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Library of Congress Country Studies

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The Country Studies are works published by the Federal Research Division of the United States Library of Congress, freely available for use by researchers. No copyright is claimed on them. Therefore, they have been dedicated to the public domain and can be copied freely, though not all the pictures used therein are in the public domain. The Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world. The series examines the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors.

The books represent the analysis of the authors and should not be construed as an expression of an official United States Government position, policy, or decision. The authors have sought to adhere to accepted standards of scholarly objectivity.

Online information contained in the online Country Studies is not copyrighted and thus is available for free and unrestricted use by researchers. As a courtesy, however, appropriate credit should be given to the series. The material may be copied into Wikipedia, but its plagiarism rule requires explicit credit be given.

Hard-copy editions of all books in the series (except the regional studies on Macau and Afghanistan) can be ordered from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Publishing Office at the U.S. Government Bookstore.[1]

The last appropriation for the program was in fiscal year 2004. In response to this one-time infusion "...the Federal Research Division initiated action to produce five new Country Studies, as well as a number of shorter, updated Country Profiles. All of that work continues, but in the absence of renewed funding ... no additional work can be initiated."[2]

Summary of Library of Congress Country Studies[edit]

The Library of Congress Country Studies is a valuable resource for researchers interested in learning about various countries around the world. Here are the key points:

  • Published by: Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress
  • Content: Descriptions and analyses of a country's history, society, economy, politics, and national security.
  • Availability: Freely available online and in public domain (except for some images).
  • Copyright: No copyright on the text, but attribution to the series is appreciated.
  • Use in Wikipedia: Allowed with proper citation.
  • Hard copies: Available for purchase from U.S. Government Printing Office (except for Macau and Afghanistan studies).
  • Funding: Program ended in fiscal year 2004, limited updates ongoing.

While new studies aren't being created, the existing Country Studies remain a valuable source of information.

Countries with published studies[edit]

This is a list of countries for which studies are available at LOCCS, not links to such studies.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ U.S Government Bookstore.
  2. ^ "About this Collection". The Library of Congress.
  3. ^ For links see online

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