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English Multicultural Research Project: Historical and cultural information
This guide provides a collection of possible resources to help you conduct your research on a book from a non-American author
The resources on this page will help you find information about the cultural context of your novel. Remember to account for not just where the story takes place, but also when, and if there is any special population or demographic group that should be the focus of your research.
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Research the climate, population, religion, attitudes, customs, and lifestyle of countries around the world. Includes primary source cultural & statistical country reports, states and Canadian provinces, native recipes, interviews, photos and video.
Information on historical topics such as food, celebrations, religion, language, social customs and more from countries around the world.
Explores the daily lives of ordinary people through time and across the globe, providing details about family life, work, food, clothing, sports, language, literature, romance, education, gender roles, social customs, etc.
Features 174 country guides with 126 content modules each. Topics include culture & society, travel, education, history, holidays and festivals, language, media outlets, music, maps, money, national symbols, and religion. Contains downloadable illustrations with more than 30,000 photos, maps, and flag images.
Covers the broad expanse of world history from the mid-15th century to the present, featuring thousands of documents, articles, timelines, images, videos, and maps, including biographies, images, videos and slideshows, maps and graphs, primary sources, and timelines.
Provides information on the history, people and society, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for over 275 entities (countries). The Reference tab includes: a variety of world, regional, country, ocean, and time zone maps; Flags of the World; and a Country Comparison function that ranks the country information and data in more than 75 Factbook fields.
Useful for the study of countries, cultures, and geography. Every country of the world is profiled in depth, with more than 40 entries and more than 100 statistical indicators covering all aspects of each nation’s geography, history, society, and culture. At-a-glance information, maps and flags, videos, images, audio recordings, gazetteer entries, biographies of famous people, a timeline, and current news supplement each country profile. Information for the U.S. states, Canadian provinces, and international territories is similarly detailed.
A variety of tools are available for studying Earth and geographic regions, comparing countries and states, and researching terms and concepts:
*Compare and rank countries and states by a variety of indicators.
*Browse full-color regional and world maps on a variety of topics, including demographic, economic, education, energy, and politics.
*Learn about key ideas important to the study of geography by exploring the Geography *Concepts and Principles section.
*Explore the Earth system through illustrations in the section Focus on the Earth.
*Research landforms, water features, and administrative regions by browsing the Gazetteer.
*Discover the top 10 biggest cities, largest deserts, highest mountains, and much more by viewing lists of geography extremes.
*Look up a term in the extensive geography glossary.
*Convert between the most common units of area, length, temperature, time, weight, energy, speed, or volume using the conversion calculator.
Provides information on hundreds of the most significant people, events, and topics in world history. This database reaches back to the ancient world—and forward to today's headlines—to deliver a chronicle of the people, cultures, events, and societies that have formed the history of the human race. A range of topics such as Aztecs, Industrial Revolution, Silk Road, the Buddha, Space Race, and more provide a wide perspective across the globe.
Provides access to scholarly journals and magazines useful to both novice historians as well as advanced academic researchers. The database offers balanced coverage of events in world history and scholarly work being established in the field.