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Hundreds of authoritative dictionaries, encyclopedias, fact books, guides, companions and more from respected publishers across dozens of major subject areas.
Europa World Year Book
Brief statistics by country on a variety of topics, including: area and population, health and welfare, agriculture, industry, trade, transport, education, and more.
Political Handbook of the World
Information by country on a variety of topics, including: government and politics, constitution, foreign affairs, political and opposition parties, and more.
Reliable sources of data
CIA World Factbook
Free resource. Gives basic demographics of a country, plus overview of political system. Most recent year only.
Europa World Yearbook
Demographics including health, welfare, and education.
Human Development Report
The 2015 Human Development Report is the latest in the series of global Human Development Reports published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since 1990 as independent, analytically and empirically grounded discussions of major development issues, trends and policies.
Little Green Data Book
The Little Green Data Book provides about 50 indicators for more than 200 countries. Several of these indicators have the potential to measure progress on the SDGs. These indicators measure the use of resources and the way human activities affect both the natural and the built environment. They include measures of natural resources (forest, water, and cultivable land) as well as degradation (pollution, deforestation, loss of habitat, and loss of biodiversity).
National Statistical Offices
A directory of statistical offices of countries around the globe.
Free resource. Good for media and communication, internet use, science and technology, etc.
World Development Indicators
World Development Indicators is the World Bank's premier publication of date on development, country by country.
Academic Search Complete
A database of both scholarly and popular publications in a wide variety of disciplines and subject areas, including psychology. Most full text is linked directly in the database; otherwise use the Check for Full Text buttons to check for full text online or in the library.
Business Source Complete
Available by library subscription. Largely full text database of scholarly and trade journals covering all aspects of accounting, business, and economics. Full text journals include, among many others, the Harvard Business Review (1985-present, including all cases originally published in the Review), Academy of Management Journal, Accounting Review, and Journal of Marketing. Also includes several hundred in-depth reports on publicly traded companies. To access, search on "Marketline" and the name of the company.
Citations from scholarly journal articles, books, book chapter, working papers, conference papers, and more in economics. Especially useful for research on a country's economic policies, development issues, and trade. Use the Check for Full Text buttons to check for full text online or in the library.
Encompass Search searches for books and other resources, first in our own library, and then beyond, in other research libraries.
Many authors have placed their works in Google Books as a way to increase exposure and hopefully sell more copies of their works. Any full text that appears may not be easy to extract or manipulate, and often only snippets are available for viewing online. Use the "Find in a Library" option to "request item" on interlibrary loan (you need to be "connected to the Muhlenberg Col Libr network" to do so).
May be used in conjunction with interlibrary loan. Access to full text is maximized by searching from the Muhlenberg network.
Current news (popular) and websites
Allows limit by domain, such as .edu.
Authoritativeness will vary. Assess author and institutional affiliation.
Comprehensive up-to-date coverage from newspapers around the world.
Articles and books via interlibrary loan