A variety of reference sources for good writing: http://www.bartleby.com/
Encylopedia Britannica through the CU Library's Homepage: http://www.cameron.edu/library/databaseoff.html (Note: to access this resource off-campus you will need your standard university username and password.
CIA Factbook (country maps for geographic placement):
There is also a web-site that accompanies the reader for the course, and which anyone can use if you find it helpful. The web contains an extensive glossary, online sound-files demonstrating how to pronounce terms, and many many web sites with extra information on the topics covered in the course. The web site can be found by clicking on the hypertext following this sentence: