This guide lists sources which provide country
For further information & assistance in using any
of the sources listed, please contact our reference staff:
Notes (U.S. Dept. of State) - "Factual publications that provide
information on all the countries of the world with which the US 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."
CIA World Factbook (Central Intelligence Agency) - The CIA provides
users with an excellent concise country overview (map, introduction,
geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation,
military, and transnational issues).
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- The Country Commercial Guides publication for each country can
be obtained through the Export.gov website. Click on the link to
the left 'Market Research'; choose the link 'country and industry
reports'. You will be asked to register as a Student/Researcher.
Once registered, choose the country and report type 'Country Commercial
Guides'. *The 'Marketing US Products & Services' chapter in these
guides are excellent and provide an overview of how to set up business
for that country. *The 'Business Travel' chapter provides cultural
and customs information. Other report types include:
Industry Sector Analysis, International Market Insight,
Multilateral Development Bank Report, Market Research -
Market Research - Global, Trade Directory and Events.
Country Studies/Area Handbook Series (Library of Congress) - "The
Country Studies Series presents 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. At
present, 102 countries and regions are covered. Notable omissions
include Canada, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, and other
Western nations, as well as a number of African nations."
Economist.com: Country Briefings - The website includes both
free and fee based links to news, country profiles, forecasts, and
Ready Reference JN 1 .E86 2001 v. 1-2
Well-known source that
provides historical and political overviews as well as contacts within
Global Country Guides
(Deloitte) - Very similar to PriceWaterhouse's Doing Business In
well-known series, these guides provide "valuable information about
regulatory, tax and business matters, including the investment climate,
labour relations and work force considerations, business regulations,
foreign investment and tax rates for major trading nations." Under
the 'Services' drop down menu from the front page, select Tax. On
the next page, click on the link to 'Country Guides.'
LEXIS-NEXIS Academic Universe
Off-campus, sign in using your ID barcode and last name. Choose
Salisbury University as the campus and then click the log in button.
For Country Reference
From the front page, left side menu, click on 'Reference'
Next, click on the area you need 'Country Profiles'
or 'World Almanac'
Enter the name of your country in the search box.
Use the pull-down menu to select a source.
Walden's Country Reports (under the 'Country Profiles' area) provide
excellent country overviews.
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"The Statesman Yearbook
provides accurate and comprehensive information on the current
political, economic and social status of every country in the world."
The STAT-USA (Globus & NTDB) Database provides access to widely used
government publications focused on international trade, country
analysis, and economic data. This database is only
available in the reference area on the 1st floor of the Blackwell
Library. Please ask the desk staff to sign you in.
Economic Factbook (Euromonitor)
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"Brings together otherwise
hard-to-find political and economic information on 205 countries.
Includes summaries of the economic and political status for each
country. Also includes rankings on specific socio-economic data."
World Economic Outlook - "The World Economic Outlook presents
the IMF staff's analysis and projections of economic developments at the
global level, in major country groups (classified by region, stage of
development, etc.), and in many individual countries. It focuses
on major economic policy issues as well as on the analysis of economic
developments and prospects. It is usually prepared twice a year,
as documentation for meetings of the International Monetary and
Financial Committee, and forms the main instrument of the IMF's global
Regional: Countries - Click on the link to your specific
'Country' and then browse the categories.