ALSO: return to the research framework tabs on this guide.
Look for books, articles, or background material on your topic or interest.
This is a good point to Ask a librarian to point you to some good sources. Ask about the best subject encyclopedias, databases, and search strategies for your topic.
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World Factbook (also known as the CIA world Factboook) Widely regarded as an authoritative, up-to-date source of information about the countries of the world. But don't forget to consult other sources.