Country/Region/Jurisdiction Snapshots

  • CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online)


    Comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs.

    Includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional paper series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, conference proceedings, policy briefs, full text books and journals, as well as teaching materials such as case studies and course packs of background readings on such topics as terrorism and human rights.

    Link: CIAO

    Coverage: 1991+

  • CIA World Factbook


    Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

    Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.

    Tip: Great for maps, flags and comparisons.

    Link: CIA World Factbook
    (free online)

  • Constitutions of the World Online


    Currently 1,494 documents in this collection.

    These documents are freely available and searchable as facsimile (28,770 pages to date) of the original print or manuscript.

    Link: Constitutions of the World Online
    (free online)

    Coverage: Late C18 to Mid-C19

  • Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) (Australian Government)


    Includes facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of almost 240 countries and economies.

    Includes country and region economic fact sheets.

    Link: DFAT – Country, Economy and Regional Information
    (free online)

    Coverage: Current

  • Doing Business


    Provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 183 economies and selected cities at the subnational and regional level.  Links to legislation, maps, etc.

    Includes annual reports going back to 2004, a wide variety of subnational studies, and a number of special reports dealing with regions or topics

    Offers detailed subnational reports, which exhaustively cover business regulation and reform in different cities and regions within a nation.  These reports provide data on the ease of doing business, rank each location, and recommend reforms to improve performance in each of the indicator areas.

    Link: Doing Business Data Catalogue, Doing Business Reports

  • Europa

    Description: is the official website of the European Union.  It is a good starting point if you are looking for information and services provided by the EU, but you don't know your way around our sites.

    This site gives you: basic information on how the EU works, the latest EU news and events, and links to EU information on the websites of EU institutions and agencies.

    Publications & Documents' section:

    Provides links to EU documents, from legal texts to historical records, the latest EU-wide surveys and opinion polls and the libraries and documentation centres that host them.

    Provides explanations of EU terminology, glossaries and advice on writing about the EU.

    Link: Europa – Publications and Documents

  • Europa World Plus (Routledge) Listed in the Catalogue as Europa World: The Europa World Year Book Online


    Offers detailed commentary on events in the region, in both their historical and contemporary context, in 2010–11.  Includes some indigenous material within the country profiles, as well as comparative statistics, and information on international organisations.  For example, comparative stats can be obtained on the following: Area & Population, Health & Welfare, Agriculture, Industry, Finance, External Trade, and Education.

    Presents political and economic information on countries and territories as well as international organizations.  Features statistical data and directories, and extensive coverage of international organizations active in the Far East and Australasia, together with background information on the major commodities of Asia and the Pacific, detailed listings of research institutes studying the region, and comprehensive bibliographies of books and periodicals.

    In-depth study of political and economic developments in the countries and territories of the Asia-Pacific region is complemented by a series of articles, commissioned from specialist authors and researchers, focusing on topics of particular regional and sub-regional significance.

    The subscription is limited to 5 simultaneous users.

    Link: Europa World Plus

    Coverage: 2003+

  • Getting the Deal Through


    Provides international guides to law and regulations in 46 practice areas and more than 150 jurisdictions containing concise explanations to the most important legal and regulatory matters that arise in business deals and disputes worldwide.

    Link: Getting the Deal Through

  • IEL Consitutional Law (Kluwer Law Online)


    Online version of the 11-volume looseleaf: International Encyclopaedia of Laws: Constitutional Law.

    Presents a country-by-country survey of constitutional law throughout the world.

    Each national monograph includes detailed information of the country's political system, historical background, sources of constitutional law, form of government (outlining the legal status, the competence and the working of central state powers, etc.), state form and subdivisions of the state, component states and decentralized authorities, citizenship (especially nationality and the legal position of aliens), and specific problems such as foreign relations, taxing and spending power, emergency laws, the power of the military, and the constitutional relation between Church and State.

    WARNING: Incomplete country coverage, & text of constitutions may be out-of-date.

    Link: International Encyclopaedia of Laws Constitutional Law

  • Library of Congress Country Studies


    Presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.

    Note: Because the original intent of the Series' sponsor was to focus primarily on lesser known areas of the world or regions in which U.S. forces might be deployed, the series is not all-inclusive.

    At present, 102 countries and regions are covered. Notable omissions include Canada, France, the United Kingdom, and other Western nations, as well as a number of African nations.

    Link: Library of Congress Country Studies

    Coverage: Studies included here were published between 1988 and 1998. Information on some countries may no longer be up to date. See the "Research Completed" date at the beginning of each study, or the "Data as of" date at the end of each section of text.