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    The Internet has quickly become one of the most valuable information-gathering tools in the world today. Although it probably cannot provide you with all of the information you will need to adequately conduct your research, it can help you facilitate locating the proper data and identifying other specialists to speak with about your topic.
    The most important and useful aspect of the Internet is its interactivity. Usually pages devoted to a specific topic have direct connections or "links" to other pages with similar themes. By simply clicking your mouse button on such a link, you can go directly to a whole new source of information. It is likely that this page will also have links to other pages, so the information-gathering process continues. Due to high costs and technical restraints, it is not realistic to try and read an entire book on the Internet. You can, however, easily discover where a particular book is located or the contact information of the expert in your field of study.
    The following list is provided to give you some ideas about where to start looking for information on the Internet. The name of the organizations (or Web sites) appear in the left-hand column, the Web site addresses are in the middle, and a short description of that organization or site is found in the right-hand column of the table. A large portion of these sites are devoted to NIS-related issues, but many are of more general use.
    Index of topics covered in this Internet Resource List:

At the end of the table is a listing of Internet sites for each of the NIS countries. This information should be used as a starting base, but the possibilities for finding your own information are endless.

 International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX)
Committed to education in the broadest sense of the word, professional training, institution building, technical assistance, and policy programs with the New Independent States (NIS), Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), Mongolia and China.
United States Information Agency (USIA)
An independent foreign affairs agency within the executive branch of the US government that promotes a wide range of overseas information programs.
US Agency for International Development (USAID)
An independent federal government agency that conducts foreign assistance and humanitarian aid.

Useful NIS-Related Sites

The American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS)
Devoted to the study of Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia.
Center for Civil Society International
An international clearinghouse working for a continent-wide engagement of private and local organizations with counterpart organizations in the emerging civil society of the new states of the former Soviet Union.
Education Information Center (EIC)
Provides open access to information about the US system of education, the US university application process, and fellowship opportunities.
Friends and Partners
A community of people all over the world who provide information and communications services to promote better understanding, friendship and partnership between individuals and organizations of the United States and countries of the Former Soviet Union.
Friends and Partners Funding Programs
A list of FSU funding programs from Friends and Partners system
Glasnet Web Server
Provides Internet-related materials in Russian and English.
Library Catalogs and Database for Slavic Studies
Palms’ Portal to Eastern Europe, RF, the Baltics and the CIS,NIS
REEIWEB:Indiana University Russian and East European Institute
Slavic and East European Studies
REESWeb: Russian and East European Studies
A comprehensive index of electronic resources on the Balkans, the Baltic states, the Caucusus, Central Asia, Central Europe, the CIS, Eastern Europe, the NIS, the Russian Federation, and the former Soviet Union.

NIS-Related Non-profit Organizations

Academy for Educational Development (AED)
An independent, non-profit service organization committed to addressing human development needs in the United States and throughout the world. Under contracts and grants, the Academy operates programs in collaboration with policy leaders; non-governmental and community-based organizations; governmental agencies; international multilateral and bilateral funders; and schools, colleges, and universities
American Council of Teachers of Russian/American Council for Collaboration in Education and Language Study (ACTR/ACCELS)
Devoted to improving education, professional training, and research within and about the Russian-speaking world and non-Russian cultures and populations in the regions of central and eastern Europe and Eurasia
The Center for Post-Soviet Studies
A non-profit organization dedicated to broadening Western knowledge and understanding of the complex events taking place in the FSU, through research, symposia and publication
Citizens Democracy Corps (CDC)
A private non-profit organization dedicated to mobilizing U.S. private sector resources to assist the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States to build democratic institutions and free market economies.
The Center for Political and Strategic Studies
The Eurasia Foundation
Privately managed non-profit organization that gives grants for a variety of sustainable programs
Eurasia Research Center
Has links to pages that contain artcles, papers and commentaries on the politics, culture, history, and social, economic, and human rights conditions of the region
Global Fund for Women
An international grantmaking organization which provides funds for groups that are committed to women's well-being and full participation in society, encourages programs, provides leadership in promoting the importance of women's participation internationally and, gives support to women's groups working on issues that are considered, emerging, controversial, or difficult
The Harriman Institute
Advances scholarly knowledge and public understanding of the complex and changing polities, economies, societies, and cultures that have been shaped by tsarist imperial and Soviet rule.
Ford Foundation Moscow Office
International non-commercial charitable organization
Sabre Foundation
MacArthur Foundation
A Chicago-based, non-profit charitable foundation established in 1978.
InterNews Russia
International non-profit organization that supports independent media in emerging democracy
National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
Runs seminars and workshops for political parties and civic organizers to help strengthen democratic institutions in the NIS
National Endowment for Democracy
A private, non-profit, grant-making organization created in 1983 to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts
National Forum Foundation (NFF)
Operates media, governance, and economic development training programs in Central and Eastern Europe, employing a "hands-on," long-term, on-site approach.
Network of East-West Women
An international communication and resource network supporting dialogue, informational exchange and activism among those concerned about women's swiftly changing situation in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union
NISHEALTH Clearinghouse
Information on health care partnerships, health and medical educational resources, nd NIS/CEE regional resources (including program descriptions, project reports, grants & funding resources, and contact directory)
Soros Foundations/Open Society Institute
Operates and supports an array of programs and initiatives in education, civil society, independent media, Internet and e-mail communications, publishing, human rights, arts and culture, and social, legal, and economic reform.
US Civilian Research and Development Foundation for the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (CRDF)
Fosters opportunities for collaborative projects between FSU and U.S. researchers by encouraging the growth of productive civilian employment opportunities for former FSU defense scientists.
US Institute of Peace
Promotes education and training, research, and public information programs on means to promote international peace and resolve international conflicts without violence

Other Information

The CIA World Factbook
Detailed information and maps of worldwide countries
English-Russian, Russian-English Dictionary
Allows you to type in English or Russian words and it gives you the equivalent in the opposite language
Human-Languages Page
A comprehensive catalog of language-related Internet Resources, including online language lessons, translating dictionaries, native literature, and translation services.
Index of On-line Dictionaries
An index of dictionaries, translators, and grammars covering over 80 languages.
NetAccess Worldwide
Lists Internet Access Providers in the NIS.
Spectrum Virtual University
A WWW-based application that simulates a virtual reality classroom complete with a Homework Calendar, Class Discussion forum, Gradebook, and "virtual desks" for each student
US Government Resources on the Web
Includes foreign government resources on the Web and related foreign information.
US Information Database
A central source for government information
US Library of Congress
Makes its resources available and useful to the Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations.
US Library of Congress's Country Studies/Area Handbook Program
Describes and analyzes numerous countries' political, economic, social, and national security systems and institutions, and examines the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors.

NIS News

 Eurasia Research Center
In depth research reports, news analysis, and links to newspaper articles and wire service reports with breaking news in Eurasian countries
News and Information from the former Soviet Union
Maximov Online
NIS news service and publications
Open Media Research Institute - daily electronic reports of NIS news
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Daily news reports and analyses from the NIS and Eastern Europe
Russia Online
Russia-On-line offers unique services and info sources for its local and remote users.
Russia Today
An English-language newspaper and service provider covering Russian issues
Russian Story
Large selection of Russian periodicals printed in Russian
The Slavic Review
Quarterly journal of the AAASS (American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies)

Political Science

American Political Science Association
Links to Departments of Political Science, political science organizations, scholarly journals, and political science conferences.
Expert Institute-Centre for Russian and East European Studies
Research papers on Russian regional development.
The Foreign Affairs Guide to International Affairs on the Internet
World news, commentary, international organizations, think tanks, sites for region and country studies
Political Science Resources on the Web
Resources about political science on the Internet.

Search Engines

There are many different Web sites that provide searching services. It is important to learn how to use these “search engines” because the amount of information on the Web can often be overwhelming. To use these tools, you can enter a specific topic or name into the computer and these programs will search through the multitude of pages on the Internet to find documents that contain those words you requested. Most of the following search engines will provide you with similar information, but there are some differences. You should try out different ones to see which you like best. Some are more appropriate for specific types of searches and some are better for general searches. The important thing is not to give up if your first search does not provide the exact results you were looking for. Often you need to change the wording of the topic you are entering or even try a different search program. The following lists some of the most commonly used Internet search engines:

AltaVista Search
Excite Search
Four11: The Internet White Pages
Lycos Search
Magellan Internet Guide
Open Text Index
Switchboard Name & Business Search
WebCrawler Search
WhoWhere? Email & Telephone Search
World Wide Web Yellow Pages
Yahoo! Search

 This Internet Resource List was created by Brigg Noyes, International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) & Contributor: Aaron Twitchell, Marina Mukhina