We've been get a lot of students needing information about certain countries.
For up to date information, I steer them away from books, which are usually outdated by the time they're published, and towards one of my favorite websites.
It's a database, to us, provided by the Michigan Electronic Library. CultureGrams is an amazing resource for any person, student or just curious web-surfer. It has up to date information about different countries, states and more.