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Country Studies Resources

Databases (for Bethel Users)

This database provides access to several Spanish languages magazines.

Online Resources (free to All Users)

Africa South of the Sahara: Selected Internet Resources
Extensive listing of links to resources about Africa, including news, history, social studies, sports, literature, business, music, and more. Organized by subject and region, with useful annotations. (Source: WorldCat)
AfricaFocus: Sights and Sounds of a Continent
A source of multimedia (slides, photographs, sound files) on African life. Accessible by collection, subject, or country; through an interactive atlas; or keyword or multiple fields.(Source: WorldCat)
African Studies Internet Resources
Provides access to online scholarly documents and electronic resources on Africa available on the Internet. Organized, in part, by region and country, organization, and topic. Part of the WWW Virtual Library. (Source: WorldCat)
Background Notes
"Background Notes are factual publications that contain information on all the countries of the world with which the United States has relations. They include facts on the country's land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and its relations with other countries and the United States."(Source: WorldCat)
BBC: Country Profiles
Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries. They also include audio and video clips from the BBC archives. (Source: WorldCat)
CIA: World Factbook
The World Factbook provides a brief statistical survey of countries throughout the world. A map of the country is also provided.
Country Insights
Country facts and cultural information on the countries of the world. Go beyond the do's and don'ts with Country Insights.(Source: website)
The Economist: Country Briefings
This site provides basic statistical data. The general focus is on political and econmic information. In addition to statistical information, the site also includes links to news articles that are available. However, some of the news articles require a subscription to access them. The library does have news articles from the Economist available in paper or in Ebsco.
This site provides a basic overview of the country. A basic flag, map, and statistical information is provided. It is similar to the sort of information that can be found in an almanac.
Latin American Network Information Center
Provides Latin American users with access to academic databases and information services through the Internet world, and provides Latin Americanists with access to information on and from Latin America. (Source: WorldCat)
The Library of Congress: Country Studies
This website contains the on-line versions of books previously published in hard copy by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Army. Because the original intent of the Series' sponsor was to focus primarily on lesser known areas of the world or regions in which U.S. forces might be deployed, the series is not all-inclusive. At present, 102 countries and regions are covered. Notable omissions include Canada, France, the United Kingdom, and other Western nations, as well as a number of African nations. The date of information for each country appears on the title page of each country and at the end of each section of text. (Source: website)
Database provides population and economic statistics on various countries and generates graphs from the statistical data. (Source: WorldCat)
Nations of the World (Nations and Associated Jurisdictions)
The U.S. Law Library of Congress provides access to the constitution and other legal resources of the nations and associated jurisdictions of the world. These legal resources include information on the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of government. The Law Library presents the information as part of the Guide to Law Online resource. (Source: WorldCat)
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
The Perry-Castañeda Library at the University of Austin presents an online collection of more than 5,000 general maps representing various historic and current geographic and thematic sites and subjects of interest. (Source: WorldCat)
REESweb : Russian and East European Studies
Directory of networked resources pertaining to eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, organized by discipline, resource type, and country. (Source: WorldCat)
World Public
World Public (WPO) provides a source of in-depth information and analysis on public opinion from around the world on international issues. Presents summary and in-depth articles about various polls taken around the world. (Source: WorldCat)