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Country Studies

This guide contains library resources on Country Studies as well as links to internal and external sources on the topic, including additional sources on "Estudios de los Países" in Spanish.

Subject-Focused Encyclopedias

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The Reference Collection includes a variety of different sources, such as: subject-focused encyclopedias, handbooks, almanacs, maps/atlases, statistical compendiums, dictionaries, and more. Look here to find introductory articles on subject-related topics. The broad perspective offered by such articles often proves helpful for narrowing research topics before pursuing more in-depth information. 

This guide provides some recommendations for encyclopedias and other reference resources that might provide helpful information relating to your topic.

Recommended Subject-Focused Reference Resources

Countries and Their Cultures

Main Collection

Encyclopedia of Holidays and Celebrations: A Country-by-Country Guide

Nancy Thompson Library Annex

Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender: Men and Women in the World’s Cultures

Main Collection

Encyclopedia of Urban Cultures: Cities and Cultures Around the World

Main Collection

Encyclopedia of War Crimes and Genocide

Main Collection

Europa World Year Book

Reference Collection (Second Floor)

Handbook of World Families

Electronic Resource

Handbook of World Families

Main Collection

Human Rights and the World's Major Religions

Main Collection

National Geographic Almanac of Geography

Reference Collection (Second Floor)

World Music: The Basics

Main Collection

Recommended Online Refernce Databases

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Recommended Multimedia Databases

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