The Facts Institute only uses primary sources. These include government data, white papers, IGOs and NGOs, encyclopedias, original reporting and original research from reputable publishers. The below list of sources is not exhaustive.

News

  • BBC
  • CNN
  • Deseret News
  • Financial Times
  • Herald Sun
  • LA Times
  • National Public Radio (NPR)
  • New York Times
  • Reuters
  • Sydney Morning Herald
  • The Guardian
  • The Independent
  • The Straits Times
  • The Telegraph (Australia)
  • The Telegraph (UK)
  • The Times
  • Washington Post

Magazines & journals

  • Africa Geographic
  • American Scientist
  • Condé Nast Traveler
  • Discover Magazine
  • Foreign Policy Magazine
  • History Today
  • National Geographic
  • Nature
  • Outpost Magazine
  • Outside Magazine
  • Reader’s Digest
  • ResearchGate
  • Scientific American
  • Smithsonian
  • The Atlantic
  • The Economist and Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)
  • Time
  • Travel + Leisure

Encyclopedias

  • Biography
  • BirdLife International
  • Cambridge Dictionary
  • CIA World Fact Book
  • Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Encyclopedia.com
  • Guinness World Records
  • IMDB
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature
  • Lexico (Oxford Dictionary)
  • Library of Congress
  • Observatory of Economic Complexity (OEC)
  • Oxford Research Encyclopedia
  • Water Encyclopedia
  • World History Encyclopedia

Publishers & broadcasters

  • Bradt Guides
  • Discovery Channel
  • Fodor’s Travel
  • Frommers
  • History Channel
  • Lonely Planet
  • Rough Guides

IGOs, NGOs & museums

  • African Parks
  • Bradshaw Foundation
  • Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
  • ESA
  • FIFA
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
  • Global Hunger Index
  • Mongabay
  • NASA
  • National Science Foundation
  • Natural History Museum
  • Observatory of Economic Complexity (OEC)
  • Our World in Data
  • Reporters Without Borders
  • The Commonwealth
  • The Tobacco Atlas
  • United Nations (UN)
  • UNESCO
  • World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • World Bank
  • World Economic Forum (WEF)
  • World Monuments Fund (WMF)
  • World Wildlife Fund (WWF)