Cultural Studies

  • CIA World Factbook – provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
  • Country Studies – Books published by the U.S. Government about various countries.
  • Ethnic Harvest People Group – A major focus of the ministry at Ethnic Harvest is to research sources for foreign language Bibles, gospel tracts, videos, and books.
  • Ethnologue – find, read about, and research the world’s 7,097 known living languages.
  • Ethnopedia – an encyclopedia of native South American languages.
  • Global Mapping International – a faith-based nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering God’s mission in the world through research, mapping and information technology services. Their goal is to produce and present world-class research that fuels emerging mission movements and leaders. GMI ceased operations as of June 30, 2017, however, the site does still have operational links to useful information.
  • Global Prayer Digest – a daily prayer guide for unreached people groups around the world.
  • IMB Global Research portal – provides accurate, relevant and strategic information for Southern Baptists and other partners around the world for multiplying churches among all peoples.
  • Joshua Project – an overview of the people groups of the world.
  • Lonely Planet.Com – Travel information for various countries.
  • Maps of World Languages – The languages listed will either be the official language(s) or the official language(s) plus other major languages spoken in the country.
  • Mission Network News – news from around the world to inform Christians and enable them to pray for and get involved in God’s global mission.
  • Missionary E-texts – historical writings by, about, and for missionaries.
  • Open Access Digital Theological Library (OADTL) – a virtual library for theology, religious studies, and related disciplines. The mission of OADTL is to make all open access content in religious studies and related fields discoverable to everyone, everywhere in the world through a single search experience for free forever. The OADTL currently contains about 100,000 OA ebooks and several hundred thousand articles in religious studies. The collections also contain thousands of Ph.D. and D.Min. dissertations. The collections are growing quickly. TheOADTL offers both simple and advanced searching for content. All content is fully cataloged by professional librarians. The sponsors of the OADTL are: Claremont School of Theology, Denver Seminary, Evangelical Seminary, Gordon-Conwell Seminary, Hartford Seminary, International Baptist Theological Study Centre (Amsterdam), Lexington Seminary, and Singapore Bible College.
  • Operation World – the definitive prayer guide to every nation.
  • People Groups (from IMB) – Reliable, relevant and real-time information to help you engage unreached people groups around the world. Discover the global status and trends of evangelical Christianity that help form strategies to engage unreached people groups.
  • Religion-Online.Org – More than 6,000 articles and chapters. Topics include Old and New Testament, Theology, Ethics, History and Sociology of Religion, Social Issues, Communication and Cultural Studies, Pastoral Care, Counseling, Homiletics, Worship, Missions and Religious Education.
  • United Nations
  • U.S. State Department Background Notes – a listing of all the countries of the world with which the United States has bilateral relations.
  • WorldWatch Monitor – World Watch Monitor reports the story of Christians around the world under pressure for their faith.
  • Worldwide Missions Country Studies – combines links to several other country sites into one portal.