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Country Profiles, Statistics, and Reference

Academically rigorous background for starting research on countries or regions.


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 page. 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.

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