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International Studies information resources: Facts & data

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A handbook is a single-volume reference book that provides concise factual information on a specific subject and is organized systematically for quick and easy access. 

Factbooks, guides, etc

CIA World Factbook
Provides almanac-style facts on 267 world entities.

A Guide to Countries of the World
Quick reference. Each entry provides a brief history of the country and outlines its political, economic, and social issues.

Statistics and data

World Bank Open Data  [open access]
Data about development in countries around the globe

UNdata  [open access]
Compilation of United Nations and agency statistics, covering economic, social, financial and development topics.

OECD iLibrary
Country studies, forecasting publications, reports, periodicals, and socio-economic databases.

Europa World (database; single user access)
Economic, political and geographic information and statistical data of countries and territories as well as profiles of organizations