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Geography Research Guide

Table of Contents

Ask a Librarian for Help

Library Catalogs

Reference Works

Online Texts

Article Indexes and Databases

Country Information

Maps for Your Research Projects / Papers

Internet Sites

GIS: Geographic Information Systems

Geographic Education

Jamaica Project

College of DuPage Geography Academic Program

"What is Geography?" - an explanation.

The Illinois Geographical Society

Related C.O.D. Library Research Guides

Evaluating Web Sites

Writing Bibliographic Citations

Interlibrary Loan

Contact Information

Library Catalogs

Use the catalogs below to locate print and audio-visual materials.

Outline of the Library of Congress Classification System (what COD uses to shelve its books).

Other Nearby Public and Academic Libraries

Reference Works


A List of other Library Reference Books about Places

Online Texts


Related C.O.D. Library Research Guides

Article Indexes

Please be sure to have your library card available before you use these databases from off-campus.


Country Information


The Canadian Encyclopedia. Reference F 1006 .C 36 1988.

Countries and Their Cultures. Reference GN 307 .C 68 2001.

Countries of the World. Reference G 1. C 88.

Country Information and Statistics, from World Audit.org.

Country Profiles on Yahoo.com

Country Reports.org. A collection of cultural, historical, statistical, and geographic information about countries.

Country Statistics and Reports from the Population Reference Bureau

Country Studies. A series of textbooks on all countries, with chapters on the various features of each country.

Culture and Customs of.... books in a series about different countries and ethnic groups

Eastern Europe: An Introduction to People, Lands, and Cultures. Reference DJK 9 .E 25 2005.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online. Look up the name of the country, state, or province.

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Cultures. Reference F 1406 .E 515 2000

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Russian Cultures. Reference DK 510.32 .E 53 2007.

Encyclopedia of India.

Encyclopedia of Modern Asia. Reference DS 4 .L 48 2002.

Encyclopedia of the Developing World. Reference HC 59.7 .E 52 2006

Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa. Reference DS 43 .E 53 2004

Legal Systems of the World: A Political, Social, and Cultural Encyclopedia. Reference K 48 .L 44 2002.

Maplandia. Lots of different geographical information available at this site.

Nationmaster. You can use this site to find statistics and make charts.

New Encyclopedia of Africa. Reference DT 2 .N 48 2008.

Rankings of Countries by democratic development, press freedoms, human rights, rule of law, corruption, civil liberties, economic freedom, from World Audit.org.

REGIONAL SURVEY SERIES, arranged by country name, with lots of recent economic and political information.

... Africa South of the Sahara. Reference DT 351 .A 37.

... Central and South-Eastern Europe. Reference D 1058 .C 46.

... Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia. Reference D 1058 .E 37.

... Far East and Australasia. Reference DS 1 .F 3.

... Middle East and North Africa. Referece DS 49 .M 5.

... South Asia. Reference DS 334 .S 68.

... Western Europe. Reference D 1050 .W 4.

The World Factbook [CIA]. This official government web site has maps and hard data on all the countries of the world.

World Education Encyclopedia: A Survey of Educational Systems Worldwide. Reference LB 15 .W 87.

World Geographical Encyclopedia. Reference G 63 .E 5213 1995

THE WORLD TODAY SERIES, arranged by country name, with lots of recent economic and political information.

... Africa. Reference DT 1 .D 6.

... Canada. Reference F 1001 .C 1225.

... East and Southeast Asia. Reference DS 502 .H 53.

... Latin America. Reference F 1401 .L 3252.

... The Middle East and South Asia. Reference DS 44 .N 67.

... Nordic, Central, and Southeastern Europe. Reference DL 1 .N 67.

... Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Reference DJK 1 .S 452.

... Western Europe. Reference D 901 .W 47.

The Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life. Reference GN 333 .W 67 2009

The Worldmark Encyclopedia of National Economies. Reference HC 15 .W 675 2002.

The Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations. Reference G 63 .W 67.

The Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices. Reference BL 80.3 .W 67 2006

Maps for Your Research Projects / Papers / Reports, etc.

For maps that you can copy or print off to go with your research papers, you can always look in our multitude of encyclopedias and atlases, in both the Reference and General collections. In addition, you can take a look at these items as well:

Internet Sites  

GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Resources For information, maps, and downloadable data.


Geographic Education

Jamaica Project

Items from the C.O.D. Library about Jamaica

Caribbean Community (CARICOM)/Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA)

Economic Reforms and Poverty in Jamaica. Anders Danielson, 1998.

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Jamaica Page. (statistics and reports)

Globalization, Liberalization, and Sustainable Human Development: Progress and Challenges in Jamaica. United Nations, 2001.

IMF Structural Adjustment Programs: The Globalization of Poverty. (2005)

Inter - American Development Bank Jamaica Page

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Jamaica Page.

Jamaica Country Background Notes from the U.S. Department of State

Jamaica Country Information from Altapedia.online.

Jamaica Country Information from World Audit.com.

Jamaican Official Government Information Page.

Jamaica: Political and Economic and U.S. Relations. C.R.S., 2006.

Jamaican Statistics from NationMaster.com

Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC): Jamiaca.

The Organization of American States (OAS).

The Planning Institute of Jamaica. (reports and statistics)

Poverty Impacts of a WTO Agreement. World Bank, 2005.

Public Debt and Productivity [in Jamaica]. IMF, 2006.

The Road to Sustained Growth in Jamaica. World Bank, 2004.

Structural Adjustment - A Major Cause of Poverty. From GlobalIssues.org.

Structural Adjustment in Jamaica, 1981-85. World Bank, 1990.

Structural Reforms, Technological Gaps, and Economic Development: A Latin American Perspective. UN, 2002.

Trade Liberalization and Economic Reform in Developing Countries: Structural Change or De-Industrialization? UN, 2005.

Trade Liberalization: The Jamaican Experience. UNCTAD, 2004.

U.N. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. With statistics and reports.

UNESCO Jamaica Page.

"What did Structural Adjustment Adjust? The Association of Policies and Growth with Repeated IMF and World Bank Adjustment Loans." William Easterly. (2003)

What Makes Reforms Likely? Timing and Sequence of Structural Reforms in Latin America. Inter-American Development Bank, 1998.

World Bank Jamaica Page (statistics, links to online reports and official statements)

Evaluating Web Sites

Citing Sources

Interlibrary Loan

The Library can obtain copies of articles or books from other libraries for you. Inquire at the Reference Desk. You may also consult journal title lists from other libraries in the area.

Geography Faculty Internet Homepages

G. Scott Campbell

Joel Quam

Keith Yearman

Reference Desk: 630-942-3364

Dan Blewett, Reference Librarian
Phone: (630) 942-2279 , FAX (630) 858-8757

Office: SRC 3035 E-mail: blewett@cod.edu

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