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Country Profiles, Statistics, and Reference

Academically rigorous background for starting research on countries or regions.

Reference Books

Reference Databases

These databases are useful for getting background information on a research topic, and will help you research chronologies, influential people, major points in history, and summarize concepts, events, or themes.

Country Profiles

Country profiles summarize recent data, presenting statistical narratives of a country that include economic, political, sociological, environmental, and other cultural factors.

In the advanced search box of Bobcat:

  • Set the "Search Scope" to "Shanghai"
  • search for "country profile" under "Any field" and "is (exact)
  • AND "any field" and "contains" enter the name of the country you need information on

Advanced search screen demonstrating two fields, both called Any Field, with the commands is-exactly or contains and the text strings country profile, country name respectively.


gazetteer is an index or dictionary of geographical places, often with information on geographical makeup, and social statistics. Try searching for gazetteers in Bobcat, or try these databases:

Other Major Databases