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Research Guide to World Cultures: Web Sources

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for researching world cultures and geography topics


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These are open-access websites:

BBC News - Country Profiles
Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions; also includes audio and video clips from BBC archives

CIA World Factbook
Information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities

Global Gateway
Links to electronic resources from around the world, provided by the Library of Congress

National Geographic
A world leader in geography, cartography and exploration

TED: World Cultures
A collection of TED Talks (and more) on the topic of world cultures

TED Talk

Wade Davis on endangered cultures

With stunning photos and stories, National Geographic Explorer Wade Davis celebrates the extraordinary diversity of the world's indigenous cultures, which are disappearing from the planet at an alarming rate (22:04). 

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For more talks on world culture and geography topics, visit

Ted Talks  > Culture

Ted Talks  > Anthropology


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