One of the most fruitful methods for identifying a relevant issue is to scan business news and analysis publications for recurrent themes. The following sources covering business and economic topics in emerging markets.
New York Times the web version is most convenient to browse (Business & International section) but you'll hit a pay wall. Once you hit a pay wall you can use the library subscription to get fulltext.
Financial Times Sign up for a VSB sponsored subscription.
Wall Street Journal Browse the web version with your VSB account. The library subscription is convenient for searching.
The Economist Browse the web version and search the library subscription when you hit the paywall.
The following resources provide good generalist background oun the political, legal, economic and business conditions. You will have to make inferences about how they affect your chosen issue.
Business Source Premier (EBSCO)
Aggregator of reports from Business Monitor International, CountryWatch and IHS Global Insight. Search for target country using the drop down geographic terms and then limit to source type country reports. CIA - The World Factbook
Profiles have sections on geography, government, economy, energy, communication, transportation, military, and transnational issues. Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)
Country reports have in-depth coverage of the economy and politics with forecasts. Global Edge
Free source from Michigan State that restates authoritative country information from reliable sources covering economy, history, government, risk, corporations and culture. Mergent Online
Right bottom screen had drop down for country profiles. Profiles list and provide data tables for economic conditions, top industries, trade, finance, history and geography, people, government, communication, and transportation. OECD iLibrary
Reports and studies on energy, environment, employment, education, trade, taxation, finance, and social conditions for OECD countries and selected non-member countries. Recommended to browse by theme and country. Passport Euromonitor
Country and Consumer tab offers reports on the business environment, economy, finance, trade, industry, infrastructure, environment, & communication. Uniquely strong in terms of reports on consumer lifestyles. Political Handbook of the World (Sage/CQ Press)
Comprehensive country profiles chronicling national history, government, and political parties, as well as profiles on intergovernmental organizations, development banks, and the agencies and specialized bodies of the United Nations.
Profiles of industries in emerging markets can be found by searching the following databases. You will need to update the the industry profile may be defined more narrowly or broadly then one you have identified. Expect to have to update these profiles by searching for trade news.
Emerging Markets Industries
Legal & Regulatory Bodies
Due to language barriers and challenges of primary legal research you may need to rely on summaries of legal and regulatory approaches to your issue.
Inter-governmental agencies (IGO's) listed here as well as trade associations (typically referenced in industry reports) track regulatory issues.
For a comprehensive list of links to foreign law on the free web see Law Library of Congress Guide to Law Online Nations.
General scholarly legal database with current U.S., foreign and international law, law review articles, legal classics and historical documents. Provides fully-searchable and image-based text of over 500 law journals, Supreme Court Reports, Treaties in Force, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents (1977-2003) and the Federal Register (1936-1994).
Lexis Nexis Academic
Provides full-text access to a wide range of news (national, international, regional, business, legal, and foreign language), business (company financial news and information, accounting, auditing & tax information, industry and market news), and legal (law reviews, federal case law, state legal research) sources. It also features news transcripts, the U.S. Code, Constitution & Court rules, state and country profiles, medical abstracts, and reference & directory sources.
Full text access to all of the books, periodicals, statistics and working papers produced by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development since 1998. Statistics are available via pdf files or via interactive databases with downloadable Excel or comma delimited text. Metadata is easily accessible. Books, periodicals and working papers may be searched by title or subject fields or in full text. Browsing by publication type or thematic subject is also available. SourceOECD comprises 20 Book collections by theme, containing all our monographs and reports; 24 periodicals; a reference title; and the OECD statistical databases.
Inter-American Development Bank
Asian Development Bank
African Development Bank
Caribbean Development Bank
Islamic Development Bank
World Trade Organization
Search business literature databases and our catalog for discussions about how to execute various market entry modes and their relative benefits. Some suggested terms to search follow:
- strategic alliances
- international business enterprises
- foreign investment
- joint ventures
- wholly owned subsidiaries
- mergers and acquisitions
Search our book catalog for books similar to these.
Business Literature Article Databases
When searching article databases take advantage of assigned subject words and phrases. Search by fields such as Geographic Terms or Subject Terms for precision. Combine search terms with appropriate connectors (AND for both, OR for either, or).
Business Source Premier (EBSCO)
Business Source Premier is a full-text, scholarly and trade article database covering a wide range of topics including management, marketing, accounting, finance, economics, international business, operations management and management information systems.
ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest)
The most comprehensive ABI/INFORM™ database, this comprises ABI/INFORM Global, ABI/INFORM Trade and Industry, and ABI/INFORM Dateline. The database features thousands of full-text journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals, country-and industry-focused reports.
Emerging Markets Information Service (EMIS)
Emerging Markets Information Service (EMIS) delivers deep, rich company and industry information, alongside the relevant news, research and analytics for developing markets.