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Researching a Country: About your Search

Why look for data on a country?

There are many reasons to be looking for information about a specific country or group of countries.  Maybe it's a class assignment and  you need all kinds of data about a country, maybe you're looking at trade (import or export) opportunities, or maybe you're trying to find out about a group of countries. 

This guide will walk you through a few easy searches in Statistical Insight and Statistical Datasets to find the data you need.

What are you looking for?

As you are working through this guide, think about: 

  • What do you want to know about your country?  Is it economic information?  Infrastructure?  Population and other demographics?
  • How much do you need?  A few quick statistics, an in-depth review?
  • What type of content do you want – from what sources? 

Thinking about these questions, both before and while you are searching, will keep you focused on a good result set. 

Additional Resources


The following links provide access to the two databases mentioned for use in this guide.