FACTS ON FILE : WORLD GEOGRAPHY & CULTURE A global approach to the study of countries, places, peoples, and geography concepts and skills. Includes maps, flags, and images. If you're using this resource on your home computer, you'll have to enter your name, library card barcode, and PIN to begin.
Asia : Country Profiles - 'A quick guide to the history, politics and economic background of Asian and Asia-Pacific countries.' (Asia Society; non-profit educational organization)
Assignment : New Jersey - A good basic history of the state, arranged by time periods, plus a timeline, fast facts, maps, symbols, and famous firsts. Middle school and up (State of New Jersey). For more on New Jersey, as well as information about South Plainfield, see our Local Information page.
California : Calisphere - Primary sources (photographs, documents, newspaper clippings, political cartoons, art, and other cultural artifacts) that explore California's role in national and world history. Brief overviews of each topic provide historical context for images. (University of California)
Canadian Encyclopedia - The complete illustrated text of The Canadian Encyclopedia and related resources, including a Junior Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia of Music in Canada, and a selection of articles on Canadian politics and arts from Maclean's magazine. 'A first source for information on all Canadian topics.' (Historica - Dominion Institute; site includes advertisements)
China in Brief [UPDATED LINK!] - Basic facts about mainland China, including history, flag, emblem, anthem, population, languages, animal, flower, holidays, and more. (2006, Official Website of the Chinese Government)
Country Studies - In-depth descriptions and analysis of the history and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of many countries throughout the world. Does not include Canada, France, the United Kingdom, and other Western nations, as well as a number of African nations. NOTE : These profiles have not been updated since they were created in 1988-98. The site also contains some Country Profiles, created 2005-2008; PDF format. High school and up (Library of Congress). Check out the World Fact Book, below, for more up-to-date information.
County & City Data Book - Official population, housing, business and other data for all U.S. counties, cities with 25,000 or more inhabitants, and places of 2,500 or more inhabitants. Includes links to additional information on US states and counties. In PDF format; most recent edition is 2007. The Census FactFinder includes data from the 2010 Census, the American Community Survey, the Economic Census, population, housing, and more. Type a state, county, city, town, or zip code in the search box for popular facts and frequently requested data on a specific location. High school and up. (U.S. Census Bureau)
European Union at a Glance - Explains what the European Union is and how it was formed, plus Key Facts & figures about Europe and the Europeans, and maps and brief descriptions of each member country. (2009 - 2011, European Union official site)
Flags and Maps of the World - Flags for each country, plus a map and a basic overview of geography, people, government, economy, and more. Updated frequently (U.S. Central Intelligence Agency). Flags of the World displays the official flag for each country, with explanations of symbols, as well as historical flags, military flags, coats of arms, and lots of other flag-related info. Also includes flag outlines you can print and color in. All ages (1994 - 2011; volunteer-maintained site).
Geography Dictionary & Glossary - Defines hundreds of terms used in geography and related disciplines; high school and up. (2005 - 2011, by Danny Harrington, ITS Tutorial School, Hong Kong)
Geography Web Games - Play these free games to test and improve your knowledge of geography (Sheppard Software; site includes advertisements).
Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names® Online - Find geographic coordinates (latitude & longitude), official & alternate names, and other information about more than a million places around the world. [Enter town/city name in 'Find Name or ID' box and country name in 'Nation' box.] (J. Paul Getty Trust)
India [UPDATED LINK!] - Provides a basic profile of India, plus information about Indian culture & heritage, national symbols, India & the World, and more. (2012; Official Portal of the Indian Government)
KidInfo Geography : Cities and States in the USA - Links to state homepages, maps, capitals, cities, flags, and more. Middle school and up. KidInfo also has a page of links for Countries Around the World. (By Linda Guterba, a professional educator; site includes advertisements)
License Plates of the World - Photos of license plates from all US states and countries around the world; includes specialty plates, historic plates, and links to Motor Vehicle Departments and related sites. (By Michael Kustermann, license plate collector; site includes advertisements)
Mapmaker Maps (Printable) - Click on the world map or drop-down menu for the region or country you want, then click on 'Enlarge (GIF) for a nice printable map. (1998 - 2003, National Geographic)
Map Outlines - Printable map outlines of the world, regions, and countries, in PDF format. (2008, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company)
Maps : Finding Our Place in the World - Explores the history of maps and mapmaking, with text and images. (2007, Field Museum)
Maps Online - A huge collection of online maps of the world and specific regions and countries, including relief maps and historical maps, as well as maps related to current events; high school and up (University of Texas).
Maps : State Maps in Color - 'Each state link brings up a menu of links to maps and other online information about the state.' Includes relief maps, satellite images, historical maps, and maps with county outlines. (1995 - 2001, Ray Sterner, Johns Hopkins University)
Maps : World Region & Country Maps - Printable maps in PDF format. (United Nations)
News : Places - Click the name of a country, state, or other location, to view recent and archival news about that place. Formerly News by Country and Territory. (New York Times; site includes advertisements)
Oxfam's Cool Planet - Introduces you to the history, geography, environment, people and society of more than a dozen countries, including Afghanistan, Bolivia, Ghana, India, and Viet Nam. Also provides a map and basic data for each country. Cool Planet's Wake Up World stories show a typical 'day in the life' of children from Ghana, Brazil, Russia, and India; middle school and up (2007, Oxfam GB). More stories, letters, folk tales, and poems from Peace Corps Volunteers around the world are available at Worldwise Schools; you can browse the collection by grade, region, or subject (Peace Corps).
Pictures of Places - Need a picture of the Eiffel Tower, the Lincoln Memorial, the Taj Mahal, or the Leaning Tower of Pisa? This site links to thousands of great printable pictures of places all over the world. Arranged by state / country / region (MindTravellers Inc.; site includes advertisements). Cities Around the World : Photographs [UPDATED LINK!] has thousands of photographs from the slide collections of the American Geographical Society (University of Wisconsin). World Wide Panorama offers rotating Virtual Reality photographs from around the world. Pick an Event theme (scroll down to see a list of previous Events) for a map to choose your location, or enter keyword(s) in the search box. When the photo has loaded, drag your mouse across it to make it rotate; you can opt to view many of the panoramas in full screen version (World Wide Panorama Foundation; non-profit organization).
Population Clocks (U.S. and World) - Constantly updated estimates of U.S. and world population. (U.S. Census Bureau)
State Facts for Students - Quick facts on each of the 50 states - population, geography, business, and more; for kids aged 8-12. (U.S. Census Bureau)
United Nations CyberSchoolbus - Learn about the UN and world issues. [Country at a Glance and InfoNation features were not working when tested.] For middle school and high school students & teachers. For current news about the U.N., see United Nations News Centre; high school and up.
U.S. National Atlas - Interactive maps of the US on a variety of topics including environment, agriculture, history, people, geology, and climate, and printable US reference and outline maps. (U.S. Department of the Interior)
World Fact Book - Flags, maps, photos, and up-to-date overviews of all countries, plus statistics on geography, environment, government, economy, people, transportation, communication, and the military. Maps, flags, and photos for all ages; text and data for high school and up. Use the drop-down menu to choose a country or territory. (U.S. Central Intelligence Agency)
World Leaders - This site lists the names of current foreign government leaders; arranged alphabetically by country and updated weekly. (U.S. Central Intelligence Agency)
World Mapper - 'A collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest.' Includes a brief explanation for each map. Provides quick visual representations for topics such as total births, total elderly population, religion, exports / imports, forest growth / loss, tourism profits, and many more subjects. High school and up. (SASI Group, University of Sheffield & Mark Newman, University of Michigan, et al.)