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Countries   Tags: continents, geographic_regions  

Locate background and detailed information on countries (other than the U.S.); see the Federal Government Resources Guide for U.S. information.
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Related Research Guides

Other Research Guides are available that may also be useful to your country research:

You may also find useful information in Research Guides that cover other specific subject areas; see the complete list of Research Guides.


Find Country Information

Government-Based Information

Each country's government produces a variety of information, including statistical data and documents, much of it available on official government websites.

You can also find a variety of information on government websites through general WWW searching. Look for .gov.xx at the end of the main part of the URL (Internet address) for the website, e.g., would indicate an official Afghanistan website. See this list of country codes used in URLs. Note that the United States' websites usually end in .gov with no country designation. To find useful U.S. government websites, see the U.S. Government Research Guide and the official U.S. Government Portal,

To find objective factual and research material, use the tabs above to find appropriate resources.

  • Countries and Regions of the World from A to Z
    Provides a great variety of links to information about each country in the world, including official government websites under the Government tab for each country you select. (Other tabs provide additional links to Maps, News, Culture, Business, Tourism, Education, Ecology/Environment, and History.)
  • Foreign Information by Country
    Provides links to e.g., government information, country profiles, articles and databases, diplomatic relations included in portals and government and international organizations sites. From the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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The following resource, recently added to the Libraries' electronic resources collection, may be of use for your country research.

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Current Events

Many of the databases in this guide cover current events, but the resources listed below are excellent starting points:

For current events and coverage of core research journals in most subject areas, use Academic Search Complete. It uses the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) discussed in the Country Resources in the Libraries' Catalog tab above.

Another excellent source of current information, particularly about the relationships among various countries, is Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO).

Other Current Events Sources

Also consider newspapers for current events and analysis; see the Newspapers Research Guide.


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