Ka-Neng Au
Business Librarian
March 29, 2009
Learning Tools: Class Guides: Dana Class Guides:
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International Business (29:620:368)
Prof. Jerry Rosenberg


General Resources

Start with Country Studies/Area Handbooks from the Library of Congress. Many of these titles are also available in book form. (ALEXANDER US DOCS, DANA REF D 101.22 .A7 A4)

Consult the Background Notes compiled by the U.S. State Department and the CIA World Factbook for profiles of countries and other national entities.

The Europa World Year Book (DANA REF JN 1. E85) is a two-volume work which includes brief surveys of all countries of the world as well as international organizations. Economics, politics, transportation, and trade are covered with basic statistics.

Library Resources

Search our online catalog (IRIS) for books about your country.

CountryWatch has extensive country reports as well links to current news stories. (Rutgers-restricted Access)

Use CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online to find articles and reports about your country. (Rutgers-restricted Access)

Use Business Source Premier to find journal articles about business and economic conditions in your country. (Rutgers-restricted Access)


There are a variety of sources of economic statistics, ranging from International organizations such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, to national governments (especially the United States). Note carefully the source of the data, regardless of the publisher of the statistics.

International Financial Statistics Online is a standard source of economic and financial data for member countries of the IMF. (Rutgers-restricted Access)

The World Bank has Quick Reference Tables with GNP and GDP figures.

Selected data tables on employment, unemployment, and wages are available online from the LABORSTA database from the ILO.

Regional coverage is provided by the following:


Basic Source

Area Handbook for . . . . (DANA REF D 101.22 .A7 A4) Each handbook covers a particular country and its social, political, and economic structure in detail. Many titles are also available at the Library of Congress Website.


The UNdata is a multi-disciplinary source providing official statistics produced by countries and compiled by the United Nations data system. (Rutgers-restricted Access)

International Marketing Data and Statistics. (DANA REF HA42.I56) Detailed tables on the sales and consumption of products and services, by country. There is also a companion volume European Marketing Data and Statistics (DANA REF HA 1107 .E87).

UNESCO Country Profiles is a source of socio-economic data, covering education, literacy, libraries, broadcasting, and the media.

World Development Indicators from the World Bank include extensive economic, demographic, social, environmental, educational, and cultural indicators. (Rutgers-restricted Access)

Selected international and national data sets (on population, health, and poverty) are available on the World Health Organization Website.


Basic Sources

Country Commercial Guides. This series of guides assesses overseas markets for U.S. products. Evaluates industrial structure, financial system, natural resources, trade patterns, and distribution facilities [Username: rul; Password: Business1].

Market Research Reports. Includes "Industry Sector Analysis" and "International Market Insight" reports, covering specific industry sectors in specific countries or regions [Username: rul; Password: Business1].


Five years of import and export statistics on commodities and merchandise trade are available online at the International Trade Centre of UNCTAD/WTO, organized by the Standard International Trade Classification (SITC).

International Trade Statistics is an annual report from the World Trade Organization, with statistical data in PDF and Microsoft Excel formats. This site also provides acces to selected historical time-series data.


Company Profiles & Financial Reports

MarketLine has profiles of more than 30,000 companies worldwide. (Rutgers-restricted Access)

Mergent Online has company history, business description, and financial information for approximately 22,000 major corporations in over 100 countries. (Rutgers-restricted Access)

Corporate Ownership

OneSource aggregates company and industry information from many sources, and provides global coverage of over 4 million firms, more than 100 industry sectors, and over 12 million corporate executives. Key features include ten years of financials for public companies, corporate family relationships, industry averages (for the U.S.), industry profiles, executive biographies, and current news articles. (Rutgers-restricted Access)

America's Corporate Families and International Affiliates. (DANA REF HG 4057 .A164) Provides names, address, sales, employee number, principal products and officers for US subsidiaries of foreign corporations as well as foreign subsidiaries of US Corporations. Geographic area, SIC code, and subsidiary to ultimate parent indexes.

LexisNexis Corporate Affiliations. (Dana Index Table F) Includes key officers, addresses and products of over 28,000 companies. Arranged in 3 sections: foreign parent companies with international subsidiaries and divisions; US parent companies with foreign holdings; and a geographical index.


Basic Source

Start with Doing Business: Measuring Business Regulations for a business environment summary, from the World Bank.

For Trade

Lex Mercatoria has lots of information on international commercial law, with the text of treaties and official documents related to:

For Accounting and Taxation

Start with Country Commerce, a part of EIU.com for information on rules of competition, licensing, taxation, labor, and foreign trade for more than 50 countries. (Rutgers-restricted Access)

You can also refer to the series of Doing Business In ... guides for about 40 countries, from the accounting firm of HLB International

For Financing

Consult Country Finance, a part of EIU.com for an overview of the financial and equity markets, as well as sources of capital and finance in 45 countries. (Rutgers-restricted Access)


Use official Websites. The Secretariats or homepages of the various regional economic or trade communities are:

The primary intergovernmental organizations are:

Search our online catalog (IRIS) for books about your international organization and published by your international organization.

Use CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online to find policy briefs and working papers about your organization. (Rutgers-restricted Access)

Use Business Source Premier to find journal articles about business and economic conditions in your trade community. (Rutgers-restricted Access)

Find recent newspaper articles in Access World News, Factiva, or LexisNexis Academic. (Rutgers-restricted Access)

For more information, consult Resources for International Business.

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