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Global Development Studies

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Consult dictionaries and encyclopedias to help you understand the concepts and terminology used in development studies.
For additional sources, search QCAT by keyword, for example:

"third world" and (dictionar? or encyclopedia?)
"developing countries" and (dictionary or dictionaries)


Includes short country reports, including statistics related to development indicators (note that the statistics provided are now historical). Provides topical short entries on concepts, terminology, organizations and persons related to international development, including directory information
Provides short topical entries in alphabetical order by subject. Many of the entries are biographical, and longer entries provide bibliographical information.
Provides comprehensive coverage of "all relevant areas of scholarship related to issues of global justice, edited and advised by leading scholars from around the world."
An encyclopedia with glossary, index of terms, index of proper names, index of subjects, and bibliography. Sets out the present state of our knowledge of the Islamic World from religion and history to politics and culture. Encompasses old Arabo-Islamic empire, Iran, Central Asia, India, Indonesia, the Ottoman Empire and all modern Islamic states.
With contributions from 251 scholars, this three volume set features approximately 750 entries related to issues facing the post-1945 developing world.
This encyclopedia is arranged geographically, and discusses the status of women and their concerns by continent and country.
Covers theoretical concepts in short entries. Organized alphabetically by subject.

Long entries on topics in global economics, including graphical representations and mathematical equations.
Provides long entries, organized alphabetically by subject.
Women in the Third World: an Encyclopedia of Contemporary Issues
This volume provides essay-length entries with bibliographical and author information. They are organized alphabetically by subject.


CIA World Factbook
Provides country reports including statistics, maps and an introduction to the geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military and international relations of each country.

Development, Trade and the WTO: A Handbook
This handbook offers guidance on the design of trade policy reform, surveys key disciplines and the functioning of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and discusses numerous issues and options that confront developing countries in using international cooperation to improve domestic policy and obtain access to export markets.

Europa World Year Book
Provides narrative and statistics on all nations. contains recent history of each country, constitution and law, and statistical surveys, including population of provinces and cities.