Up-to-date profiles of countries of the world. Includes political histories, economic statistics, and directory-style information on politics, media, and business. A "comparative statistics" section can be used to generate tables of comparative data on countries in formats suitable for exporting into Excel or SPSS.
Countries & Maps
Major Research Tools
Overviews of the geography, population, government, and economics of the countries of the world. From Oxford Reference Online.
Lengthy reports on the history, society, and culture of individual countries published between 1988 and 1998 (Additional volumes in this series are available in Skillman's print collection). Prepared by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress.
Country-level, time series data from the World Bank. Topics covered include demographics, the economy, the environment, health, and education. Data may be saved as Excel or ASCII files.
Data on the geography, demography, government, economics, etc. for every country in the world (courtesy of the CIA).
Political, physical, and locator maps for countries of the world. From Oxford Reference Online.
Other Suggested Research Tools
"Presents in maps and text complete data about the creation and all subsequent changes (dated to the day) in the size, shape, and location of every county in the fifty United States and the District of Columbia." Available as interactive maps and shapefiles that can be downloaded for use with GIS software.
Create and save maps illustrating over 60 socioeconomic indicators on people, jobs, agriculture and other county data. Sources include the American Community Survey, economic reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the latest Census of Agriculture. You may also download your data into a spreadsheet for use in Excel or other statistical software.
About.com's collection of printable outline maps of states, countries, continents, regions, etc. Includes links to collections on other websites.
Create and save maps illustrating 168 indicators on the food environment covering food choices, health and well-being, and community characteristics in U.S. states or counties. Indicators include store/restaurant proximity, food prices, and food and nutrition assistance programs. Data is drawn from numerous sources including the Decennial Census, County Business Patterns, and Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
Full text of annual reports (2002 to present) detailing political and civil rights in countries and territories of the world. Includes "ratings of freedom" for each country from 1973 to present. Also includes reports and rankings on freedom of the press in various countries.
A wide variety of digitized maps from the Library of Congress.
Interactive, online mapping service from the U.S. Geological Survey. Create customized topographic maps reflecting elevation, geology, land use, natural hazards, and other features.
Gateway to historical maps digitized by major map libraries in Europe and the U.S.
Over 2000 scanned maps from the University of Texas at Austin, plus links to many external online maps, including "maps of current interest".
Collections of historical maps, including collections covering North and South America, Africa, and Japan.