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This guide provides a selective list of regularly updated country reports and profiles that are free on the Web, print publications, or from American University Library's subscription databases.
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This guide is a list of country reports in subscription databases, free Web sites and print books that provide summaries of mulltiple aspects of individual countries, such as their economic, political, regulatory and social conditions.

START HERE - Major Multi-Subjects country reports

This list is not alphabetical; it is in order of prominence.

  • World Factbook (CIA) (current edition)  Icon
    Updated throughout the year.
    Information on a country's population and demographics, geography, economy, politics, military, and society.
    (Call number: JF37 .N3). AU Library has a print copy of the most recent edition in Ready Reference.
  • World Factbook (CIA) (earlier editions) via HeinOnline  Icon
    Editions: 1981 to 2009.AU-only icon
    (Call number: JF37 .N3). AU Library has print copies of editions from 1979, 1984-1985, 1987-1991, 1993-1995, 2000 to present.
  • Europa World Plus  
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    Editions: 2006 to present.AU-only icon
    Economic, political, and geographical background information and statistical data by country. Includes a listing of around 1,900 international organizations. Online version of the Europa World Yearbook. More detailed than the World Factbook and Statesman's Yearbook.
  • EIU Country Reports  Icon  Icon
    Coverage: 1996 to present. Updated: Monthly or quarterly.AU-only icon
    Country political and economic analyses and forecasts from the Economist Intelligence Unit. Includes countries' projected economic and political outlook.
  • Global Insight  Icon
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    Analysis of economic condition, and the business and investment climate and risks in over 200 countries. Particularly good for descriptions of a country's regulatory and legal environments. Consists of two main components: Country Intelligence reports; and Financial and Economic Data. Includes country risk forecasts. To get to the country reports, click on Country Intelligence.
  • Statesman's Yearbook Online  
    Coverage: 1864 to present. Updated: Monthly.AU-only icon
    An annual summary of information on the history, politics, economics, trade and infrastructure for each country of the world. Now updated more frequently. Similar to the CIA World Factbook. Includes brief biographies of government officials and chronology of events starting with 1999.
  • Strategic Survey  Icon
    Coverage: 1966 to present. Updated: Annually.AU-only icon
    Annual review of world affairs and international relations of countries of the world. From the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
    AU Library has print volumes from 1966-2007. (Call number: U162 .S77).
  • Euromonitor Passport GMID  Icon
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    Industry, consumer and country statistics and reports for countries around the world, including emerging markets. Please note: Access limited to AU Authorized Users with a valid AU ID.

Other Multi-Subject country reports

  • BBC News: Country Profiles
  • Countries of the World and Their Leaders Yearbook (1981- )
    Countries of the World and Their Leaders
    (Call number: G122 .C68.) AU Library has print editions: 1975, 1977-1978.
  • Country Data from Lloyd C. Russow, Philadelphia University
  • Country Insights from GlobalEDGE at the University of Michigan
    Brief statistics, history, economic and political information.
  • Country Profiles from the United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Country Studies/Area Handbook
    This series is no longer being updated, but is still useful for historical information. It is an excellent source for a short history of a country. Describes and analyzes the political, economic, social, and national security systems and institutions, of individual countries, and examines the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors. Part of a series of books from 1988-1998 that was prepared by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the Department of the Army.
    AU Library has print copies of this series.
  • The Economist: Country Briefings
    News articles from The Economist, and brief country information from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
  • MSU Global Access from Michigan State University
  • OECD: Country Web Sites
    Reports and data on the member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, plus China, Brazil and Russia.
  • U.S. Department of State: Countries
    Information from the U.S. Department of State on countries of the world including:
  • World Almanac and Book of Facts
    (Call number: AY67.N5 W7; most recent edition is located in Ready Reference.) AU Library has print editions of 1930, 1932-1946, 1948-1953, 1955-1968, 1970-1972, 1975-1977, 1979-1981, 1983 to present.

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