Franklin &  Marshall College Library

GOV 104: Comparative Politics


Europa World Year Book 2007. 2 vols.
Ref. Desk D 2 E8 2007
Contains chapters on each country of the world and the major international organizations. A brief introductory survey is supplemented by a comprehensive statistical survey. This is a good, quick source for recent statistics on a country.

Encyclopedia of the Developing World 3 vols.
Ref. HC 59.7 .E52 2006

World Development Indicators 2006
Ref. HC 59.15 .W656 2006
published by the World Bank

Encyclopedia of Democracy 4 vols.
Ref. Balcony JC 423 .E53 1995

World Encyclopedia of Political Systems and Parties, 3rd Edition 3 vols.
Ref. Balcony JF 2011 .W67 1999
Contains detailed profiles for each country of the world.


The Far East and Australasia, 2007
Ref. DS 1 .F3 2007

The Middle East and North Africa, 2006
Ref. DS 49 .M5 2006

Africa South of the Sahara, 2007
Ref. DT 351 .A37 2007

South America, Central America and the Caribbean, 2007
Ref. F 1408.29 .S69 2007

Central and Southeastern Europe, 2004
Ref. HC 244 .C46 2004
These titles are similar to the Europa World Yearbook, but with more detailed profiles of the countries.

Country Reports on Economic Policy and Trade Practices, annual
Ref. HF 1410 .C69 2002
Compiled by the State Department for Congress.

Human Rights Watch: World Report 2007
Ref. Balcony JC 571 .H785 2007

Freedom in the World: The Annual Survey of Political Rights and Civil Liberties
Ref. Balcony JC 571 .F646 2003
Also available online

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, annual
Ref. Balcony JC 571 .U48
Compiled by the State Department for Congress. Also available online.


Connections to full-text newspaper articles (including the New York Times), business information, and legal resources. Check the "World News" section for articles published in different regions of the world.

Social Sciences Full Text
(Indexing: 1983 - Current; Abstracting: March 1994 - Current) Indexes and abstracts over 400 English-language periodicals in all areas of the social sciences, including politics and economics.

PAIS International (Public Affairs Information Service Bulletin)
Comprehensive subject index to periodical articles, books, government publications, and reports relating to economic and social conditions, public administration and global relations. Coverage is from 1972 to the present; updated monthly.

CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online)
Access to books, journal articles, and working papers, from 1991 to the present

GPO Access
This is the primary web page for government information, hosted by the U.S. Government Printing Office. In addition to full-text access to presidential, congressional, and court publications, there is an index of government publications from 1994 to the present.

Yahoo Government Links
Follow the menus and search for information about countries, regions, and organizations.

U.S. Department of State
Includes press releases, embassy contacts, and Background Notes on other countries.

Area Handbook Series
The electronic version of the Country Studies from the Library of Congress.

United Nations
Contains useful links to material about human rights and economic development.

Freedom House
Inlcudes online access to the annual Freedom in the World reports.

National Endowment for Democracy
Provides grants to prodemocracy organizations throughout the world.

World Bank
Includes reports on global economic prospects, countries and regions.

Last updated: 10/19/07 tk, contact Tom Karel for assistance