This is the place to start any research project. Reference books offer short, authoritative information on every topic. These books must be used in the library. Most contain bibliographies of important books on your topic. A good first stop would be any of the standard encyclopedias in the Beaver collection: Encyclopedia Americana, World Book or Britannica.
- Ember and Ember, ed. (2001). Countries and their cultures. REF 306.03 C83 2001
- Gall, Timothy. (1998). Worldmark encyclopedia of cultures and daily life. REF 305.8 89 1998
- Gall, Timothy. (2004). Worldmark encyclopedia of the nations. REF 910.3 W89
We also have reference books that focus on particular regions. Look for your Francophone country or culture in the indexes.
- Bunsted, J.D. (2003). Canada's diverse peoples. REF 971 B88 2003
- Gin, Ooi. (2004). Southeast Asia. REF 959.003 SOU
- Middleton,John. (2002). Africa: an encyclopedia for students. REF 960.03 Af8 2001
Books about the history of Francophone countries will be found in the 900s. Use the OPAC to search our card catalogue.
- Hintz, Martin. (1998). Haiti 972.94 H58 1998 143 pages.
- Morey, Joan. (1977). Belgium and Luxembourg : the lands and their people. 914.93 M82 61 pages.
- Morrow, James. (2004). Algeria. 965 M83 2004 112 pages.
For these Gale Group Resources, use the subject guide search option to craft a search for your particular country.
- Artstor You can find images and art from Francophone countries here, instead of relying on a search of Google. Try going to Browse, then click Geography for a list of countries
- CIA Factbook Every country in the world at you fingertips. You can look at geography, trade, languages, customs, flags, government, military resources, etc.
- Ethnologue For a list of French-speaking countries, statistics on number of speakers.
- Francophone countries For a list of countries where French is a national language, of other member states of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) and of associate and observer countries, check this list maintained by the Virginia Tech French department.
- U.S. Department of State Connect to the websites of foreign embassies. Listed alphabetically. Note: not every Francophone country has a U.S. embassy.