Area studies and comparative politics: Key resources from other disciplines

As pursued in the United States, area studies and comparative politics traditionally have dealt with the politics of countries and global regions other than the US.

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Language learning systems

If you want to learn on the go or don't want to depend on internet access, the Virginia Tech Libraries have a large collection of language learning compact disks on the 5th floor of Newman Library that you can check out. These links will show you their call numbers and check-out status.

Many public libraries offer entry-level online language-learning tools like Mango Languages or Rocket Languages to residents with appropriate library cards.  (Tech students qualify for cards at  the Blacksburg library and other branches of the Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library District [MFRL] no matter where their homes are.)

Check with your local and/or hometown public library about your options.

Temporary, trial access only -- use while you can

Tech's University Libraries seek user input about possible purchases of online resources; October, February, and April are the primary trial months.  Let us know how (if...) a trial fits the research, teaching/learning, and public service missions of the university.  Share your judgments through the short survey linked to each trial blurb and/or more detailed remarks in an email to a subject librarians.

All active trials are listed in a sidebar on the Databases A-Z guide, usually including their expiration dates and links to online user evaluation surveys.  Here I list current trials of likely interest to the departments I serve.

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