Business Environment Reports

  • There is overlap in the content these reports offer, but the depth of coverage varies significanly.
  • Good research relies on a multiplicity of sources.
  Business Source Premier (EBSCO)
BSP aggregates country reports from a number of well respected information providers, but the reports are hard to find. Use these tips: search by country name, use the drop down to limit to "geographic term" and select the publication type "country report."

  CIA - The World Factbook
The U.S. government%u2019s complete geographical handbook of all nations and geographical entities. Each country profile tracks such demographics as population, ethnicity and literacy rates, as well as political, geographical and economic data. (

  Country Commercial Guides.
Country Commercial Guides (CCG's) are prepared annually by U.S. embassies with the assistance of several U.S. government agencies. These reports present a comprehensive look at countries' commercial environments, using economic, political and market analysis.

  Economist Intelligence Unit
Commerce Reports cover issues related to doing business such as regulations related to trade, taxation, human resources, intellectual property, investment, & business organization. Country Reports cover politics, economics, risk and regulation.

  Passport (Euromonitor International)  Limitations on Use
Authorized users (on and off campus) limited to current Villanova students, faculty and staff. Use for research or private study for academic purposes only.  Economies & Consumer reports cover business dynamics, natural resources, finance & trade & income and demographics

  EMIS Intelligence (Emerging Markets Information Service)
Delivers company and industry information together with relevant news, research, and analytics for developing markets.

  Global Edge
Free curated collection of high quality country business information sources covering government, economy, culture, trade & business risk.

  OECD iLibrary

  Political Handbook of the World (Sage/CQ Press)
Comprehensive country profiles chronicling national history, government, and political parties.

  World Bank Doing Business
Data and reports on business regulation for regions, 189 nations and some subnational entities and cities.

Business News & Scholarship

  • If you start out with a company or country report always update it by searching for more recent news. 
  • Try multiple searches taking advantage of assigned keywords, subjects & thesaurus terms.
  • Narrow down search results by limiting search to specific fields or publications types.
  Financial Times  Access Instructions
If you don't already have a subscription,Register with your Villanova email address.Browse the World, Asia Pacific section daily and search for news about your country and firm

  Wall Street Journal, Eastern Edition (ProQuest)
The Wall Street Journal is available online on the ABI/INFORM Proquest database (which also offers a dizzying array of other exceptional sources). For access to VSB (only) student may register for access via the Clay Center ( or VSB Graduate Programs ( Browse the World Asia section daily and search for news about your country and company.

  ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest)
Includes both news publications and academic journals related to all aspects of business

  Business Source Premier (EBSCO)
Offers business news and scholarly business publications.

  EMIS Intelligence (Emerging Markets Information Service)
In addition to company and country reports, this database is a rich source for company news.

  Google Scholar
Great search engine for academic studies about doing business in global markets.

Company Reports

Company reports typically offer performance, fundamentals, links to independent news, analysts reports and transcripts of conference calls.

  D&B Hoovers

  Mergent Online  Limitations on Use

  NetAdvantage (Standard & Poor's Capital IQ)

  MarketLine Company Profiles (EBSCO)

Statistics & Data

  Data-Planet (Sage)
Check out their Guide to Statistics by Nation

  China Data Online (China Marketing Research Co.)

  Economist Intelligence Unit
Check out their Market Indicators

  IMF Data Free