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Print Resources for Locating Information about Countries

Africana: the encyclopedia of the African and African American experience
Shelved in the Reference Collection - 1st floor, Main Library. Call #: DT 14 .A37435 1999

Daily Lives of Civilians in Wartime Africa: from slavery days to Rwandan genocide
call #: DT 21.5 .D35 2007 (shelved on the 8th Floor, Main Library). Includes chapters on wars in Angola, Liberia and Sierra Leone, Sudan, and Rwanda.

Reference Guide to Africa: a bibliography of sources
call #: Z 3501 .K15 2005 DT4 (shelved in the Reference Collection, 1st Floor, Main Library). This title identifies additional resources by topic, such as sources on development or statistical information.

Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations
call #: G 63 .W67 2007 - 5 volumes (shelved in the Reference Collection, 1st Floor, Main Library). Volume 2 is the volume covering the African nations.

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KentLINK is the library catalog for all 8 campuses of the University. It identifies what books, journals, government publications, and media (computer files, films, CDs, etc.) are owned and indicates their availability.

The OhioLINK Library Catalog is the database of all books and other materials owned by the 85 public and private colleges and universities that are OhioLINK member libraries. For any item not available at KSU, it is possible to request the item online and have it sent to any KSU library or another OhioLINK institution for pick up.

Contains records to over 100 million items in most (if not all) subject areas. Materials may include books, computer data files and programs, films, journal and magazine titles, newspapers, manuscripts, musical scores, and more. Not included are individual articles, stories, or book chapters. Updated daily.

KSU-Provided Resources for Locating Information about Countries

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An online digital library of scholarly resources from and about Africa, Aluka includes a wide variety of high-quality scholarly materials ranging from archival documents, periodicals, books, reports, manuscripts, and reference works, to three-dimensional models, maps, oral histories, plant specimens, photographs, and slides. One of the site's primary objectives is to provide African scholars and students with access to scholarly materials originally from Africa.

Business Source Complete
Includes Country Reports and Country Profiles from the Economist Intelligence Unit. Either click the publications link at the top of the Business Source Premier screen and then browse for Country Report or Country Profile OR do a keyword search for the name of your country and (country report or country profile).

Europa World
The online version of Europa World Year Book. Provides an excellent overview of countries, including recent history, government structure and statistical information.

LexisNexis Academic
For information about Countries, click Business and use the Country Analysis link -- this section includes the PRS Group Country Reports which provide information about a country's political, economic, demographic and social structures. Also has full-text of news sources from around the world. Updates and coverage vary with section.

Other KSU-Provided Resources That Might Be Helpful

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Academic Search Complete
Provides full text for more than 4,000 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies. This database is updated daily.
List of journals included.

African Cultural Heritage Sites and Landscapes
Subsection of the Aluka online digital library of scholarly resources from and about Africa. Focuses on high-quality visual, contextual, and spatial documentation of African heritage sites.

AP Images
Contains approximately 500,000 photos and selections of pictures from the AP image and print negative library. Pictures cover local, state, national and international subjects. (Formerly AccuNet/AP Multimedia Archive.)

A premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all scholarly fields of religion representing all the major religious faiths, major denominations, and numerous language groups. Major areas of coverage include: Archaeology & Antiquities, Bible, Church History, Human Culture & Society, Missions & Ecumenism, Pastoral Ministry, Philosophy & Ethics, Religious Studies, Theology, and World Religions. Updated twice per year.

CQ Researcher (1923 - Current)
Offers a balanced overview of contemporary political and social issues. Each report includes background information, both sides of the debate surrounding the issue, and suggested resources to consult for further information.

Declassified Documents Reference System, U.S.
Provides access to over 500,000 pages of previously classified government documents. Covers events from the Cold War to the Viet Nam war and later. Valuable material for researching international relations, American Studies, United State foreign and domestic policy studies, journalism, and more.

EconLit (1969 - Current)
Covers the international literature on economics. Provides bibliographic citations, with selected abstracts of journal articles, books, dissertations, working papers, collected works, conferences, book reviews, and more. Topics include economic development, forecasting, and history; fiscal and monetary theory; business and public finance; international, healthcare, regional and urban economics, and more. Updated monthly.

Historical Abstracts (1967 - Current)
Contains references about the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada, which are covered in America: History and Life).

International Political Science Abstracts (1975 - Current)
The International Political Science Abstracts has provided non-evaluative abstracts of articles in the field of political science since 1951. The articles are published in journals and yearbooks all over the world, including the major political science journals.

PAIS (1972 - Current)
Contains citations and abstracts to articles, with emphasis on public policy and modern political, social, and economic issues. Updated monthly.
List of journals included.

Readers' Guide Full Text (1890 - Current)
Reader's Guide covers general-interest periodicals published in the United States. Full text is provided for 215 magazines back to 1994; indexing or abstracts available for 360 magazines back to 1890.

Struggles for Freedom in Southern Africa
Subsection of the Aluka online digital library of scholarly resources from and about Africa. Consists of more than 180,000 pages of documents and images, including periodicals, nationalist publications, records of colonial government commissions, local newspaper reports, personal papers, correspondence, UN documents, out-of-print and other particularly relevant books, oral testimonies, life histories, and speeches.

Women's Studies International (1972 - Current)
Women's Studies International covers the core disciplines in Women’s Studies to the latest scholarship in feminist research. Disciplines included are sociology, history, political science & economy, public policy, international relations, arts & humanities, business and education.

Freely-Accessible Websites

The University of Pennsylvania's African Studies Center website includes many types and sources of information about Africa, including country information, images and social issues.

Columbia University's collection of African Studies Internet Resources is an on-going compilation of electronic bibliographic resources and research materials on Africa available on the global Internet, created under the purview of the African Studies Department of Columbia University Libraries. Electronic resources from Africa are organized by region and country.

Contains online versions of previously published country studies published by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress.

Provides statistics and graphs on a variety of topics for countries worldwide.

Offers demographic information on countries around the world, including description of the country's government, economic development, communications, transportation, population statistics, languages, and ethnic groups.

For the Librarians' Internet Index listings containing the word Africa, go to this page. You can also search the Librarians' Internet Index for your country of interest.

You can also search Google for the name of your country of interest -- you will likely get many millions of hits. To refine the search further, you can add a second term, such as politics. Click here for an example.

For more links to webpages with country information, go to this page