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Here is a sample of the Web site resources devoted to International Studies and Research. This guide is designed to direct users to the specific area of International Studies which they may be interested in, as well as to a broad overview. This list is by no means the definitive Web directory of International Studies and Research sites. The following Web sites listed report on various areas of International Studies. This guide is organized by General International Sites, Study Abroad Programs, Language Resources, Business & Economics, Global Issues, Humanities & Social Sciences, Science & Technology, and Geography.

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  • General International Sites
    • International Organizations Information
      One of the most concise listings covering almost every type of International Studies related site from University Libraries of Colorado at Boulder
    • Internet Resources in International Studies
      Prepared by the University of Michigan. General resources range from the International Affairs Network to SACIS International Affairs Resources which provides links to the United Nations and other international organizations.
    • The WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources
      Offers annotations to hundreds of sites providing material in International Affairs. Categorized by media sources, countries, organizations, topics and more. Maintained by International Studies at Elizabethtown College.
    • World Press Review Online
      Offers highlights from its International press coverage as well as links to various resources for additional international media viewpoints which promote freedom of expression such as the Digital Freedom Network to Sala de Prensa (in Spanish).
    • International Research Guides by Louisiana State University Libraries
      A concise starting point for the beginner to locate International resources on line by institutions such as Yale, University of California Penn State, and more.
    • International Organization Web Sites: Index Page
      Compiled by the Union of International Associations selected from the Yearbook of International Organizations. International Organizations are arranged by Name (alphabetically), Subject Areas and Regional Groupings. A list of additional Web resources is also included.
  • Study Abroad Programs
    • The Institute of International Education
      Comprises an invaluable starting point for college students and others searching for study abroad opportunities. IIE is one of the largest educational and cultural exchange organizations in the U.S. This site permits users to search over 5,000 program listings. Also contains a listing of over 1,000 organizations that sponsor study abroad programs, a glossary, a link to U.S. passport information and more.
      Turns its spotlight onto web sites maintained by foreign representatives around the world. It lists diplomatic source links to embassy home pages.
    • Travel Health Online
      Provides over 200 country records with health and safety information. It gives the local report on road conditions and crime warnings to reputable health-care providers and current health epidemics. An added bonus is the site's Consular Information Sheets prepared by the U.S. Department of State which is great for locating U.S. embassies and consulates.
    • On-line Study Abroad search directory at the University of Minnesota
      Supplies a search engine which permits users to enter in their field of study, city, or region to retrieve a lists of places to go.
    • College Consortium for International Studies
      Provides information for students and faculty. Student categories include study abroad programs, course offerings, financial aid, etc. Faculty and Administrator topics cover calendar of events, conferences and seminars, and member details.
    • Peterson's Study Abroad
      An abbreviated version of its well-known hard copy resource. Click on the Study Abroad button under Search & Find on the web site for more.
      Offers country portals for customized searching as well as travel tips, discount airfare, maps, school programs, ESL, and more.
    • Yahoo! Study Abroad
      Should not be overlooked since this commercial Web directory offers on of the most comprehensive Study Abroad indexes for those new to Study Abroad. Ten of the more general sites are listed first, followed by nearly seven pages of specific related programs and organizations for International enthusiasts.
  • Language Resources
    • Glossaries by Language on the Translator's Home Companion
      An extensive collection of over 50 languages with various types of foreign specialty dictionaries from computer users guides to food glossaries. Besides geographical languages there are artificial languages, multilingual resources, and sign languages. The English section offers unique resources such as a 17th Century Bible glossary, an acronym finder, biotechnology dictionary, medical dictionaries and more. This site is very useful for professional translators as well as those in need of translation services. The site also offers links to other language Web resources under its Language Automation main site buttons.
    • The Linguist List
      A comprehensive index to various links related to translation and interpretation needs prepared by Eastern Michigan University. Areas covered include Professional Organizations & Conferences, Research Papers & Resources, Publications & Newsletters, Pedagogy (Instruction), Language Histories & Dictionaries, and more
    • Dictionary's My Fact Page
      Provides many dictionaries including unique language dictionaries and resources in distinctive disciplines from medical and computers to humanities and arts. All resources may be accessed by keyword via the sites search engine.
  • Business and Economics
    • International Business Resources on the WWW
      Maintained by the Michigan State University Center for International Business Education and Research. This comprehensive site offers an easy to use subject index which links to a multitude of global business related resources from International journals and trade law to culture, travel and language links.
    • The U.S. International Trade Commission - Trade DataWeb
      Contains U.S. import and export data per product or by customized list. The site is free, but requires registration.
    • The Institute for International Economics
      Not to be confused with the Institute of International Education, IIE is a nonprofit research institution devoted to the study of international economic policy. The site contains abstracts and press releases of the Institute's publications. Topics include speeches, testimonials and essays by the staff on various international economic issues printed since 1994.
    • The International Economics Study Center
      Developed by experts at George Washington University, this site offers an electronic textbook for undergraduate students titled "International Trade Theory and Policy Analysis." The site also features links to International Trade news stories as well as details on subjects such as International Macroeconomics.
    • The International Economics
      Web site offers course materials from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania's International Economics class for advanced undergraduate students. Topics include the Ricardian trade model, Heckscher-Ohlin trade theory, trade policies and tariffs, balance of payments and exchange rates. Also provides links to other related Web resources.
    • The International Regulation Database
      Created by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. The site is a comprehensive database of information about the state of regulation and market structures in OECD countries. The data must be downloaded in Excel or Access and contains over 1,000 variables for each country including broad regulations dealing with product markets and sector-specific regulations. A detailed Users' Guide is provided offering step-by-step instructions for handling the Access database.
    • The World Trade Organization
      The only international organization dealing with the global rules of trade between nations. Its main function is to ensure that trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible.
    • Trade Compass
      Appears to be an excellent subscriber gateway to international commerce on the Web for global news, database products and services, job opportunities, trade leads, logistics and shipping, research, marketing, and more. For international business professionals.
    • The World Bank Group
      Consists of five closely associated institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD); the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC); Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA); and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The World Bank mission is a world free of poverty. The World Bank Group was founded in 1944.
    • The International Monetary Fund
      An international organization of 182 member countries, established to promote global monetary cooperation, exchange stability and orderly exchange arrangements; to foster economic growth and high levels of employment; and to provide temporary financial assistance to countries under adequate safeguard to help ease balance of payment adjustments.
    • The Web of Culture
      Specializes in corporate research, customized training, and website globalization guidance. Also offers reference links to global articles, country capitols, consulates, currency, embassies, languages, and more.
  • Global Issues
    • The official site of the United Nations
      Other U.N. organizations are listed throughout this location.
    • Internet Resources - Worker Rights in the Global Economy
      A directory of Web links prepared along with a briefing book documenting the 1999 UNA-USA Global Policy Project. This resource focuses on one of the major questions in today's fast paced and competitive global economy which is whether, and by what means, countries should be obligated to enforce certain basic rights in the workplace. Sites include AFL-CIO, Business Council for Int'l Understanding, Economic Policy Institute, Cyber Picket Line, Global Trade Watch, NAFTA Secretariat, Sweatshop Watch, Third World Network, United States Department of Labor and more.
    • The United Children's Fund
      The UNICEF home page offers sections on UNICEF in Action, Programme Highlights, Information Resources, Donations, Press Centre, Voices of Youth, Employment and UNICEF Background. Users may also locate data by keyword entry in the site's search engine. This location may be viewed in English, French, or Spanish.
    • The World Health Organization
      WHO's objective is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health, as defined in the WHO Constitution, is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease of infirmity. Offer sections on current events, governance, health topics, information sources, reports, relates links, other UN Web sites, and more.
    • U.S. State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Affairs
      One of the four bureaus that comprise the Office of the Under Secretary for Global Affairs. DRL's wide range of responsibilities include promoting democracy worldwide, formulating U.S. human rights policies and coordinating policy in human rights-related labor issues. Sections of the site include current events, democracy, human rights, labor, religious freedom, site visitor comments, related links, and so on.
    • Trade and Environment Database
      Provides a common basis for researchers and policy makers to understand issues of trade and environment. Created by the American University's School of International Service, this site offers a searchable database of over 450 case studies organized by region and date. Generally both sides of each issue are presented.
    • Management of State Security Archives of Former Repressive Regimes: UNESCO
      Studies the management of state security records of former repressive regimes, including as analysis of the problem and guidelines for their management. This report is prepared for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
    • ISN - International Relations and Security Network
      Composed by the center for Studies and Conflict Research in Zürich. The site highlights are its Links Library and Current World Affairs sections. Detailed annotations direct users to governmental or other reputable media sites. Also offers documents relating to current major international events and crises..
    • The International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism
      An Israel-based site providing background information on international terrorists groups and terrorism, counter-terrorism, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the Institute.
    • Country Reports on Human Rights Practices
      An annual report from the U.S. State Department featured in Excel. Created from evidence and data compiled by embassy, government officials, military, human-rights observers, and journalists, the reports are intended to serve as a tool for shaping policy, conducting diplomacy, and establishing international resource allocations. Details are provided for practically every country arranged by region.
    • Human Rights Library of the University of Minnesota
      Offers a comprehensive list of links to business and human rights sites such as the Business and Economic Relations Group Human Rights Principles for Companies and the Corporate Watch: Information about Corporate Human Rights Abuses. This long list of links is worth a glance.
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Conversations with History
      Presents lively and unedited interviews with distinguished people from around the world speaking about their lives and professions. Honored guests include diplomats, statesmen, soldiers, economists, political experts, scientists, historians, journalists, activists, and artists. Topics cover many borders and examine politics, economics, legal, cultural and social issues.
    • H-Catholic
      A new moderated H-Net discussion group dedicated to the dialogue and study of the international history and culture of Catholicism. Tailored for academics and students with a primary focus in the history and culture of the Catholic church and its communities. Discussion records and subscription details are available at the site.
    • The Catholic Educator's Resource Center
      Identifies existing resources and develops new resources which communicate the background and culture of the faith for Catholic educators' use. Links are included on subjects such as Art & Literature, Politics & Government, Religion & Ethics, Persecution of Christians, etc. Organized by a group of Catholic educators, academics, and clergy from Canada and the United States, International issues and topics are also covered. A search engine is provided to locate specific data. Topic section are included such as new articles, popular articles, ask the experts, recommend a resource, and more.
    • The Center for Strategic and International Studies
      A public policy research institution encompassing every major geographic region in the world. CSIS creates strategic analysis, brings together notable policymakers, and develops policy action commission. This site exhibits institutional data, a directory of CSIS specialists, analysis of current International events, notes on research projects, listing of publications the full-text Washington Quarterly journal of CSIS.
  • Science and Technology
    • The American Association for the Advancement of Science International Directorate
      Supports cooperation between scientists and engineers world-wide. The Directorate's activities are designed to strengthen the role of scientists and engineers in developing countries and to increase the contribution of science and technology to the solution of regional and global challenges. The site offers links to various International Science Organizations from FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) to UNESCO.
  • Geography, Maps, and Foreign Country Statistics
    • Background Notes
      Provides the most current information on geographic entities and international organizations. Published by the U.S. State Department, the country listings are organized by geographic regions. Details on population, politics, commerce, geography, and more are included. Also provides links to International Organizations such as the European Community, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and Organization of American States.
    • Country Studies
      Contains on-line versions of resources previously published in hard copy by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook sponsored by the U.S. Army. This site is dedicated to more obscure and lesser known areas of the world. 101 countries and regions are covered. One may search across all countries or browse the table of contents for a specific country. Country details include historical-, social-, economic-, political-aspects.
    • The Central Intelligence Agency
      Yields information on every country in the world, plus chiefs of state and cabinet members. Be certain to check out the World Fact Book which is an outstanding resource of unclassified CIA data including all the nations of the world. This site covers each country's area, political climate, recent international disputes, natural resources, environment, populations, inflation rate, GDP, etc. Also includes detailed reference maps of countries.
    • Governments on the Web
      Offers links to government sites from over 200 countries.
    • The Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection
      A feature of the University of Texas at Austin. Offers online maps of special interest such as the West Bank and Gaza as well as historical maps. Also provides many maps retrievable by geographic region. Additionally, the site gives users links to other maps on Web sites.
    • Library of Congress Maps
      Sorted by international geographic locations. One may link to the Library of Congress Map Collections Home Page for additional maps of domestic nature.
    • The International Programs Center
      Part of the U.S. Census Bureau, provides demographic and socioeconomic studies to strengthen global statistical development. Its projects are commissioned and supported by federal agencies, international organizations, private businesses, etc. IPC has administered the collection, processing, analysis, dissemination and use of statistics with fellow governments world-wide for over fifty-years.