Countries, States & Cities

China Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the People's Republic 

This encyclopedia provides information on the politics, economics, society, and culture of both the People's Republic and Taiwan since 1949.

CIA World Factbook 

Unclassified since 1971, the Central Intelligence Agency's annual World Fact Book provides a reliable resource for information on independent states, dependencies, areas of special sovereignty, uninhabitable regions, and oceans (a total of 267 entries). Each entry typically includes concise physical and demographic statistics, an economic overview, as well as communications, transportation, and military information.

CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online)

Collection of theory and research materials in the field of international affairs. Working papers from university research institutes, policy briefs, country data, journal abstracts, and conference proceedings are among the materials available from this resource.

Cities of the World 

A compilation of current information on cultural, geographic, and political conditions in 193 countries and their cities covering six continents, based on the Department of State's Post Reports. Maps and photos of many cities are included.

Columbia Gazetteer of the World 

This authoritative reference source offers more than 165,000 entries for both political (countries, capitals, neighborhoods, etc.) and physical (mountains, islands, rivers, etc.) geographic expressions. Columbia also includes information for such 'special places' as airports, national parks, resorts, and mythic locations.

Country Studies/Area Handbooks

Search or browse studies of 91 countries prepared by a multidisciplinary team of social scientists for the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress. The studies were originally published in print and focused on lesser-known areas of the world. Note the omission of certain countries such as Canada, France, the United Kingdom, and other Western nations, as well as a number of African nations.

Culture and Customs of Australia

Describes the breadth of the evolving modern Australian society and provides a general introduction with a focus on the Anglo-Irish and more recent immigrants, but the Aboriginal context is also presented.

EIU Country Intelligence

In-depth analysis of current political, policy and economic trends with an 18 month outlook. Quarterly and annual statistics with at least 150 data points picked from the most reliable sources and reviewed by analysts to provide objective and impartial coverage. Equivalent coverage across over 195 countries worldwide. Country reports and profiles, risk ratings, licensing and trading information for the new economies, plus G-8 and regional forecasts.

Europa World Plus 

Europa World Plus is the online version of the Europa World Year Book and the nine-volume Europa Regional Surveys of the World series. First published in 1926, the year book is renowned as one of the world's leading reference works, covering political and economic information in more than 250 countries and territories.

Foreign Government Resources on the Web 

Created by the University of Michigan Documents Center, this site links to hundreds of diplomatic, legal and other pages for all regions of the world.

Geo-Data: The World Geographical Encyclopedia 

The 3rd edition of this comprehensive resource, now published by Gale, provides entries on the physical geography of every country in the world plus other selected locations. Each entry features a relief map depicting the geography of the location plus detailed text that describes its features, climate and vegetation. Entries are formatted with standardized rubrics to facilitate comparison.

New Encyclopedia of Africa 

Addresses the entire history of African cultures from the pharaohs and the ancient civilizations of the south through the colonial era to the emergence of 53 independent countries, some of them newly emergent in world commerce and others deep in conflict. Covers issues facing the continent such as global development, the AIDS crisis, and international terrorism.

New Statesman's Yearbook 

The Statesman's Yearbook includes reliable information on all 194 countries in the world plus states and dependencies with coverage of history, politics, economics, trade and infrastructure for each country.

State and Local Government on the Net 

State and Local Government on the Net is a frequently updated directory of links to government sponsored and controlled resources on the Internet.

Worldmark Encyclopedia of National Economies 

Analyzes current and historical economic development of countries. Considers each country's economic environment, reliable statistics on the country's current economic conditions, trends, and key demographics of the nation's citizens.

Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations 

Presents easy-to-understand information on 200 countries and dependencies from around the world. Entries discuss a variety of topics in detail, from banking and securities to climate, from government data to demographic statistics. Also includes biographical essays on national leaders.