This links to a list of our newspaper and popular periodical databases. The list is a mix of single title databases (eg. New York Times Historical) and multi-title databases (LexisNexis Academic). Vassar also has extensive print holdings. You can search any periodical title in the library catalog to confirm our access in all formats.
Indexes articles from popular general-interest U. S. periodicals. Most magazines published prior to the 1990s are most likely to be in Vassar's collection in print. The link to full-text in the database will describe Vassar's holdings.
It is important to distinguish a piece of journalism from a piece of scholarship. Scholarly writing MUST include citations and footnotes; it also usually undergoes a rigorous peer review process. Journalistic pieces do not impose the same requirements, and the intention of a work of journalism is often very different than a work of scholarship. The purpose of citations in scholarly writing is to engage and continue a scholarly conversation about a particular intellectual consideration.
Much of what is and has been written about the Middle East is by journalists, or are books intended for popular audiences. When working with a "popular" or "journalistic" source, it is important to confirm the following:
affiliations and experience of the author
intended audience for the piece
affiliations and history of the magazine or newspaper (who is the editor, owner etc.)