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Country Research Starting Points
Country Studies Series
This site contains the electronic versions of 80 books previously published between 1988 and 2011 in hard copy as part of the Country Studies Series by the Federal Research Division. Each title provides a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of select countries throughout the world.
The Europa World Year Book
The Europa World Year Book provides detailed country surveys containing analytical, statistical and directory data available for over 250 countries and territories.
The Statesman's Yearbook
Organized by country, The Statesman's Yearbook The Statesman's Yearbook provides details about the history, politics, economics, trade and infrastructure for the countries of the world.
The World Factbook (Central Intelligence Agency)
This basic source for country research provides a two- to three-page summary of the demographics, geography, communications, government, economy, and military of each of 267 international entities, including U.S.-recognized countries, dependencies, and other areas in the world.
Globalization Research Starting Points
While reference works - including encyclopedias, directories, almanacs, and similar sources - may not be the type of information resources you will cite in a paper, they are excellent starting points for a project and should be consulted in the earliest stages of your research. The best reference works provide brief orientations to a subject written by a scholar with expert knowledge, providing a historical overview, clear definitions of key concepts, a summary of important research about the subject, and suggestions for further reading. The latter can get your bibliography off to a good start. We recommend you try Credo Reference's Academic Core, a full-text portal to over 800 major reference titles, as a starting point for gathering information about your selected country. The titles below are also very useful.
Encyclopedia of Western Colonialism since 1450 by
Call Number: REF JV22.E535
Publication Date: 2006-08-25
This three-volume work traces many facets of colonial growth and imperialism, including Europe’s overseas expansion into the Americas, Asia, Africa and the Pacific. The rich coverage begins in the
15th century and addresses historical and contemporary issues such as the collapse of empires and race relations in decolonized regions.
Encyclopedia of World Trade: From Ancient Times to the Present by
Call Number: REF HF1373.W67 [E-BOOK]
Publication Date: 2004-12-31
This four-volume reference traces the historical and contemporary interaction of trade, commerce, and culture in detail. It examines the exchange of commodities, cultures, practices, technologies, and ideas between civilizations and nations from ancient times to the present. It also covers topics as varied as trade routes and ports, markets and economic systems, trade goods and influences, and social and cultural issues.
Globalization: Encyclopedia of Trade, Labor, and Politics by
Call Number: REF HF1359.G5854 [E-BOOK]
Publication Date: 2005-12-19
A comprehensive collection of cutting-edge scholarship on the economic, international business, political, legal, and environmental ramifications of globalization.
History of World Trade since 1450 (2 Volumes) by
Call Number: REF HF1379.H574
Publication Date: 2005-11-18
This two-volume set explores the Age of Discovery, the Industrial Revolution, the rise of capitalism, and the effects of imperialism on the global economy, defining and explaining terminology and profiling the major players (individuals and businesses), geographical regions and commodities that shaped world commerce since the 15th century.
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