Europa World Plus

Series: Our favourite State Library eresources.

People often ask us what our most loved eresources are. Admittedly we all have a favourite, or two, or three. It’s hard to pick as there are so many wonderful State Library eresources available. In this series our Librarians and Library Technicians share with you their most favourite eresources and how they’ve been used to solve research queries.

Next in the series we look at Europa World Plus, a big favourite of Librarian Anne Wong.

So why is Europa World Plus so fabulous?

Europa World Plus, is the online version of the most recent Europa World Year Book and the nine Regional Surveys of the World. It is a great reference database for researching economic and political information and covers more than 250 countries and territories. Whether you are seeking statistics about a country or region for an assignment or needing contact details for an organisation you will find the site up-to-date and easy to use.

Best of all, you can access Europa World Plus, online from home with your free State Library membership.

Image of the home page from Europa World Plus database.

How to use Europa World Plus?

Europa World Plus, is divided into three main areas - countries/territories, regions and organisations. It can be searched using the navigation bar at the top of the screen or by selecting from the table of contents found on the left side of the screen.

Country/Territories

If you are seeking information on a country’s economy for your next assignment, then Europa World Plus, is a great place to start. You will also find statistics, country profiles and historical details, as well as information on the physical and social geography of countries.  Search via the Countries/Territories heading in the navigation bar to find the required country or select from the drop-down Country/Territory menu on the top right side of the screen.

Regions

There are nine regions listed in this site and each can be accessed through the interactive map found under the Regions heading in the navigation bar. Australia is included in The Far East and Australasia region. Contained in this section are regional reports, a calendar of political events, selected bibliographies of books and periodicals, as well as regional organisations.

Image of Regions page including interactive map - Europa World Plus database

Organisations

Over 2000 organisations are listed in this database and are divided into four groups:

  • International organisations
  • Directory: Government and Politics
  • Directory: Society and Media
  • Directory: Business and Commerce

You will find the organisational structure, activities and publications of international organisations such as the World Health Organisation, International Monetary Fund and Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC). Directory details for Australian organisations such as the Australian Electoral Commission (Government and Politics), National Library of Australia (Society and Media) and Tourism Australia (Business and Commerce) are also available.

If you know the name of an organisation, you can use the A-Z categories or the GO TO search box found under the Organisations heading.  Alternatively, the table of contents is useful for filtering results based on the type of organisation or you can use a combination of both methods.  For example, contact details for Australian embassies can be found by selecting Organisations from the navigation bar, choosing Directory: Government and Politics / Diplomatic representation from the table of contents and then entering Australia in the GO TO search box.

Other useful features

Other features you might want to investigate include the Comparative Statistics tool (found in the table of contents), which allows you to compare statistics for several countries, The Advanced Search feature is also very helpful.  Citations are provided at the bottom of each report for inclusion in your assignments.

Join now and start searching Europa World Plus.

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