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Because this subject area is so large, this guide is intended to give people searching for information on individual countries some good places to start and advice on finding more specific information. Instead of compiling an enormous list of possibly useful resources, this guide will provide a few places to look for general information and links to other guides for specific areas. For additional assistance, Ask a Librarian.


Other Research Guides

These are links to reserch guides here at Dickinson College for subject areas related to country studies. If the general resources provided in this guide are not enough try some of the other guides for ideas.

East Asian Studies / American Studies / Latin American Studies / Political Science / History / Policy Studies / International Business & Management / Africana Studies / Government Documents

For statistical information, please go to the Finding Statistics Subject Guide.

Print Collection

Reference Collection

The Europa World Year Book is an excellent source of general information on countries. Start here.

REF JN1 .E85 2007

Items in the main collection or the reference collection should be searched for by the country and/or topic you are interested in. For instance:

United States and Agriculture / United Kingdom and Trade / China and Human Rights / Brazil and Ethanol

We also have some online reference titles where you can find information on countries, such as

CREDO Reference: this database allows you to search over 500 encyclopedias simultaneously. Highly recommended.

Encyclopedia Britannica: a highly reputable source of reference information.


For books on countries in the main collection, follow the same guidelines given for searching the reference collection.

While it will depend on the country, this method should be enough to get you started. For further help contact a librarian.


Like the print collection here @ Dickinson, choosing a database that if most effective for your research may depend on the country being researched. Rather than trying to list every database that may be useful, try searching one of the subject guides for the country or area of interest.

That said here are a few databases that may be useful in various areas:

For business and financial news, such as current issues of Financial Times, BusinessWeek, The Economist, two databases are particularly useful:

Academic Search Complete An excellent source of news from both archival and current issues of the magazines.

LexiNexis Academic Includes both domestic and international news sources.

The databases below are useful in different areas of studies:

ABSEES Online (The American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies)

Covers resources on East-Central Europe and the former Soviet Union published in the United States and Canada.

African Journals OnLine (AJOL)

Indexing to over 200 African journals.

Bibliographie der Deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft (BDSL)

A comprehensive international bibliography of published works on German language and literature, and on Germanic studies. This database is in German; it indexes works published in German and other languages.

Bibliography of Asian Studies Online

The most comprehensive index database of principally western-language articles and book chapters on all parts of Asia, especially in the fields of humanities and the social sciences. Browse by country or search by subject.

CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online)

The source for theory and research in international affairs including economic information, and map and country data.

European Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies (EBSEES)

Contains nearly 50,000 bibliographic citations to scholarly articles, books, etc, relating to Eastern Europe. The cited materials were published in the following West European countries: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.

Marketline Business Information Center

Contains country profiles as well as profiles for companies and industries worldwide.

PAIS International (Public Affairs Information Service)

Provides selective subjects and bibliographic access to periodicals, books, hearings, reports, gray literature, government publications, Internet resources, and other publications from 120 countries.

World News Connection

A news translation service produced by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) for the U.S. Foreign Broadcast Service, a government agency which monitors and translates newspapers, radio and television broadcasts, and official statements of foreign governments.

Web Resources

World Factbook

This source is provided by the CIA. It provides information on every country in the world and is frequently updated.

Country Profiles

This is part of the BBC website. It provides background and basic information for countries and also includes access to BBC news stories related to each country.


ELDIS is a clearing house organization for development information. The organization is sponsored by various NGO’s and indexes freely available policy papers, development research, project evaluations, Etc. They also have a country profile section focused on economic and social information.

World Bank

The World Bank is a good place to look for economic and development information.

The UN

Well… It’s the United Nations, it has everything…

World Mapper

This site contains hundreds of maps, covering every area of the world, showing loads of different information such as religion, economic information, demographics, natural resources, Etc. Great place to look for graphic representations of country information.

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection

A fantastic and extensive map resource. Includes both historic maps and maps of current events. Provided by the University of Texas at Austin.

Portals to the World

The Library of Congress’s fantastic collection of links to country information. If you cannot find what you are looking for above try here.