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Reference Book of the Week: The Europa Yearbook

This week we look at a source for international information: The Europa Yearbook. This two-volume set provides information on political, economic, and commercial institutions around the world. The set is organized as follows:
  • Volume One covers international organizations. From the United Nations to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), you can find detailed articles on international organizations. The volume features comprehensive entries on major organizations, like the U.N., the European Union, and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Then, there is a list of Other International Organizations which features smaller entries for lesser known organizations; these entries feature at least contact information (including a website if available), a small description of what the organization does, and name of the executive officer. Some of these smaller organizations are the International Police Association, the World Allergy Organization, and the International Rice Research Institute. The first volume also contains the first half of the book's country surveys (from Afghanistan to Jordan). This volume includes an Index of International Organizations at the end to facilitate finding the information you need. Volume One also features a list of abbreviations used in the book and a small list of international phone area codes.
  • Volume Two contains the second half of the country surveys (from Kazakhstan to Zimbabwe). This volume has an Index of Territories for both volumes so you can see if a particular country is covered.
What kind of questions might you answer with this book?
  • Do you have a list of members for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)? Yes. Page 308 of Volume One. And the IDB does have a website, which I found in the book too.
  • Can you tell me who is the current international president of the Lions Club International? Yes. He is Jimmy M. Ross. See page 456 of Volume One.
  • What kind of government do they have in Belarus? The head of state is President Alyaksandr R. Lukashenka. The country also has a Council of Ministers and a National Assembly (the legislative body). See pages 803-804 of Volume One.
  • I would like a short history of The Netherlands, but I don't want to read a whole book. Do you have a short summary or survey? Yes. It starts on page 3274 of Volume Two.
This resource is updated annually. You can find the latest edition, the 2008, in the ready reference shelves behind the reference desk. The call number is JN 1 .E85 2008.
Published by root on 18 Aug

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