Area Studies

Research Links—Area and Country Studies

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Library of Congress

Country Studies
Portals of the World

U.S. State Department:

Background Notes
Countries and Regions
International Topics and Issues


World Fact Book
Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments

USAID: Locations

Country Analysis Briefs From the Department of Energy.

Academic Info: Area and Country Studies

Awesome Library: Countries

Area Studies and Ethnic Studies From Galileo, Georgia's Virtual Library.

Reuters AlertNet Country Profiles Breaking news, political and historical information, and statistics on most countries in the world. See Country Profiles on the left side of the page.

Economist: Country Briefings News, country profiles, forecasts, statistics and more.

BBC News: Country Profiles Guides to history, politics, and economic background of countries.

CountryWatch Comprehensive background on the 192 countries in the world.

Country Studies

Area Studies Links to information on every country.

Escotet International Link: Countries Click on Countries on the left.

Kiosk: Journal of Geo-Politics Information and maps about all the countries.

Altapedia Online Statistics, facts, and maps of all the countries in the world.

Window on the World: Internet Resource Guide Resources for the study of international issues and regional area studies. The guide is organized by region and by topic. From the Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium, a non-profit organization of the University of Wisconsin.

World Statesmen An encyclopedia of nations, colonies, international and religious
organizations, and other polities. Has country facts, maps, anthems, flags, links, and multiple indexes on global politics and history.

WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources Annotated links to a wide range of international affairs, international studies, and international relations topics.

Internet Resources for Country Studies Focusing mainly on economic factors. From the University of Melbourne Library.

World Area Studies

BUBL Link: Countries A collection of links on every country. Details on each country's economy, defense, geography, government, history, and people.

One World — Nations Online Links to information about all the nations of the world.

KidsClick: Countries Links to sites with history and information about each country.

United Nations

Data by Country Statistics from the World Bank.

International Statistical Agencies Links to every nation's office of statistics. From the U.S. Census Bureau.

Commanding Heights: Countries Reports on the development of many countries with tabs for the following categories: political, economic, social, environmental, rule of law, trade policy, money

Search Engine Colossus An international directory of search engines.



Area Studies

Open Directory


Area Studies

Google Directory


Area Studies

Librarians' Index to the Internet: Regional


Contemporary Africa Database Information about African countries, people, organizations, arts, business, society, politics, media, religion, and sports.

allAfrica The latest news from every African country.

Africa Information and links. From PBS.

African Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania

Country-Specific Pages
African Web Links
Multi-Media Archives
Black/African Resources
K-12 Guide for African Resources on the Internet Online resources on Africa that can be used in the classroom. Includes library resources, languages, environment, travel, lesson plans, and general resources. Links, news, and opinion on Africa. From the Norwegian Council for Africa.

Africa South of the Sahara Links to selected Internet resources. Searchable by keywords or browsable by country, region, or topic. By Karen Fung, Curator, African Collection, Stanford University Libraries.

AfricaOnline News and information about the different regions of Africa.

African Section of the Library of Congress


Portal to Asia Internet Resources High quality web resources originating in Asia identified, evaluated, selected, and cataloged by area library specialists. A project of the libraries of Ohio State University, University of Minnesota, and University of Wisconsin (Madison).

Asiaco A directory of information on Asian countries.

Asian Studies Network Information Center (ASNIC) From the University of Texas.

Aardvark: Asian Resources for Librarians Links to Asian databases and digital libraries.

South and Southeast Asian Studies From Columbia University.

Digital South Asia Library Information about contemporary and historical South Asia. Includes links to reference resources, images, maps, statistics, bibliographies, indexes, books and journals, and Internet resources. A project of the Center for Research Libraries.

South Asia Resource Access on the Internet (SARAI)

Asia Source Links on arts & culture, business & economics, policy & government, and social issues. A resource of the Asia Society.

AskAsia News, statistics, experts, teacher and student resources, and links on Asia.

Library of Congress: Asian Reading Room

Council on East Asian Libraries

China: An Inner Realm Tells about the land, language, and culture of China. A ThinkQuest project by three American teenagers. A web directory listing worldwide Japan-related web sites. Another resource of the Asia Society.

Global Window: Japan From the Anderson School of Management, UCLA.

Stanford Guide to Japan Information Resources

Middle East

Middle East Network Information Center (MENIC) Links to web sites and databases with information about the Middle East. From the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Middle East Information Network Links to Middle East news outlets, universities, governments, stock exchanges, religious organizations, maps, country information, and more. Site by a small American, non-partisan organization based in Boston dedicated to providing accurate and comprehensive information about the Middle East.

Middle East Institute A U.S. think tank with much information on the Middle East.

UCLA Libraries Collections and Internet Resources in Middle Eastern, Armenian, & Central Asian Studies Links to academic resources.

Arab Social Science Research (ASSR) A virtual library for studying the Arab world. Resources on ASSR are organized by type of resource, by topic and by country. By the Arab Institute for Studies and Communication.

Arab.Net A comprehensive online resource on the Arab world, primarily dealing with countries in the Middle East and North Africa. For each country, the site has basic statistics and facts and information on the country's history, geography, business organizations, culture, government, and transportation.

Middle East Studies Internet Resources Links from Columbia University Libraries' Jewish and Middle East Studies.

Library of Congress: African and Middle Eastern Reading Room

Encyclopaedia of the Orient Information and maps on the countries of North Africa and the Middle East.

Latin America

Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC) Information on and from Latin America. From the University of Texas.

Latin America Data Base Most of this site is by subscription only, but it does have lesson plans for teachers for free.

Political Database of the Americas Links to constitutions, electoral systems, governmental institutions, and civil organizations in Latin America.

LADARK — Latin American Development Archive Data sets and working papers on Latin America. From Johns Hopkins University.

Library of Congress: Hispanic Reading Room

Internet Resources for Latin America A major collection of links. From the New Mexico State University Library.


Library of Congress: European Reading Room

European Web Resources From the Center for European Studies, University of North Carolina.

Goethe Institut Links to information on German society, history, and culture.

REESWeb: Russia and Eastern European Studies

CEESource Central and East European legal, political, business, and economics resources. From Gonzaga University School of Law.

Slavic Research Center: Links From Hokkaido University, Japan.

Bucknell: Russian Studies

Comparing Countries

YourNation Compare and rank countries in many categories.

International Comparisons Compare up to five countries in fixed categories. From the United Nations Cyberschoolbus.

NationMaster Generate charts and graphs comparing statistical data on countries.

Globastat Rankings and comparative statistics of all countries.



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