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  =Photograph collections
  =Standards
 
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Item Availability Notes
Return to the top of the page.Company & Organization Directories:
(See also:  BIC:  Corporate Information:  Company Financials,   &   BIC:  International Business:  Company Information)
Library subscription database Mergent Online
via Mergent Online
1994-present   Corporate reports on 20,000+ U.S. & international corporations plus financial search engine.
Library subscription database Business and Company Resource Center
via GaleNet
1980-date   Includes, among other things, company profiles, company brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, and more.
Library reference book Brands and Their Companies  
Green Library REF T223.V4A22
Current   A list of brands and trademarks (including d.b.a. names) and who owns them.
Library reference book Directory of Corporate Affiliations   Green Library REF HG4067.A219
via National Register
Current   A directory of U.S. & international companies with subsidiaries, with an index to subsidiary names.
Library reference book Directory of Florida Industries   Green Library DESK T12.F6
Florida Chamber of Commerce
current   A directory of manufacturers in the state of Florida arranged by city and town, with SIC, alphabetical, & product indexes.
Library reference book Dun's Directory of Service Companies   Green Library REF HD9981.3.D7
Dun & Bradstreet
Current   This companion volume to Million Dollar Directory covers service companies. Main listing by company, indexes by geographical location of headquarters and SIC indexes.
Library reference book The Million Dollar Directory   Green Library REF HC102.D8
Dun & Bradstreet
Current   The main directory of American companies, both public and private.  The usual entry includes corporate name, address, URL, officers, revenue, # of employees, NAICS & industries, and bank.  Includes geographic and industry (SIC) indexes.
Library reference book Florda Manufacturers Register   Green Library REF HD9727.F6F573
Manufacturers' News Inc.
2004   A directory of manufacturers in the state of Florida, with sections by product and by city, with alphabetical & SIC indexes.
Website linkg Thomas Register of American Manufacturers
Library reference book Green Library REF T12.T6
Current   The major directory of American manufacturing companies, with selected catalogs/links available.  Products are arranged by noun then any adjective--for instance, look under "Pipe, plastic" not "Plastic pipe."  The web version also includes a directory of Canadian manufacutring companies. 
Website linkg National Directory:  Convention & Visitors Bureaus, Chambers of Commerce
Check url date   Chambers of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureaus in the United States
Website linkg World Chambers Network
Check url date   Links to various national chambers of commerce.
Return to the top of the page.Managers & Corporate Officers
Library subscription database Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage
via Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage
Dates vary   Full text of 12 Standard & Poor's investment publications covering managment, corporation data, industry data, mutual funds, and investment analysis.  Under "Publication" select either "Register Executives" (to search by a persons last name), "Register Private Co," or "Register Public Co."
Library reference book Standard & Poor's Register of Corporations, Directors and Executives
Green Library REF HG4057.A4
via S&P
Current year only This annual directory (also included in S&P's Net Advantage, above) lists the top officers of both public and private companies, including the purchasing officer, along with their business backgrounds.
Library reference book Reference Book of Corporate Managements
Green Library REF HD2745.D85
via D&B
Current year only This annual publication includes the officers of U.S. corporations, their responsibilites, and their backgrounds, including education
Return to the top of the page.English Usage & Style Guides         (See also:  Communication on the BIC:  Management, Administration, & Human Resources page;
for business plans, see:  Office Tools, Business Plans, etc., below.)
Library subscription web resource The New Oxford American Dictionary
(or, via Oxford Reference Online if you are off campus.)
2006   "Produced by Oxford's American Dictionaries Program, and drawing on the expertise of scores of American scholars and advisers, The New Oxford American Dictionary, Second Edition, sets the standard of excellence for lexicography in this country."  More than 250,000 entries & definitions.  See the English Language Dictionaries and Thesauruses" suite for more titles.        [caaiad] 
Library subscription web resource The Oxford American Thesaurus of Current English
(or, via Oxford Reference Online if you are off campus.)
2006   "This thesaurus is based on state-of-the-art research conducted by Oxford's U.S. dictionary staff using a vast database of some 200 million words.  It has more than 15,000 main entries keyed to over 350,000 synonyms, with accompanying example sentences and phrases.  Key entries are also supplemented by antonym lists.  With clear, expert advice on grammar, usage, and pronunciation, this up-to-date thesaurus is the first place to look when you want just the right word. "  Includes 15,000 headwords and 350,000 synonyms.          [caaiad] 
Library subscription web resource The Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style
(or, via Oxford Reference Online if you are off campus.)
2006   "In this book of crisp, precise and often witty pronouncements on modern American English, Bryan Garner decisively answers ... hundreds of ... questions that bedevil those who care about the language.  Garner draws on a host of evidence to support his judgements, citing thousands of examples - good, bad, and ugly - from sources such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek. "  More than 250,000 entries & definitions.  See the English Language Reference" suite for more titles.        [caaiad] 
Library subscription web resource Oxford Dictionary of Idioms
(or, via Oxford Reference Online if you are off campus.)
2005   "The volume takes a fresh look at the idiomatic phrases and sayings that make English the rich and intriguing language that it is.  The text explores the meanings and origins of such well-known idioms as 'set the world alight', 'cost an arm and a leg', 'once in a blue moon', and 'the tip of the iceberg'.  Additions since the last edition, include such colourful expressions as 'chew the scenery', 'jump the shark', and 'give someone the hairy eyeball'."          [caaiad] 
Website linkg Style Manuals & Writing Guides
(via FIU Libraries)
Check url date   A collection of links to various style manuals on the WWW.        [caaiad]   
Library reference book The Business Writer's Handbook.
Green Library DESK HF5726.B874  2003.
via St. Martins Press
2003   One of the most complete guides to writing anything related to business or companies.  The authors, Gerald J. Alred, Charles T. Brusaw, and Waltaer E. Oliu, have constantly updated this work to provide current, useful manuals to how to write.  Includes index.         [caaiad] 
Library reference book Communicating Effectively,  "Best Practices" series.
Green Library REF HF5718.K71726  2007
via HarperCollins
2007   A concise guide to communicating, both in writing and in speaking, by Garry Kranz.  Most sections incorporate quotations, "Powrepoints," and a checklist of "do's and don'ts," as well as examples.  Includes a bibliography and index.        [caaiad] 
Library reference book Perfect Phrases for Writing Grant Proposals.
Green Library REF HG177.B77  2008
via McGraw-Hill
2008   A general guide to writing grant proposals, with examples of sections/phrases, by Dr. Beverly Browning.        [caaiad] 
Library reference book Perfsuasive Proposals and Presentations24 Lessons for Writing Winners.
Green Library REF HF5718.5.P547  2005.
via McGraw-Hill
2005   A step-by-step guide to writing proposals, be they sales-oriented or otherwise, by Heather Pierce.        [caaiad] 
Return to the top of the page.Business Dictionaries (English Language)
Library subscription web resource Acronyms, Initialisms, and Abbreviations Dictionary
(or, via Gale Virtual Reference Library if you are off campus.)
2006   "Provides definitions of a wide variety of acronyms, initialisms, abbreviations and similar contractions, translating them into their full names or meanings.  Terms from subject areas such as associations, education, the Internet, medicine and others are included."        [caaiac] 
Library subscription web resource A Dictionary of Accounting
(or, via Oxford Reference Online if you are off campus.)
2005   "Substantially updated and expanded, the new edition of this dictionary provides straightforward definitions of the latest financial jargon along with comprehensive coverage of financial accounting, financial reporting, management accounting, direct and indirect taxation, corporate finance, and auditing.  Coverage is international, and includes worked examples of difficult concepts and feature entries on key topics."          [caaiad] 
Library subscription web resource A Dictionary of Business and Management
(or, via Oxford Reference Online if you are off campus.)
2006   "This dictionary is a wide-ranging and informative guide to all areas of business, covering business strategy, marketing, taxation, accounting, operations management, investment, banking and international finance."          [caaiad] 
Library subscription web resource A Dictionary of Economics
(or, via Oxford Reference Online if you are off campus.)
2003   "A Dictionary of Economics provides clear, jargon-free definitions for thousands of economic terms, including up-to-date entries on topics such as e-commerce and the Euro.  The dictionary covers all aspects of economic theory, from microeconomics to public finance and international trade with definitions of mathematical and statistical terms widely used in economics, as well as words from related areas such as business and finance."          [caaiad] 
Library subscription web resource A Dictionary of Finance and Banking
(or, via Oxford Reference Online if you are off campus.)
2005   "This dictionary ...contains entries on every aspect of the financial world:  insurance, stocks and shares, commodities, takeovers and mergers, international trade, and government finance.  Fully revised for its third edition, the dictionary has expanded its international coverage and reflects new developments in areas such as building societies, the European monetary union, and stock exchange practices.  Personal finance matters are also covered in depth, including investments, pensions, and taxation."          [caaiad] 
Library subscription web resource A Dictionary of Human Resource Management
(or, via Oxford Reference Online if you are off campus.)
2001   "This dictionary is an authoritative source of precise and easy to understand definitions of words, terms, and phrases that are encountered in the fields of human resource management, personnel, and industrial relations.  The latest management buzzwords are covered, along with key theoretical concepts from academics and consultants, technical terms used by practising HR managers, and major policies, practices, institutions, and legal terms."          [caaiad] 
Library subscription web resource A Dictionary of Statistics
(or, via Oxford Reference Online if you are off campus.)
2006   "Fully updated for the second edition, A Dictionary of Statistics covers a broad range of statistical vocabulary in jargon-free language.  It includes terms used in computing, mathematics, operational research, and probability, as well as biographical information on over 200 key figures in the field, and coverage of statistical journals and societies.  It embraces the whole multi-disciplinary spectrum of this complex subject, and will be invaluable for students and professionals from a wide range of disciplines....  This new edition contains internet links which point to useful sites for further information, and many additional illustrative examples."          [caaiad] 
Library subscription web resource A Dictionary of the Internet
(or, via Oxford Reference Online if you are off campus.)
2003   "This dictionary provides thousands of terms related to the Web, software technology, jargon, e-commerce, security, and the technical and organizational infrastructure of the Internet. There are also useful links to relevant websites. Because of the fast-moving nature of the Internet, the entries will be regularly updated and supplemented."  Includes approximately 4,000 entries.          [caaiad] 
Library subscription web resource A Dictionary of Weights, Measures, and Units
(or, via Oxford Reference Online if you are off campus.)
2004   "This comprehensive dictionary provides clear definitions of all the units, prefixes, and styling of the Système International (SI), as well as industry-specific and traditional terms currently in use."          [caaiad] 
Website link Financial Dictionary
  via Art Branch, Inc.
(check url date)   Provides a dicitonary with lengthy, explanatory definitions and examples.  Terms may be entered into a search box or the dictionary may be browsed, according to the user's comfort.      [caajad] 
Website link Glossaries of World Trade Terms
  via Federation of International Trade Associations
(check url date)   Provides a collection of links to online business glossaries and dictionaries.      [caaiai] 
Website not affiliated with FIU. Glossary of Insurance Terms
via A.M. Best
Check url date   A glossary of terms used in various fields of insurance, provided by A.M. Best, a company which rates insurance companies.      [caaiah] 
Library subscription web resource A Handbook of International Financial Terms
(or, via Oxford Reference Online if you are off campus.)
2006   "This Handbook is the most comprehensive and up-to-date reference book on the world of finance.  Here you can find out the meanings of what can seem a bewildering array of financial terms....  There are numerous examples to show how particular calculations and instruments are used; details are also given of acronyms, currencies, and major markets.  Reflecting the development of global financial markets, the Handbook is a reliable guide for practitioners, as well as an invaluable companion for advanced students of finance, accounting, and business."          [caaiad] 
Website not affiliated with FIU. Insurance Terms
via Britton-Gallagher & Associates
Check url date   A glossary of terms used in various fields of insurance, provided by an insurance broker.      [caaiah] 
Library reference book AccountingThe Language of Business
via Horton
Green Library REF HF5621.D28
1994 Includes a dictionary of accounting terms plus an annual report, a balance sheet (of a companyjust before it went bankrupt), a demonstration of how different approaches to accounting can result in greatly different reported incomes, and a list of all current GAAP.
Library reference book Accounting, Budgeting, and Finance
via AMACOM
Green Library REF HG151.W62
1990 A handbook of "how to do" and "what is" in accounting and budgeting, by Charles J. Woelfel.
Website linkg Acronym Finder
via Mountain Data Systems, LLC.
Check url date   A tool for finding what acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms stand for.  Will also find the city, telephone exchange, and a map for U.S. and Canadian postal codes. 
Website linkg BLS Glossary of terms
via BLS
Check url date Definitions of terms used by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Website linkg Money 101 glossary
via CNN
Check url date Actually, by the editors of CNN and Money magazine.
Library reference book A Dictionary of Human Resource Management
Green Library REF HF5549.A23D53 2001
via Oxford U. Press
Current "An authoritative source of precise and easy to understand definistions of words, terms, and phrases that are used in the fields of human resource management, personnel, and industrial relations."
Library print source/microfilmed Dictionary of Marketing
Green REF HF5415.K615
  via Gower
1995 Includes definitions and diagrams.
Library print source/microfilmed Dictionary of Marketing & Advertising
Green REF HF5415.R577
  via Wiley
1995 Compiled by Jerry M. Rosenberg.
Library print source/microfilmed Dictionary of Marketing Terms, 2nd.
Green REF HF5415.4874
  via American Marketing Association
1995 In addition to the defined terms, includes a bibliography.
Library reference book A Dictionary of Statistical Terms
Green Library REF HA17.K4
1990 Prepared and published for the International Statistical Institute.  
Library reference book Dictionary of Statistics & Methodology
Green Library REF HA17.V64
1999 "A nontechnical guide for the social sciences."  
Library print source/microfilmed Encyclopedic Dictionary of Selling
Green REF HF5438.25.G374
  via Prentice-Hall
1994 In addition to definitions and extensive articles, includes diagrams and examples.
Library subscription The Encyclopedia of Technical Market Indicators
UP REF HG4915.C56 2003
by Robert W. Colby;
publ. by McGraw-Hill
2nd edition, 2003 An encyclopedia of methods to evaluate stock, commodity, and options trading, including historical and general terms used.  Includes charts and graphs in many articles.  Index.
Website linkg Glossary of Insurance Terms
via Insurance Information Institute
Check url date   Guide to the insurance industry's terminology.         caaiah 
Website linkg Glossary of Selected Financial Terms
via IMF
Check url date A glossary of finance terms as defined by the International Monetary Fund.        [caahbb] 
Library reference book The History of AccountingAn International Encyclopedia
via Garland
Green Library REF HF5606.H573
1996 An encyclopedia of people, places, principles, and organizations related to accounting.
Website linkg Investopedia
via Investopedia, Inc./Forbes Media
Check url date   More than just a dictionary or encyclopedia, this site offers tutorials and free software on investing, as well as for-pay information and links.  Note:  Much advertising and for-pay services on these pages.        [caahbb] 
Library reference book Kohler's Dictionary for Accountants
via Prentice-Hall
Green Library REF HF5621.K6
1983  
Website linkg Measuring Electronic Business: Definitions, Underlying Concepts, and Measurement Plans
via U.S. Bureau of the Census
Check url date The U.S. Census Bureau's definitions of e-business terms and measurements.  
Library reference book Oxford Dictionary of Accounting
via Oxford U. Press
Green Library REF HF5621.D53
1999  
Website not affiliated with FIU. Sales glossary
via JustSell.com/Give More Media
Check url date   Among the many things offered via "JustSell.com" is this glossary of sales talk.      [caaiah] 
Website not affiliated with FIU. Webopedia
via Webopedia
Check url date An online dictionary of terms related to the internet and computers in general.       [caahbb] 
Return to the top of the page.Business Dictionaries (polylingual)
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 -  

Return to the top of the page.Office Tools, Business Plans, etc.                        Also see Tools for Managers, BIC Management page;
  (Dates & time; Postal codes; Photographs; Standards)        for statistical data, see:  BIC:  Statistics and Statistical Resources page.
Library subscription web resource Acronyms, Initialisms, and Abbreviations Dictionary
(or, via Gale Virtual Reference Library if you are off campus.)
2006   "Provides definitions of a wide variety of acronyms, initialisms, abbreviations and similar contractions, translating them into their full names or meanings.  Terms from subject areas such as associations, education, the Internet, medicine and others are included."        [caaiac] 
Library subscription web resource Oxford Dictionary of Abbreviations, 2nd ed.
(or, via Oxford Reference Online if you are off campus.)
1998, 2003   "20,000 abbreviations; 36,000 definitions.  This is the most comprehensive dictionary of abbreviations available.  In a world of rapidly proliferating abbreviations and acronyms, it is indispensable at home and in the office.  Authoritative and up-to-date, it covers the most important business, scientific, and technical abbreviations, as well as those in everyday use.  In addition to abbreviations used in English-speaking countries, the dictionary includes some non-English terms. "          [caaiad] 
Website linkg Acronym Finder
via Mountain Data Systems, LLC.
Check url date   A tool for finding what acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms stand for.  Will also find the city, telephone exchange, and a map for U.S. and Canadian postal codes. 
Web site unaffiliated with FIU BPlans.com
Check URL date   This commercial site provides examples of business plans. For a fee, they have products that will modify their example plans or provide a guide to starting a business, as well as other entrepreneurial tools. 
Library reference book How to Write a Business Plan.
Green Library REF HD30.28.M3839  2007.
via Nolo
2007   By Mike McKeever, this book describes what information is needed for a business plan, including what factors to consider, and a suggestion about the writing of the actual plan.  Includes an accompanying CD, located on 5th Floor in Sound & Images Dept.        [caaiad] 
Web site unaffiliated with FIU CCH Business Owner's Toolkit
via CCH
Check URL date   CCH provides a combination of free and for-fee materials to aid the business owner/entrepreneur. 
Web site unaffiliated with FIU U.S. Business Advisor
via U.S. government
Check URL date   A collection of tools and links to help U.S. businesses.
Return to the top of the page.   Dates & Times       (Calendars, clocks, etc.)
Web site unaffiliated with FIU Earthcalendar
via earthcalendar.net
Check URL date   A guide to national and religious holidays around the world.
Web site unaffiliated with FIU The World Clock
Check URL date   Time at any place in the world.
Return to the top of the page.   Postal Information
Website linkg Acronym Finder
via Mountain Data Systems, LLC.
Check url date   A tool for finding what acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms stand for.  Will also find the city, telephone exchange, and a map for U.S. and Canadian postal codes. 
Website linkg Canadian Address Lookup & Verify
via MelissaDATA
Check url date   Enter as much of a Canadian address as you know and this product will verify the whole, including providing Canadian postal codes. 
Website linkg MailboxMap
via MailboxMap
Check url date   With just an address or ZIP code, this service provides maps showing where mailboxe and post offices are located.  Click on a box icon, and it will provide pickup times.    [cabaac] 
Website linkg Zip Code Lookup
via USPS
Check url date   Provided by the U.S. Postal Service, this page allows you to type in an address and receive the correct Zip code. 
Return to the top of the page.Photograph Collections
Web site unaffiliated with FIU National Oceanic & Atmospheric Agency, Photo Library
via N.O.A.A.
    This site is from the parent organization of the National Weather Service, among other agencies.  Includes photographs from around the world where different scientists of the agency have been, especially (it seems) those working with fisheries.  Click on the "Collections" tab for a drop-down box of the various collections, which can be browsed by albums of thumbnails or thumbnails of the whole collection.  Also, check the "Links" tab (http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/otherphotos.html) for more sites, including photos from weather satellites and of particular storms.        [caahaj] 
Web site unaffiliated with FIU The Picture Collection of the New York Public Library
via NYPL
    "Over 30,000 digitized images from books, magazines and newspapers as well as original photographs, prints and postcards, created mostly before 1923 and selected from the over 1,000,000 images in the Mid-Manhattan Library's Picture Collection.  The Picture Collection is particularly rich in images of New York City, American history, and clothing and dress."  This site may be searched by keyword or browsed by subject, and includes a huge number of collections.      [caahba] 
Web site unaffiliated with FIU Picture History
via Picture History LLC
    "Picture History is an on-line archive of images illustrating more than 200 years of American history.  High resolution images are available for professional licensing.  Picture History is an on-line archive of images illustrating more than 200 years of American history. High resolution images are available for professional licensing. Framed and unframed photographs are available for sale at the Print Shop. Included in its holdings are the Picture History Collection, the Meserve-Kunhardt Collection, and the Gordon Parks Collection.Framed and unframed photographs are available for sale at the Print Shop.  Included in its holdings are the Picture History Collection, the Meserve-Kunhardt Collection, and the Gordon Parks Collection."  In addition to searching by keyword, the site may be browsed by broad topic, decade (from 1600-), photographer, and anniversary month.      [caahba] 
Web site unaffiliated with FIU U.S. Geological Survey Central Regional Library
via U.S.G.S.
1868 - present   This site is from the national mapping agency of the United States, part fo the Dept. of the Interior.  This collection provides access to the complete collection of photographs from the USGS, housed in Denver, and ranging from 1868 to present.  Includes photographs from many natural disasters, fossils, national parks, archaeological sites, and much more.        [caahaj] 
Return to the top of the page.Industry Standards   (NOTE:  For corporate/industry financial standards, see Industry Norms & Ratios, on the BIC Corporations & Company Information page.
Web site unaffiliated with FIU National Institute of Standards and Technology
via U.S. NIST
Check URL date   NIST, formerly the National Bureau of Standards, works to establish standards for just about everything.  While there is much of interest for free, the actual standards usually require purchase.   
Web site unaffiliated with FIU NSSN Search Engine for Standards
via ANSI
Check URL date   "A National Resource for Global Standards."  Provided by the American National Standards Institute, this service, with both basic and advanced search forms, searches several databases of standards.  In the "advanced" form, the searcher can choose 1 or more of the following fields:  American National Standards; US Standards; ISO/IEC/ITU Approved Standards; Non-US National and Regional Standards; US DoD Approved Standards; ANS Under Development; ISO/IEC Development Projects; US DoD Development Projects; and CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) References.  The results will provide descriptions of the standards and the appropriate numbers or other designations for purchase.        [caahba]   
Return to the top of the page.Travel and Geopolitical Information        Community evaluations - Embassies & visas - Maps & gazeteers
    including moving & community data
    (See also:  BIC: International Business: Country & Culture; Country Rankings & Risks)
Library subscription web resource Cities of the World
(or, via Gale Virtual Reference Library if you are off campus.)
2002   "A compilation of current information on cultural, geographic, and political conditions in 193 countries and their cities covering six continents, based on the Department of State's Post Reports.  Maps and photos of many cities included."        [caaiac] 
Library subscription web resource Countries of the World and their Leaders
(or, via Gale Virtual Reference Library if you are off campus.)
2007   "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 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 web resource GeodataThe World Geographical Encyclopedia
(or, via Gale Virtual Reference Library if you are off campus.)
2003   "Entries describe the physical geography of every nation and dependency on Earth.  Physical features, climate, and vegetation are discussed in detail using a consistent set of rubrics.  Every entry features a physical relief map designed to illuminate the text of the entry.  A World Rankings appendix includes dozens of tables ranking major features of the Earth, such as largest river by length and volume, tallest mountains by continent, and deepest oceans.  Includes a glossary of geographical and geological terms."        [caaiac] 
Library subscription web resource A Guide to Countries of the Worldt
(or, via Oxford Reference Online if you are off campus.)
2007   "This invaluable global handbook contains separate entries for every country in the world.  Each entry gives a succinct overview covering the contemporary social, economic, religious and political issues that shape the country.  It also contains vital statistics such as GDP, life expectancy, income distribution, and internet use. "            [caaiad] 
Library subscription web resource Worldmark Encyclopedia of Nations
(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] 
Website linkg Acronym Finder
via Mountain Data Systems, LLC.
Check url date   A tool for finding what acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms stand for.  Will also find the city, telephone exchange, and a map for U.S. and Canadian postal codes. 
Website not affiliated with FIU. Airport Council International
via ACI
Check url date Includes access to airport websites around the world as well as data related to airports.
Website link Biztravel.com Home Page
Check URL for date.  
Website link Bureau of Consular Affairs
via U.S. Dept. of State
Check URL for date. Among other items of interest, includes travel warnings.  
Website link Earthcalendar
Check URL for date. For world national and religious holidays.  
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 Homefair.Com
via homefair.com
Check URL date This site has several "calculators", for determining such things as the cost of a move to the desireability of a location.
Web site unaffiliated with FIU International Monetary Fund: Selected Exchange Rates
via IMF
Check URL 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.)
Website linkg National Directory:  Convention & Visitors Bureaus, Chambers of Commerce
Check url date Chambers of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureaus in the United States
Website link Welcome to Rand McNally Online
via Rand McNally
Check URL for date. A site with many traveler's aids, including a catalog of publications for sale by Rand McNally.  
Website link Rubicon's Digital Passport
via Rubicon
Check URL for date. A site with several different items to help the traveler.  
Website link Trail Posts:  Airlines
via FIU Libraries
Check URL for date. A collection of links to major airlines' sites.  
Website link Trail Posts:  Health & Travel Warnings
via FIU Libraries
Check URL for date. A collection of links to providers of health and travel warnings.  
Website link Trail Posts:  Lodging
via FIU Libraries
Check URL for date. A collection of links to major hotel/motel chains.  
Website link Trail Posts:  Maps
via FIU Libraries
Check URL for date. A collection of links to major hotel/motel chains.  
Website link The World Clock
Check URL for date.  
Web site unaffiliated with FIU The World Factbook
via the CIA
Check URL date One of the most comprehensive sources of what is going on in countries around the world, this source can help you know what to do and what the internal conditions of other countries are.
Return to the top of the page.  Community Evaluations & Moving Costs 
Library subscription web resource Cities of the United States
(or, via Gale Virtual Reference Library if you are off campus.)
2006   "In four volumes, this reference book brings together a wide range of hard-to-locate data to answer questions concerning American cities.  Each volume focuses on a different geographic region:  South, West, Midwest and Northeast.  Each volume covers the area's largest or fastest-growing cities, or those with a particular historical, political, industrial or commercial significance."        [caaiac] 
Library subscription web resource Cities of the World
(or, via Gale Virtual Reference Library if you are off campus.)
2002   "A compilation of current information on cultural, geographic, and political conditions in 193 countries and their cities covering six continents, based on the Department of State's Post Reports.  Maps and photos of many cities included."        [caaiac] 
Library reference book ACCRA Cost of Living Index
via ACCRA
Green Library REF HD6977.C63 (2 yrs)
UGEN older issues
Current 2 years UREF
UGEN 1992, is.3 –
  The American Chamber of Commerce Researchers Association produces this quarterly index of cost of living factors for the United States based on volunteer-provided information.  The "Metro/Micro" section covers overal cost-of-living and its 6 subsections (grocery, housing, utilities, transportation, health care, and miscellaneous), based on the US average=100.  The second section, "Price Report," lists the actual average cost for the various items included in the various categories.  Both sections are arranged by state then metropolitan area.  NOTE:  Because it is based on information provided by voluteers, not all cities are included in each issue.  
Library reference book City Crime Rankings
via CQ Press
Green Library REF HV6787.c57
14th ed., 2008  A compilation of crime statistics and rankings of cities in the United States.    [caajah].  
Library reference book Crime State Rankings
via Morgan Quitno
Green Library REF HV6787.C77
2007  A compilation of crime statistics and rankings of states in each category.    [caajah].  
Web site unaffiliated with FIU Bankrate.Com
via Bankrate.com
Check URL date   This site has several "calculators", for determining such things as the cost of a mortgage to the desireability of a location.  Of particular value, it allows comparison of the cost of living factors between any two cities included in the quarterly ACCRA Cost of Living Index, although not all the factors reported by ACCRA are included in the comparisons.
Web site unaffiliated with FIU ERsys
via ERsys.com
Check URL date   A guide to information about places in the U.S.  Provides maps, media, demographics, education and school district data, links (including commercial advertisements), environment, housing, labor, quality of life components, transportation, current weather, etc. 
Web site unaffiliated with FIU Homefair.Com
via homefair.com
Check URL date   This site has several "calculators", for determining such things as the cost of a move to the desireability of a location.
Web site unaffiliated with FIU My AmortizationChart
via MyAmortizationChart.com/
Check URL date   Provides a calculator for your mortgage costs, based on years, interest, and principal.  Also includes a page of amortization definitions.      [caajad] 
Web site unaffiliated with FIU Move
via National Assoc. of Realtors
Check URL date   Provides resources for searching for houses, apartments, and senior adult communities, as well as other resources, such as Welcome Wagon.  Includes access to house plans, house valuation tools, decorating tips, and more. 
Return to the top of the page.  Embassies & Visas 
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.

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.

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.  
Return to the top of the page.  Maps & Gazeteers 
Web site unaffiliated with FIU Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
via University of Texas Libraries
Check URL date   Undoubtedly one of the best organized and broadest collections of maps on the internet.  Includes historical, political, geographic, and topical maps. 
Web site unaffiliated with FIU Avis Maps and Directions
via Avis Rent a Car System
Check URL date   Provides airport maps, driving maps, and driving directions.  Includes a link to international weather, as well as information relevant to renting a car from Avis.  Whle driving directions are by MapQuest, the time/distance is more precise.    [cabaab]
Web site unaffiliated with FIU Google Maps
via Google
Check URL date   Provides maps and mapping options, including driving directions which allows adding intervening destinations.        [cabaab]
Web site unaffiliated with FIU MapQuest.Com
via MapQuest.Com
Check URL date   A popular, commercial mapping company, with online maps and directions.  Includes a multi-stop route builder. 
Web site unaffiliated with FIU Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
via Boston Public Library
Check URL date   "The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library is a public private partnership launched in 2004 to preserve and provide free public access to the Boston Public Library's historically significant collection of 200,000 maps and 5,000 atlases."
  NOTE:  This link goes to a page where the browser controls are eliminated.  To leave it, you have to kill the window and start all over. 
Web site unaffiliated with FIU NOAA - Charting and Navigation Theme Page
via NOAA
Check URL date   This page is provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, to aid navigation.  Links on this page lead to current and historic maps and charts, as well as nautical charts, tide & tidal current tables, and hydrographic surveys. 
Web site unaffiliated with FIU Ordnance Survey
via Ordnance Survey
Check URL date   The national mapping agency of Great Britain provides maps and locator tools to find places in Great Britain.  Includes, via tabs, links to business and leisure application pages, as well as this general mapping site. 
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." 
Web site unaffiliated with FIU U.S. Geological Survey
via U.S.G.S.

      *Map Locator & Downloader*

Check URL date   The national mapping agency of the United States, part fo the Dept. of the Interior, provides access to data and maps regarding the U.S.  Includes much data concerning the physical aspects of the United States, including scientific applications and results.  Includes a link to state information, including leisure uses. 
      *Map Locator & Downloader* from USGS.  (New in August, 2007.)
      The U.S. Geological Survey Central Regional Library (photograph library.)
Return to the top of the page.Quick Legal Information: 
(Dictionaries - Directories - Legal Abbreviations & Citation Forms - Legal Encyclopedias)
Return to the top of the page.Dictionaries of Law & Legal Topics
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.  
Library reference book Black's Law Dictionary, 7th ed.
via West
Green Library DESK KF156.B53
1999 The most famous dictionary of English and American law.  Appendices include legal maxims, the U.S. Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a time chart of the U.S. Supreme Court, Federal Circuits map, British regnal years, and a list of works cited.  
Library reference book Diccionario de Derecho Canonico.
via Universidad Pontificia Comillas
Green Library REF KBG.D53
1989 A dictionary of Canon law in Spanish.  
Library reference book Law & Commercial Dictionary in Five LanuagesEnglish to German, Spanish, French, Italian.
via West's
Green Library REF K54.W47
1985   In two volumes, Mainly English terms, with a few from the other included languages, all defined in English, with similar terms in each of the other four languages.  The appendix includes legal abbreviations for each of the languages, air distances between major cities, countries and capitals, an international telephone code directory, and conversions for weights and measures.  
Website link Lex Mercatoria
via Lex Mercatoria
(check url date)   A broad coverage of international business law, with numerous specifics. Includes special files on Islamic and PRC commercial law.  
Library reference book The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and the Law.
via Stockton Press
Green Library REF K487.E3N49
1998   More encyclopedic than dicitonary-like, these 3 volumes define the terms of law and economics.  
Library reference book Oxford Dictionary of Law, new ed.
via Oxford University Pr.
Green Library REF KD313.C66
1997   A dictionary of legal terms within the laws of England.  
Return to the top of the page.Directories
Library reference book Federal Regulatory Directory.
via CQ
Green Library REF KF5406.A15F4
Current   A guide to the regulatory agencies, what they do, who to contact, and related non-governmental organizations.  
Library reference book The Florida Bar JournalDirectory Issue.
via Fl. Bar Journal
Green Library REF KFF5.F56
2002   A guide to lawyers and the legal environment within Florida.  
Website link Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Locator
via Martindale
(check url date)   The best-known directory of lawyers in the U.S. 
Return to the top of the page.Legal Abbreviations & Citation Forms
Note:  Both Lexis and Westlaw provide the correct citations for materials on their sites.  If you need to do correct legal citations, better to go to these services on the BIC: Legal Environment page and use their search engines.
Library reference book Bieber's Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations, 3rd ed..
via Hein
Green Library DESK KF246.B46
1988 The "reference guide for attorneys, legal secretaries, paralegals and law students" giving the full name for the abbreviations used in legal citations.  
Library reference book Bieber's Dictionary of Legal Citations, 3rd ed..
via Hein
Green Library DESK KF246.B45
1988 The "reference guide for attorneys, legal secretaries, paralegals and law students" giving the proper citation form for each legal publication.  
Return to the top of the page.Legal Encyclopedias
Note:  The following are encyclopedias of legal topics, not "legal encyclopedias" in the technical sense.  For the latter, see "AmJur" in West Campus Research on the Legal Environment Resources page.
Library reference book Encyclopedia of Islamic LawA Compendium of the Major Schools.
via Kazi Publications
Green Library REF KBL.B35
1996 An encyclopedic coverage of Shari'ah, in the variations according to the 5 major schools.  
Library reference book Encyclopedia of the American Constitution.
via Macmillan
Green Library REF KF4548.E53
1986   This 4-volume encyclopedia has articles on topics, laws, and persons related to the U.S. Constitution and the development of its interpretation.  Appendices include the constitution, the Articles of Confederation, other documents related to the Constitution's creation, a chronology, and important events in its development.  
Library reference book West's Encyclopedia of American Law.
via West
Green Library REF KF154.W47
1998   An encyclopedic dictionary of legal concerns in the United States.  Vol. 12 has a dictionary of legal terms, table of cases cited, and indexes by name and subject.  
Website link Cornell Law School - Legal Research Encyclopedia
via Cornell Law School
(check url date)   An encyclopedia about law, not a "legal encyclopedia" such as AmJur or CJS.  
Return to the top of the page.Business Metasearch Sites:
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.
Website link Global Edge Resource Desk
via MSU Center for International Business Education and Research
(check url date) Provides links to selected sources of international business information on the internet, mainly through free sites.
Website link LLRX:  Locating Company Information
via Thompson, Hine and Flory LLP
(check url date) A site giving links to many resources concerning company information.

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