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Countries/United Nations Assignment


Helpful Hints & Web Sites

There are many places to find information on specific countries. Ask for the Library's handout "Where in the World" for a quick guide to country call numbers in history and travel. In addition to books, you can find information in magazine articles, encyclopedias and on the web.

Researching from home? You will need your library card to access full text articles and online encyclopedias. Some good sources for country information are Infotrac's General Reference Center and Expanded Academic ASAP, SIRS, and Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. You can connect to all of them with this link: Magazine Articles and eReference Sources for homework.

Here are some useful web sites:

This online encyclopedia provides facts, figures and statistical information about such topics as the history, people, geography, language, and religion of countries around the world. The site also offers political and physical maps of regions of the world.

Background Notes
The U.S. Department of State’s Background Notes provide information on countries, geographic entities and international organizations. Country information includes geography, people, government, economy, foreign relations, and history.

CIA World Factbook
Use the dropdown menu “Select a Country or Location” from their home page, then link to information on the geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues. Regional and country maps are also included on this site.

This site is "an easy-to-use, two-step database that allows you to view and compare the most up-to-date statistical data for the Member States of the United Nations." It covers over 30 different fields of information on 185 different countries.

Library of Congress Country Studies
In addition to the basic facts about countries, this site gives a more in-depth view of the people of each country: their religion, values, and views on issues. Currently, the site offers profiles of 85 countries, so you may have to check other sources if you do not find the country that you are researching.

Maps and Geography of the World
Search an alphabetical index to find maps for a specific region or country. Detailed factual information is provided for each country.

National Geographic's Xpeditions
These black-and-white, page-size maps are perfect for printing.

Progress of Nations
Look here for information about a country's ranking according to its achievements in child health, nutrition, education, family planning and progress for women. Link to “big picture” and “statistics” for info that’s hard to find elsewhere.

United Nations Homepage
The official Web site of the United Nations, maintained by the UN's Department of Public Information. Click on “UN Member States” to link to countries and other nations that belong to the UN. It includes general information, history, addresses and e-mail addresses of member states.

World Flag Database
In addition to basic information about countries, you will find flags including national and state flags, ensigns, and sub-national flags. A glossary explains common flag terms.


You may also try searching for information about a country by using your favorite search engine. Wikipedia, a free encyclopedia, can be very helpful. Or, you could try Yahoo's Regional--Countries category and look for a specific country in its alphabetical index. Yahooligans, a search engine designed for students, can also be used by to find sites.