KPL staff-selected resources. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

Staff Recommends

The Far Traveler: voyages of a Viking woman by Nancy  Brown Planet Backpacker: across Europe by mountain bike & backpacking on through Egypt, India and Southeast Asia by Robert DownesDon't Sleep, There Are Snakes: life and language in the Amazonian jungle by Daniel EverettThe Great Wall: the extraordinary story of China's wonder of the world by John ManThe Ayatollah Begs to Differ: the paradox of modern Iran by Hooman Majd

Databases (most require KPL library card)

World Book Encyclopedia (Home Access)

Articles from the World Book Encyclopedia.  Includes related articles from major newspapers and magazines. Graphic and multimedia enhancements, including photographs, maps, illustrations, tables, animations, and audio/video clips.

Newspapers and Magazines

View details



Scottish Life


Background Notes

Publications include facts on land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and its relations with other countries and the United States. 

CIA Publications

Includes World Factbook, Chiefs of State and the Factbook of Intelligence.

Consular Information Sheets

Consular offices and travel information. 


Countries profiled, includes flags and national anthems.

Country Statistics and Reports

Population Reference Bureau information on population, health, and the environment for over 200 countries

Country Studies / Area Handbooks

Description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.

Foreign Embassies in the United States

At the Web Page Arrow Down to List of Countries

International Data Base - Demographic, Economic and Social Data on Countries

Computerized data bank containing statistical tables of demographic, and socio-economic data for 227 countries and areas of the world.

Latin American Network Information Center

Access to Internet-based information to, from, or on Latin America

Population Reference Bureau

Information on United States and world population trends.

Portals to the World - Country Links Selected by the Library of Congress

Selective links providing in-depth information about the nations and other areas of the world.

Social Security Programs Throughout the World

Social security programs in more than 170 countries.

Travel and Living Abroad - Information from the U.S. State Dept.

Includes travel warnings, health issues for travelers and passport and visa information.

U. S. Department of State

Includes Key Officers in the U.S. Foreign Service Posts, Post Reports; Business Center, and Travel and Living Abroad.

United Nations

Issues, publications and information about the United Nations.

United States Embassies and Consulate Offices

World Bank

Statistics and publications on world countries.

World Maps from

Includes blank & outline maps.

View all Topic Guides

An Long, Vietnam, November 2003

Rice Farmer. Agriculture is Vietnam's main economic activity, employing two-thirds of the labor force. Rice is the largest crop. (An Long, Vietnam, November 2003)

Source: Culture Grams database