Alphabetical list of legal research guides for each country of the world from the Law Library of Congress. "Vast network of links to content-based Web sites of primary and secondary legal and legislative information services from 143 nations and all U.S. federal, state and territorial government entities."
This collection will contain the current constitution of every country in the world in its original language(s). Also included will be at least one English translation. We are working to identify and acquire the source documents for every historical constitution for every country. As historical documents are identified, they will be added to the constitutional timeline for each country.
The CIA publishes and updates the online directory of Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments regularly. The directory is intended to be used primarily as a reference aid and includes as many governments of the world as is considered practical, some of them not officially recognized by the United States.
Older editions are available in print and microfiche: US Docs, Geisel Floor2 PREX 3.11/2:
The European Parliament is made up of 736 Members elected in the 27 Member States of the enlarged European Union. Since 1979 MEPs have been elected by direct universal suffrage for a five-year period. Searchable by country, term, political group, etc.
19th century-present. Incorporates African Studies and South African Studies databases. Sources include books, periodicals and magazines articles,newspapers, pamphlets, maps, reports, theses, much more. Nearly 2 million records
Free database of social sciences citations relating to Africa. Comprised of six sub-databases: Africana Periodical Literature; African Women; Women Travelers, Explorers and Missionaries to Africa; Islam in Africa; Kenya Coast; and Water and Africa.
Search engine of open access scientific knowledge from Africa, on Africa, to Africa and the World. The Access to Scientific and Socio-economic Information in Africa (ASKIA) Initiative is under the Public Information & Knowledge Managment Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. It brings together scientific and socio-economic information for the African community, including scientists, researchers, academics, students, economists and, policy-makers, over an interactive online portal acting as a one-stop shop to such knowledge and associated information from/on Africa. The overall goal of the initiative is to strengthen knowledge discovery and access by tapping into global scientific and socio-economic knowledge on and from Africa.
The Africa Portal is an online collection of resources on African policy research. It is a collaborative project between the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA).
From UC Berkeley. List arranged by subject: Children & Families, Crime & Security, Development, Economics, Food & Commodities, Education & Culture, Environment, Health, Population, Politics & Elections, Social & Humanitarian, Urban & Housing, Women & Gender, Microdata, Open Data
The MacroDataGuide is a tool that has been especially developed by the Norwegian Social Science Data Services to save researchers and students time and energy in their search for high quality social science macro data. While the main distinction is most often drawn between micro and macro data, the term 'meso data' is also sometimes used. Meso data generally refers to data on collective and cooperative actors such as commercial companies, organizations or political parties.
Data sources by topic
Cultural activities and participation
Cultural and national identity
Leisure, tourism and sport
Morbidity and mortality
Basic skills education
Compulsory and pre-school education
Health care and medical treatment
Accidents and injuries
Childbearing, family planning and abortion
Drug abuse, alcohol and smoking
Physical fitness and exercise
Specific diseases and medical conditions
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION
Information society (including internet use)
LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
Employment and unemployment
Labour relations and labour conflict
LAW, CRIME AND LEGAL SYSTEMS
Environmental degradation/pollution and environmental protection
Natural resources and energy
Plant and animal distribution
Surface area and natural landscapes
Elections and political parties
International politics and organisations
Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
Political system (incl. government, political regimes and organisations)
Conflict, security and peace
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Science and technology
SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY AND SYSTEMS
Social welfare systems
Specific social services: use and provision
SOCIETY AND SOCIAL STRATIFICATION
Equality and inequality
Family life and marriage
Gender and gender roles
Religion and values
Social and occupational mobility
Social behaviour and attitudes
Social conditions and indicators
TRADE, INDUSTRY AND MARKETS
Agricultural, forestry and rural industry
Business and industry
TRANSPORT, TRAVEL AND MOBILITY
Transport, travel and mobility
Use these sources for overviews of current issues in individual countries.
The Political Risk Yearbook is an annual publication that “contains all 100 Political Risk Services’ Country Reports updated to the previous December, demarcated along regional lines, using the globally-recognized Coplin-O’Leary political risk rating methodology.” Included in Business Source Complete.
Portal to UCSD-subscribed EIU content. Includes searchable online archive (1996- ) and feed of Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) global country publications. Strong on current political, economic, and business affairs worldwide.
Economic, political, historical, and geographic profiles of countries and global regions. Contact info for political, business, media, and cultural agencies and officials. Search or browse by country, region, organization, or people. Access limited to 1 user at a time. Try again later if refused.
Use these sources to find country-level (and sometimes smaller) data on a plethora of topics.
Provides easy access to statistical data. Data is downloadable in Excel and CSV, and shapefiles when multiple geographies are covered. Sources include: Bombay Stock Exchange, British Bankers' Association, Chicago Board Options, Exchange, China Data Center, D&B (Dun & Bradstreet), Dave Leip's Atlas of US Presidential Elections, Defense Manpower Data Center, Deutsche Börse Group, Dow Jones, Easy Analytic Software Inc. (EASI), Eurostat, FTSE Group, HSI Services Limited (Hong Kong), International Monetary Fund, London Bullion Market Association , London Platinum & Palladium Market, NASDAQ OMX Group, National Bureau of Economic Research, Nikkei, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Shanghai Stock Exchange, Standard & Poor's, World Bank, World Resource Institute, Xignite, and many US Federal agencies. See the Data-Planet Libguide for more detail.
1973-present. Huge database of citations to statistical publications from U.S. federal and state governments, international agencies, nonprofit and educational institutions, and private publishers including trade and industry groups. Full text of the publication or report is often included, and many tables are downloadable in Excel. Particularly good for demographic and country-level information. Previous name Statistical Universe.
A collection of the statistical abstracts of various countries, both individually searchable and cross searchable. These statistical abstracts are generally issued by the national statistical offices of foreign governments and contain country-level data not easily found elsewhere. Global and regional statistical compendia issued by international organizations and research firms are also included.
Aggregates numeric datasets from international organizations, economic research firms, and national government statistical offices. This collection is designed to answer the three most common types of data questions in international research: How do two or more countries compare with one another across a range of statistical indicators? What are the social and demographic characteristics and trends in a single country? How do two or more internal regions of a country compare with one another across a range of indicators? A key provider of sub-national data (aside from the national governments themselves) is Oxford Economics.
Top place to look for European statistics on economy and finance, population and social conditions, industry, trade, and services, agriculture and fisheries, transport, environment and energy, science and technology, and general and regional statistics.
Eurostat is the Statistical Office of the European Communities. Its task is to provide the European Union with statistics at European level. By harmonising statistics from the European statistical system (ESS) to a single methodology, the statistics are made comparable.
On-line statistical databases covering international statistics in agriculture, food production, trade, forest products, fisheries and more. From the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
Full text of UNDP Human Development Reports, from 1990 to the next to most current year, plus national Human Development Reports and an excellent statistics section on industrialized and developing countries.
International Labour Organization (ILO) Database on International Labor Statistics, offering annual data from 1979 to the present for a wide range of variables, including employment and unemployment, earnings, wages, strikes and more.
Provides comprehensive access to International financial statistics (IFS), Balance of payments statistics (BOPS), Direction of trade statistics (DOTS), and Government finance statistics (GFS) databases. View and download predefined data reports or create.
The ICRG Researcher's Dataset - Table 3B provides annual averages of the 12 components of ICRG's Political Risk Ratings (Table 3B), as published in the International Country Risk Guide since 1984. Average ratings are provided for all countries covered by ICRG from 1984 through the last full calendar year.
The ITERATE project is an attempt to quantify data on the characteristics of transnational terrorist groups, their activities which have international impact, and the environment in which they operate.
OECD iLibrary is the Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development's Online Library for Books, Papers and Statistics and the gateway to its analysis and data. Coverage includes development, economics, education, energy, environment, scitech, social issues, and more.
Alan Heston, Robert Summers, and Bettina Aten
The Penn World Table provides purchasing power parity and national income accounts converted to international prices for 168 countries for some or all of the years 1950-2000. You can download all the data and documentation from the download page or create a custom table in SAS or CSV format using a form.
United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) statistical institute website. Includes statistical data sets of world education and literacy indicators, and selected data from the UNESCO Statistical Yearbook.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is an independent agency that provides economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States. The site provides an overview of each county where the agency does work.