INTL 471 Understanding the International Experience: Country Profiles and Backgrounds

Guide to Understanding the International Experience

Finding General Country Information

Search for Subject Encyclopedias (PSU Only)

Finding Overviews in the Catalog

Reference books, such as encyclopedias, are books designed to provide general background information on a topic. While most academic books - called "monographs"  - are argumentative and organized around a thesis, reference works are meant to provide detailed, accurate, and short descriptions of themes or issues relating to a single large topic.  

Use the box above to find reference works on your topic.  Begin with your topic:

You may end up with many results. Use the search bar on the left to further narrow your search.

If you still have too many results, limit the "Date" field to recent publications. See if your topic is a "Subject." This will limit the results to reference books specifically on your topic:

In this case, limiting to subject: Japan brings up 29 interesting and relevant results: