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Directory of geography web sites 
Directory of geography web sites.


Amnesty International
“Amnesty International's mission is to undertake research and political action focused on preventing and ending human rights abuses. AI's online "Library" links to publications, news releases, and an archive of "Annual Reports." Search by specific country, region, sub-region, or by themes (e.g. women, refugees, children juveniles, prisoners of conscience, etc.).”
Atlapedia Online contains full color physical maps, political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world.
“Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions. They also include audio and video clips from BBC archives.
Select a country, territory or international organization from the menus below.”
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) - World Fact Book
Contains overviews of every country in the world. Includes brief data on geography, people, government, economy, membership in international organizations, communications, and defense forces. Maps and flags may be viewed in various formats.
“ was established in 1997 out of a love for international relations and culture. Entirely web-based, we offer more than 26,000 pages of content covering a wide-range of topics. Our statistical data and cultural information has proven to be valuable to students, parents, teachers, and researchers alike.”
Site contains entries written by professors of geography, anthropology, and sociology.
“Resources that you'll want to read as well as reference, our guide books and website offer current and discerning shopping, dining, hotel, and culture recommendations, as well as compelling features and articles that convey the essence of each destination.” Historical and cultural information for the traveler. Good source for photographs.
Travel oriented information.
Credible information edited by “Matt Rosenberg, an award-winning professional geographer who has covered the field of geography on this site for more than a decade.”
“GeographyIQ is an online world atlas packed with geographic, economic, political, historical and cultural information. In addition, GeographyIQ brings together a number of other resources including maps, flags, currency conversion as well as climate and time zone information.”
Instructor Brad Bowerman's award winning geography web site. 
“Global Witness exposes the corrupt exploitation of natural resources and international trade systems, to drive campaigns that end impunity, resource-linked conflict, and human rights and environmental abuses. News reports and videos are available.”

Guardian World Government Data. The Guardian's list of Official Government Data Sites.
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
“The IMF is an international organization of 184 member countries that aims to expand world trade and to provide temporary financial assistance to member countries. Click on "Country Info" for press releases and downloadable data charts detailing IMF financial transactions.”
“InsideWorld is a collection of country and region web sites providing local news and information to a worldwide audience. You can also use the site to access the latest stories. InsideWorld provides country background information for many countries and regions. Information covers topics like economy, government, demographics, geography and more. You can also sign up to receive a free daily e-mail with news about the countries you select.”  
Library of Congress - Country Studies (published 1988-1998) with updates
“Full text. Description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world. Includes in-depth analyses of countries prepared by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the Department of the Army. Information for 100 countries is currently available. Dates vary; see the "Research Completed" date at the beginning of each study or the ‘Data as
of’ date on the end of each section of text.”  
National Geographic
Select a country for background information
 “The ‘National Geographic Society’ has been organized ‘to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge.’ National Geographic Society today is propelled by new concerns: the alarming lack of geographic knowledge among our nation’s young people and the pressing need to protect the planet’s natural resources.”  
“Welcome to NationMaster, a massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD. Using the form above, you can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics with ease.”
This site is a portal of gateways to the countries, cultures and nations in the world, a reference directory and a destination guide.

Political Geography Now (PolGeoNow) chronicles changes to the world's countries, borders, and capitals, as well as territorial control in conflict zones and disputed territories. Every article features informative, easy-to-read maps and concise summaries of the latest news. The site is intended to be a high-value resource for professionals and scholars as well as regular people interested in geography and world politics. 
Population Reference Bureau
Location: Full text articles, reports, and datasheets. Searchable.
“Photius Coutsoukis, an educator and entrepreneur, has complied basic data on each country for each year from 1989 - 2010 (in addition to any older, historical information in the Library of Congress country studies) Site also contains historical photographs.
U.S. Census Bureau: Population and Household Economic Topics 
Look here for demographic data for the U.S. (see particularly the County and City Data Book 2000) and from worldwide sources. 
U.S. Census Bureau: Geography 
Maps, TIGER/Line data, and other resources from the Census Bureau. Also see the Census Bureau's Geography Division Map Gallery for online map resources.
U.S. Department of State
“The Department of State's Web site provides timely, global access to official U.S. foreign policy information, including its "Background Notes," which detail the political conditions in foreign countries and are frequently updated by regional bureaus.”
Offers descriptions (historical, cultural, and demographical), graphics, maps, photos and videos.
The World Bank
“The World Bank supports a broad range of market-based and social programs aimed at reducing poverty and improving living standards in the developing world. The links "Countries & Regions," "Data & Statistics," and "Publications" lead to short country profiles, full-text reports, maps, and downloadable data. This site also provides free, limited access to the World Development Indicators (WDI) database (available as a licensed electronic resource through the UW Libraries). The free version includes 54 (out of 550) indicators for 207 countries and 18 groups, spanning 5 years (1996-2000).”
World Trade Organization (WTO)
“The WTO is the primary global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. The categories "Resources" and "Documents" provide quantitative and qualitative information in relation to economic and trade policy issues. Trade statistics and annual reports are available in full-text, and both up-to-date and historical statistics on international trade can be downloaded to a spreadsheet application.”


United States  (ABC News)  (Boston Globe)  (CBS News)  (Chicago Sun-Times)  (Chicago Tribune)  (CNN- Cable News Network)  (Christian Science Monitor)  (Fox News)  (Los Angeles Times)  (NBC News)  (Microsoft/NBC Cable News)  (The Nation)  (National Public Radio)  (The New Republic)  (New York Post)  (Newsweek)  (Time Magazine)  (Village Voice)  (USA Today)  (US News and World Report)  (Wall Street Journal)  (Washington Post)  (Washington Times)

Europe  (BBC News, London)  (Vatican Newspaper)

Middle East





Central America and Caribbean

South America


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