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Country Profiles and Information
Find background information on nations
of the world. These resources include history, political information
and economic conditions.
- Country Profiles from Facts on File (Bellarmine Students Only) - Facts
on File: Country Profiles contains concise information and statistics
on population, geography, government, economy, and history. Each Country
Profile links to articles on recent news events and the World Almanac
- Country Profiles (Recent) - Country
profiles from the Library of Congress. Brief studies include
information on nations from around the world. Highlights include
politics, economics, social conditions and more.
- Country Studies (Historical) - Country
Studies are from the Library of Congress. Complete studies of nations
from around the world. Information includes politics, economics, social
conditions and more.
- Country Watch (Bellarmine Students Only) - Country Watch povides up-to-date news and information on each of the recognized countries of the world.
- CultureGrams (Bellarmine Students Only) - CultureGrams
includes cultural information on the countries of the world. History,
customs, cultural behavior are some of the featured topics.
- Department of State Background Notes - Background
Notes include facts about the land, people, history, government,
political conditions, economy, and foreign relations.
- Gale Encyclopedia of World Cultures (Bellarmine Students Only) - This
reference set lists and describes more than 1,500 global cultures.
Based on research of social scientists, it is the source for historical,
social, political, economic, linguistic, religious, and other
information on virtually every existing culture.
- Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life (Bellarmine Students Only) - Worldmark
Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life covers cultural groups in Asia,
Europe, the Americas and Africa. Each volume is organized for quick
reference by continent, cover history, politics, customs, religion,
education, human rights issues, teen life and much more for culture
groups such as Kurds, Amish, Germans and more than 500 others.
Print Reference Resources
Note that these titles are in the library's print reference collection. The reference room is the first door on the right after you come into the main library entrance. Please ask for assistance the the reference desk if you need help finding these titles. The sections you need of these books can be photocopied using your Bellarmine ID card.
- Peoples of the World - W. Moss
Call Number: Ref. 305 P419
Publication Date: 1991-12-01
This set provides the cultural, geographical setting, and historical background of most countries of the world
- Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life - Timothy L. Gall (Editor)
Call Number: Ref. 306 W927, 1998
Publication Date: 1997-12-01
Provides information on 500 cultures of the world, covering twenty different areas of daily life including clothing, food, language, and religion.
- Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices - Thomas Riggs
Call Number: Ref. 200.9 W927
Publication Date: 2005-11-18
Provides information on current religious practices around the world, with an emphasis on how religions impact the daily lives of their followers.
- The Encyclopedia of World Cultures - David Levinson (Editor); Timothy J. O'Leary (Editor)
Call Number: Ref. 306 E56
Publication Date: 1991-03-01
A basic reference source to the cultures of the world. Provides descriptions of all the cultures of each region of the world or of a representative sample of cultures for regions where full coverage is impossible, as well as accurate descriptions of cultures of the past.
- Cultures of the world : selections from the ten-volume encyclopedia of world cultures - edited by Melvin Ember, Carol R. Ember
Call Number: Ref. 306 E561
Publication Date: 1999
Selections from the more complete set of Encyclopedia of World Cultures listed above.
Venture Project Ideas
Organizations that provide assistance to countries
organizations provide assistance and programs to nations that have
difficult issues to overcome. Good sources to check for ideas for your
- Amnesty International - Amnesty
International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and
promoting human rights. We work to protect people wherever justice,
freedom, truth and dignity are denied.
- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations - Achieving
food security for all is at the heart of FAO's efforts - to make sure
people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active,
healthy lives. FAO's mandate is to raise levels of nutrition, improve
agricultural productivity, better the lives of rural populations and
contribute to the growth of the world economy.
- International Committee of the Red Cross - The
ICRC is an independent, neutral organization ensuring humanitarian
protection and assistance for victims of war and armed violence. It
takes action in response to emergencies and at the same time promotes
respect for international humanitarian law and its implementation in
- United Nations Children's Fund - United
Nations Children's Fund: an agency, created by the United Nations
General Assembly in 1946, concerned with improving the health and
nutrition of children and mothers throughout the world.
- United Nations Development Program - The
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global
development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to
knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life
- World Bank - In
2004 the World Bank provided $20.1 billion for 245 projects in
developing countries worldwide, with its finance and/or technical
expertise aimed at helping those countries reduce poverty.
- World Health Organization - WHO
is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the
United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on
global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms
and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing
technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health
Other Non-Governmental Organizations
amount of information on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) on the
Internet is enormous, so locating NGO information by subject or
geography can be difficult. The following links and especially the NGO
search engine below may help you get started.