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.
- Statistical handbook on poverty in the developing world
- Handbook of peace and conflict studies
- Political handbook of the world
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.
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