BBC Country Profiles

BBC Country Profiles.

Developed by BBC News, the full profiles “provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions.” (BBC News)

This resource is also listed as one of the best free reference web sites in 2009 by the RUSA Machine-Assisted Reference Section of the American Library Association. According to the review, each “profile includes an overview, map, facts, and current leaders. A media overview provides information on the press, television, radio, news agencies, and number of Internet users. Links provided on the side of the profile connect to the latest news and key stories, BBC links, background articles, related Internet sites and video and audio clips from the BBC archives. Additional features include timelines, recent news links, background articles, Internet sites, and BBC archive video and audio clips. Information on over 20 key international organizations is also included” (RUSA-MARS, ALA).

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NDL International Reference Service

NDL International Reference Service.

Provided by the National Diet Library, the “international reference service is available to overseas institutions of Japanese studies and individuals who study subjects related to Japan. Requests for the reference service are accepted and answered by e-mail, postal mail or fax…. (Note: Requests must be made in English or in Japanese.)”

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Country Studies (Library of Congress)

Country Studies (Library of Congress).

“The Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.”