There are several ways to get background information on a country you need to research. Note that if you are off campus you will need to be logged in through Esearch to access many of the following databases.
Go to the databases list and choose Business Source Complete. On the advanced search page of Business Source Complete (which should be the default page) you will see a box on the right-hand side, just below the middle of the page titled Publication Type. Scroll down in that box and choose Country Report. Now search for your country in the search box at the top. The most recent Political Risk Yearbook Country Report for the country you searched for should be at the top of your results.
Go to the list of databases and choose Mergent Online. On the right-hand side you should see a gray box titled Country Profile. Here you can search for background information on many (but not all) countries. This report is strong in providing economic, resource, and industry information.
The OECD iLibrary (OECD stands for Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) collects a substantial number of country statistical profiles. The OECD’s strong point is covering the thirty-four member countries. Some information on non-member countries is available, but often not substantial.
You might also be interested in visiting Global Voices, a worldwide social media collaboration. There you can ask students your own age what life is like in their country.
The Encyclopedia Britannica can be a useful resource for checking dates and facts.
And, as always, if you need more help locating information on the topic you’re researching ask a librarian at the Reference Desk.