Finding out about countries of the world

These resources are great when you need to know more about a particular place (geography, statistics, history, politics, and more):

  • Columbia Gazetteer This resource offered by Multnomah County Library lists detailed information on geographical sites like countries, cities, lakes and mountains.
  • World Factbook: The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Created by the Central Intelligence Agency and updated weekly.
  • Country Studies: Studies and profiles from the Library of Congress's Federal Research Division that offer brief, summarized information on a country's historical background, geography, society, economy, transportation and telecommunications, government and politics, and national security. Not all studies and profiles are up-to-date.
  • NationMaster: A vast compilation of statistical data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, the United Nations and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Lets you use maps and graphs to compare statistics for different nations.

And these are just the tip of the iceberg! If you want to learn more about books, statistics, maps, and anything else that might help with your question, just ask a librarian! We are happy to help.

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