Statistical Resources
This site offers gateway access to pages of links on countries around the world. Each page includes links on culture, history, politics, news and current events, and more. Good source for background information.

Country Studies: Area Handbooks Series
The Country Studies Series 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 and examines the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors.

Info Please
InfoPlease (Information Please) includes searchable versions of general, entertainment, and sports almanacs; Random House Webster's College Dictionary; and The Columbia Encyclopedia, Fifth Edition.

The World Factbook
An annual summary and update on countries around the world, including information about population, geography, government, military, and transnational issues.

Offers links to news and media services, government offices, economy and business information for countries around the world, sorted by region.