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Online resources that help you find background information about a country
When beginning to research the laws of a given country, it is often useful to start by doing some general research regarding the country. Obtaining Information regarding issues such as demographics, major economic issues and industries, foreign relations issues, and sources for statistical information often help augment legal research. Listed here are a variety of resources that can be consulted for such information.
BBC News Country Profiles
Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions.
CIA World Factbook
The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Information is provided by numerous U.S. government sources.
EBSCO Business Source Complete
Business Source Complete offers indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals back to 1886. Additional full text, non-journal content includes financial data, books, case studies, industry reports, market research reports, country reports, company profiles, SWOT analyses, and more. To quickly find country reports, limit your search to "country reports" located under "publication type."
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Library of Congress Country Studies
Contains the electronic versions of 80 books previously published in hard copy as part of the Country Studies Series by the Federal Research Division. Intended for a general audience, books in the series present 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. Most books in the series deal with a single foreign country, but a few cover several countries or a geographic region. The series includes several books on countries that no longer exist in their original configuration—such as Czechoslovakia, East Germany, the Soviet Union, Sudan, and Yugoslavia. These books remain in the series because they continue to offer valuable historical information and perspective. In some cases, studies on successor states are also part of the series. Each book was written by a multidisciplinary team of social scientists, who sought to adhere to accepted standards of scholarly objectivity. The books represent the analysis of the authors and should not be construed as an expression of an official U.S. government position, policy, or decision.
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