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Freedom in the World
Annual reports on political and civil liberties for every country in the world. Published by Freedom House, an independent, U.S. based organization.
Human Rights Watch World Report
Print Location: Ref JC571 .H785 Restricted Resource
Most recent volume available in the Burling reference collection; older editions on the second floor.
Political Handbook of the World
Print Location: Burling 2nd Floor JF37 .P61
Detailed overview of the politics and governments of every country in the world. Current edition in reference; older editions back to 1977 on the second floor.
Statesman's Yearbook
Print Location: Ref JA 51 .S7 Restricted Resource
Current edition in Burling reference; older editions on the second floor.
Oxford Reference Online Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Full text from 175+ Oxford reference titles, many of which are in-depth entries.

Newspaper and Magazine Articles

Newspapers and Magazines
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PAIS International Restricted Resource
1915–present. Index of scholarly and non-scholarly articles, books, government documents, reports, and more, covering global public policy and social issues, from the Public Affairs Information Service.
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts Restricted Resource
Index of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, public policy, and public administration.
Historical Abstracts Restricted Resource
Covers world history after 1450, excluding the U.S. and Canada. Indexes articles from over 2,000 journals, books, collections, and dissertations.
WorldCat Local
Search engine for books, videos, archival materials, electronic resources, and more owned by Grinnell College and over 72,000 libraries around the world.

Web sites

Human Rights Watch Reports
1984-present. Hundreds of reports on human rights violations around the world published by Human Rights Watch, a nongovernmental organization.

United Nations Voting Records
View the full text of resolutions brought before the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council and see how specific countries voted on those resolutions. Includes every resolution from the beginning of the United Nations to the present. Click on "New Keyword Search" under "Voting Records."
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