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Political Science: Country Information

Country Information in Library Resources is produced by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Contents include Country Reports, Country Profiles, Country Commerce, Country Finance, and a number of newsletter articles.

Political Risk Yearbook is available in Business Source Complete

  • Type Political Risk Yearbook and the country name in the search box.
  • Alternatively, click the Country Reports link at the right of the screen, select a country, and browse all available resources, including the Poltiical Risk Yearbook.

Political Handbook of the World

Cambridge Histories Online provide excellent background information on countries and their political, social, and cultural histories.

Lexis/Nexis Academic offers a Research Countries feature which searches Political Risk Service, Walden Country Reports, Business Monitor International, Country Briefings, and news reports.

CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online)


Country Statistics

For additional information, check the Data/Statistics/Polls tab on this Guide.

Worldwide Governance Indicators

Data Catalog (The World Bank)  Provides access to a number of key World Bank databases, including World Development Indicators, African Development Indicators, and Health, Nutrition, and Population Statistics.

World Bank Data and Research

Transparency International


Country and Regional Map Sites (Perry Castaneda Map Collection, University of Texas, Austin)

Selected Reports

World Development Reports (World Bank). Available online from 1978 to present.

Human Development Reports (UN Development Programme) In addition to the Human Development Reports, this site provides links to country information and HDI statistical tools.

Federal Government Sources of Country Information

State Department Country Pages

US AID (Agency for International Development)


World Factbook (CIA) - Brief country profiles.

Country Studies (Library of Congress)  Book length studies covering topics from culture and history to the economy and politics.  Important!  These studies are updated infrequently and are most useful for historical materials. Also, not all countries are covered in this series.

Cultural Resources

Country Insights (Centre for Intercultural Learning, Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Government of Canada)

World Digital Library (Library of Congress)