Geography, Culture, Current Events

  • CountryWatch provides critical country-specific intelligence and data. Key publications include:
    • CountryReviews, contains: demographic, political, economic, business, cultural and environmental information
    • CountryWire, contains: daily news coverage for every country in the world and a significant news archive made up of the compendium of regional news carriers
  • CountryWatch Youth Edition
    CountryWatch Youth Edition is a combination of background information on specific countries, current events coverage, a guide to the formation of countries within global context, as well as curriculum-based resources, and colorful international images.
  • CQ Researcher
    CQ Researcher explores a single "hot" issue in the news in depth each week. Topics range from social and teen issues to environment, health, education and science and technology. Available also in print in the bound periodical collection.
  • Diversity Studies Collection
    Diversity Studies Collection provides access to scholarly journals and magazines that explore cultural differences, contributions, and influences in the global community. The database is a must-have for social science, history and liberal arts coursework.
  • Facts On File World News Digest
    Facts On File World News Digest brings together the archival record of domestic and international news, unrivaled for its depth, breadth, and accuracy, covers all major political, social, and economic events since November 1940. World News Digest is updated twice weekly and includes a searchable hourly newsfeed.
  • Gender Studies Collection
    Gender Studies Collection provides balanced coverage of this significant aspect of culture and society. The database offers access to scholarly journals and magazines covering topics including gender studies, family and marital issues, and more.
  • Informe Académico
    Informe Académico proporciona acceso a periódicos y revistas especializadas de lengua española y portuguesa. La base de datos ofrece una amplia gama de contenidos sobre América Latina. Informe Académico provides access to Spanish- and Portuguese-language scholarly journals and magazines. The database offers a wide range of content both from and about Latin America.
  • InfoTrac Newsstand
    InfoTrac Newsstand provides access to full-text newspapers and allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section, or other fields. The database offers a one-stop source for current news and searchable archives.
  • Issues & Controversies
    Issues and Controversies helps researchers understand today’s crucial issues by exploring hot topics in politics, government, business, education, and popular culture.
  • Lands and People
    Lands and People - Encyclopedia of Countries, Cultures, and Current Events -- All of the 400 articles on continents and countries of the world have their own web links, article links, photographs, maps, flags, bibliographic references, ancillary stories, facts and figures.
  • National Newspaper Index
    National Newspaper Index provides quick access to the indexing of America's top five newspapers in one seamless search: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.
  • Nueva enciclopedia Cumbre en linea
    Nueva enciclopedia Cumbre en linea -- This is the only Spanish-language encyclopedia built from the ground up with a Latin-American perspective—perfect for both Spanish speakers and Spanish-language students.
  • Opposing Viewpoints In Context
    Opposing Viewpoints in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, the solution features continuously updated viewpoints, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.
  • Pop Culture Collection
    Pop Culture Collection provides access to scholarly journals and magazines that both analyze and contribute to popular culture. The database offers useful information for researchers in social science, history, art or liberal arts courses.
  • Pop Culture Universe: Icons, Idols, Ideas
    Pop Culture Universe: Icons, Idols, Ideas-- Pop culture did not suddenly arise from nowhere to become a focal point of our society; in the last century, every generation has had music, pastimes, public figures, and technology that played a role in defining that era. Today, pop culture has expanded exponentially, reaching into every aspect of our culture and society. It also has a magnetic attraction for young adults. It is for this reason that educators increasingly use pop culture to engage students in reading, writing, and research.
  • Popular Magazines
    Popular Magazines provides access to the most searched magazines across the InfoTrac products. All of the titles are selected based on actual publication searches performed by library patrons and the database includes many titles recommended by Bowker's "Magazines for Libraries."
  • Southern Life
    Contains newspapers, magazines, and trade journals reflecting the southern United States.


In addition to a large print reference section, Hedges Library offers users nearly 50 online databases full of vetted, accurate information and can also provide reference interviews with students, offering resources or perspectives that might be new.