Research Databases

  • CultureGrams

    Information about world countries, American states, and Canadian provinces.

Selected Websites

  • Background Notes

    Maps and brief information about countries of the world.

    From the U.S. Department of State.


  • Country Profiles

    Find information on a country's historical background, geography, society, economy, transportation and telecommunications, government and politics, and national security.

    From the Library of Congress.


  • Country Studies

    Description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of the countries of the world.

    From the Library of Congress.


  • Geo.Data.Gov

    Federal, state, and local geographical data.


  • National Geographic

    Maps, articles, and special features relating to geography and the natural world.

  • World Factbook

    Country profiles, maps, and flags.

    Created by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), this site also focuses on infrastructure, military, and trans-national issues.


  • Historic Cities

    Maps of cities around the world, dating from 1486 onward.

  • Historical Maps of the United States

    From the Perry-Casteneda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas, these maps cover the time from early inhabitants of North America through U.S. territorial growth. military history, and historical maps of cities.


  • NationMaster

    Statistics, facts, and figures for countries around the world.

    Generate maps and graphs using statistics from several sources.

  • StateMaster

    Statistics, facts, and figures for United States, and state comparisons.

Minnesota History

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