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Political Science Research: Countries and Cultures

This guide focuses on resources that you can use when seeking information on topics relating to public policy, United States political affairs and to international affairs.

World Cultures

Levinson, David, ed. Encyclopedia of World Cultures. 10 vols. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1991-1996.
Each volume is devoted to a geographic area and includes a cultural map for that area. There is an entry for each cultural group including information on location, linguistic affiliation, history and cultural relations, settlements, economy, kinship, marriage and family, sociopolitical organization, religion and expressive culture, as well as a list of publications about both the traditional and current culture.
Dana Call Number: Ref. GN550 .E53 1991.

Country Information

Country Studies
Online versions of the Country Studies/Area Handbooks series published by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress. A basic resource for an overview of a particular country. Note: The Handbooks found here are electronic versions of studies published between 1988 and 1998, when Congress withdrew funding for this program. Funding was restored for 2004 and work continued on several new editions as well as updated Country Profiles. However, no funding has been allocated since 2004.

Background Notes
Information on all the countries of the world with which the United States has relations.

CountryWatch
Includes reports on 191 countries worldwide with up-to-date political, economic, cultural, business, and environmental information, as well as current and archived country-specific news.
Off-Campus Access Rutgers-restricted Access

Index of Economic Freedom
Database of country-by-country analyses and data on trade, foreign investment, government intervention, monetary policy, black markets, etc. From the conservative Heritage Foundation.