INTL 349U Gender and International Development: Country Backgrounds

Guide to the online course INTL 349: Gender and International Development.

Finding General Country Information

For this assignment, you will need information on one of the following countries:
Philippines; Mexico; Moldova; Kenya; India; Nepal; Rwanda; South Africa; Jordan; Ecuador; Ethiopia; Guatemala; Lebanon; Colombia; Zimbabwe; Uganda; Papua New Guinea; Cambodia; Guinea; Bolivia; Ghana; Egypt.

NOTE: These sources are scholarly, and meant to provide vital background information on your countries, but they are not peer reviewed sources. While they will provide necessary background information, they will not count as a peer reviewed article.

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: