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FYS 495 - Understanding Russia: Resources

Article Indexes

News sources

Comparing kinds of sources

Take a look at the following sources:

  1. Connolly, Richard. 2015. "The Empire Strikes Back: Economic Statecraft and the Securitisation of Political Economy in Russia." Europe-Asia Studies 68, no. 4: 750-773.
  2. Larrabee, F. Stephen, Peter A. Wilson, and John Gordon. 2015. The Ukrainian Crisis and European Security: Implications for the United States and U.S. Army. Santa Monica, Calif: Rand Corporation. doi:10.7249/j.ctt15sk8s2.
  3. Economist. 2014. "The End of the Beginning? Having Cccupied Crimea, Russia is Stirring Up Trouble in Eastern Ukraine." March 6, 2014.

Evaluate on:

  • Who wrote the article? What do you know about their credentials?
  • What is the publication or organization that published this article? Who do you think is its intended audience? Who might read it and why?
  • All three discuss the annexation of Crimea in 2014. How soon after those events was your article written?
  • What kinds of documentation/citation of evidence appear in the article?
  • What kinds of images appear in the article?
  • What kinds of quotations appear in the article?
  • How is the article structured? What kinds of section headings do you see in the article?


  • Which fits the category of “scholarly article”?
  • Any of these articles could have a use. In what ways is the article you looked at useful? Why would you read one or the other?
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