Monthly Archives: February 2014

Where in the World? Good sources of country info

globeFast-moving events in the Ukraine, Syria, Egypt, Venezuela and many other places means that you sometimes need some good background information on countries of the world. We’ve got you covered. There are some really good freely-available country overviews from U.S. government agencies, news websites and also in Miami University Library’s subscription databases.

U.S. State Department – (free access) Find out what the U.S. relations are with certain countries and get links to fact sheets and links to more in-depth info from the Library of Congress.

CIA World Factbook – (free access) Find information about a country, including its government, people, geography, & economy.

Country Profiles from the BBC – (free access) Instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions.

Country Studies – (free access) Online versions of books published by the U.S. Library of Congress Federal Research Division from 1988-1998. Only covers 101 countries of the world.

Europa World Plus (Miami users only) – Political and economic information for more than 250 countries and territories. Information includes regional and country profiles, information on physical and social geography, history, economy, and country and comparative statistics.

Political Handbook of the World – (Miami users only) –¬†Information on the major aspects of each country’s government and political party system.


Make sure you stop by the library today and look for the camel. Drawing for the $50 gift card to the Miami Bookstore will be this week.71hfWX16OOL._SL1500_

Hump Your Way Around the Library and Find the Camel!

ImageStop by Rentschler Library every Wednesday and find this camel. Take a picture with your mobile device and show it to a Library Staff Member to be entered for a chance to win a $50 Gift Card to the Miami Book Store.  Drawings will be held at the end of each month and you can play weekly!

The Haikus of Winter: Annual Haiku Contest

When: February 3rd-21stKinkaku in the snow
Who: Open to Miami affiliates, including students, faculty, & staff
Where: Submit your original haiku about some aspect of winter in person at Rentschler Library or by using the online form.
What are the rules?: Only 1 submission per person (no profanity please!) and ALL submissions must be your own creative work or you will be disqualified from the contest. If you submit multiple entries, only your first submission will be reviewed. Don’t forget to follow the theme and write about some aspect of winter.
How will I know I won?: Winners will be notified by email/phone by February 28th
How do I write a haiku?: You’ve got 3 lines to write. The first one is 5 syllables, the second line is 7 syllables, and then back to 5 syllables for the last line. No exceptions! An example is below:

If the snow should come,
Barren arms the trees shall spread,
To greet the first flakes.
–Iris Patton