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Get Started with Country Profiles
CIA World Fact Book
Get started here for basic country information. Select country from search box at the top right. Subjects include geography, transportation and more.
BBC Country Profiles
These profiles are particularly useful for media clips and photos and quick historical timelines.
Select the country in the upper right drop menu, and be sure to click into the country profile for political history, constitution and government, regional and international relationships and more.
Political Handbook of the World
Publication Date: Published annually
Facts and analysis on each country's government, political and economic history, foreign relations, political parties, and current issues. This is a must-use resource when studying a country's politics, and is particularly strong for understanding political parties.
The Statesman's year-book.
Publication Date: Published annually
Political, economic & social accounts of every country of the world, including biographies of leaders, historical introductions, economic overviews.
Country Reports on Specific Topics
The online library of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) featuring its books, papers and statistics. Browse by theme or country because many theme reports include sections that break out information by country.
World Bank: Open Knowledge Repository
A collection of studies and documents from the World Bank. Click Collections to browse by resource type. Look for Country Strategy Documents and Economic and Sector Work Studies. Click Topics to browse or search for your topic.
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Click Research to find the World Economic Outlook Report, Global Financial Stability Report, and more. Find statistics and reports by country by clicking Country.
Search for election information by country, type of government, and year to find dates of elections, results, and voter turnout.
Locate continent and country information about human rights and democracy efforts.
UN Human Development Index Reports
The Human Development Report Office releases five composite indices each year: the Human Development Index (HDI), the Inequality-Adjusted Human Development Index (IHDI), the Gender Development Index (GDI), the Gender Inequality Index (GII), and the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI).
Reports from the U.S. State Department
U.S. State Department: Country Reports
Click on "Countries/Areas" to find fact sheets on U.S. relations with individual countries and press releases from the State Department regarding that country. Fact sheets also include links to other resources.
U.S. State Department: Country Reports on Human Rights Practices
U.S. Dept of State annual reports to Congress on the status of internationally recognized human rights practices per country. Online archive from 1999-present.
Trafficking in Persons Report
Information from the U.S. State Department, including an annual Trafficking in Persons Report with country profiles.
Country Reports on Terrorism
Reports on where terrorist acts have occurred, state sponsorship of terrorism and assessments of terrorist groups, from the U.S. State Department.
International Religious Freedom Reports
From the U.S. Department of the State, reports that describe the status of religious freedom, government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies promoting religious freedom.
General Resources for Articles
Political Science Complete
It can be helpful to search for the country's name as a subject in the drop menu.
This is the best place to start for articles, books, government information, and research reports on topics related to public affairs and public policy. Coverage is international. Be sure to click the blue "Other SMU Options" button to get the full text.
This is your best bet for articles about a country's government in relation to business. Search for the country's name as "location/LOC."
Business Source Complete
This is another database for topics related to government, politics, and business
This is best for articles on a country's economy.
NBER Working Papers
Another good choice for working papers on the economy from the National Bureau of Economic Analysis. Working papers are a way for researchers to share their findings ahead of official publication.