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This guide has been developed to assist with research that is global or international in scope.
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Books for Background Information

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Countries and Their Cultures  Icon
This is a four-volume online book set, published in 2001, that can be viewed online or downloaded to your computer or mobile device. Countries and Their Cultures is based on ethnographic information housed at Yale University. According to a review from the Library Journal, "This work's strength is that readers who know very little about a country can quickly obtain a good orientation to the major issues, history, and social structure of a nation."

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Encyclopedia of World Poverty
"An informative and comprehensive reference with more than 800 alphabetical, signed entries on all aspects of poverty. Entries, ranging from a few paragraphs to about five pages, cover a wide spectrum of topics, including secular and religious antipoverty organizations and relief initiatives; the special problems of women and children; the causes, economics, history, politics, policy, and measurements and definitions of poverty." School Library Journal

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An Introduction to Islam in the 21st Century  Icon
This ebook is an engaging introduction to Islam and examines its lived reality, its worldwide presence, and the variety of beliefs and practices encompassed by the religion. The global perspective uniquely captures the diversity of Islam expressed throughout different countries in the present day. A comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, and global introduction to Islam, covering its history as well as current issues, experiences, and challenges. Incorporates key new research on Muslims from a variety of countries across Europe, Latin America, and Asia.


Welcome - Resources on Global Perspectives

This guide is intended to support the research, coursework, and special interests of students, staff, and faculty at Oregon State University. Use the tabs along the top of the screen to explore various information types and sources.

This guide is an outcome of the Global Learning Initiative at OSU.

Your input is welcome, please let me know if you have any suggestions for this guide via email.

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Information by Country

The library staff at the University of Colorado has created a guide titled, Foreign Information by Country. This guide is a comprehensive and easy to navigate list of links to information for approximately 245 countries and territories. Within each country/territory, links are grouped into seven categories: country profile, official government, articles and databases, diplomacy and aid, health, military and peacekeeping, and related guides. Please note, some links may lead to databases not available to the Oregon State University community.


Country Profiles from BBC News

Country profiles put together by the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) providing an "instant guide to history, politics and economics background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions."


Country Profiles from the Economist Intelligence Unit

The Economist Intelligence Unit provides comprehensive background summaries, key economic indicator forecasts, and current policy, risk and economic analysis for over 180 countries. Registration is free.


Country Profiles from the World Bank

The World Bank provides overviews and research reports about countries and regions. To learn more about the World Bank, including controversies, visit Globalization 101.


Culture Crossing

Culture Crossing is a community built guide (crowdsourced) to cross-cultural etiquette and understanding. On the homepage, select the country. Then, you can drill down for more information on greetings, communication style, personal space, eye contact, views of time, gestures, gender roles, taboos, classroom rules, etc. Please, consider adding more information about your home country to the guides; your additions will help make the website more useful for others researching culture abroad.


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OSU International Degree and Education Abroad

Contact Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) to expand your academic horizons by studying abroad; prepare for a global job market with international internships; experience your major in a global context; earn a concurrent B.A. in International Studies; or Apply for a Fulbright.


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