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Use Reference Universe to find Information Sources for Countries around the World

Often, students need background information about a country before specific news items make sense.   Starting with a reference book provides context.

There's nothing wrong with staring with a general encyclopedia, such as Britannica, Americana, or Worldbook.  Britannica is available in print or online at Union County College Libraries.

The quick way to find additional reference book articles is to go to Reference Universe.  It will show you ALL the reference books in Union County College Libraries that have articles about the country you are interested in, and it will provide the call numbers and page numbers you need to find the articles.

Search Encyclopedia Britannica -Collegiate

Enter  country name for articles, recommended websites, videos, ebooks.

Tips for Catalog Searching


Fortunately, that's easy for most countries.  Simply type the name of the country in the search box and change the field to SUBJECT.

To refine your search, look through your results for the subject headings, available in the Catalog Record view.   The following list is necessarily incomplete, but might help you get started:

  • social conditions
  • history
  • [dates of a particular period in that country's history]
  • social life
  • customs
  • description
  • travel
  • civilization
  • national characteristics
  • government


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