One of the really useful series we have here at Kirkwood is Culture Smart! Each book in the series covers one country in a compact form.

Each one includes:

  • local customs and traditions
  • history
  • religion
  • politics
  • home life
  • work
  • play
  • food and drink
  • business practices
  • communication
  • dos and don’ts to fit in to the culture

Even if you don’t plan on traveling to the country, these books are also very useful for researching a foreign country or to help you understand someone from there. We have a large selection of these titles so feel free to check for a particular country or to browse, but we just got in a group of brand new ones from the series which I’ve listed below to give you an idea of the span of countries. These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Databases of Country Information

We also have added a database that gives similar information. Global Road Warrior is a more compact description of each country and can be very useful if you need multiple sources or just want to look online. We also have a second database from the same company called A to Z World Food.

Recently Published Titles

NOTE: During the course of posting the last two new country information book lists the books were relocated and no longer will be found in the 300s. If you find a title you want in the previous lists linked below, please use the catalog to find the current number or ask a librarian.

Check out these previously shared titles:



New Books: Culture Smart Spring 2019

Recent Country Updates

China by Indre Balcikonyte-Huang and Kathy Flower, Call Number: 951 B174c 2021

Colombia by Kate Cathey, Call Number 986.1 C363c 2019

Denmark by Mark Salmon, Call Number: 948.9 S172de

Finland by Terttu Leney and Elena Barrett, Call Number: 948.97 L565f 2021

Germany by Barry Tomalin, Call Number: 943 T655g 2021

Ghana by Ian Utley, Call Number: 966.7 U91g 2021

Indonesia by Graham Saunder and Jessica Ginting, Call Number: 959.8 S257i 2020 

Italy by Barry Tomalin, Call Number: 945 T655i 2020

Japan by Paul Norby, Call Number: 952 N825j 2021

Korea by James Hoare, Call Number: 951.9 H679k 2021

Malaysia by Victor King, Call Number: 959.5 K546m 2021

Nepal by Tessa Feller and Alan Mercel-Sanca, Call Number: 954.96 F318n 2021

Peru by John Forrest and Julia Porturas, Call Number: 985.064 F728p 2021

Philippines by Graham and Yvonne Colin-Jones and Jorge Mojarro, Call Number: 959.9 C696p 2021

Russia by Anna King and Grace Cuddihy, Call Number: 947 K521r 2021

Singapore by Angela Milligan and Tricia Voute, Call Number: 959.5 M654s 2019

Spain by Marian Meaney and Belen Aguado Viguer, Call Number: 946 M483 2021

Sri Lanka by Emma Boyle, Call Number: 954.93 B792s 2019

Switzerland by Kendall Hunter, Call Number: 949.4 H945s 2021

Uganda by Ian Clarke, Call Number: 967.61 C598u 2020

Vietnam by Geoffrey Murray, Call Number: 959.7 M982v 2021

Not part of the series, but a similar format book:

A Brief Introduction to Buddhism, Edited by Christopher Partridge and Tim Dowley, Call Number: 294.3 P853b

A Brief Introduction to Islam, Edited by Christopher Partridge, Call Number: 297 B853

A Brief Introduction to Jainism and Sikhism, Edited by Christopher Partridge, Call Number: 294 B853

Not from this series, but a more in depth look at the same type of topics:

China Smart: What You Don’t Know, What You Need to Know, A Past and Present Guide to History, Culture, Society, and Language by Larry Herzberg, Call Number: 651 H582c

Need More?

You can also find specific country information in our various databases. You can also check out the open web resources.

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