Global Research Toolkit

Templates, Presentations, and Other Resources


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Where in the World?
  • Cities around the World | Presents over 6,100 photographic images from the slide collections of the American Geographical Society Library.
  • World Digital Library | Makes available significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world. These cultural treasures include, but are not limited to, manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, and prints.
  • World Atlas| Although created for a younger audience, explore the globe through this interactive repository of maps, national guides, country flags, time zone converter, and other useful information.
  • University of Texas Map Collection | Global maps scanned from CIA publications, as well as a good list of other maps. Especially strong collection of world city maps and includes several guides on maps, tides, projections, and bibliographies.
Country Profiles
  • BBC Country Profiles | Country profiles from BBC News.
  • Country Profiles (Library of Congress) | These profiles offer brief, summarized information on a country’s historical background, geography, society, economy, transportation and telecommunications, government and politics, and national security.
  • FAO Country Profiles | Country profiles from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
  • GoinGlobal Country Profiles | Select country profiles including information on travel, business, work visas, interviewing, cultural advice, economic overview, etc. USF users may need to log in first through here.
  • NationMaster | Vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, United Nations, World Health Organization, World Bank, World Resources Institute, UNESCO, UNICEF, and OECD. Country profiles are available along with maps and graphs comparing countries’ crime, economy, education, energy, environment, geography, government, health, media, military, people, sports, and transportation.
  • UN Data | Official statistics produced by countries and compiled by the United Nations, as well as estimates and projections. Covers agriculture, education, energy, industry, labor, national accounts, population, and tourism.
  • World Bank Country Profiles | Country profiles prepared by World Bank staff available for 157 nations.
Road and Travel Reports
  • U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories | Research and sign up for travel advisories, as well as risk and safety information when planning a trip abroad. The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, offers many great resources.
  • ASIRT Country Road Travel Reports | Although a membership-based organization, the road travel reports from the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) include detailed country specific urban and rural road conditions around the world.