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Free Academic Resources for the University of Duhok


This is a draft manual that I wrote for the University of Duhok. My main fear with this document is that it won’t translate into any changes to the workflow for faculty and students here. The document contains information about free Internet resources for the students and faculty here, specifically:

  1. Full text journals,
  2. Search engines,
  3. Datasets,
  4. Course materials,
  5. Citation style guides, and
  6. Free software

The basic problem is that this document is a PDF and not a living document. It is an un-wiki. One person created it, taking his best guess what a large institution wanted and needed. Once it’s written, it begins to wither on the vine.

As faculty and students discover useful parts of it, they should be able to change the document to reflect what they learned. The manual should be under constant collaborative development in Kurdish, rather than handed down from an American in English. (Yes, it’s being translated into Arabic and Kurdish.) In short, it should be a wiki.

Unfortunately the Internet infrastructure here won’t support a locally hosted wiki. I had hoped to have the IT department run a mediawiki site, but the university doesn’t run its own web server. Its public webpage is hosted off site, and the local intranet doesn’t serve web pages.

[What to do about that? Run a desktop as a server here? Please comment.]

Another problem is that I won’t have time and partners to design trainings on the manual. Many of the resources in it were easy to find. Once described and demonstrated, they are immediately useful to the students and faculty here. On their own, however, most people here won’t easily be able to read the descriptions and explore the resources. The language barrier is to high and the connectivity too slow.

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About Ben Mazzotta

Ben Mazzotta is a postdoc at the Center for Emerging Market Enterprises (CEME). His study of the Cost of Cash is part of CEME's research into inclusive growth.

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3 thoughts on “Free Academic Resources for the University of Duhok

  1. thanks Mr. Mazzotta for your consideration about our university ,
    about IVSL , it provide good enter to JSTOR but other gates (sites) are not working really , like scienceDirect and Springer,,,

    Posted by Akrem Aswed | May 13, 2009, 4:55 pm
    • I have heard that there is a problem accessing the databases. I applied for an IVSL username and password, to check it out for myself, but never heard back from the Ministry of Education.
      Can you help me figure out what are the problems with the journal databases? Why doesn’t the login work?
      Thanks for visiting!

      Posted by Ben Mazzotta | May 15, 2009, 3:30 am
  2. unfortunatly i dont have a new user name ,
    i will try to get a new one ,
    now i will working on Physical Quality of life Index in kurdistan , it is defecult , but i will try ,
    this paper from springer,
    http://www.springerlink.com/content/n01275706n6p5817/
    i will try to use IVSL to get it

    my greeting
    akrem

    Posted by Akrem Aswed | May 16, 2009, 4:54 pm

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