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General Reference: Country Information

Background Notes
The Background Notes series, continously updated by the State Department, "includes facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty."

Countries and Their Cultures     [Ferris Only]
This encyclopedia focuses on cultures and countries around the world, specifically what is and is not shared culturally by the people who live in a particular country. Entries contain descriptive summaries of the country in question, including demographic, historical, cultural, economic, religious, and political information.

Country Studies
Originally published as a nearly 100-volume book series, the Country Studies series was written by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress in the 1980s and 1990s. The Country Studies series contains "a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world . . . and examines the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors."

Facts on File: Country Profiles      [Ferris Only]
Available on the Ferris campus and from off-campus to the Ferris community via login, Facts on File: Country Profiles contains concise information and statistics on population, geography, government, economy, and history. Each Country Profile links to articles on recent news events and the World Almanac Encyclopedia.

Travel Information: Country Specific Information
This travel advisory service from the State Department contains information on health conditions, political disturbances, unusual currency and entry regulations, unusual immigration practices, the location of U.S. embassies and consulates, and travel warnings.

World Fact Book
Updated bi-weekly by the CIA, the World Fact Book contains statistical data in the categories of geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, and military for every country, dependency, and area of special sovereignty. Maps, flags, historical outlines, and transnational issues are also included.