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BBC News - Country Profiles
Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions; also includes audio and video clips from BBC archives
CIA World Factbook
Information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities
Gale Virtual Reference Library
A library database of encyclopedias includes titles such as: Creation Myths of the World; Encyclopedia of Religion; Literature of propaganda; Encyclopedia of Food & Culture; etc. (off campus? Library username/password required)