The United Nations provide Research Guides on many international topics which are helpful for research on Latin America as a region, or individual countries or regions within Latin America. UCSD subscribes to many helpful UN resources for identifying and accessing UN materials.
Resources for Basic Country Information
Great Sources for Quick Profiles/Statistical Information:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.