key figures along with maps, legislation and links to key news feeds and facebook sites(many in Arabic). 

Another useful website is Egypt Votes which aims to encourage quality reporting by young Egyptian journalists. It is jointly financed by the Department of Foreign Affairs, International Trade Canada and the German Federal Foreign Office. Again, some of the site is in Arabic. For further suggestions for news covering the Egyptian elections see the Elections in the News blog from the LSE. 

21 December 2011

eSocial Sciences

eSocial Sciences is an online portal produced by south Asian scholars to promote research from India and the South Asian continent. Free registration is required to access some aspects. The site include links to events, working papers, and is a good starting point for finding materials.

Another useful site relating to India is Vidyanidhi, an e-scholarship portal and digital library which is aiming to develop a Online Archive/repository of doctoral theses and dissertations submitted to Indian Universities.

16 December 2011

Palgrave Econolog

The Palgrave Econolog is an economics blog aggregator. It surveys the content of more than 350 economics blogs, indexes them by topic and tracks traffic so that you can see at a glance what economists are reading and writing about, highlighting hot stories, papers, books and conferences. Users can filter the aggregated posts by type, review the list of blogs that are being aggregated, see a ranking of economics blogs based on links between economics blogs over the last 90 days and see the Zeitgeist view of hot topics being discussed by economics bloggers. A variety of RSS feeds are available for the different parts of the site.