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Background Notes/Fact Sheets
From the Department of State, focuses on US relations with countries and other areas. Publication transitioning from “Background Notes” to “Fact Sheets.”

Constitution Finder
Links to national and state constitutions, some viewable in native languages only. Hosted by the University of Richmond Law School.

Country Studies/Area Handbooks
Presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world. Published by the Library of Congress Research Division largely between 1988-98. Printed versions available in the library.

Official US government website for human rights related information. Includes news, reports, and other publicly available documents from the State Department and other federal agencies.

Nations of the World
Links to worldwide official government websites providing country constitution, executive branch, legislative, judicial, and general information. From the Law Library of Congress and some websites available in native languages only.

Population Reference Bureau
Statistics, articles, and reports on topics such as poverty, education, health, and race around the world. PRB offers such tools as:
Data Sheets comprehensive data sheets on topics such as demographics, environment, etc.
Data Finder exportable data for variables such as total population, infant mortality, HIV/Aids prevalence, etc. 

World Factbook
Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. From the CIA and includes maps.

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