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International Affairs

Area Handbooks/Country Studies
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. From the Library of Congress.

DOSFAN Electronic Research Collection
"The DOSFAN Electronic Research Collection (ERC) contains historical materials from 1993 to the present. These web sites provide immediate, global access to official U.S. foreign policy information and decision-making. Updated daily, the sites include country and issue specific information on sociopolitical situations, economic trends, democracy, human rights, culture, development assistance, environment, terrorism, and more. Speeches, statements, and testimony by the President, Secretary of State, and other senior department officials are featured, along with many other publications that have traditionally been provided to depository libraries, including Dispatch, Background Notes, other official publications, and congressional reports."

EFA (Education for All) Reports
These reports from 180 countries outline the progress towards education for all, as well as detailing shortcomings towards that goal since 1990.

Global Education Database
Provides selected statistical data on international education. Users can access data to measure the performance of a specific country over time in areas such as school enrollments, public expenditure on education, and gender equity. For most of the 115 indicators, time-series data begin in 1980 and are presented as single years through 1996 or 1997. With over 200 countries represented, the database is also a useful tool for cross-country comparisons of education indicators.

Global Legal Information Network
International laws and regulations. "The basic elements of this database are: (1) full texts of the documents in the official language of the country of origin; (2) summaries or abstracts in English; and (3) thesauri in English and in as many official languages as are represented in the database. The summaries or abstracts are linked electronically to the corresponding full texts."

Handbook of Latin American Studies
HLAS is a bibliography on Latin America, consisting of works selected and annotated by scholars. The handbook alternates annually between the social sciences and the humanities. More than 5000 works each year are added to the handbook, which has been continuously published since 1935.

View and compare the most up-to-date statistical data (geography, economy, population, and social indicators) for the Member States of the United Nations.

Integrated Public Use Microdata Samples (IPUMS) International
Collects and distributes census data from around the world.

Last updated by on 11/23/2010