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Background Notes are frequently updated publications from the U.S. State Department for virtually every country in the world. Each section includes topics such as the following:

  • Geography
  • Population and notes
  • History and political conditions
  • The economy and recent economic trends
  • Foreign relations
  • Relations with the United States
  • Travel and business information

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This comprehensive and frequently updated resource includes detailed data for every country in the world. Each country profile includes background, geographic data, demographic data, information about the government, economic data, communications data, transportation data, military data, and a section on transnational issues.

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CQ Press Political Reference Suite of Online Editions integrates many of CQ Press's acclaimed reference titles on government and politics into a user-friendly, electronic format that offers a number of Web-enabled features that makes navigating this wealth of content intuitive and easy.

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"The U.S. Government Printing Office disseminates official information from all three branches of the Federal Government." from web site

GPO Access includes large collections of materials related to the current and recent activity of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the federal government.

  • The Legislative Process: Creating Laws for the Nation
  • Congressional Materials: Committees, Calendars, & Procedures
  • Legislative Resources from Congress and Legislative Agencies
  • The Regulatory Process: Implementing Laws Passed by Congress
  • Presidential Material: Remarks, Speeches, & Executive Orders
  • Executive Publications: Reports, Investigations, Findings, etc.
  • Federal Courts: Resolve Disputes over Federal Law
  • Judicial Resources: Federal Publications and Procedures

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"MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news." from website

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"The National Agricultural Library collection of more than 3.5 million items covers all aspects of agriculture and related sciences. The depth and richness of the collection make it a unique resource, with many materials not available anywhere else in the world. NAL's collection fills over 48 miles of shelves, making it one of the largest agricultural collections in the world." from web site

University of Akron affiliates may wish to search the NAL Catalog, AGRICOLA, through our subscription interface in order to more easily locate full-text articles.

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"The National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) is a broad, collaborative program to provide increased access to data and information on the nation's biological resources. The NBII links diverse, high-quality biological databases, information products, and analytical tools maintained by NBII partners and other contributors in government agencies, academic institutions, non-government organizations, and private industry. NBII partners and collaborators also work on new standards, tools, and technologies that make it easier to find, integrate, and apply biological resources information. Resource managers, scientists, educators, and the general public use the NBII to answer a wide range of questions related to the management, use, or conservation of this nation's biological resources.

The NBII Program is managed by the U.S. Geological Survey's Biological Informatics Office." from web site

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The American Presidency Project contains more than 85,000 documents related to the Presidents of the United States, including The Messages and Papers of the President, The Public Papers of the President, The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, party platforms, remarks, debates, and executive orders. Search by date, president, or topic.

APP is hosted by UC Santa Barbara.

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The Smithsonian Institution includes nearly thirty museums and research centers as well as the National Zoo. Museums and collections include African art, Air and Space, American Art, American History, American Indian, National Zoo, Natural History, and the Portrait Gallery. Research includes American art, astrophysical observatory, museum conservation, environment, libraries, photography, and the tropics.

The web site includes an online encyclopedia for Art and Design, History and Culture, and Science and Technology.

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