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Western European Studies: Country Profiles & Encyclopedias


Country profiles provide brief overviews including some coverage of politics, history & economy; many also include some statistical information. Encyclopedias and dictionaries provide background information and can be used to identify key people, events and dates which can then be used as search terms for finding additional information. Many also provide a jumpstart on your research by listing related readings.‚Äč

Two online encyclopedia collections: Gale Ebooks & Oxford Reference Online

In-Depth Info: Handbooks & Companions