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INFO 780 International Issues tips

April 15, 2011

Nice to get a moment for a blog post here, especially when more than a few students ask about the same assignment.

As I understand this, you're seeking aspects of the information environment a particular foreign country, including who is publishing, setting policy, technology infrastructure, and cultural aspects about information user. Because we don't have any research guide with a strictly international focus (yet) I offer you the following list of resources to help you get started:

Encyclopedia of library and information science - e-copy might mention aspects of your country. The older hard copy edition in the circulating collection has an entry for most countries, only it's out of date by 20 years or so.

CountryWatch has a short sketch of a few dozen aspects for each country's infrastructure and economic indicators, etc.

Global Road Warrior - for the business traveler has some cultural indicators.

IGI Info Sci - has case studies and random aspects of ICT in various countries.

CQ Researcher Global - has short pieces on selection of controversial issues worldwide.

United Nations World Development Indicators among other publications, along with the World Bank and international NGO publications.

Summon - that cuts across so many of our databases - be sure to use the left hand side 'Subjects --> more options' links on the page listing your retrieved articles to quickly narrow your results.

The top recommended literature databases in the Culture & Communication area may have a mention of cultural patterns particular to your country as well.

The same goes for the Library Science databases.

Last but not least you might want to try searching in the English language newspapers found in most foreign countries and hosted by Factiva - just browse through the 'region' menus to select the country you want. Then keyword search as desired.

And as always, don't overlook and and for whatever those resources have to offer.

Please let me know if you have questions or find any of this helpful!