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Background information on land & people, economy, government, history, cultural life, etc.

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  • Countries and Their Cultures
    Available in Reference Room at call number GN307 .C68 2001 (4 volumes). In-library use only.
    The focus is on the cultures of the countries around the world, what is and what is not commonly shared culturally by the people who live in a country. The authors describe what is culturally universal in the country they are writing about and what varies by ethnic group, region, and class. One unique feature is the duscussion of “do’s” and “dont’s” for a culture. Another unique feature is the discussion of ethnic relations in a country, including material on whether one particular ethnic group became dominant or whether a national culture developed out of a community of disparate cultures.
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  • Countries of the World and Their Leaders Yearbook
    Available in Reference Room at call number G1 .C88 2005 (2 volumes). In-library use only.
    A compilation of U.S. Department of State Reports on contemporary political and economic conditions, government personnel and policies, political parties, religions, history, education, press, radio and tv, climate, and other characteristics of selected countries of the world; together with travel alerts, passport and visa information, world health information for travelers, and customs and duty tips for returning residents
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  • Ethnic Groups Worldwide: A Ready Reference Handbook
    Available in Reference Room at call number GN325 .L46 1998. In-library use only.
    The handbook is divided into four parts – Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and the Americas – with each part containing an individual nation-by-nation description for that region. An introduction, a bibliography of sources, and maps are provided at the beginning of each regional part. The nation profiles provide three categories of information. First, they list the major ethnic groups or clusters of related ethnic groups in all nations of the world in the late 1990s. Second, the volume contains brief descriptions of the major ethnic groups or clusters of related groups in each nation. Third, for each nation, a succinct analysis is given of the current state of ethnic relations.
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  • Encyclopedia of World Cultures
    Available in Reference Room at call number GN307 .E53 1991 (10 Volumes). In-library use only.
    The heart of this encyclopedia is the descriptive summaries of the cultures, which range from a few lines to 5 or 6 pages in length. They provide a mix of demographic, historical, social, economic, political, and religious information on the cultures. Their emphasis or flavor is cultural; that is, they focus on the ways of life of the people – both past and present – and the factors that have caused the culture to change over time and place.
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  • The Europa World Year Book
    Available in Reference Room at call number JN1 .E85 2006 (2 volumes). In-library use only.
    Covers more than 250 countries and territories. Provides detailed country surveys containing the latest analytical, statistical and directory data.
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  • International Financial Statistics Yearbook (International Monetary Fund)
    Available in Reference Room at call number HG61 .I57 2009. In-library use only.
    Acknowledged as a standard source of statistics on all aspects of international and domestic finance, IFS publishes, for most countries of the world, current data on exchange rates, international liquidity, international banking, money and banking, interest rates, prices, production, international transactions (including balance of payments and international investment position), government finance, and national accounts. Information is presented in tables for specific countries and in tables for area and world aggregates.
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  • International Trade Statistics Yearbook 2010 (Dept. of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations)
    Volume 1 available in Reference Room at call number HF91 .U473 2010. In-library use only.

    Detailed data for a total of 175 countries (or areas) are shown in Volume I with the 2010 data on imports and exports by commodity and trading partner provided for 93 countries (areas), representing approximately 74% of the world trade of 2010.
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  • The International Year Book and Statesmen’s Who’s Who
    Available in Ready Reference at call number JA51 .I57 2012
    . Ask at Reference Desk.
    International Organisations: Profiles the structure & functions of the world’s major international & national organisations from United Nation’s agencies to economic & trade organisations; States of the World: Current & comprehensive view of the political, economic & social landscape of the world’s countries, arranged alphabetically; Biographies: Over 3,000 major international figures are profiled, from heads of state and politicians to diplomats, heads of inter-governmental organisations and heads of central banks.

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  • Nations of the World 2012: A Political, Economic & Business Handbook
    Available in Reference Room at call number HF1010 .N37 2012. In-library use only.
    This comprehensive handbook profiles 231 nations and self-governing terr-itories around the world. More than 2,000 pages present political, economic and business information not found in any other reference work of its kind. The political, economic and business climates of the world have dramatically changed since the last edition. This 2012 edition of Nations of the World uniquely captures these changes – from current facts and figures to keen insight into economic, social and business climates. Each independently written overview captures the climate of the country or territory, regardless of how deeply it has been affected by the recent sweeping political and economic global changes.
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  • The Princeton Encyclopedia of the World Economy
    Available in Reference Room at call number HF1373 .P75 2009 (2 volumes). In-library use only.

    Written by an international team of contributors, this comprehensive reference includes more than 300 up-to-date entries covering a wide range of topics in international trade, finance, production, and economic development. These topics include concepts and principles, models and theory, institutions and agreements, policies and instruments, analysis and tools, and sectors and special issues. Each entry includes cross-references and a list of sources for further reading and research. Complete with an index and a table of contents that groups entries by topic, The Princeton Encyclopedia of the World Economy is an essential resource for anyone who needs to better understand the global economy.
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    Includes biographies, encyclopedia entries, facts, and statistics. This database incorporates the full text of The World Almanac and Book of Facts, The World Almanac of the U.S.A, The World Almanac of U.S. Politics, The World Almanac for Kids, and the World Almanac Knowledge Source. It is a single reference source that covers arts and entertainment, information about U.S. cities and states, people in the news, the nations of the world, sports, the environment, vital statistics, science and technology, computers, taxes, economics, national defense, historical anniversaries, and much more.
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    More than 1.3 million pages of primary source documents, books, documents, selections fully integrated with the encyclopedia content. Research and teaching tools include timelines, citation builder, and saved research.
    >>Search for country name and choose appropriate result (should be the first one).
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  • Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations
    Available in Reference Room at call number G63 .W67 2004x (6 volumes). In-library use only.
    United Nations; Africa; Americas; Asia and Oceania; Europe; and World Leaders. Reflecting the ever-changing status of the world geopolitical situation, the 11th Edition includes entries for 193 countries.
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