You'll find explanations, links, and resources that'll help you find the information you need.
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This guide was created for Dr. Worman's PSC 210 class.
The amount of information available, as well as searching for and sifting through that information, can be overwhelming. Use this guide as you would a map; it'll help you find what you're looking for more efficiently.
A good place to start, particularly for background information, is the CIA World Factbook. Found under the background info tab, CIA World Factbook provides core country data.
For more breadth and depth of coverage, use books. Under the books tab, you'll find WorldCat, the catalog of the world's libraries. WorldCat will give you access to close to 2 billion records from over 72,000 libraries.
For research or current information, Social Sciences Full Text will lead you to scholarly journal articles. Find Social Sciences Full Text under the articles tab.
Need statistics? Find statistical information under the background info tab.
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