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Accessing Library Materials During COVID-19
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The Country Studies Series from the Federal Research Division presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world
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Collection of online reference books including specialized encyclopedias and handbooks. Try browsing under the Political Science and Social Sciences subject headings.
Finding Background Information
BBC News Country Profiles
Guide to the history, politics and economics of countries and territories.
CIA World Factbook
Updated on a bi-weekly basis, the CIA Factbook, give a quick snapshot of each nation's demography, economy, government, geography, and other sectors such as transportation, communication, transportation and military.
Foreign Affairs Online
A major gateway to resources in international relations. Provides annotations and links.
U.S. Department of State Background Notes
Find facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty.
WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources
A gateway to resources in international affairs. Provides annotations and links.