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All School / Open Access Research Resouces: International Data and Reports

Some scholarly research journals or databases are available to the public. This LibGuide is a growing collection of those resources, and is annotated and organized around topics.

The World Bank

The World Bank is an international organization founded at the end of World War II with the goal of loaning money to countries around the world for development projects. Through these loans, the World Bank can leverage changes, for example, limiting loans for development that would result in deforestation. The World Bank favors free markets, and has been engaged in some controversy around it's policies. includes a lot of information about countries and regions around the world. This information can be browsed by country (e.g. Canada) or by indicator (e.g. Cause of Death). It often helps to examine the indicators first, to understand what data is available, and then to go to the country under examination. 

"World Bank." Britannica School, Encyclopædia Britannica, 8 Jun. 2012. Accessed 9 Oct. 2018.

United Nations Data

UN Data A world of information

The United Nations collects data across numerous topics. As with other datasets, there is a lot of information to dig through. The UN data website allows you to examine topics (e.g. maternal mortality), countries (e.g. Canada) and regions (e.g. North America). 

Often the data is presented as a large spreadsheet, with fewer visualizations. 

Gap Minder

Gapminder Logo

Gapminder is a Swedish foundation that collects data and produces readily understandable visualizations to help alleviate ignorance. Gapminder has clear and easy to understand charts, graphs and visualizations which the user can manipulate by selecting the terms (e.g. household income and birth rate) and the countries. 

Gapminder lends itself to experimentation. Go to, click data or tools from the navigation bar and play with the options!

World Health Organization

World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO, pronounced W - H - O, not "who") was established in 1948 as a part of the United Nations with the goal of improving public health around the world. This organization ...

The data sets available through the WHO come in three groups:

International Monetary Fund

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Logo

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an international finance agency that works to ensure that the world's economy functions smoothly. The IMF stabilizes currency exchanges, helps ensure access to credit, and attempts to foster worldwide cooperateration around financial and economic issues. 

In doing it's work, the IMF collects a wealth (pun intended) of economical and financial data. This information is available through the IMF's data website. Much like the World Bank's data, this information can be examined by country (Canada) or by indicator (Gross Domestic Product). 

"International Monetary Fund (IMF)." Britannica School, Encyclopædia Britannica, 17 Nov. 2017. Accessed 9 Oct. 2018.