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Page index:
- Broad, general sources
  =International News
  =Journal articles
- International trade & finance
- Regulations, Customs, & Ex/Im
- Company information(world or regional)
  =Business contacts/directories by country
  - International finance, national banks, & development agencies
- Travel
  =Country & culture (Doing business in...)
  =Country ratings & risks (Corruption, risks, poverty, etc.)
- Polylingual Dictionaries

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Item Availability Notes
Return to the top of the page.Broad-coverage Sources:
Library subscription database Business and Company Resource Center
via GaleNet
1980-date   Indexes 1000+ scholarly and trade journals, popular magazines, and newspapers in business and industry. Also includes company profiles, company brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, and more.
Library subscription database EIU (Economist Intelligence Unit)
via EIU
1996 - current   Analysis and forecasts of the political, economic and business environment for most countries, plus how to do business and arrange financing in many countries.  Includes weekly/biweekly newsletters for Asia, Eastern Europe, Europe, and Latin America.  May be searched by country or topic.      [caaiai] 
Library subscription web resource Encyclopedia of Global Industries
(or, via Gale Virtual Reference Library if you are off campus.)
2007   "Chronicles the history, development and current status of the world's most lucrative and high profile industries.  Each entry covers size and economic/social impact of the industry; its organization and structure; its history and development; major countries and companies involved (including rankings); size and nature of the work force; and research."        [caaiac] 
Library subscription database SourceOECD
via OECD
    OECDiLibrary
Current   Provides full-text access to OECD's (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) monographs, periodicals, and statistical databases.  See website OECD Statistics Portal, listed below, for sources free to anyone.  A new database is called OECDiLibrary will soon replace SourceOECD.  See website OECD Statistics Portal, listed on the Statistics page, for sources free to anyone.
Unaffiliated web site OECD Frequently Requested Statistics
  via OECD
Check individual URL pages for date.   Provides selected, free statistics published on the internet by the OECD.      [caaiai] 
Website link Global Edge Resource Desk
  via MSU Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)
(check url date)   Provides links to selected sources of international business information on the internet, mainly through free sites.  Also includes links within its site to "Market Potential Index" of 27 countries and a Glossary of international business terms and abbreviations.       [caaiai] 
Unaffiliated web site Exportinfo.org
  University of Washington Center for International Business Education and Research
Check date on URL page.   An introduction to exporting, with resources for regional/country information and industry information.  No clear indication that it has been updated since 2000, but still contains valuable information.      [caaiai] 
Return to the top of the page.International News Sources:
Library subscription database ABI Inform
via ProQuest
1971-date   Indexes 1800+ international scholarly, trade, and news journals in accounting and all business-related fields.
Library subscription database Access World News
via NewsBank
Varies   Full-text content of over 700 electronic editions of local, regional, and world newspapers.
Library subscription databaseForeign Broadcast Information Service
via NewsBank InfoWeb
1975-1996   Index to the FBIS Daily Reports issued by the U.S. Government covering political, economic, scientific, and cultural issues and events throughout the world.   U.S. government translations of broadcasts, news agency transmissions, newspapers, periodicals, and government statements from nations around the world.
    Full-text is available for Middle East & north Africa (1974-1987) FBIS reports.
Library subscription databaseGlobal Newsbank
via NewsBank InfoWeb
1996-present   English-language articles from 1,000+ translated broadcasts, news agency transmissions, wire services, newspapers, magazines and government documents.
Library subscription database Info-LatinoAmerica
via BiblioLine
1988-present   Indexes 1,500+ international (mainly non-U.S.) newspapers, journals, news magazines, newsletters, television & radio broadcasts, conference proceedings, and more, for articles on Latin America.
    Only 1 user can access this database at a time.
Library subscription database Keesings Record of World Events
Library subscription annualvia Keesing's
Online:  1987-present;
paper:  1931-present
  This publication is available only at the University Park and Biscayne Bay Libraries.  Keesing's is an archive of news reports from all over the world.  Among the events covered are elections and changes of government, wars, treaties, appointments, and diplomacy, terrorism, issues of internal security, legislation, budgets, economic developments, international agreements, environmental issues, and scientific discoveries.
  You can not browse Archives, in order to access old articles you need to use Search the Archive option.
  Only 3 users at a time can access this online resource. 
Library subscription database Latin America Database
via LADB
1986-present   English-language, online news service covering Mexico, Central and South America.
Library subscription database Latin American Newsletters
via Latin American Intelligence Service
1967 - present   Source of intelligence on political, business, and economic developments in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Library subscription databaseWorld News Connection (WNC)
via Dialog
1995 - present   Translated and English-language news and information compiled from thousands of non-U.S. media sources. Covers socioeconomic, political, scientific, technical, and environmental issues and events.
Return to the top of the page.Journals and journal indexes:
Library subscription database ABI Inform
via ProQuest
1971-date   Indexes 1800+ scholarly and trade journals in accounting and all business-related fields.
Library subscription database Business and Industry
via GaleNet
1994-date   Indexes 1200+ trade journals and selected industry-related documents.
Library subscription database Wall Street Journal
via ProQuest
1986-present   Contains citations, abstracts, and full-text articles from the Wall Street Journal.  (This publication is also included in ABI Inform, above.)
Library subscription databaseBusiness File ASAP
via Galenet
1996-date   Indexes 1000+ scholarly and trade journals, popular magazines, and newspapers in business and industry.  Included in Gale's Business & Company Resource Center.
Library subscription databaseEconomia y Negoicio
  via EBSCOhost
c1980-present A collaborative effort between EBSCO Publishing and ESAN (Escuela de Administración de Negocios para Graduados).  This bibliographic database for research conducted in the areas of business and economics.  Searches can be conducted in Spanish and English.  More than 74,000 records, dating back to the early 1980s, provide coverage for more than 320 Spanish and Portuguese-language periodicals published in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Spain, the United States and elsewhere.      [caajaf]
Library subscription database Wilson Business Full Text
via Wilson
1986-date   Indexes c600 major magazines in business.
Website link Latin Trade (e-zine)
  via LT/Miami Media
Check URL for date.  An electronic magazine on Latin American trade & business.  Includes lists such as "Top 500 Companies" and "50 Fastest Growing Companies."  Available in Spanish, Portuguese, and English language versions.        [caaiai] 
Return to the top of the page.International Trade & Finance:
Library subscription database Datastream
via UP-ERC
1971-date   Statistics and timeseries in the areas of business, economics, and finance.  Available ONLY in the ERC, 2nd floor, Green Library.
Library subscription database Global Development Finance
via World Bank
1970 - present Statistical database of developing countries' finance, including debt and financial flows for 147 countries.  
Library subscription database Global Market Information Database (GMID)
via Euromonitor
Current   This very large database includes both analytical reports and statistical data, especially about consumer markets.  In addition to data presentations, provides search capabilities for country, consumer, industry, and major transnational corporation information and reports.   
Library subscription database NTDB: National Trade Data Bank
via STAT-USA
1990-date   U.S. import and export statistics, Country Commercial Guides, Market Research reports, Best Market reports, and other reports related to international commerce.
Library subscription database World Bank e-Library
via World Bank
1990 - present 3400+ full text World Bank publications and Policy Research Working Papers comprehensively covering the area of social and economic development.
Library subscription database World Development Indicators
via World Bank
1960 - present Includes approximately 800 indicators of development for more than 220 countries.  Organized into six sections:  World View, People, Environment, Economy, States and Markets, and Global Links.
Library subscription database World Trade Atlas: U.S. State Export Edition Online 1996 - Current Statistical data for U.S. exports by state, worldwide and by country.
Website link Bridge/CRB Economagic
  via economagic
(check url date)   Includes time series of commodities futures data.      [caaiai] 
Website link Customs & Border Protection: Trade
  CBP, U. S. Office of Homeland Security
Check URL for date.   The U.S. government's site for information on customs, import & export regulations, and related information.      [caaiai] 
Website link Export.gov
  The U.S. Government Export Portal
Check URL for date.   A collection of data, including market research reports, sources of financing, information for foreign importers of U.S. goods, etc.      [caaiai] 
Website link Florida International Bankers Association
  via FIBA
Check URL for date.   "The Florida International Bankers Association (FIBA), Inc., is a 25 year old trade association, founded in 1979.  Its membership includes more than 80 financial institutions from 18 countries, across 4 continents.  Members include 6 of the 10 largest financial institutions in the world, along with the largest banks from Europe, the US and Latin America.  The primary business focus of FIBA members is Latin America, including international correspondent banking - bank to bank relationships with their counterparts in Latin America - which helps facilitate North-South trade flows, and international wealth management/private banking services for non-residents, including estate and succession planning."  [caaiai]
Website link Foreign Affairs & International Trade Canada
  via Canadian government
(check url date)   The Canadian government's department for foreign relations, international travel information, and international business promotion.      [caaiai ] 
Website link International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  via IMF
Check URL for date.   Library subscriptionIncludes limited "free" data and information.  Also has a "Data Mapper" which compares data from IMF nations and OECD members in graph form.  However, also see print sources produced by IMF such as:  Balance of Payments (DOC INT HF1014.I5), Direction of Trade (DOC INT HF1014.D5), and International Financial Statistics (DOC INT HG3881.I626.)      [caaiai] 
Website link International Trade Administration
  via U.S. International Trade Administration
Check URL for date.   In addition to import and export requirements and related forms, provides market access compliance data about various countries.      [caaiah] 
Website link NAICS--North American Industry Classification System
  via U.S. Census Bureau
Check URL for date. This is the system which replaced the SIC (Standard Industrial Classification) under NAFTA.  This site gives the current NAICS (2007), as well as access to the previous 2 versions and translations of SIC/NAICS numbers in both directions.  It also serves to define the classification numbers for each industry.      [caaiai] 
Website link Office of International Trade
via U.S. Small Business Administration
Check URL for date.   Includes internal and external links to exporting information, some of it specially tailored to small businesses.      [caaiah] 
Website link Trade Agreements Database
via Center for International Business, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth
Check URL for date.   "The database contains the text-searchable versions of all bilateral and regional free trade agreements and customs union agreements that have been notified to the WTO as of June 1, 2003, and are in force, plus many that have not been notified to the WTO. The agreements in the database have been indexed in a format developed by CIB that is a greatly expanded version of the "standard format" for notification to the WTO."      [caaiah] 
Website link The World Bank
via World Bank
Check URL for date. Library subscriptionProvides some free data.  See also their publication:  World Tables (DOC INT HC59.W67), as well as the databases at the start of this section.  Also available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish language versions.      [caaiai] 
Library subscription CreditWeek
Green Library BUS HG4923.S74
via Standard & Poor's
1972 - current, weekly A weekly analysis of various investment concerns, including investment recommendations/warnings in their "Credit Watch" section.  Also rates government debt (and currency) for many countries (at the country's request.) Previous titles include S&P Bond Outlook (1972) and Fixed Income Investor (1973 - Oct., 1981.)
Return to the top of the page.Regulations, Customs, & Export/Import:
Library subscription database EIU (Economist Intelligence Unit)
via EIU
1996 - current   Analysis and forecasts of the political, economic and business environment for most countries, plus how to do business and arrange financing in many countries.  Includes weekly/biweekly newsletters for Asia, Eastern Europe, Europe, and Latin America.  May be searched by country or topic.      [caaiai] 
Library subscription database Global Development Finance
via World Bank
1970 - present   Statistical database of developing countries' finance, including debt and financial flows for 147 countries.  
Library subscription database NTDB: National Trade Data Bank
via STAT-USA
1990-date   U.S. import and export statistics, Country Commercial Guides, Market Research reports, Best Market reports, and other reports related to international commerce.
Library subscription database STAT-USA
via U.S. Dept. of Commerce
current   Financial and economic data, daily trade leads, important statistics and International trade documents.  Especially see USA Trade Online, the most complete source for statistcs of international business involving U.S. companies.
Library subscription database World Trade Atlas: U.S. State Export Edition Online 1996 - Current   Statistical data for U.S. exports by state, worldwide and by country.
Library subscription Exporters' Encyclopedia
  Green Library DESK HF3011.E9
  via Dun & Bradstreet
Current, weekly   The main section is by country.  Within each country are the sections:  Country Profile, Communications, Key Contacts, Trade Regulations, Documentation, Marketing Data, Transportation, and Business Travel.  Looseleaf binder includes weekly updates which are keyed to bound volume's text.
Website link Export.gov
The United States Government Export Portal
Check URL for date. A collection of data, including market research reports, sources of financing, information for foreign importers of United States goods, etc.      [caaiai] 
Website link Federal Customs Service of Russia.
via FCS
Check URL for date.   The official, English-language site for the Customs Service of the Russian Federation, complete with the code, tariffs, and other information on doing business in Russia.       [caaiai] 
Website link Foriegn Trade Statistics.
  via U. S. Bureau of the Census
Check URL for date.   This site has far more than statistics.  In addition to U.S. trade statistics and the "Automated Export System," the Reference section has various codes, including the U. S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule, NAICS, SIC, SITC, air carrier codes, country codes, etc.  The Regulations section provides various ways to access related regulations.      [caaiai] 
Website link U. S. International Trade Commission
via U.S. ITC
Check URL for date.   The Commission "An independent federal agency determining import injury to U.S. industries in antidumping, countervailing duty, and global and China safeguard investigations; directing actions against unfair trade practices involving patent, trademark, and copyright infringement; supporting policymakers through economic analysis and research on the global competitiveness of U.S. industries; and maintaining the U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule"  Site tools include Harmonized Tariff Schedule and an import-export database.  Interactive Tariff and Trade Dataweb.  (The database does require creating a free account.)      [caaiai] 
Website link Office of International Trade
  via U.S. Small Business Administration
Check URL for date.   Includes internal and external links to exporting information, some of it specially tailored to small businesses.  Includes a link to a Spanish language version.      [caaiai] 
Website link Trade Agreements Database
via Center for International Business, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
Check URL for date. "The database contains the text-searchable versions of all bilateral and regional free trade agreements and customs union agreements that have been notified to the WTO as of June 1, 2003, and are in force, plus many that have not been notified to the WTO. The agreements in the database have been indexed in a format developed by CIB that is a greatly expanded version of the "standard format" for notification to the WTO."      [caaiah] 
Website link U.S. Council for International Business
via USCIB
Check URL for date. An organization to influence governments toward good business practices.  It also provides ATA Carnets for persons taking materials temporarily from the U.S. to other countries, such as trade show support materials.      [caaiai] 
Company Directories &/or Analyses:
    (Broad & regional directories)
            See also: Business Directories and Contacts by Country, below, and
  Exporting, Importing, & International Trade on "Industries" page.
            Return to the top of the page.
Library subscription database Bankruptcies; SDC Platinum
  via Thomson Financial
Use on selected computers in the ERC, 2nd Floor, Green Library
1980 - 1988, limited;
1988 - present, full
Based on SEC documents, bankruptcy court filings, reorganization plans, and news sources, provides data searchable by various factors, from company name to creditors, securities, financial profile, etc.  Includes U.S. companies with assets of $1million (1980-88) or, after 1988, public with $10 million or private with $50 million in assets.

Available through computers near windows in ERC (Green Library, 2nd floor).

Library subscription database Uniworld Database
 
Library subscription annualDirectory of American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries
Green Library GEN HG4538.A1D5
via Uniworld
Database: current
UGEN: 1984, 1987, 1996, 2001, 2007
  Database can be searched by U.S. state, region, or ZIP code, foreign country, NAICS industry, revenue, and number of employees.
  The book begins with a list of American companies with foreign operations, along with address, officers, basic company information, industries, and countries in which the firm operates.  The remainder of the volume lists countries and the American firms operating in them, with contact information for the American office and the resident firm.      [cabaac]
Library subscription database Uniworld Database
 
Library subscription annualDirectory of Foreign Firms Operating in the United States
Green Library REF HG4057.A155
via Uniworld
Database: current
UGEN 1971, 1978, 1989 - 2006, 2008
  Database can be searched by U.S. state, region, or ZIP code, foreign country, NAICS industry, revenue, and number of employees.
  The book lists by country those firms which operate in the U.S., with their local address, their American affiliates, their contact information, as well as foreign ownership, revenues, and number of employees at the American sites.  Includes alphabetical lists of companies and American affiliates.      [caaiai]      [cabaac]
Library subscription database Encyclopedia of Global Industries
(or, via Gale Virtual Reference Library if you are off campus.)
2007   "Chronicles the history, development and current status of the world's most lucrative and high profile industries.  Each entry covers size and economic/social impact of the industry; its organization and structure; its history and development; major countries and companies involved (including rankings); size and nature of the work force; and research."        [caaiac] 
Library subscription databaseInvestorEdge
  via Mergent
current This is an investor's advisory tool available through Dec., 2010, as a complimentary subscription.  "Mergent InvestorEdge provides a powerful business research tool, access to the documents and financial information you need for each individual company - incorporating the latest research technology for comprehensive investment research. Look up all corporate documents including annual, industry and equity reports as well as general contact information for each domestic and international company in our database."      [caajaf]
Library subscription database Mergent Online
via Mergent Online
1994-present   Corporate and SEC reports on 20,000+ U.S. & international publicly-owned corporations plus financial search engine.  This database now has the option to include c1.5 million private companies from the Dun & Bradstreet Private Companies database.       [caajag]
  Formerly FIS Online.
Library subscription database Worldwide Mergers & Acquisitions
via SDC Platinum/Thomson Financial
Use on selected computers in the ERC, 2nd Floor, Green Library
Current
varies 1979(U.S.)/1985 - current
  This is a CD database run on the Library's internal network, so it must be used within the ERC on 2nd floor.
  Covers both public and private transactions involving at least 5% of the company value (prior to 1993, value must => $1mm.)  Transactions include, mergers, acquistions, LBOs, stake purchases, tender offers, stock swaps, privatizations, spinoffs, etc.  Data includes over 1,400 data elements.   Online user guide available at http://www.fiu.edu/~morriss/Guides/WMA07.htm.
Library subscription annualPrincipal International Businesses
Green Library REF HF54.U5P74
via D&B
Current year only   The Dun & Brandstreet directory to companies involved in international trade from around the world.  Main listings are alphabetical under country, with indexes by SIC (broken down within each category by country) and an alphabetical list of all companies. 
Library subscription annualGlobal Market Share Planner
Green Library REF HD2757.15.G56
via Euromonitor
2008   Vol. 1 gives comparative data by ranking companies within industries by each country.  Vol. 2 provides in-depth analysis of 150 top brand-owning companies worldwide.  Vols. 3-6 provide regional information, detailing each company, thier industries, and the brands they own, and each brand's market share.    [cabaac]
Library subscription annualDirectory of International Corporate Giving in America & Abroad
Green Library REF HG4057.A49
via Taft/Gale
1999   This annual lists companies in the U.S., both American and foreign-owned, which have programs for grants and charities.
Library subscription annualAsia's 10,000 Largest Companies
Green Library REF HD2906.A8
via ELC International
2009   A directory of major companies in eastern Asia  Lists top 100 companies for each of the 10 countries covered, then list top 100 companies for each major industry, then list more than 6,000 publicly owned companies by rank with their basic financial data, public banks by rank with their financial data, and then alphabetically listed private companies with industry, sales, and employee figures.  Ends with an alphabetical list of all companies, with addresses and rank number (to enable finding their data.)       [caaiai] 
Library subscription annualEurope's 15,000 Largest Companies
Green Library REF HD2356.E9E93
via ELC International
2009 A directory of major companies in Europe. Ranks Europe's 500 largest companies by sales, profit, and employees.  Lists top 100 companies for each of the 10 countries covered, then lists top companies for each major industry.  Ends with an Indexes by company name and industry (1987 SIC.)      [caaiai] 
Library subscription annualMajor Companies of Central & Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States
Green Library REF HF5154.7.A3M35
via Graham & Whiteside
2007 A directory of major companies in the eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.  After the main listings by country, includes inceses by name, country, SIC, and business activity.      [caaiai] 
Library subscription annualMajor Companies of Latin America and the Caribbean
Green Library REF HG4091.5.Z65M34
via Graham & Whiteside
2010 A directory of major companies in the Americas, excluding the U.S. and Canada.  The main entry is arranged alphabetically under the country.  (The country sections are divided into "Latin America" and the "Caribbean," the latter also including Bermuda.)  Indexes by company name and industry (1987 SIC.)      [caaiai] 
Library subscription annualMajor Companies of the Arab World
Green Library REF HF3866.M3
via Graham & Whiteside
2008 A directory of major companies in northern Africa and the Middle East.  In addition to the main entry under each country, includes indexes by name, country, SIC, and business activity.      [caaiai] 
Website link Caribbean Export
  via Caribbean Export Development Agency
Check URL for date.  Caribbean:  "The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) was established by an Intergovernmental Agreement signed by Member States of the Forum of Caribbean States (CARIFORUM) on January 1, 1996.  Caribbean Export is a regional trade and investment development and promotion organisation of the fifteen (15) CARIFORUM Member States namely:  Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago".      [caaiai] 
Website link Corporate Information
  via Wright Investors Services
(check url date)   Not only does this commercial site provide links to international corporate information, including state by state goverment records in the U.S., but also such things as property records that are online. It has access to definitions of corporation abbreviations (inc., GmbH, etc.) and to news articles and a currency exchange rate calculator. You may search by company, country, or industry. This site provides a very broad source of business information, although much of it is only for-pay subscription.       [caaiah] 
Website link EUROPAGES : The European Business Directory
  via europages
(check url date)   Europe:  "1,500,000 companies selected in 35 european countries".  Available in 25 languages, including Arabic and Chinese.    [cabaad]
Website link FCS Internet Gateway: Financial Links
  via Franklin Communication Services
(check url date)   Provides links to many exchanges around the world, as well as other financial & securities data.      [caaiai] 
Website link Randburg.com
  via Randburg
(check url date)   Randburg, an Icelandic company, provides information of doing business and travel in several countries, including Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden, and other countries.      [ caaiai] 
Website link World Chambers Network
  via World Chambers of Commerce
(check url date)   "The WCN portal officially links the virtual online commerce space to the dynamic and only truly global physical business network of over 14,000 registered Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CCI) that in turn represent over 40 million member businesses worldwide."      [caaiai] 
Business Contacts & Directories by Country:         See also:  Company Analyses &/or Directories (world & regional), above. Return to the top of the page.
Website link Argentina Business
  via Fundacion Invertir Argentina
Check URL for date.  Argentina:  The guide to doing business in Argentina, mainly about investing in the country.  English language site.        [caaiai] 
Website link Austrade
  via Australian govt.
Check URL for date.  Australia:  The government website of the Australian Trade Commission.  Provides directory of exporters, information and contacts for foreign businesses, economic data, and study abroad information, as well as materials to help Australians do business abroad.      [caaiai] 
Website link Austrian Business Agency
  via Austrian govt.
Check URL for date.  Austria:  The official government agency to assist companies doing business in Austria.  "The Austrian Business Agency (ABA), a government-operated consulting firm, is the international investor’s first business address in Austria.  We offer comprehensive and unbureaucratic know-how, services and advice ranging on issues from incentives to market opportunities to tax concerns.  And all completely free of charge."  Available in German, English, Italian, French, Chinese, and Japanese language versions.      [caaiai] 
Website link Confederação Nacional de Indústria
  via CNI
Check URL for date.  Brazil:  Includes studies and a directory of exporters from the National Association of Industry (CNI:Confederação Nacional de Indústria.  .  English and Portuguese language versions.      [caaiai] 
Website link Industry Canada
  via Industry Canada
Check URL for date.  Canada:  Within this broad, government site, under "Resources for" and "Business" there are directories of importers and of other companies.  Available in English and French language versions.      [caaiai] 
Website link ThomasNet
  via Thomas' Register
Check URL for date.  Canada & U.S.A:  A commercial site, with a directory of manufacturers and other companies, plus a number of other services, especially for CAD, architectural materials based on blueprints, and a link to a global version.  The main directory can be searched by individual states and provinces or by all (combined U.S. and Canada.)  The "green books" were well-known and required source for purchasers for decades, now available online.  Note:  Has a plugin to enhance searching for Firefox browsers.      [caaiah] 
Website link Mercantil.com
  via Mercantil
Check URL for date.  Chile:  Formerly, Chilnet.  Includes business directory and statistics for Chile.  Available in Spanish, Portuguese, and English language versions.      [caaiai] 
Website link Pro|CHILE
  via prochile
Check URL for date.  Chile:  Information concerning exporters in Chile, by a government agency.  Includes a directory of exporters, export statistics, and other information.  Spanish language site.      [caaiai] 
Website link China Pages
  via chinapages.com
Check URL for date.  China (PRC):  This commercial site provides news concerning business in China as well as leads, companies, and exhibits.  Includes links to other china-related business sites.  English and Chinese language versions.      [caaiai] 
Website link GovHK: Business & Trade
  via Hong Kong government
Check URL for date.  China (PRC): Hong Kong:  This government site provides much help on starting and developing businesses within Hong Kong, from regulations to recruiting a workforce..  Includes business news & trade shows in Hong Kong.  English and Chinese language versions.      [caaiai] 
Website link Colombia Trade News
via Trade Bureau, Embassy of Colombia
Check URL for date.  Colombia:  A newsletter with links to various other pages concerned with business in Colombia and trade between the U.S. and Colombia.  "Colombia Trade News offers an in-depth look at trade between the U.S. and Colombia.  Find the latest information about the Trade Promotion Agreement, learn more about Colombia's economy, discover the mutual benefits of free trade between the U.S. and Colombia, access the latest trade statistics, and find important resources and information on doing business in Colombia."  English language site.      [caaiai] 
Website link CzechTrade
  via Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic
Check URL for date.  Czech Republic:  "National Trade Promotion Agency of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic."  Includes a directory of Czech exporters, as well as Czech business news.  Available in many different language versions.      [caaiai] 
Website link Trade Directory for Denmark
  via Trade Directory for Denmark
Check URL for date.  Denmark:  Provides free directory to Danish companies and products by category.  Access available in Danish, German, English, French, and Spanish languages.      [caaiai] 
Website link CEI/RD &
    Dominicana Exporta
  via CEI/RD
Check URL for date.  Dominican Republic:  "Centro de Exportación e Inversión del República Dominicana" provides this government site with a directory of exporters as well as much other information on doing business with the Dominican Republic.  Spanish language only site; However, it opens a new browser to Dominicana Exporta, which has an English language version as well as Spanish.  This latter site includes laws & regulations, foreign trade statistics, distribution channels, and other information about trading with the Dominican Republic.      [caaiai] 
Website link Egyptian Trading Directory
  via EGTrade.com
Check URL for date.  Egypt:  A directory of Egyptian companies and a tourism guide as well.  English language site.      [caaiai] 
Website link El Salvador Trade
  via El Salvador Trade
Check URL for date.  El Salvador:  Provides information on investment in El Salvador, business data and statistics, and a directory of Exporters, as well as other information.  Available in English and Spanish language versions.      [caaiai] 
Website link Estonian Trade
  via EstonianTrade Council
Check URL for date.  Estonia:  Provides contacts and guidance for doing business with Estonian companies and products, laws & taxes, etc.  Available in English, French, German, Maltese, Finnish, Swedish, and Italian language versions.      [caaiai] 
Website link Trade Council of Iceland
  via Trade Council of Iceland
Check URL for date.  Iceland:  Includes information about trade, economy, and Iceland in general, as well as business news and links to a directory of exporters, trade information, and investment information.  Also includes links to Invest in Iceland and the Ministry for Foriegn Affairs.  Available in English, German, and Spanish language versions.      [caaiai] 
Website link India Mart
  via India Mart
Check URL for date.  India:  A business-to-business directory of Indian companies, catalogues, news, and related information.  English language site.      [caaiai] 
Website link Integrated Technology Web
  via ITW
Check URL for date.  Ireland:  Provides information about business in Ireland, including contacts, a list of the "Top 1,000" companies, exchange converter, "how to do business in Ireland," and other links, in English.      [caaiai] 
Website link Export Jamaica
  via Jamaica Exporters Association
Check URL for date.  Jamaica:  Includes an exports search feature, a drop-down box with direct links to the associations members, a directory of exporters, etc.  English language only site.        [caaiai] 
Website link InvestJamaica
  via JAMPRO
Check URL for date.  Jamaica:  A broad site with information on how to invest, investment incentives, how to start a company in Jamaica, etc.  English language only site. 
Website link Japan External Trade Organization
  via JETRO
Check URL for date.  Japan:  A Japanese government-related site providing much information on how to do business in Japan, including basic business research and statistics.  Available in English and Japanese versions.      [caaiai] 
Website link SERIWorld.org
  via Samsung Economic Research Institute
Check URL for date.  Korea:  Includes business and economic research on business in Korea.  NOTE:  Much of the information is not free.  Nonetheless, a broad look at business and economic developments in eastern Asia.  Site is in English.      [caaiai] 
Website link Infomart Business News Agency
  via Infomarket
Check URL for date.  Moldova:  Primarily includes business-related news and data about Moldova and eastern Europe.  shows currency exchange, with archives.  Available in Romanian, Russian, and English language versions.      [caaiai] 
Website link New Zealand Trade & Enterprise
  via NZTE
Check URL for date.  New Zealand:  The New Zealand development and trade agency's website.  In addition to some useful information (such as exporters online directory, export statistics, etc.) there are several links at the bottom of the page going to other valuable sites on foreign investments, buying from New Zealand, and business practices in New Zealand.  English language only site.      [caaiai] 
Website link Center for Export and Investment, Nicaraugua
  via CEI
Check URL for date.  Nicaragua:  Includes news and various other information about exporting from and importing to Nicaragua.  Note:  Some of the links on the English language page go to Spanish language pages, but the link usually indicates this.  Spanish language version also available.      [caaiai] 
Website link ADEX:  Association of Exporters
  via ADEX
Check URL for date.  Peru:  Provides various services, listings, and contacts for exporters from Peru.  Available in Spanish and English language versions.      [caaiai] 
Website link Polska Net
  via Polska Net
Check URL for date.  Poland:  Provides links to various "polish"-related sites, including shoe and car polishes!  However, it does provide some links to Polish business sites and related information.      [caaiai] 
Website link Teleadreson
  via Teleadreson.com
Check URL for date.  Poland:  A directory and search engine of organizations and companies located in Poland.  Some information is provided free for most companies, with more detailed information available for a charge.  Paid advertisers get priority in listings, so realize that the first listings in response to a search are based on fees, not appropriateness.  Available in Polish or English language versions.      [caaiai] 
Website link Portugal Offer
  via Financetar
Check URL for date.  Portugal:  A directory and search engine of select companies located in Portugal, as well as other helps in doing business in Portugal.  English language version only.      [caaiai] 
Website link AICEP Portugal Global
  via AICEP
Check URL for date.  Portugal:  Investment and business opportunities in Portugal with economic data.  AICEP is an agency of the Portuguese government.  Available in Portuguese and English language versions.      [caaiai] 
Website link San Marino Virtual Trade Center
  via Trade Center
Check URL for date.  San Marino:  Includes links to companies, arranged by category or alphabetically.  Available in Italian and English language versions.      [caaiai] 
Website link Trade with Sweden
  via Swedish Trade Council
Check URL for date.  Sweden:  The agency of the Swedish government devoted to encouraging trade between Swedish companies and foreign companies.  This is their site for foreigners interested in trade with Sweden.  First choose which country you are from in the drop-down box and then choose from the new options.  Their home site (in English but with options for the Swedish language) is Swedish Trade.      [caaiai] 
Website link Invest in Swedent
  via Invest in Sweden Agency
Check URL for date.  Sweden:  "Invest in Sweden Agency" (ISA) is the government agency assisting and informing foreign investors about business opportunities in Sweden.  Companies planning to establish or expand business operations in Sweden can, free of charge, obtain information and assistance from ISA and its regional and international network."  Available in Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Swedish language versions.      [caaiai] 
Website link Infonautics Directory of Switzerland: Switzerland Business & Tourism
  via Infonautics GmbH
Check URL for date.  Switzerland:  A directory/index of Swiss business, companies, hotels, and tourism in Switzerland.  Includes business firms by industry, product, and alphabetically by name, as well as hotels by location, and more.  English language site.      [caaiai] 
Website link Thailand Board of Investment
  via BOI
Check URL for date.  Thailand:  The government agency concerned with investments in Thailand.  "The BOI helps investors in three key ways: To reduce the risks associated with investment, to reduce initial investment costs and to improve the overall rate of return on investment; and to provide support services at all times."  Also includes links to "how to do business in Thailand" pages.  Available in English, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Thai language versions.      [caaiai] 
Website link BRAMA: Business & Commerce
  via BRAMA
Check URL for date.   For the Ukraine, this is a page on BRAMA, the Ukranian Gateway which includes news and links to business-related sites, including reference materials, directories, Ukranian laws, a calendar, and various other links.  NOTE:  Although this page is English, many of the links lead to Russian language pages, but the links are marked.      [caaiai] 
Website link Invest in Vanuatu
  via VIPA
Check URL for date.  Vanuatu:  The website of the Vanuatu Investment Promotion Authority, a government agency, with guidance on investing and developing businesses in Vanuatu.  Includes links to exchange rates for US and Australian dollars to local currency.  This English language page does include a link to Alta Vista's Babel Fish for translating it into Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, or Spanish languages.      [caaiai] 
Website link Trade Venezuela
  via Trade Venezuela
Check URL for date.  Venezuela:  In addition to a directory of Venezuelan manufacturers and exporters, includes a product index, Venezuelan diplomatic offices, Venezuelan business contacts, etc.  Available in English and Spanish language versions.      [caaiai] 
Return to the top of the page.International Finance, National Banks, & Development Agencies:
Website link Bank of England
  via Bank of England
Check URL for date.   The central bank for the United Kingdom.  "The Bank sets interest rates to keep inflation low, issues banknotes and works to maintain a stable financial system."      [caaiai] 
Website link European Central Bank
  via ECB
Check URL for date.   "The ECB is the central bank for Europe's single currency, the euro.  The ECB’s main task is to maintain the euro's purchasing power and thus price stability in the euro area.  The euro area comprises the 15 European Union countries that have introduced the euro since 1999."  Many pages are available in multiple languages.  The home page includes, among other links, links to a glossary and information about the euro.      [caaiai] 
Website link Export-Import Bank of the United States
  via ExIm
Check URL for date.   "The Export-Import Bank of the United States helps the private sector to create and maintain U.S. jobs by financing exports of the Nation's goods and Services."  Includes information about potential markets for U.S. businesses.      [caaiai] 
Website link Federal Reserve System, Board of Governors
  via FRS
Check URL for date.   The central banking system of the United States.  Includes such information as banking, consumer information, and monetary statistics.      [caaiai] 
Website link Bridge/CRB Economagic
  via economagic
(check url date)   Includes time series of commodities futures data.      [caaiai] 
Website link FCS Internet Gateway: Financial Links
  via Franklin Communication Services
(check url date)   Provides links to many exchanges around the world, as well as other financial & securities data.      [caaiai] 
Website link Federation of International Trade Associations via fita (check url date)   "The FITA Global Trade Portal, is the source for international import export trade leads, events, and links to 8,000 international trade (export import) related Websites.  FITA (The Federation of International Trade Associations) has 450 association members and 450,000 linked company members dedicated to the promotion of international trade, import-export, international logistics management, international finance and more."        [caaiai]
Website link Florida International Bankers Association
via FIBA
Check URL for date.   "The Florida International Bankers Association (FIBA), Inc., is a 25 year old trade association, founded in 1979.  Its membership includes more than 80 financial institutions from 18 countries, across 4 continents.  Members include 6 of the 10 largest financial institutions in the world, along with the largest banks from Europe, the US and Latin America."  [caaiai]
Website link International Finance Corporation
via World Bank
Check URL for date.   "The International Finance Corporation is the private sector arm of the World Bank Group.  Our mission is to promote sustainable private sector investment in developing countries, helping to reduce poverty and improve people's lives.   IFC provides loans, equity, structured finance and risk management products, and advisory services to build the private sector in developing countries."  Available in English, French, Spanish, Portuese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian languages.      [caaiai] 
Website link International Monetary Fund
  via IMF
Check URL for date.   Provides both free and for-pay services.  Among the free services available from this site are a finance glossary and selected exchange rates to the dollar, and many more to the IMF's SDR.      [caaiai] 
Website link U.S. Council for International Business
  via USCIB
Check URL for date.   An organization to influence governments toward good business practices.  It also provides ATA Carnets for persons taking materials temporarily from the U.S. to other countries, such as trade show support materials.      [caaiai] 
Return to the top of the page.Travel Information:
Website link Bureau of Consular Affairs
  via U.S. Dept. of State
Check URL for date.   Among other items of interest, includes travel warnings/alerts, applications for U.S. passports, applications for visas to enter the U.S., etc.       [caaiai] 
Website link Earthcalendar
Check URL for date.   A guide to national and religious holidays around the world.  Tabs at the top allow you to select "Today," "Holidays by date," "Holidays by country," and "Holidays by religion," as well as "Lunar phases."      [caaiai] 
Website link FITA Currency Converter
  via Federation of International Trade Associations
Check URL for date.   Converts "any amount between more than 120 currencies."      [caaiba] 
Web site unaffiliated with FIU Websites of Foreign Embassies in the U.S.
  via U.S. Dept. of State
Check URL date

  The U.S. Dept. of State's directory of foreign embassies in the U.S. with their websites.      [caaiai] 

Web site unaffiliated with FIU
Websites of U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions
  via U.S. Dept. of State
Check URL date

  The U.S. Dept. of State's guide to embassies, consulates, & diplomatic missions of the United States located in other countries, complete with their websites.  The site is arranged by region, but includes missions to international organizations as well.  Most individual websites include a local language version.      [caaiai] 

Website link International Monetary Fund: Selected Exchange Rates
  via IMF
Check URL for date.   Some data is to the $US, some is $US to country currency, some is to SDR, the IMF's "Special Drawing Rights."  (See elsewhere on the IMF site for a definition.)       [caaiai] 
Website link Project Visa
  via Projectvisa
Check URL for date.   A directory to websites for embassies and visa applications worldwide.  Please Be Aware:  The quick links on the first page lead to commercial websites, not governmental; these are ADVERTISEMENTS.  Use the map and/or dropdown box to access official information.      [caaiai] 
Website link Welcome to Rand McNally Online
  via Rand McNally
Check URL for date.   A publisher's site with many traveler's aids, including a catalog of publications for sale by Rand McNally.  The home page has a "directions" tool, a "booking" (flight/hotel/rental car) tool, and a "local weather conditions" tool.  Other helps are in the left sidebar.      [caaiai] 
Website link Maps and Geography
via FIU Libraries
Check URL for date.   A collection of links to sources of maps online.      [caaiai] 
Website link The World Clock
  via Time-and-date.com
Check URL for date.   Time at any place in the world.  This site provides automatic times for many places, and has linked pages for each continent, world capitals, a meeting planner, as well as other selections, including creating your own choice of cities.       [caaiai] 
Country & Culture:   (For government sites, see:  BIC: Government page or, for most countries in the world, see:  Miliweb (Main government sites, including foreign affairs, military, & statistical agencies) Return to the top of the page.
Library subscription database Countries of the World and Their Leaders
(or, via Gale Virtual Reference Library if you are off campus.)
2008   "Covering nearly 200 countries, this yearbook is filled with reports from the U.S. Department of State. Entries typically cover the geography, history, government, and political conditions, economy and state relations with the United States for each. Includes information on passport applications, visa requirements, regulations and duties, international health and disease, and national holidays."        [caaiac] 
Library subscription database EIU (Economist Intelligence Unit)
via EIU
1996 - current   Analysis and forecasts of the political, economic and business environment for many countries, plus how to do business in 60 countries, and how to arrange financing.  Includes 4 regional newletters with major events affecting business in Asia, Eastern Europe, Europe, and Latin America.      [caaiai] 
Library subscription database e-HRAF Collection of Ethnography
via University of Michigan
historical to present Contains descriptive information on cultures and ethnic groups of the world. Documents (books, articles, and dissertations) have been indexed and organized according to HRAF's culture and subject classification systems: the Outline of World Cultures (OWC), and the Outline of Cultural Materials (OCM). The OCM topics are crucial in performing powerful searches in the eHRAF databases. You will find the list of OCM topics at: http://2008library.fiu.edu/files/elibrary/OCM_topics.pdf.
Library subscription web resource Europa World Yearbook
via Europa Publications
Current   For each of the over 250 countries and more than 1,600 international organizations covered, includes an introductory survey of recent history, economic affairs, government, defense, education and public holidays, as well as a statistical survey of population, health & welfare, agriculture, forestry, industry, finance, trade, transport, tourism, the media, and education.  Each listing is concluded with a directory of addresses, phone numbers, email, & websites for government, embassy, business, political, religious, civic, and other organizations.
Library subscription database Global Market Information Database (GMID)
via Euromonitor
Current   This very large database includes both analytical reports and statistical data, especially about consumer markets.  In addition to data presentations, provides search capabilities for country, consumer, industry, and major transnational corporation information and reports.   
Library subscription web resource International Encyclopedia of Organizational Studies
(or, via Sage e-Reference if you are off campus.)
2007   "Capturing hybridity is notoriously difficult. Nonetheless, the International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies offers a comprehensive overview of the major ideas, concepts, terms, and approaches that characterize this diverse field. No single effort can hope to capture the breadth and variety to be found in this discipline, but the Encyclopedia hopes to capture at least the most important highlights of organization studies."          [caaiac] 
Library subscription database Mergent Online
via Mergent Online
1994-present   Corporate reports on 20,000+ U.S. & international corporations plus a financial search engine.  Includes news, business history, indebtedness/financial instruments, balance sheets, main stockholders (including insider holdings), subsidiaries, etc., for each company.  There is also a "report creator" as well as options for downloading financial data to Excel.  Mergent Online also contains country profiles, including data, history, and analysis.      [caajag] 
Library subscription database Worldmark Encyclopedia of Nations, 12th ed.
(or, via Gale Virtual Reference Library if you are off campus.)
2007   "Presents easy-to-understand information on 200 countries and dependencies from around the world.  Entries discuss a variety of topics in detail, from banking and securities to climate, from government data to demographic statistics.  Also includes biographical essays on national leaders."        [caaiac] 
Library subscription annualAfrica Review
Green Library REF HC501.A532
via World of Information/Walden Publishing
Most recent Covering the countries in the regions listed in the titles, these annual publications provide basic facts, summary of current conditions, 4 risk assessments, outlook, business customs, and a basic business directory (with websites) for each country.
Library subscription annualAmericas Review
Green Library REF HC121.L2713
via World of Information/Walden Publishing
Most recent
Library subscription annualAsia & Pacific Review
Green Library REF HC411.A73
via World of Information/Walden Publishing
Most recent
Library subscription annualEurope Review
Green Library REF HC240.E819
via World of Information/Walden Publishing
Most recent
Library subscription annualMiddle East Review
Green Library REF DS36.M5
via World of Information/Walden Publishing
Most recent
Library subscription annual Country by Country
Green Library REF HC59.W664
via EIU
2002 - current This annual, organized by region then country, provides for each country economic indicators, overview, domestic politics, policy trends, and economic growth.  Three years of GDP and inflation (including projections) for each country are given in a chart on the regional page.
Library subscription annual Doing Business in the New Latin America
Green Library REF HF3230.5.Z5B43 2004
via Praeger
2004 Written by Thomas H. Becker.  A guide to modern business practices in Latin America.  Despite the author's assertion that one Latin country is not like another, most of the book speaks of Latin America in the generic.  Ther are a couple of comparative charts in the first chapters of the book, but later charts compare historical and current practices between U.S. and Latin America, which are nonetheless useful.  
Library subscription annual European Business Customs & MannersA Country -by-Country Guide.
Green Library REF HF5389.3.E85B67 2006
via Meadowbrook Press
2006 Written by Mary Murray Bosrock.  This book provides for the EU and for 30 countries individually both general suggestions and specific manners and customs business people need to know in order to do business in Europe.  The individual country chapters will include social and business tips, a few phrases and titles, vital statistics, holidays, and a special section for women.  
Library Reference bookKiss, Bow, or Shake Hands: How to Do Business in Sixty Countries
Green Library REF HF5389.M67
via Bob Adams, Inc.
2006 The classic encyclopedia of business practices and taboos in 60 countries around the world, revised.
Library Reference bookThe New Rules of International Negotiation
Green Library REF HD58.6.L43 2007
via Bob Adams, Inc.
2007   An interesting presentation of how to negotiate business deals (and general business behaviors) for Americans moving out into the wider world.  In between most of the topical chapters, the author gives "sanpshots" of specific countries and how, too often, Americans misunderstand and are misunderstood.  Snapshots include China, Japan, Russia, United States, Poland, Hong Kong, India, Columbia, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, and Brazil, with closeups on each region.    [caajah]
Library reference bookThe International Traveler's Gudie to Doing Business in the European Union
Green Library REF HC240.M7
via Macmillan
1997 Begining each country section with a "cultural I.Q." test, these books provide quotations about the country, a cultural description of the country, a section on doing business in the country (what is acceptable; what attitudes to expect), legal concerns, a list of major companies in the country, a description of the geography, a brief chronology of the history,Website link and a section on native behavior.  A website affiliated with the authors is http://www.getcustoms.com.
Library reference bookThe International Traveler's Guide to Doing Business in Latin America
Green Library REF HC125.M63
via World of Information/Walden Publishing
1997
Library reference bookRules of the GameGlobal Business Protocol
Green Library REF HF5389.L43
via Thomson Executive Pr.
1996 While listing by country some "local rules" at the end of the book, most of the information is organized by topic, with broad applications and how to learn the local practices without making major gaffes.  Regional practices are talked about, as well as such topics as businesswomen, ethics, and hospitality.
Website link U.S. State Dept., Country & Regions page
including Background Notes
  Bureau of Public Affairs, Dept. of State
(check url date)   Provides access to pages of State Dept. information about other courntries and regions.  Background Notes are brief descriptions of countries and special areas.      [caaiai] 
Website link Global Gateway:  World Culture & Resources
  via Library of Congress
(check url date)   "...a gateway to a growing number of online collections, materials and repositories representing different cultures from around the world.  LC has worked in collaboration with partner libraries to provide bilingual access to collections and has also given a virtual look at many of the international and non-English language collections from its own holdings"  (From: Sarah Goodwin Thiel, College & Research Library News (3/2009), p. 188.      [caajad] 
Website link Arab Culture and Civilization
  via NITLE
(check url date)   The National Institue for Technology and Liberal Education produces this site.  "This site is designed for those interested in learning about and developing a better understanding of the Arab world in ways consistent with the values and methods of liberal education.  This site is provided as an educational public service open to all visitors."      [caaiai] 
Website link Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library
  via Australian National University
(check url date)   A major resource for Asian studies, albeit with a crowded, oversized front page.  Includes links by type of resource/medium, topics, and country.        [caaiai] 
Website link Business Culture.Com
  via BusinessCulture.com
(check url date)   "Here you will find a series of reports on business customs, etiquette, cross-cultural communication, proper gifts, negotiating tactics, business culture, manners, business entertainment and much more."  Includes pages on doing business in many different countries, ranging from Argentina to Yemen, with information specifically on the culture and customs.      [caaiai] 
Website link Country Studies
  Federal Research Division, Library of Congress
(check url date)   "The Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world."  This series provides the most in-depth descriptions of countries, their regions, cities, and cultures you are likely to find.      [caaiai] 
Website link Digital South Asia Library
  via University of Chicago/Center for Research Libraries
Varies   The Digital South Asia Library is a project of the Center for Research Libraries and hosted by the University of Chicago.  "The Digital South Asia Library provides digital materials for reference and research on South Asia to scholars, public officials, business leaders, and other users."  This is a megasite with links to reference sources (including language dictionaries), photograph collections, atlases & maps, statistics, bibliographies, periodical indexes, and other online resources.        [caaiai] 
Website link Embassy.org:  the electronic embassy
  via Embassy.org/Stapleton-Gray Associates
(check url date)   A direct link to embassy websites in Washington, D.C., with business directories.  Many of the Embassy web sites have instructions on doing business in their country.  Note:  Use the guidebar at the top of the page to find embassy websites; links along the side are advertisements!      [caaiai] 
Website link Executive Planet: Business etiquette and culture in U.S . top trading partner nations
  via Executive Planet
(check url date)   Includes sites for 49 countries (including U.S.) with business etiquette and cultural gudies for each country.      [caaiai] 
Website link Federation of International Trade Associations
  via FITA
(check url date)   Provides a number of webliographies, collections of links to useful topics, including "Cultural Issues" and "Starting in Importing and Exporting," among many others.      [caaiai] 
Website link Foreign Affairs & International Trade Canada
 
(check url date)   The Canadian government's department for foreign relations, international travel information, and international business promotion.      [caaiai] 
Website link Geert Hofstede™ Cultural Dimensions* (Please see note.)
  via ITIM
(check url date)   This evaluation gives ratings for 5 "dimensions" of cultures (Power Distance, Individualism, Uncertainty Avoidance, Masculinity, Long term orientation) in most countries.  No source information or explanation is provided.  Also includes descriptions of each of the factors.  See also:  Geert Hofstede Analysis for explanation and criticism, as well as Dr. Hofstede's background.      [caaiai] 
Website link Intercultural U
  InterculturalU
(check url date)   Self-described as an "online community of interculturalists," this sites provides some free information as well as a subscribed membership and other for-pay information.  Replaced Dr. William Hart's Intercultural Relations website.      [caaiai] 
Website link International Business Etiquette
  via International Business Center.com
(check url date)   A guide to business etiquette in various countries and regions.  Note:  All EU countries are condensed as a single country under "European Union."      [caaiai] 
Website link LANIC:  Latin American Network Information Center
  via University of Texas at Austin
(check url date)   A broad collection of information and links to Latin American information sources.      [caaiai] 
Website link Sarai:  South Asia Resource Access on the Internet
  via Columbia University Libraries
Varies   A major collection of resources available through the internet and related to South Asian studies.  Links are arranged by country, organization, and topic.        [caaiai] 
Website link The World Fact Book
  Central Intelligence Agency
(check url date)   This series provides summary data about the countries of the world, including the flag, basic map, introduction, geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.          [caajah] 
Return to the top of the page.Country Ratings & Risk Analyses:
Library subscription database Global Market Information Database (GMID)
via Euromonitor
Current   This very large database includes both analytical reports and statistical data, especially about consumer markets.  In addition to data presentations, provides search capabilities for country, consumer, industry, and major transnational corporation information and reports.   
Library subscription database Jane's Intelligence Review
via Jane's Information Group
1993 - present

  This publication identifies transnational security risks before they hit the headlines.  First-hand reports from correspondents across the world are combined with analysis from technical and subject experts to give you advance warning of step-changes in risk.

  Only 10 users at a time can access this database.

  You can not browse this publication by date. In order to take advantage of the archive (1993-present) you need to use Search feature.        [caaiab] 

Library subscription annualAfrica Review
Green Library REF HC501.A532
via World of Information/Walden Publishing
Most recent Covering the countries in the regions listed in the titles, these annual publications provide basic facts, summary of current conditions, 4 risk assessments, outlook, business customs, and a basic business directory (with websites) for each country.
Library subscription annualAmericas Review
Green Library REF HC121.L2713
via World of Information/Walden Publishing
Most recent
Library subscription annualAsia & Pacific Review
Green Library REF HC411.A73
via World of Information/Walden Publishing
Most recent
Library subscription annualEurope Review
Green Library REF HC240.E819
via World of Information/Walden Publishing
Most recent
Library subscription annualMiddle East Review
Green Library REF DS36.M5
via World of Information/Walden Publishing
Most recent
Library Reference bookInternational Business RiskA Handbook for the Asia-Pacific Region.
Green Library REF HC412.I523185
via Cambridge University Pr.
2003 A survey of 12 Asian and Pacific countries, with evaluation of risks involved in investing and doing business therein.  For each country, information is arranged in 6 sections: the economy, risks and projections, politics, security, economic & political risk forecasts, and country fact sheet.
Library Reference bookPolitical Risk Yearbook:   North & Central America.
Green Library REF JL1416.P65
  via Political Risk Services
2006   Provides for each country in the region statistics, risk ratings, and narratives, including 5-year forecasts.  Risk factors cover such things as "Most Likely Regimes," "Forecasts of Risk to International Business," and "Key Economic Forecasts."  Analyzes both internal and external factors on each country.      [caaiai] 
Library Reference bookPolitical Risk Yearbook:   South America.
Green Library REF JL1866.P65
  via Political Risk Services
2006
Library Reference bookPolitical Risk Yearbook:   Western Europe.
Green Library REF JN12.P644
  via Political Risk Services
2006
Library Reference bookPolitical Risk Yearbook:   East Asia & the Pacific.
Green Library REF JQ21.A1P64
  via Political Risk Services
2006
Library Reference bookPolitical Risk Yearbook:   Middle East & North Africa.
Green Library REF JQ174.A1P64
  via Political Risk Services
2006
Library Reference bookPolitical Risk Yearbook:   Sub-Saharan Africa.
Green Library REF JQ1871.A1P64
  via Political Risk Services
2006
Website link Freedom House
  Freedom House
(check url date)   This pro-democracy site evaluates countries according to their human rights, including political, civil, sexual, and religious discrimination levels, as well as providing world maps of politcal freedom and of freedom of the press.  There are also links to news related to authoritarianism and democracy.        [caaiai] 
Website link Index of Economic Freedom
  via Heritage Foundation and Wall Street Journal
(check url date)   This site evaluates countries according to their economic freedom, as defined by the Heritage Foundation, with rankings.      [caajac] 
Website link Internet Center for Corruption Research
  University of Passau (Germany) and Transparency International
(check url date)   Among other information about corruption, this site includes a "corruption perception index."       [caajac] 
Web site unaffiliated with FIU UC Atlas of Global Inequality
  via UCSC
Check URL date   "The Atlas integrates data, maps, and graphs to create an interactive website for accessing and analyzing information addressing global change and inequality."  "This Atlas has capacities rivaled by few other web sites: - Time series maps of the world show changes in global patterns of inequality - Country pages provide information, graphs and comparative rankings for each country - The Global Inequality Blog summarizes key contributions to our understanding of inequality - A database allows tables and graphs to be generated and downloaded for selected data and countries - Texts and the Glossary provide explanation of the issues and terms; the Bibliography provides direct links to the research - Teaching modules provide suggestions for using data and maps in classes."      [caaiai] 
Website link Your Nation
(check url date) Provides data on nations, allowing comparisons between user-selected countries.
Return to the top of the page.Polylingual Dictionaries:
Library reference book Bilingual Dictionary of Legal TermsEnglish-Spanish/Spanish-English, 3rd ed.
via McGraw-Hill
Green Library REF K52.S6R36
2002 A true dictionary, the English words are defined in Spanish and the Spanish words are defined in English.  In addition, after the Spanish to English section, is an appendix containing a number of English-language legal forms.  
    - English - Spanish -
Library reference book The Coopers & Lybrand Multilingual Dictionary of Financial Reporting
via International Thomson
Green Library REF HG151.C66
1996 Terms are arranged by the English word, with its equivalents listed across the page by German, Spanish, French, and Italian.  German, Spanish, French, and Italian indexes are keyed to the English term.
    - English - German - Spanish - French - Italian -
Library print source/microfilmed Diccionario de Marketing
Green REF HF5415.C25 1995
  via Universidad de Deusto
1995

Each entry in Spanish has the English, French, & German equivalents, plus a description of the concept.  There are also indexes by the English, French, and German terms.

    Spanish - English - French - German

Library reference book Diccionario de Términos Contables y Comerciales/
Dictionary of Accounting and Business Terms
via Arthur Andersen
Green Library REF HF5621.A65
1969 A Spanish-English, English-Spanish dictionary.
    - Spanish - English -
Library reference book Dictionnaire de la Comptabilité
via L'institut Canadien des Comptables Agréé
Green Library REF HF5621.S97
1977 This dictionary gives the English term, a definition in French, and the equivalent term in French.  Includes an index by French terms keyed to English equivalents.
    - English - French -
Website not affiliated with FIU.Digital South Asia Library:  Online Dictionaries
  via University of Chicago/Center for Research Libraries
Varies   The Digital South Asia Library is a project of the Center for Research Libraries and hosted by the University of Chicago.  "The Digital South Asia Library provides digital materials for reference and research on South Asia to scholars, public officials, business leaders, and other users."  The above link goes to their collection of online language dictionaries, currenlty including Assamese, Baluchi, Bengali, English, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Khowan, Lushai, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Pali, Pashto, Persian, Rajasthani, Sanskrit, Sindi, Tamil, Telugu, Torwali, and Urdu, currently including more than 20 languages, plus a couple of "comparative"dictionaries which deal with etymological concerns, including one of Indo-Aryan languages as a whole.        [caaiac] 
Library reference book The English/Spanish Glossary of Basic Accounting Terms
via Irwin
Green Library REF HF5621.W37
1994 This dictionary gives the English term, an equivalent term in Spanish (in parentheses), then a definition in Spanish.
    - English to Spanish only -
Library reference book Lexique U E C
via Union Européenne des Experts Comptables Economiques et Financiers
Green Library REF HF5621.U5
1974 This dictionary gives the French term, a definition in French, and the equivalent term in German, English, Dutch, Danish, Italian, Spanish, and Portugese.
    - French to: German - English - Dutch - Danish - Italian - Spanish - Portugese -
Library reference book Russian-English/English-Russian Glossary of Statistical Terms
Green Library REF HA17.K67
1971

Prepared and published for the International Statistical Institute.  

  - Russian - English -  

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