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Countries, Cultures, and Missions: Reference Materials

Reference Books in the Library

For general information, search a specific country for information on politics, cultural and social environment, education, religion, etc. Although you cannot include general encyclopedias in your bibliography, they may be helpful as a preliminary source. AE5…LRC-R

• Countries of the World and Their Leaders Yearbook-- G1. C88 2006LRCR(2vols.) -opens new windowYearbook 2009
• The Europa World Yearbook-- JN1.E85LRC-R
• International Year Book & Statesmen's Who's Who --JA51. I57LRC-R
• National Geographic Desk Reference --G123. N38LRC-R
• Place names of the World--G105.R66 2006LRC-R
• The Statesman's Yearbook-- JA51.S7LRC-R
• World Almanac-- AY67. N5W7LRC-R
• The World Factbook-- G122.U56LRC-R
• World Christian Encyclopedia: A Comparative Study of Churches --BR157.W67LRC-R
• World Travel Guide --G153.4.W67LRC-R

To find specific reference titles,use the Library catalog and limit your results to "Reference Collection" or browse the shelves in subject areas:

opens new windowG-- Geography PDF
opens new windowGN--Anthropology PDF
opens new windowGR--Folklore PDF
opens new windowGT--Manners and customs PDF
See: opens new window Library of Congress Classification Outline for more subject areas.

Reference books cannot be checked; however, some titles may have a duplicate in the main collection that is available for checkout. Search the title you need in the library catalog to see if the book is located elsewhere in the library and availability for checkout.

Credo Reference

If you are off campus, includes distance learners, when prompted, sign in with your ORU network login or Single Sign-On (SSO). 

Sample Titles:

Gale Ebooks

Oxford Reference Online

Click Refine terms under Narrow Your Choices, key in a term, such as opens new window culture, in the Quick search term box, and then click Update.

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