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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions page. The purpose of this page is to introduce you to the Forced Migration Online (FMO) project and to answer any questions which you might have about the website.

If you are trying to locate a particular resource, you could try looking through the FMO site map.

If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, please contact us at: fmo@qeh.ox.ac.uk.

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What is forced migration?
The International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM) defines forced migration as “a general term that refers to the movements of refugees and internally displaced people (people displaced by conflicts) as well as people displaced by natural or environmental disasters, chemical or nuclear disasters, famine, or development projects.” The study of forced migration is multidisciplinary, international, and incorporates both an academic and field perspective.
For more information read our introduction to forced migration.
What is Forced Migration Online (FMO)?
Forced Migration Online provides online access to a diverse range of resources concerning the situation of forced migrants worldwide. We are committed to providing resources which all our users can access, regardless of whether or not they have access to subscription-based services. For more information on how you can use the resources on FMO, please see our copyright statement. By bringing together this collection of useful and time-saving resources, our primary aim is to support and facilitate research and policy making in the field.
Who will want to use FMO?
The targeted user group for FMO is anyone who undertakes research or seeks information in the field of forced migration - that is, students, academics, research institute staff, practitioners, librarians, policy makers, members of the media, information providers, and forced migrants themselves. In addition, FMO will represent a useful source of information for those who may not have ready access to print collections and information centres.
For more information about Forced Migration Online's audience see our user survey results.
Who is involved in the FMO project?
The FMO website is coordinated by a small team, based in the Refugee Studies Centre, at the University of Oxford's Department of International Development. The team is currently assisted by a panel of advisors including: staff at the Refugee Studies Centre, Dr Marilyn Deegan, Elisa Mason and Sean Loughna.
The website was originally set up with advice from a panel of core partners including: the American University in Cairo; Czech Helsinki Committee; Higher Education Digitisation Service; Information Centre about Asylum and Refugees in the UK; and Tufts University. You can read more about these and other organizations that have contributed to FMO's development on our “Partners” page.
Where does your funding come from?
FMO currently receives no external funding. From 2005 to 2011 FMO was funded by the Department for International Development (DFID). DFID is the part of the UK Government that manages Britain’s international aid budget and works to get rid of extreme poverty. Between 1997 and 2004, FMO and the Digital Library Project were funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the European Commission.
Does FMO accept individual donations?
Yes! The FMO website is partly funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), but at present receives no additional funding from the University of Oxford or any other organisation. Therefore we need your support. If you like Forced Migration Online and want to help us continue into the future and even expand the range of resources, then please do consider making a donation.
What resources are available through FMO?
Forced Migration Online provides access to a wide range of resources. For more information, please follow these links:
How can I keep up to date with FMO's resources?
You can keep up to date with the resources posted on Forced Migration Online in many ways. For more information, please follow these links:
Why can't I access certain recent publications or journal articles through FMO?
Although we do have permission from individual publishers, NGOs and international organizations to post certain recent publications on our site, many recent publications cannot be posted on FMO due to copyright restrictions. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, most commercial publishers do not release their materials for inclusion on websites such as FMO. Secondly, Forced Migration Online is committed to providing resources which all our users can access, regardless of whether or not they have access to subscription-based services. If you are part of a University of other educational institution, your library should be able to help you track down more recent publications.
What is the “Digital Library”?
The digital library is a specialized collection of over 5,500 full-text documents, which can be accessed online. Documents are available in PDF and Plain Text formats. Users can retrieve any or all of these documents, and either read them online or print them off for future consultation. Just type what you are searching for into the search box to get started. If you are having trouble locating a particular document, you may wish to try an 'advanced search' .
FMO’s digital library currently includes a significant collection of grey (unpublished) literature and research materials selected from the libraries of the Refugee Studies Centre, Tufts University's Feinstein International Famine Center, Columbia University's Program on Forced Migration (based in the Center for Population and Family Health), the Czech Helsinki Committee in Prague, and the American University in Cairo's Forced Migration and Refugee Studies Program.
Will I ever need to visit a library again?
FMO does not replace or supplant traditional libraries, but rather complements them. The fact is that there are prescribed ways for undertaking research in a library setting which have no parallel in the online environment because of the web's unprecedented growth and "anything goes" philosophy. There is a lot of valuable information on the web - and FMO will serve as one tool for helping you mine it - but it does not yet rival the wealth of information in printed format.
How can I contribute my publications to the Digital Library?
You are welcome to submit papers using our online submission form. However, FMO cannot guarantee that your paper will be selected for inclusion in the Digital Library. All prospective documents are assessed for relevance according to our scope and selection policies.
What is the collection management policy for the FMO Digital Library?
Please see our collection management policy for more details.
What cataloguing guidelines does the Digital Library follow?
Please see our cataloguing guidelines for more details.
What is the Forced Migration Discussion List?
The Forced Migration Discussion List (also known as the FM List) is an email-based community, moderated by staff at Forced Migration Online. The list provides regular updates on major news, publications and events relating to forced migration. Posts will often include information about relevant funding opportunities, job vacancies and new research projects. Subscribers to the List also have access to an invaluable community of experts in the field of forced migration, and may occasionally use the List to request specific information on issues relevant to forced migration.
Who can post on the Forced Migration Discussion List?
Anyone can post messages to the List, just send an email to fmlist@qeh.ox.ac.uk. But please read our posting guidelines first, or your post may be rejected.
What can I post on the Forced Migration Discussion List?
Please note that messages sent to the Forced Migration Discussion List are moderated. We rarely post newsletters, press releases or advertisements for new books, journal issues or articles. Posts must comply with our posting guidelines and we reserve the right to edit, or to reject, posts that fail to do so.
How can I contribute/suggest content for the FMO Website?
Forced Migration Online aims to build a comprehensive collection of resources relating to forced migration. We are always happy to receive new contributions. Please see our feedback page, or email us at: fmo@qeh.ox.ac.uk
Can I contribute my time/expertise to FMO?
Our funds are limited, so we cannot pay contributors for their time. However, we are a small team and always grateful for input, whether in the form of new content, expert advice, or content reviews. We also host occasional interns as part of the Refugee Studies' intern programme. Please contact us at: fmo@qeh.ox.ac.uk for more information.
How can I contact the FMO team?
Please see our feedback, or contact us pages.
How can I remove content from the FMO Website?
Copyright permission is sought for every title that is included on the FMO site. A few resources are made available on a "best endeavour" basis. That is, if two attempts to contact the author prove unsuccessful, then the resource will be included, with the proviso that it can be removed if a complaint is lodged. Please fill in this form, or email us at: fmo@qeh.ox.ac.uk, if you would like us to remove content from the website.
How can I report a broken link or technical problem?
To report a broken link or technical problem, please fill in this form, or email us at: fmo@qeh.ox.ac.uk.
How can I listen to podcasts on FMO?
We offer a collection of audio podcasts that can be downloaded for free and listened to either on your computer, or on the move. The podcasts are in MP3 audio format. They can be listened to in-page by clicking on the provided Flash player or via software such as iTunes or Miro . They can also be downloaded for later listening or for transferring to a portable MP3 compatible device such as an iPod. See the Podcasts: Help page for more information.
How can I watch videos on FMO?
In order to view video on the FMO website you will need media player software installed on your computer, such as QuickTime player. See the Video: Help page for more information.
What is FMO's copyright policy?
Certain materials on Forced Migration Online are licensed under a Creative Commons licensed (Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivative Works). For a simple explanation of what this means please read this helpful summary. Where a Creative Commons license has not been explicitly granted, we will often be happy to agree to the re-use of our resources on an individual basis. However, you must contact the FMO team at: fmo@qeh.ox.ac.uk to ask permission before re-using these materials.
Our copyright page provides more information on the copyright status of some of our more popular resources. There is also a useful explanation of what Creative Commons is and of Forced Migration Online's 'take down' policy.
Can I re-use the resources posted on FMO?
Where a Creative Commons License has been granted, all materials remain the property of the author. As this helpful summary indicates, reproduction of materials is authorised, provided you acknowledge any identified author in accordance with the terms of the License. Where applicable, this permission allows individuals to use, download, transmit, or print from the site for any private, research, or educational purpose. You may not use these materials for commercial purposes. You may not alter, transform, or build upon these materials. Please see our copyright statement for more information.
What is creative commons?
A Creative Commons license allows creators to place conditions on their copyrights. Traditionally, copyrights restrict the rights of others from modifying or distributing copywritten works. Creative Commons licenses offer flexibility by allowing the creator (copyright holder) the ability to choose what limitations they want in place with respect to specific copywritten works.
There are several different types of creative commons license. The license used by FMO is a Creative Commons (Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 UK: England & Wales) License. Where this license has been granted, all materials remain the property of the author. Reproduction of materials is authorised, provided you acknowledge any identified author in accordance with the terms of the License. Where applicable, this permission allows individuals to use, download, transmit, or print from the site for any private, research, or educational purpose. You may not use these materials for commercial purposes. You may not alter, transform, or build upon these materials.

Thank you for your interest in the Forced Migration Online Project!

Last updated Sep 23, 2011