Locating information about a country can be simplified by knowing where to look for statistical and descriptive information. This guide provides links to official sources of country information as well as to relevant maps and statistical resources.

Journal Articles

Key Databases for Journal Articles: 


Additional Databases: 

Data & Statistics



Government Web Sites

BBC News: Country Profiles

CIA World Factbook

Countries and Regions (U.S. Dept. of State)

Countries and Regions (World Bank)

Country Commercial Guides (U.S. Commercial Service)

Country Information (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

Country Insights (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)

Country of Origin Research (Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada)

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (U.S. Dept. of State)

Country Reports on Terrorism (U.S. Dept. of State)

Country Specific Asylum Policy Operational Guidance Notes (Great Britain. Home Office)

FAO Country Profiles

International Monetary Fund:

  IMF Country Information
  IMF World Economic Outlook - publication has an accompanying database - can be used to generate tables of statistics such as GDP, Inflation Rates, Unemployment Rate, Government Debt... for individual countries, or groups of countries

 International Religious Freedom Report (U.S. Dept. of State)

 International Trade Centre, Countries

 Library of Congress Country Studies -  paper copies of these are found in the Library

NGOs & Other Sites

CIFP Country Indicators for Foreign Policy


ELDIS Regional and Country Profiles

Foreign Information by Country

INCORE: International Conflict Research - country guides