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Library Resources in International Development

Library Resources in International Development

1. U. S. State Department Country Studies series for each country include sections on history, society, economy, and politics. See Ref DA through DU for Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania; see Ref F1000 through F3000 for Canada, Middle and South America.

2. Europa Yearbook (Ref JN1 .E85) has the most recent overview and statistics with addresses for further contact.

3. The CIA'sWorld Factbook (Ref G122 .U56) is a brief annual description of each country. On-line at (

4. The World Bank Atlas (Atlas G1046 .G115) by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development has maps and statistical tables showing development.

5. Background Notes (Ref Desk G59 .U512) by the U. S. State Department expand on the CIA's World Factbook in describing the current situation in each country. On-line at (

6. World Tables (Ref HC59 .W669) by the World Bank gives statistics.

7. World Economic Outlook (Ref HC59 .W67) by the International Monetary Fund.

8. Social Indicators of Development (Ref HC59.69 .S63) by the World Bank.

9. World Development Report (Ref HC59.7 .W659) is published annually by the World Bank.

10. UNESCO's Statistical Yearbook (Ref HA154 .U44) and the UN'sStatistical Yearbook (Ref HA154 .U45) have a lot of data but are a little slow in publication.

11. Documents of the U. S. Government can be identified on the MarciveWeb online index and include hotlinks to data files. BYUH's GovDocs webpage also has links to foreign governments and international organizations. Click on Frequently Used Documents then go to Foreign Countries to see links to several databases dealing with international development.

12. Try Internet search engines such as Yahoo ( and search under the name of the country or under the subheading Regional: Countries.

Also check out the Mining Company (