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Political Science 1101 Research Guide: Country Studies: Other Online Resources

Resources for finding basic political, social, historical, and economic information and data about various countries.

Country Information Online

Country Studies (Federal Research Division, Library of Congress)
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.

Nations (Library of Congress, Law Library)
Links to legal and government resources of individual countries, often with English translations.

globalEDGE (Michigan State University)
Links to business and trade related information organized into global, regional and country specific sections.

Foreign Government Resources on the Web (University of Michigan Library)
History Links to government websites, constitutions, economic information, statistics, etc..

BBC News - Country Profiles
History, politics, economic information, and background on key institutions in countries and territories.

CIA World Factbook (Central Intelligence Agency)
Information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.(NOTE: Some instructors ask that you consider the information with care, as there may be a particular American bias and point of view.)


An amalgamation of data from several sources. Allows for comparisons between countries.

UN Statistical Yearbook
Omnibus source compiled by the United Nations.