Frequently Used Resources
Country Business Environments
- Business Source Premier Enhanced
Business Source Premier has reports for the political, economic, and market analysis of the business environment. Select Country Reports to browse by country. Select Industry Profiles to browse by industry or country.
Created by the International Business Center at Michigan State University (IBC), globalEDGEâ„¢ is a knowledge web-portal that connects international business professionals worldwide to a wealth of information, insights, and learning resources on global business activities.
- Export.Gov Market Research
This federal government portal offers specialized information for global markets, including the Country Commercial Guides that give overviews of business environments in foreign countries. For registered users, access market research reports for overviews of global markets in exports for manufacturing, agriculture, and services along with business opportunies in foreign countries. When prompted, type the username umn and the password un1vers1Ty
Cultural Aspects of Doing Business
- NationMaster Nations of the World
NationMaster compiles statistics and country profiles from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, United Nations, World Health Organization, World Bank, World Resources Institute, UNESCO, UNICEF and OECD.
- Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life (Online)
Covers cultural groups in Asia, Europe, the Americas and Africa. Each volume is organized by continent, covering history, politics, customs, religion, education, human rights issues, teen life, and more.
Location(s): earlier edition in print: WILSON Reference Quarto GN333 .W67 1998
Other Industry and Market Research
- Europa World Plus
Europa World is the online version of the Europa World Year Book, a source of country profiles, statistics, and directories for all countries worldwide. Find facts, history, political, economic and other information including geography, media outlets, education, government agencies, trade and industry, tourism and other organizations. A major bibliography is included for each country and survey articles on various issues are listed for each major region.
- EMIS Professional
Formerly known as "ISI Emerging Markets"
Delivers company and industry information, relevant proprietary content, reports, statistics, fundamental news, customized alerts, an advanced search engine, proprietary M&A information, peer analysis, credit analytics, benchmark indicators, and trend comparisons, to help understand emerging markets. While many documents are in English, some are in their native language. Much of the financial and economic data is downloadable in a spreadsheet-ready format. Dates of coverage vary. News coverage extends back 5 years. Other documents are most recent only.
- S&P Capital IQ
This Standard and Poors database includes overviews from the Industry Surveys tracking trends and leading companies in 52 industries and now includes the Global Industry Surveys
- Passport (Euromonitor)
Key business intelligence on countries, companies, markets, and consumers. Statistics on brands, companies and consumer products worldwide include market size and market share. Useful for researching global consumer markets with analysis of lifestyles for countries. Includes profiles and strategic information about companies that sell leading consumer goods.
- Mintel Market Research
Mintel reports provide market research on consumer products, services, and lifestyles to identify economic drivers, leading companies, market share, market size, trends, segmentation, and analysis of consumer attitudes and purchasing habits. The library subscription includes Mintel Trends to analyze consumer trends by sectors, demographics, themes and regions.
Statistics and Economic Development Sources
- Investext (Mergent Online)
Research from analyst reports on companies and industries as well as annual statistical from investment banks, brokerage firms and trade associations.
- Foreign Trade Statistics U.S. Census Bureau
See Statistics to find trade activity from the U.S. to other countries. Information on products and countries that import goods and commodoties from each state.
This database provides international statistics on all major social and economic subjects. It replaces the older database "UN Common Database" which will be discontinued in mid-2008.
- WDI Online
WDI (World Development Indicators) Online contains statistics for over 550 indicators from 1960 for over 200 countries and 18 country groups. Subjects include: social welfare, economies, natural resources, and the environment. Data may not be available for all years for all countries.
- OECD iLibrary
OECD iLibrary is the online publications portal of the 34-country Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
OECD iLibrary is OECD's Online Library for Books, Papers and Statistics and the gateway to OECD's analysis and data. It replaces SourceOECD, and hosts all content so users can find - and cite - tables and databases as easily as articles or chapters. Video User Guide.
Companies Directories and Profiles
- World Bank
The data and research section contains research, statistics and information on future prospects.
The online version of the print publications: Directory of American firms operating in foreign countries, and: Directory of foreign firms operating in the United States, Uniworld is the authoritative source of information on multinational firms operating around the world. U.S. companies listed have a substantial investment in overseas operations--wholly or partially owned subsidiary affiliate or branch [sic]. Non U.S. companies (foreign firms) listed have substantial investment within the United States.
Other Library Guides
- MarketLine Reports
Industry reports and company profiles cover key facts, history, employees, major products, revenue analysis, SWOT analysis, top competitors, locations and subsidiaries. Industry Reports include analysis, market size, market share, forecasts, segmentation, and leading companies. Access via Business Source Premier
- International Business
Library guide on doing
business in other countries, including: country overview,
cultural considerations, currency and exchange rates, demographics and statistics, directories, business
conditions, economic and trade data, maps, news, stock
reports, and taxation.
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