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Countries & Regions

  • Africa South of the Sahara: Selected Internet Resources
    Provided by Stanford University Libaries and originating from the African Studies Association, this site provides subject access to information in 35 catagories such as art, politics, religion, listings of book dealers specializing in Africana, development discussion groups, student organizations, libraries and archives. Plus, there is a "Regions" feature beginning with materials pertaining to the entire sub-Saharan region followed by links to information on specific countries.
    http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/guide.html

  • Asia Society
    Founded in 1956, Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution. The site offers interviews, speeches, podcasts and resources for educators.
    http://www.asiasociety.org

  • Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library
    Established in 1994 and supported by the Australian national Library, it is a research tool for information on Asian societies, politics, economies, histories, and cultures. It is arranged in 76 subdivisions organized by topic, country, and region, offering more than 10,000 Internet resources worldwide.
    http://coombs.anu.edu.au/WWWVL-AsianStudies.html

  • BBC News: Country Profiles
    This resource from the British Broadcasting Corporation provides concise information not only on countries but on territories and selected international organizations as well. Each county profile includes an overview, which provides brief historical background, and a synopsis of current political events broken down into several sections. Unique features include audio of each country’s national anthem along with a picture of its flag. Selected video and audio clips from the BBC archives are also included.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/country_profiles/default.stm

  • Background Notes
    Produced by the U.S. Department of State, Background Notes are factual publications that contain information on all the countries of the world with which the United States has relations. They include facts on the country's land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and its relations with other countries and the United States.
    http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/

  • Centre for Intercultural Learning
    "Think Globally. Act Interculturally" is the motto for the Centre for Intercultural Learning, a division of Canada's Foreign Affairs Service which produced this site. It contains country facts and cultural information organized in sections such as: Country Insights, Intercultures Magazine, The Library, and Articles. Much more than a simple country fact book this site provides insights on social customs and norms similar to Culturegrams.
    http://www.international.gc.ca/cfsi-icse/cil-cai/index-eng.asp

  • Country Studies/Area Handbooks
    Education, health, political, social and economic information from foreign countries.
    http://Lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html

  • Canadian Heritage
    A federally sponsored, bilingual Internet site devoted broadly to Canadian cultural information, Canadian Heritage, is managed by the Department of Canadian Heritage. Presently some 20 federal agencies contribute to the site, including the National Film Board of Canada, Canada Council for the Arts, and Status of Women Canada. The site also points to nongovernmental associations that provide important cultural content, such as the Canadian History Portal and Aboriginal Canada Portal. This site delivers a generous amount of information arranged under 20 broad topics like Aboriginal Culture and Heritage, Museums and Galleries, Nature and Environment, and Performing Arts; a 21st link provides provincial and territorial links to cultural and heritage information.
    http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1266037002102/1265993639778

  • East & Southeast Asia: An Annotated Directory of Internet Resources
    This site, maintained by Robert Y. Eng (history, University of Redlands), is a beacon for East and Southeast Asian and Asian American Studies. It includes two broad sections on “Current Hot Topics” and “Country and Regional Directories.” Especially useful are the hot topics which include, among others (as of August 2001), “Us Spy Plane Collision with Chinese Fighter Plane,” “The Wen Ho Lee Case,” “China: Crackdown on Falun Gong,” and “The 25th Anniversary of the ending of the Vietnam War.”
    http://newton.uor.edu/Departments&Programs/AsianStudiesDept/

  • Global Gateway: World Culture & Resources
    From the Library of Congress, this site is an excellent starting point for both beginning and experienced researchers. The site is a gateway to a growing number of online collections, materials and repositories representing different cultures from around the world. 
    http://international.loc.gov/intldl/intldlhome.html

  • Latin American Network Information Center - LANIC
    Established in 1992 and maintained by the University of Texas, this comprehensive site contains hundreds of links to information related to Latin America. It is arranged in broad categories such as: Countries, Economy, Education, Government, Humanities (including Art, Language & Literature), Media & Communication (including News, Magazines, TV & Radio), Recreation (including Food & Sports), Regional Resources, Science (including Health & Oceanography), Social Sciences (including Anthropology, History & Political Science), Society & Culture (including Human Rights, Immigration, Indigenous Peoples & Women's Issues) and Sustainable Development (including Agriculture & Environmental Issues).
    http://lanic.utexas.edu/

  • Middle East Studies Internet Resources (from Columbia University Libraries)
    This collection of Middle East Studies Internet Resources is an on-going compilation of research materials on the Middle East and North Africa (in the broadest sense) available on the global Internet created under the direction of the Middle East Studies Department at Columbia University. Found on this site is a vast array of information such as bibliographies, country-specific information, e-journals and news archives, e-texts, images, sound files, reports, art exhibits, maps, flags and geographical data, information on water issues in the region and links to other Middle East-related internet sites.
    http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/mideast/cuvlm/

  • Nations of the World (Nations and Associated Jurisdictions)
    Part of the Law Library of Congress Guide to Law Online, this site offers a myriad of country information, but with emphasis on links that offer the full texts of laws regulations, and court decisions along with expert commentary from practicing legal professionals. Also, materials related to law and government that were written by or for lay persons have been included, as have government sites providing general information.
    http://www.loc.gov/law/help/guide/nations.php

  • Russian and East European Network Information Center (REENIC)
    A Collection of links to Web sites about East and Central Europe, Russia and the countries of the former Soviet Union with substantial selections of links for each country plus resources for K-12 teachers.
    http://reenic.utexas.edu/

  • Te Ara--The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
    In Maori, this online-only encyclopedia's name means "the pathway." Created by New Zealand's Ministry for Culture and Heritage with authoritative advisory committees, it offers many avenues for understanding New Zealand, but it is a work in progress. Although already a rich source of information, when complete, it will be a comprehensive guide to the country’s peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy, institutions and society.
    http://www.teara.govt.nz/

  • The Story of Africa
    "Tells the history of the continent from an African perspective, from the origins of humankind to the end of South African apartheid." There are 14 sections covering each period in African history, as well as the people, their religions, and contact with the rest of the world. "Each section has on average six chapters, as well as a timeline, reading list and a list of external links." There are many pictures and over 40 sound recordings. Online edition of the radio series from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) World Service.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/africa/features/storyofafrica/

  • The World Fact Book
    Handy general and up-to-date information on most countries of the world compiled by the CIA.
    https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

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