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FYS 400 - The United States in the Middle East: Resources

Article Indexes

Getting Started with a Topic


  1. What does it mean if a book is on course reserve?
  2. How can you find out whether Bates has a book?
  3. How do you make requests for books and other things not at Bates?
  4. How can you find journal articles using the library website?

Comparing kinds of sources

Take a look at the following sources:

  1. Duncombe, Constance. 2016. "Representation, Recognition and Foreign Policy in the Iran–US Relationship." European Journal of International Relations 22 (3): 622-645.
  2. Barak, Ehud, Solcyre Burga, Leslie Dickstein, Anisha Kohli, and Julia Zorthian. 2022. “Iran Is on the Cusp of a Bomb.” TIME Magazine, August 8, 2022.
  3. Hamid, Shadi. 2015. “Why I’m Torn about the Iran Deal: Was It Worth It?” Brookings (blog). July 15, 2015.
  4. Parsi, Trita. 2012. A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama's Diplomacy with Iran. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Evaluate on:

  • Who wrote the source? What can you find out about their credentials?
  • What is the publication or publisher that published this article? Who do you think is its intended audience? Who might read it and why?
  • What kinds of documentation/citation of evidence appear in the source?
  • What kinds of images appear in the source?


  • Which fits the category of "academic source"?
  • Any of these sources could have a use. In what ways is the source you looked at useful? Why would you read one or the other?

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