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GU-Q: Reference Resources

Quick links to reliable online information to help you solve particular problems or answer specific questions.

Country Information

  • 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. They also include audio and video clips from BBC archives.
  • CIA World Factbook
    History, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
  • Google Earth
    Free high resolution mapping software with satellite imagery. Download required. 

Calculators, Converters and Currency

  • CalculateMe  
    Conversions and calculations for temperature, weight, exchange rates, etc.
  • Current World Time 
    Based on Greenwich Mean (or meridian) time and located at the Royal Observatory in England, GMT is World Time and the basis of every world time zone  
  • KnowledgeDoor 
    Unit and base conversion as well as an extensive library of units and constants