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Information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.
The State Department profiles each country's economy, history, geography, demographics, and recent political history.
Country and city bibliographies are an excellent starting point. These are in the reference section of the library or occasionally electronic. These are just a few to start you thinking. Search for more using Catalyst for the "country AND bibliography".