This guide focuses on databases, references sources, and web tools for research on modern, contemporary countries.
To begin your research, start with the Country Profiles & Reference tab. These resources will give you a sense of background, so you can understand data in a country's larger historical, political, economic, and sociological context. These sources are more narrative, and interpret data that is already out there.
The Data & Statistics Page connects you to databases and websites, including the web pages for the statistical agencies of individual countries.