Business: International Business
Finding Articles (Suggested Databases):
If you are off campus, please login through Blackboard and click through to the Libraries of the USF System homepage. Under the tab “Resources,” click on “Databases by Title/Subject,” to search for databases of interest. If you have any questions, please contact the Nelson Poynter Library Reference Desk at 727-873-4124.
Selected Databases: General business and management
This is a premier business database which provides access to a wide variety of business literature, covering nearly 1800 business periodicals and scholarly journals, as well as the Wall Street Journal. Includes international resources.
Business Source Premier (EBSCO)
A key scholarly database in the field of business, BSP provides full-text articles from over 2,300 journals. Full text articles (PDF) from the Harvard Business Review date back to 1922. BSP also includes market research, industry, and country reports from Datamonitor, EIU and other sources.
Selected Databases: Country profiles and business travel
Country profiles or brief reports are also available in the Business Source Premier, Marketline, EIU ViewsWire, IBISWorld, Mergent Online, and STAT-USA databases.
Background Notes (U.S. State Department)
Provide basic information about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations for various countries.
This reference resource “focuses on cultures and countries around the world, specifically what is and is not shared culturally by the people who live in a particular country.” Each 5-20 page entry on an individual country contains general demographic, historical, cultural, economic, religious, and political information.
Global Road Warrior *NEW*
From World Trade Press, Global Road Warrior is focused on country-specific practical information for business travellers -- business etiquette, stereotypes, typical foods, religion, language, and local customs.
World Factbook (CIA) (public Web site; print version in Reference G122.U56a)
From the CIA/Central Intelligence Agency, this reference resource provides country profiles with background information in the following areas: geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.
Selected Databases: International business reports
International perspective on business from The Economist and the Harvard School of Business. Includes Executive Briefings on key management issues; international business news; industry forecast reports for 60 countries; and sponsored research published by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Primarily a marketing resource, this database provides company, industry, and country profiles. Full-text reports with an international perspective (developed world). Some company profiles include SWOT analyses.
Mergent Online provides U.S. and international company data. Search by company name or ticker symbol, or screen by specific criteria across a universe of data. Also includes brief country statistical profiles.
Selected Databases: International statistical data
From the IMF-International Monetary Fund, the International Financial Statistics database contains current data on exchange rates, inflation and deflation, interest rates, prices, banking, etc. Also contains times series data from 1948 on over 200 countries; exportable to Microsoft Excel
From OECD, the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, SourceOECD is comprised of over 1,800 online books, 24 periodicals, and 26 OECD statistical databases, all in full text. Data can be downloaded to create custom tables; searching across databases enabled through OECD.Stat.
WDI Indicators (World Development Bank)
WDI from the World Bank includes statistical data for over 900 development indicators from 1960 to the present for over 200 countries. Data includes social, economic, financial, natural resource, and environmental indicators and can be exported and downloaded in Excel format.
Selected Databases: International news
A collection of over 600 U.S. and 500 international newspapers and newswire services. Interactive map allows you to select individual newspapers or groups of newspapers by country to search.
Latinnews is a “leading independent source of political, strategic, economic, and business intelligence on Latin America.” Our subscription includes access to 6 of the 7 services, including the Latin America Weekly Report and Latin American Economy & Business, but NOT the Latinnews Daily. Searchable within or across the resources.
World News Connection *NEW*
World News Connection is an online news service that provides translated and English-language news and information from thousands of non-U.S. media sources. Great for local coverage of an issue.
Selected Periodicals: International Business
To locate additional related journals (print or electronic), search or browse the Libraries of the USF System catalog. To specifically locate only electronic journals, select “E-Journals by Title.” Please note that this information changes often.
Finding Books (USF Online Catalog):
Books on international business are not classed together. Some key areas include international business etiquette (HF5389); multinationals and “international business enterprises” (HD2755); international management (HD62.4) and international finance (HF3810-4000). Searching the catalog will identify e-books to read online as well as books on the shelves. Reference books are on the first floor of the Poynter Library; books in the circulating collection (A-HN) are on the second floor; HQ-Z on the third floor.
Selected Reference Books: (Poynter Library, first floor)
Directory of American firms operating in foreign countries (REF HG4538.D57 2007)
Annual multi-volume reference publication since 1955. Volume 1 alphabetically lists U.S. firms with branches, subsidiaries, or affiliates abroad. Remaining volumes contain listings by country of the U.S. firms’ foreign operations. Includes NAICS codes and contact information.
Dictionary of international accounting terms (REF HF5621.D534 2001)
Published in the UK by Financial World, this dictionary provides brief definitions of international accounting terms such as PLC/public limited company, BAA/British Accounting Association, and VAT/value-added tax.
Encyclopedia of Japanese Business and Management (REF HF1001.E468 2002)
Each authored entry in this 500 page reference book provides references for further reading. Sample entries include: kaizen, dango, postal savings, and Banking Act of 1982.
International directory of company histories (REF HD2721.I63)
This multi-volume directory set includes several-page historical profiles of the world’s largest companies and non-profit organizations. (Also available in “Business and Company Resource Center” database.). A new volume is issued each year.
International encyclopedia of business & management (REF HF 1001.I53 1996)
Published in six volumes, this encyclopedia includes authored entries with references for further reading. Sample entries include “Accounting in Germany,” “Banking, Islamic,” “Management in Switzerland,” and “Privatization and regulation.”
Key concepts in international business (Palgrave) (REF HF 2755.5 .S88 2004)
Small handbook with definitions of key concepts in international business such as nonconvertible currency, standby arrangement, and j curve.
World Development Indicators (REF HC 59.15.W656)
Annual publication from the World Bank and partner organizations provides statistical data by country in the areas of economic growth, health, education, demographics, the environment, and states and markets. Includes a brief narrative for each section. See also the WDI Indicators database noted above.
World Economic Outlook (REF HC 10.W7979 2006)
Annual report from the IMF is also available at www.imf.org. Coverage of current global economic trends and issues such as “Oil prices and global imbalances” and “How has globalization affected inflation?”. Includes an extensive statistical appendix.
Selected Web sites:
BuyUSA.gov (U.S. Commercial Service) http://www.buyusa.gov/home/worldwide_us.html
This Web site is maintained by the U.S. Department of Commerce as a source of information for exporters of U.S. goods and services. Select a country from the main page to locate information on doing business in that country.
From the International Business Center at Michigan State University, this site compiles data, resources, and links from a variety of cited sources. Sections include: News & Views, Resource Desk, Country Insights, Industry Profiles, and Academy (videos).
IMF/International Monetary Fund (http://www.imf.org/external/)
“The IMF is an organization of 185 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty.” The IMF publishes “World Economic Outlook”, a great resource for comparing financial and economic data across countries.
This resource was created as an educational tool to graphically compare country data and statistics. Data is compiled from sources such as the CIA World Factbook, UN, OECD, and government agencies. A sister service “StateMaster” is available for comparing state data.
OECD/Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (http://www.oecd.org)
The OECD has 30 member countries and cooperative agreements with 70 other countries. OECD also collects economic and social data, monitors trends, analyses and forecasts economic developments and researches social changes. See also the USF subscription to the SourceOECD database for access to online books, periodicals and statistical databases.
World Bank Doing Business database (http://www.doingbusiness.org/)
The World Bank Doing Business database includes country-specific reports as well as “objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement” and indicators that are comparable across 175 economies. See also the WDI Indicators database noted above.
Remember, you may contact a Reference Librarian in person, by phone (727/873-4124), or via chat (from the Ask a Librarian link on the Libraries of the USF System web site).
Gary L. Austin