Countries & Cultures - Quick Start
The CIA World Factbook
The CIA World Factbook includes brief statistical data about the geography, people, economy, government, communication, defense and transportation of each country.
CountryWatch is a world leader in providing country specific geopolitical intelligence on each of the 192 countries of the world.
Country Studies at the Library of Congress
This site contains studies of over 101 countries by the federal government. Click on the name of the country to go to that country's study. To determine the copyright date of the study, click on the country's name. Also, each individual study has a search option.
The Earth Calendar is a daybook of holidays and celebrations around the world. Search by date, country, religion, lunar phase, or holiday name.
Library of Congress Global Gateway: World Culture & Resources
This site links to multimedia resources, exhibitions, databases, and other materials on nations, regions, and world cultures. One of the featured resource is:
- Research Guides and Databases
This access point links to Country Studies and the Handbook of Latin American Studies as well as "foreign law materials, specialized catalogs, digitized books and journals".
Culture and Customs Series
(Titles in this series are shelved at various call numbers. Be sure to check the library catalog to determine where the title on the country you need is located. A link to a title search in the catalog is included in the series title above.)
Use these volumes to learn about "the land, peoples, and brief historical overview; religion and world view; literature and media; art and architecture/housing; cuisine and traditional dress; gender, marriage, and family; social customs and lifestyles; and music and dance" of various nations. These books can be located in the Owens Library and MOBIUS catalogs by using a title search and entering culture and customs of followed by a country name. An example of a search is - culture and customs of nigeria.