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Find the following books in Booth Library's main floor reference collection. These books cannot be checked out, but they provide brief, very useful overviews.
Countries & Their Cultures
Ref. GN 307 .C68 2001
General background information including demography, economy, history, culture, daily life, architecture, family and social life.
Countries of the World
Ref. G 122 .C68x
Current information including demography, economy, history, labor conditions, political conditions, travel advisories and child adoption information.
RefDesk GT 150 .C85 2006
General information on climate, history, people, customs, lifestyles and family life.
Ref. JA 51 .S7
Current information on history, climate, economy, labor, education, health and welfare.
Ref. G 122 .U56a
Current information on geography, climate, people, society, government and economy.
Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures & Daily Life
Ref. GN 333 .W67 2009
Information arranged by ethnic group. Check Country Index at the front of each volume to identify ethnic groups in each country. General background information on cultural history, living conditions, family life, social problems and gender issues.
Global Housing Watch
United Nations Compendium of Housing Statistics (Does not include all countries)
Find the following books in Booth Library's main floor reference collection:
Encyclopedia of Housing
Ref. HD 7287 .E53 2012
Encyclopedia of 20th Century Architecture
Ref. NA 680 .E495 2004
Example using the Articles search box which includes helpful databases like Academic Search Complete, Business Source Elite and Hospitality & Tourism Complete:
Other useful databases for articles on housing policy, housing economics, etc.
Social Sciences Abstracts
For articles on Architectural Styles, see Art Abstracts
Sources (Unless otherwise noted, find these books in Booth Library's main floor reference collection):
Atlas of vernacular architecture of the world
Ref. Oversize NA208 .V45 2007
Colors of the World
NA 2795 .L42513 2004
Located on the fourth floor of the library. This book can be checked out.
Dwellings: the House across the World
Ref. NA 7125 .O44 1987
Dwellings: the Vernacular House World Wide
Ref. NA 7125 .O443 2007x
Traditional Buildings: a Global Survey of Structural Forms and Cultural Functions
Ref. NA 208 .N63 2007x
Traditional Houses from Around the World (Children's Book)
Ref. NA 7110 .S64x 2000
Wonderful Houses Around the World (Children's Book)
Ref. NA 7110 .K64 2004