For anyone considering doing business in a foreign country, it is imperative to conduct advance research in order to learn about the country: its culture, its economic system, its business practices and regulations, etc.
Many UMUC Library databases contain country reports that provide an overview for various countries. These databases include:
- ABI/Inform Complete
- Business Source Complete
- LexisNexis Academic
- Mergent Online
Print books in catalogUSMAI and online books in e-book collections such as eBook Collection (on EBSCOhost) contain country information as well.
A variety of country information is also available on the free Web.
Scroll down the page or use the links provided above to learn how to find country information in these different types of resources.
To find country information in ABI/Inform Complete, click on the Browse tab in the top left-hand corner of your screen:
Then scroll down the page to see links to available types of country reports:
Business Source Complete
Follow the directions shown in the screen shot below to find country reports in Business Source Complete:
In LexisNexis Academic, click on the Country Information link on the left-hand side of the page:
Then use the drop-down menus to select a country (and, if desired, a date and/or information source):
Use the drop-down menu in the Country Profile section of the page to find country reports in Mergent Online:
Additional information in these and other databases
You may be able to find additional country information in the databases listed above and in other UMUC library databases (Academic Search Complete, Dissertations & Theses, etc.) by conducting a keyword search for a country's name, along with a keyword search for an aspect of the country that you're interested in studying (e.g., japan AND "business etiquette").
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There are numerous print books available in catalogUSMAI, the UMUC Library catalog, that discuss how to do business in other countries. These include:
You can find additional country information in print books in catalogUSMAI by clicking on the advanced search link at the top of the page and then following the directions shown in the screen shot below:
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There are numerous online books available in eBook Collection (on EBSCOhost) that discuss how to do business in other countries. These include:
You can find additional country information in online books in eBook Collection (on EBSCOhost) by following the directions shown in the screen shot below:
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There are numerous free Web sites that contain country information. Below is a partial listing of some of these sites.
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- Census Bureau International Data Base
This site from the U.S. Census Bureau provides "tabular data for countries and regions as well as demographic indicators, population pyramids and source information."
- CIA World Factbook
This site from the Central Intelligence Agency provides "information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities."
- Deloitte Taxation and Investment Guides
Consulting firm Deloitte's site provides access to international Taxation and Investment Guides, which are intended to be "a first stop for investors wishing to gain a working perspective on the operating conditions and investment climate -- including the legal, accounting, and taxation framework"
in 65 worldwide jurisdictions.
- Department of State Background Notes
As of May 2012, the U.S. Department of State's Background Notes are no longer being created or updated; they are in the process of being replaced by Fact Sheets that focus on U.S. relations with each country. The Background Notes available from the link above are the most recently published versions.
- Doing Business
This site, maintained by The World Bank Group, "provides objective measures of business regulations for local firms in 183 economies and selected cities at the subnational level." To use the site, select a country from the select an economy menu in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
- Euromonitor Country Reports
This site, maintained by independent, privately owned Euromonitor International, provides "data and analysis of market size, distribution channel analysis, market trends, competitive landscape, legislation, local company profiles, company and brand shares, and five-year forecasts" for 80 countries. Reports are updated annually.
- International Monetary Fund
The IMF Web site provides access to reports and data related to countries' finances. See especially the Country Info and/or the Data and Statistics tabs.
- TradeStats Express
This site, presented by the Office of Trade and Industry Information, Manufacturing and Services, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, presents state and national quarterly and annual trade data from the Foreign Trade Division of the U.S. Census Bureau.
This site, created by the United Nations Statistics Division, provides access to "official statistics produced by countries and compiled by United Nations data system, as well as estimates and projections."
- U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library
This site, offered by the U.S. Department of Commerce, provides access to country commercial guides and to market research reports. Some reports are only accessible after users have created an account at Export.gov.
- World Bank Countries and Economies
This site provides access to a variety of information, including world development indicators, financial information, and climate data. Search results can be exported in different formats.
updated May 17, 2013