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New e-resources: Aluka: Struggles for Freedom and FBIS Daily Reports

Two new online resources with an African focus have been added to the collection of the USF Libraries:

Aluka: Struggles for Freedom

The liberation of Southern Africa was one of the major political developments of the 20th century. The demise of Portuguese colonial rule, the end of white settler domination, and the dismantling of the apartheid regime had far-reaching consequences not only for the people in the region but for the global community. The Struggles for Freedom content area focuses on the complex and varied liberation struggles in the region, with an initial concentration on six nations: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Namibia, and Zimbabwe.

This collection consists of more than 180,000 pages of documents and images, including periodicals, nationalist publications, records of colonial government commissions, local newspaper reports, personal papers, correspondence, UN documents, out-of-print and other particularly relevant books, oral testimonies, life histories, and speeches.

The digital library content can be searched by browsing categories or by using basic keyword and related advanced searching options. Advanced search options include: title, creator, date, and resource type. Search results from queries display citations and associated images and metadata of individual items.

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports

Readex’s Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports (1974-1996) is a digital version of The Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports published between 1974 and 1996. The FBIS was authorized by the U.S. government to record, translate, transcribe and analyze mass media communications from foreign nations in print, radio, and television formats. The digital (FBIS) Daily Reports is comprised of English translations of the diverse foreign media communications, such as: news agency transmissions, newspapers, periodicals and government statements.

USF acquired Series I and II that covers: I). Middle East, North Africa, Near East and South Asia; II). Sub-Saharan Africa & South Asia. The digital (FBIS) Daily Reports support both basic keyword and advanced searches. Advanced searches can be limited include: article date, report type, language, countries and political entities. Search results are displayed in citation format with accompanying article images. Search results are also available for downloading in PDF format. Search result citations can be saved, printed or exported in tagged format. This resource is appropriate for both an undergraduate and graduate audience.

Training on FBIS will be held online on March 1, 2011 and April 26, 2011. See details at: http://www.readex.com/readex/index.cfm?content=357.

For these resources and other library databases, visit http://poly.usf.edu/library. Click Search the databases to begin.

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