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A guide to resources for gathering information for a country notebook
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Reference Resources for Cultural Information

These sources contain reference books that can be accessed online (examples in boxes below).

  • SAGE Reference Online
    Several useful reference sources on regional perspectives, family roles in different cultures, business considerations by culture, and more
    *See examples below
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Encyclopedias on modern-day cultures in Asia, Middle East, Africa, as well as information on food and arts by culture (see examples below)
    *Useful categories to select in Gale: History, General, Business

Gale Virtual Reference Library Examples

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Encyclopedia of Modern Asia
Info on daily life, arts & culture, etc.

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Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa
Each country in the region is reviewed, detailing its population, economy and government.


Sage Reference Online examples

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Handbook of World Families
Cross-cultural perspective on the family by examining family life in 25 countries worldwide.

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Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture
Media, technology, environment, and many more topics covered

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21st Century Geography
Contains a section on regional perspectives with cultural data

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Encyclopedia of Global Religion
Discusses the effects of religion in different societies

Databases with Culture and Customs Information

The databases below provide detailed information on customs and cultures of other countries.

  • CultureGrams
    GREAT source for quick information on cultures and customs of different countries
    "People" section--population, language, religion, and more
    "Lifestyle" section--family, housing, diet, arts, and much more
    "Society" section--transportation & communications, education, and health
  • globalEDGE
    Arguably the best free online resource for global business information developed and hosted by Michigan State University.
    TIP: Select a country and the "Resources" in the left column for links to that country's government resources--great for statistics, labor regulations, costs, etc.
  • Passport
    (Note: always have to select "Accept" on first screen)
    Unique consumer data provided covering many aspects of consumer lifestyles, particularly requirements under "Living Conditions"
    Dashboards-->Country Overviews under Vis Apps provides quick, useful info on Business Environment, Key Economic Indicators, and Social & Cultural Factors
    "Consumer Segmentation" is useful for population distribution
    Search Don't overlook this useful function because it allows you to select many components needed for your notebook
  • The World Factbook (CIA)
    Great for cultural statistics but does not provide much analysis
  • BBC Country Profiles
    Search by country or territory
    *Instant guide to history and political leaders
    *Specialized Media tab covers the use and sources of media available
  • Business Monitor International
    Political and legal systems found in country's Business Environment reports
  • Countries and Their Cultures
    Information includes demography, linguistics, food, social stratification, and much more.
  • Mintel Reports Database
    Basic country custom and culture information in the Travel & Tourism Country Reports by country.
  • Mergent Online
    Select a country in the COUNTRY PROFILE box on the right side of the home screen
    --Results in a PDF Country Profile report
    Contains info on Political and Legal systems, as well as religion
  • Global Guides to Culture, Customs and Etiquette
    -Covers both social and business etiquette practices

Books at USC

There is a lengthy series of "Culture and Customs" books in print at Thomas Cooper Library. See the catalog listing for your region.

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Culture and Customs of the Caucasus
Call Number: DK 509 .R68 2009
There is a series of these Culture and Customs books for different regions located in Thomas Cooper Library. Use the Library Catalog to find your specific country.


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