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Resources for GEOG 3682:
Geographies of International Development

For help doing recording your search terms and for tips on searching, check out the search worksheet.

Step 1: Scholarly Articles and Other Resources

  • Research Articles in Journals
    Use Find Articles and More to search under a particular topic (such as Political Science-Other Countries/Non-US), or try one of these databases:
    • For political and international issues, try PAIS CU. One way to search this database is to put in your country name and development, or the development issue you are focusing on.
    • For multi-disciplinary scholarly articles, try Web of Science CU.
    • For economics issues, try Business Source Complete CU. One way to search this is to type in the country name and Search. Click on the link for County Reports (right above the results).
    • For books and working papers from the World Bank, check out the World Bank eLibrary CU.
    • For articles emphasizing regional issues, check out the International Area Studies subject under Find Articles and More.
    • For images, check out the Images databases in Find Articles and More.
    • For Newspapers, check out the News and Newspapers section of Find Articles & More.
  • Research & Subject Guides Database
    This is a collection of all the guides from the library on topics from development to geography to agriculture.
Step 2: Learn About Your Country

Find your Country Page in the alphabetical box on the top of this page. Tips on using the relevant tabs can be found below.

Country Profiles

  • Often country profiles will contain a brief history of the country, be sure to look for these links across the top or in the sidebar.
  • If looking for profiles in response to specific issues, you can look at international organizations devoted to your topic. For example, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for food supply.
For overviews and historical profiles of the country, check out the resources from the CIA World Factbook.

Diplomatic Relations/Diplomacy & Aid

  • If looking for information in response to specific issues, you can look at profiles from international organizations devoted to your topic. For example, the African Development Bank would look at development issues in Africa..
The U.S. Department of State connects to a page with information on the country as well as links to Background Notes and Country Studies.

Step 3: Learn about Development Issues and Efforts

International Organizations can be very helpful in tracking development issues for a specific country and efforts taken to address these problems.

World Bank

The World Bank "is vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Our mission is to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting results and to help people help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity and forging partnerships in the public and private sectors." This agency has two banks, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). The IBRD aims to reduce poverty in middle-income and creditworthy poorer countries, while IDA focuses on the world's poorest countries.

Mapping for Results

The image below walks you through the various resources available on the World Bank Mapping for Results page.

Mapping Results Page

Additional Resources from the World Bank

  • World Bank Countries and Regions
    This page links to the pages on specific countries and regions served by the World Bank.
  • World Development Indicators
    The World Development Indicators (WDI) provides a comprehensive selection of economic, social and environmental indicators, drawing on data from the World Bank and more than 30 partner agencies. Check out this video for assistance.
  • World Bank YouTube Channel
    This web site lets you see videos on actions taken by the World Bank, including videos of some of their development projects.
Other Agencies of Interest

  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
    The UNDP is the organization within the United Nations that works with development issues. They work both on projects within countries as well as providing data on development across the world. You can link directly to the UNDP page on your country from the Diplomatic Relations/Diplomacy and Aid section of the country guides.
    • DevInfo  Supported by the UNDP, DevInfo is a database for monitoring human development, specifically the Millennium Development Goals.  In addition, it is a tool to organize, store and present data uniformly in order to facilitate data sharing across governments.  Check out the Gallery section for images, tables, graphs, videos.
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF)
    The IMF works "to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world." This is one of the major international lending agencies to governments and has a strong focus on economic issues. You can link directly to the IMF page on your country from the Diplomatic Relations/Diplomacy and Aid section of the country guides.

Citing your Work

  • RefWorks
    RefWorks is a database that lets you save your citations and then format them in the style of your choice. Check out this quick How Do I...? guide for help using this resource.
  • Citing Sources
    This guide goes over the various formats you can use to cite material as well as providing links to quick citation sheets.
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