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Finding Country Information

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 UMGC Library databases contain country reports that provide an overview for various countries. These databases include:

Print books in USMAI Book Search and ebooks in ebook databases such as EBSCO eBooks 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 resources.

ABI/INFORM Collection

To find country information in ABI/INFORM Collection, first click on the icon of three horizontal lines toward the top left-hand side of the page:

Then click on the Browse link from the resulting sub-menu.

On the resulting page, scroll down to see links for the available country reports:

ABI/Inform country reports

Business Source Ultimate

To find country reports in Business Source Ultimate, enter a country's name in a search box and scroll down the page to the Search Options section to select Country Report as the publication type:

Business Source Ultimate

Gale Business: Insights

Login to Gale Business: Insights.

Click on the Browse All Countries/Territories button toward the bottom of the page, enter a country or territory’s name in the search box, and then click on the country’s or territory’s name on the search results page.

Nexis Uni

Login to Nexis Uni.

Click on the Country Info button in the "Guided Search" section and then use the drop-down menu in the "Which Country?" section to select a country of interest. You can then use the "Choose a source" section to select "Recent News Stories," "Country Risk Overview," "Political Risk Overview," or "Economic Overview," or you can leave the selection in the default setting of "All Sources".

Additional information in these and other databases

You may be able to find additional country information in the databases listed above and in other UMGC library databases (Academic Search Ultimate, Dissertations & Theses Global, 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").

Finding Country Information in Print Books

There are numerous print books available in USMAI Book Search (the UMGC Library catalog) that discuss how to do business in other countries. These include:

You can find additional country information in print books in USMAI Book Search by clicking on the advanced search link for the catalog. Enter a country's name and use the drop-down menu to search for the term in the subject field of documents in the catalog. Then enter additional terms of interest in the other search boxes (e.g., japan AND "business etiquette"), as shown in the image below:

USMAI Book Search

Finding Country Information in Ebooks

There are numerous ebooks available in EBSCO eBooks that discuss how to do business in other countries. These include:

You can find additional country information in ebooks in EBSCO eBooks by entering a country's name and other terms of interest in the search boxes (e.g., japan AND "business etiquette"), as shown in the image below:

EBSCO eBooks

Finding Country Information on the Free Web

There are numerous free websites that contain reliable country information. Below is a listing of some of these sites.

  • BBC Country Profiles
    This site provides access to the "history, politics and economic background of countries and territories."
  • Census Bureau International Data Base
    This site from the U.S. Census Bureau provides a variety of demographic data (fertility rates, mortality rates, migration rates, etc.) for countries and certain world regions.
  • CIA World Factbook
    This site from the Central Intelligence Agency provides information about the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, etc. for more than 250 countries.
  • Deloitte Taxation and Investment Guides and Country Highlights
    Consulting firm Deloitte's site provides access to international Taxation and Investment Guides and Country Highlights, 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 more than 150 jurisdictions worldwide.
  • Department of State Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets
    This frequently updated site from the U.S. Department of State provides numerous country profiles, each of which contains links to sources of additional information.
  • Doing Business
    This site, maintained by The World Bank Group, provides information about "business regulations and their enforcement across locations" in various locations. To use the site, select a country from the Select a subnational report menu on the site's home page.
  • globalEDGE
  • This site, maintained by Michigan State University, provides statistical data and other information (economic, historic, cultural, etc.) for 200+ countries.
  • International Monetary Fund
    The IMF website provides access to reports and data related to countries' finances. See especially the Countries link and/or the Data link toward the top of the page.
  • International Trade Centre
    The website of the International Trade Centre, a joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations, provides information for various world regions, countries, and territories.
  • Lex Mundi Guides to Doing Business
    The Lex Mundi Guides to Doing Business series provides access to reports covering business, economic, political, and cultural trends in more than 100 countries. Reports are prepared by members of the Lex Mundi global network of law firms.
  • OECD iLibrary
    This site includes books and reports as well as statistics and other data from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and various other agencies. Click on the Browse by Country link and/or the Browse by Theme & Country link toward the top of the page.
  • Santander Trade Markets
    This site provides access to information about the economy, politics, and trade profile of more than 160 countries. Information is provided about countries' consumers and how products can be distributed in a country, etc.
  • 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 "data on U.S. goods trade at the national, state and metropolitan area levels."
  • UNdata
    This site, created by the United Nations Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, provides access to millions of data points on a wide variety of topics from national and international databases.
  • U.S. Commercial Service Country Commercial Guides
    This site, offered by the U.S. Department of Commerce, provides access to country commercial guides written by U.S. embassy trade experts.
  • 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.