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This guide will help you find information about individual countries. Click on the various links to access library resources plus reliable, relevant websites.
Last Updated: Jul 29, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Library Databases (off campus access: campus id/password required)

CQ Global Researcher
In-depth coverage of global affairs from a number of international viewpoints.

EIU Country Commerce
Provides details on operating conditions, commercial laws, and the regulatory framework in over 50 countries. Each report offers key economic indicators, such as level of foreign direct investment, exports as a percentage of GDP and chief trading partners.

EIU ViewsWire
Provides analysis of global events.

Issues & Controversies
Both sides of today's top issues are presented.



Countries and their cultures - Melvin Ember, editor
Call Number: REF GN307 .C68 2001 (Library North, floor 2)
This set is sorted by country and includes information about culture, history, government, etc.

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Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life - Timothy L. Gall, editor
Call Number: REF GN333 .W67 1998 (Library North, floor 2)
This 4-vol. set is organized by culture group and includes information about 15-20 aspects of life in these cultures.



Foreign Embassies in the U.S.
Call Number: Website - U.S. Dept. of State
Links to websites of other nations embassies in Washington, D.C. Contact & other info for their national government and its relations with the U.S. government. Most include news, business & investment contacts, cultural & travel info, etc.

Law Library - Nations of the World
Call Number: Website - Library of Congress
For each country there are links, organized by the country's governmental branches. Includes the constitution of each country.

World encyclopedia of political systems and parties
Call Number: REF JF2011 .W67 2006 (Library North, floor 2)

VoteWorld - University of Berkeley (via Nat'l Science Foundation)
Call Number: Website
" archive, maintain, and distribute datasets of roll-call voting from legislative bodies throughout the international community."


Country Overviews

BBC News - Country Profiles
Call Number: Website
Guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions. They also include audio and video clips from BBC archives.

CIA World Factbook
Call Number: Website
Information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. (NOTE: The References tab includes: MAPS of the major world regions)

UN - Cartographic Section
Call Number: Website - United Nations
General MAPS AND latest deployment maps and political operations - in pdf format.

U.S. Dept. of State - Background Notes
Call Number: Website
Facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty.



ABI-Inform (link below) is a business database rich with economic resources and country information. This includes resources from Oxford Analytica which is a global analysis and advisory firm.

1st - Look for either of these titles: Oxford Analytica Country Profiles OR Oxford Analytica Daily Brief Service, plus the name of the country you are researching. 2 - Then hit the Search button.

For Example:

click here for ABI-Inform
Call Number: Library Database

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