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Reference Book of the Week: The Statesman's Yearbook

This week we are featuring a resource for country information and international affairs. The Statesman's Yearbook, now in its 2008 edition, makes for a good one-stop resource for country information as well as some information on international organizations. The book is divided into two parts:
  • International Organizations. This section starts with an overview essay. The 2008 edition's essay discusses globalization. The section then has entries on various international organizations starting with the United Nations. It then provides entries for other organizations by continent (Europe, Asia, so on). Some of the organizations listed include: Amnesty International, International Olympic Committee, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Organization of American States (OAS), and League of Arab States.
  • Countries of the World A-Z. This section has entries on countries. For larger countries, there are listings for the territories as well. For example, there is an entry for the United States. Under the United States, there are, in addition to the information about the U.S., individual entries for each state and U.S. territories. Under Russia, you will also find individual entries for the various Russian republics. Country entries feature the following: key historical facts, territory and population, social statistics, climate, constitution and government (also included is information on the government current as of the book's publication), international relations, economy, energy and natural resources, international trade, communications, social institutions, religion, culture, and diplomatic representation. At the end of each entry, there is a small list of materials for further reading.
Overall, this provides an excellent overview of any country in the world. The Yearbook gets its information from a variety of sources such as: The United Nations Statistical Yearbook, World Bank Reports, European Union Reports, and various government departments, embassies, offices as well as international organizations. The book has an index listing world leaders and another index for places and international organizations. The Statesman's Yearbook 2008 is available in the ready reference shelf (the one behind the reference desk). It is a green volume with the call number JA 51 .S7 2008. Previous editions can be found under the same call number, JA 51 .S7, in the third floor stacks. The current edition and the previous editions do not circulate.
Published by root on 20 Mar

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