Hosting the World Cup in 2018 and 2022

Map of QatarYesterday we found out that Russia won the bid to host the 2018 World Cup of soccer (football!) and Qatar won the 2022 bid. What library resources can you use to find out more about the countries and the sport?

Start with CountryWatch (sign-in here). This database provides political, economic, investment, social, and environmental information about countries of the world. Each country’s entire report is available in a downloadable PDF form.

Then try Credo Reference (sign-in here), which is a more scholarly and authoritative version of Wikipedia. Here is one possible page (cited in APA format):

Sport. (2005). In Pop Culture Arab World! Media, Arts, and Lifestyle. Retrieved from

Another good reference database for general information is Encyclopedia Britannica (online version, sign in here).

Looking for news articles from around the world? Try LexisNexis Academic (sign-in here). Over 350 newspapers from the United States and around the world are represented in this database (non-English languages include Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Dutch), as well as 300 magazines and journals. It also includes TV and radio broadcast transcripts. For example, run a search for Russia AND World Cup.






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