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Welcome -- FAQs

Welcome to the Library Guide for Country Information. You can use the tabs above to browse resources in different categories.

Or, have a look at these Frequently Asked Questions to locate shortcuts to the information you need.

How can I find the GDP for a list of countries?

CIA World Factbook - GDP

Which countries belong to the OECD?

OECD Member Countries 

 I need to find out more about the market for a certain product in [country].

Global Market Information Database (requires login)

 What are the business conditions like in [country]?

Country Commerce Database (requires login)

 How can I research the history and culture of [country]?

See "Searching the catalog" below, or try:

Culture Grams

Countries and Their Cultures

I need a printable map of [country].

The library has a wide selection of atlases you may consult on-site. You may also find what you need at this site:

 World Atlas and Map Library

Searching the catalog

If you need to locate circulating books that will give you historical, political, cultural, or other background information about a country, here are some helpful tips for searching the Pace Library Catalog.

You can use the Subject Search option in the online catalog to pinpoint books about the country you are researching. Using subdivisions will help you narrow down your subject, so you can browse appropriate titles. See, for example, Italy -- History -- 19th century, Saudi Arabia -- Politics and government or Chile -- Economic conditions. Here are a list of common subheadings you can use when researching a country:

--Description and travel

--Economic conditions

--Foreign relations


--Politics and government

--Social conditions

--Social life and customs

For many of these subheadings, there may be further subdivisions by range of years or century, i.e., "19th century"

Also, the library has a number of Specialized Encyclopedias and Historical Dictionaries on countries and regions of the world. Try a keyword search for the name of the country and the word "dictionaries" or "encyclopedias." You will also see these with subheadings like "--Dictionaries," "--Chronologies," "--Encyclopedias," or "--Dictionaries and encyclopedias." For example:

India -- Encyclopedias

Burma -- History -- Dictionaries


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