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Reference Sources (Background)
Locating Books
Locating Articles (Databases & Indexes)
International Organizations
American Organizations
Additional Websites
See also the Maps Resource page

Reference Sources (Background)

Oxford Reference Online (full text; current)
A collection of over 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference books published by Oxford University Press. Includes A-Z Countries of the World, World Maps, World Flags, andDictionary of Geography.

Background Notes (U.S. Dept. of State)
An encyclopedic source of information on countries and territories.  The archival version (pre-2000) is available at Background Notes - Archival Edition

CIA World Factbook
Country profiles, including their geography.

Columbia Gazetteer of the World (1998, 3 volumes)
Ref G 103.5 .C65 1998
More encylopedic entries than normally found in a gazetteer.

Companion Encyclopedia of Geography: The Environment and Humankind (1996)
Ref G 116 .C645 1996
Topics that emphasize human-environment interdependencies.

Country and World Rankings Reporter (1995)
Ref HA 155 .G345 1995
Ranks countries by demographics, education, arts, taxes, etc.

Countries and Regions (World Bank)
Includes country information and news items.

Country Information (Richard H. Robbins, State University of New York at Plattsburgh)
Collection of web sites for "understanding the social, cultural, political, and economic implications of the global expansion of capitalism."

Cultural Profiles Project (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
Overviews of life and customs in different countries.

Demographic Yearbook (United Nations)
Select by country and years of coverage.

Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations (1998, 6 volumes)
Ref G63 .W67 1998
Country information in association with the United Nations.

World Today Series
Individual titles focusing on specific regions are shelved separately in the reference collection. In MaconCat select Power Search (upper right corner), then search series: World Today to find individual countries.

Locating Books

Books about specific countries are located throughout the Library of Congress Classification. Books about the subject geography may be found in:

GA Cartography
GB Physical geography

The library's online catalog, providing access to books, journals, music, and movies in the library. An atlas stand next to the reference desk holds various oversized atlases. If the catalog gives a book's type as ATLAS, this is where it will be. These books may not be checked out.

A catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

Books and articles not owned by our library can be obtained from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. Allow sufficient time for processing.  Average turnaround time is 3-5 days for articles and 3-14 days for books, excluding holidays and weekends. Submit ILL requests well in advance of deadlines.

Locating Articles (Databases & Indexes)

Academic Search Complete (1988 to present, some full-text)
Articles from selected popular magazines and scholarly journals in all disciplines.

LexisNexis Academic (dates vary by publication, full-text)
Full text articles from legal, governmental, business, and general news sources.

PAIS International (1914 to present, some full text)
Public Affairs Information Service. Citations to articles, books, on politics, law and international affairs.

International Organizations  

Association of Southeast Asian Nations

European Union

International Labour Organization

International Organization for Migration

Organization of American States

United Nations

American Organizations

American Geographical Society

Association of American Geographers

Economics and Statistics Administration (U.S. Department of Commerce)

National Geographic Society

U.S. Department of State

Additional Websites

Languages of the World, 13th edition online

Geosource (Utrecht University, Netherlands)

Resources for Geographers (Colorado University at Boulder)

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