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Subject Specific Databases

ABI/INFORM Global  full text, 1990s to present

Comprehensive business database which includes in-depth coverage for over 2,700 publications, with more than 2,000 available in full text including the Wall Street Journal.

ABI Inform Tutorial

Business Source Elite  Full-text, 1985-present

1,100 business journals and newspapers

Global Road Warrior  Full-text, updated continuously

Information about culture, demographics, and business etiquette for 175 countries.

LexisNexis  full text, 1980s - present

Lexis Nexis provides full-text documents from over 5,600 news, business, legal, medical, and reference publications. Some of this information includes:

  • National and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language sources.
  • U.S. Federal and state case law, codes, regulations, legal news, law reviews, and international legal information.
  • Shepard’s® Citations for all U.S. Supreme Court cases back to 1789
  • Business news journals, company financial information, SEC filings and reports, and industry and market news.

Marketline  Continuously updated full text

Profiling all major companies, industries and geographies, MarketLine is one of the most prolific publishers of business information today.

General/Related Databases

Academic Search Premier  Some full-text, 1970s – present

More than 4,500 journals on all different subjects: psychology, business, education, chemistry, and more.

Academic Search Premier Tutorial

OMNISelect  Full-text, 1980s - present

Contains all the same journals as Wilson Select Plus, but with a different search interface. 2,700 journals from many fields, including: business, education, social sciences, science.

Database Tutorials

Marketline Video Tour

Marketline Country Search Video Tutorial

Lexis Nexis Searching for International News Video Tutorial

Country Information Web Portal

Global Edge Country Insights

From the International Business Center at Michigan State University. Contains a variety of information and links with country information, cultural information, and statistics.

Country Profiles

Department of State Background Notes

Government, politics, history and foreign relations.

Library of Congress Country Profiles

Short but comprehensive overview of government, economics, and politics.

CIA World Fact Book (CIA World Fact Book

Basic overview with statistics and a focus on international issues (illegal drug and human trafficking, current international disputes)

BBC Country Profiles

Basic overview information & facts about media and freedom of the press.

Statesman’s Yearbook (Statesman’s Yearbook)
Reference HA46.S7 2008

Includes basic country statistics and political and economic data.

Cultural Studies

Kwintessential Country Profiles

Language, culture, customes, and ettiquite

Culture Grams
Reference GT150 .C85 2006

Basic overview including information about the county’s history, people, customs, lifestyle, culture, and society.

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Popular Culture
Reference HM621 .G74 2007 v. 1-6

Contains information about art, fashion, film, food, games, music, media, sports, transportation, travel, and more.

Country Statistics

Nation Master

This is a great tool for country comparisons across a huge range of topics. It is also a good place to find sources for statistics.

To search: Go to the Country A-Z list at the top of the website, select your country, select the topic area you wish to find statistics for, and then click on “all stats.”

Country Statistical Yearbooks

These yearbooks include statistical data on a country’s population, economy, society, education, culture, and more.

United Nations Statistics Division

Global Edge Database of International Statistics

Register for a free account to view this database of international business and trade statistics. This resource pulls freely available data together in one location from many different online sources.


Country statistics from official sources gathered from across the internet. This site is earchable by country, region, or topic. It is a good place to find sources for statistics.

International Business Etiquette

Kwintessential Cross Cultural Solutions

Online cultural guides to doing business in select coutnries

Country Insights

From Canada’s office of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Country facts and topical cultural information on doing business in countries of the world.

Kiss Bow Or Shake Hands
HF5389 .M67 2006

Global Business Etiquette
HF5389.M375 2006

Dun & Bradstreet’s Guide to Doing Business Around the World
HF1416 .M78 1997

Mind Your Manners, managing business cultures in the new global Europe
HD70.E8 M653 2003
“Also available in E-book

Doing Business in the New Latin America (Doing Business in the New Latin America)
HF3230.5 .Z5 B43 2004

Marketing Across cultures in Asia (Marketing Across cultures in Asia
HF1416 .G437 2002

Doing Business Internationally

Country Commercial Guides

Prepared annually by U.S. embassies, these reports present a comprehensive look at countries’ commercial environments.

To search: Click on the above link and select Country Commercial Guides as your Report Type from the drop down menu.

Doing, Business Planet

Discover how easy (or difficult) it is to do business in 181 economies.

Import/Export Information

U.S. Government resource to assist American businesses succeed in planning their international sales strategies.

Trade Stats Express

Government website to search for import and export data.

Search Tips

1. Click on “National Trade Data.”

2. Pick either “Global Patterns” to search for export data on a product type to all countries or “Product Profiles” to search based on a particular country or region.

3. Click the change button under the “product” module to search for you particular trade good. You can pick your product based on different industry codes.

Pennsylvania International Trade Guide

The Pennsylvania International Trade Guide is designed to assist Pennsylvania companies to develop international markets for their products.