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International: Research & Other Resources

Learn about other cultures and their traditions. Find resources on global issues

This INTERNATIONAL guide links you to resources from or about other nations and their culture. Listen to or learn other languages.

NOTE: If you need an international angle or view point for a specific discipline, i.e. sociology, music, etc., use the guide for that specific discipline.

On this page you will find

Learn another language

These library databases offer language courses, streaming videos in foreign language, and opportunities to read in Spanish or Portuguese.

Discover world culture

This section has resources from the library and the web that explore world culture, including literature and festivals and holidays.

World Literature

Customs, Traditions, Holidays, and Festivals from around the World

These online library books give an overview of holidays and festivals celebrated around the world.  Learn more customs and traditions in other cultures.

Culture through videos and documentaries

Find articles on international topics in databases

Most library databases have articles on international topics. In many databases you will find magazines and journals published outside the United States. The following recommended databases were selected based on their content and purpose. 

Find credible information on international topics online

The World Factbook, a free eBook published by the CIA, is a widely used reference source for information on the history, people and society, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.


Following is an alphabetical list of websites from reputable businesses, government, and international agencies. These websites provide a variety of information on culture, health, business, and other topics.

This International guide provides quick access to library resources and credible websites concerned with international cultures and issues. Images used on this guide are 1) available on the public domain, 2) created from a licensed resource, and/or 3) licensed under a Creative Commons license and used according to the terms in the license.