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SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology: Country Overviews

Resources and tools for introductory sociology.

Country Demographics & Data

U.S. Department of State: Country Background Notes

This site offers in-depth entries on countries across the globe.  While it's produced by the Department of State, History sections, and sections outlining the demographics of the population are extensive.  Entries also focus on countries' international relations and relations with the U.S.

The Library of Congress, Federal Research Division: Country Studies

This site offers thorough reports on numerous aspects of a country's history and their current political, social, economic, and cultural situation.  The dropdown menu Choose a Country Study offers an alphabetical list of countries with reports.  From there, click on the Chapter you'd like, to get a synopsis of the topic, or the specific report sections to get a more detailed story.


World Bank Data Site

Provides profile information and economic data for over 200 countries and economies. Browse by country and/or economic indicator. Data can be used free of charge with minimal restriction (see "Use Our Data" link).

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Deborah Lenert
Post Learning Commons & Drexel Library
Saint Joseph's University