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Global Practicum Domestic

Country Overview

  CIA - The World Factbook
Just the bare bones facts, but essential reading.

  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.

  Global Edge
Global business knowledge site providing access to authoritative data from Michigan State University.


Many library databases such as Lexis-Nexis, Emerging Markets, and ABI Inform have current international business news, but they are not designed for browsing.  The following single news sources facilitate browsing for business and political news.

FT.com  Sign up for your VSB subscription

WSJ.com  Be sure to use your VSB subscription

BBC News

Social Responsibility and Sustainability

To identify and explain social responsibility and sustainability issues pertinent to your target country you will likely need to search news and academic papers.  The following databases are likely to be good places to start.  Note that you will need to search by target country and by the various keywords used to describe SR and sustainability.

  OECD iLibrary
Reports and papers on governance and environmental issues to name a few.

  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)
Use a search strategy similar to that used in BSP.  Note the subject terms and keywords will differ.

Category & Business Idea Plan

Before outlining the business plan, it will be helpful to place your proposed business within the context of an industry.  Industry reports typically report market sizes and values as well as identify key suppliers, competitors and target markets.

Business plan model sources are also listed.

  Emerging Markets Information Service (EMIS)
Click on the target country to begin. Maximize the Industries module.  Choose the target industry.  If needed, limit content by language. Expand and browse the industry snapshots.

  Euromonitor (Passport)
Our subscription to Euromonitor only covers consumer goods & services. Despite this limitation the reports provide excellent insight and data.

Source for global industry reports, company profiles, executive intelligence and news.

  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.

  Mergent WebReports
Free registration required. Market research is hit or miss.  Browse the "Best Market" and "Market Research" reports

  Business Source Premier (EBSCO)
Business Source Premier is similar to ABI Inform in that it aggregates business news, scholarship and reports making extracting industry and market profiles tricky.  Use the drop down to search for your target country by Geography, search for your target industry by Subject or NAICS code. Limit publication type to Industry Profile.

Business Plans

Business Plans Handbook


SBA Small Business Planner

Seven Steps to a Successful Business Plan

Harvard Business Review on Entrepreneurship

Search our Catalog for more books on writing a business plan. Browse the results to distinguish between practical guides and scholarly studies of business planning behaviors.   The following subject terms work:

  • Business Planning
  • New Business Enterprises
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Small Business
  • Strategic planning

Some additional effective keywords:

  • Start-ups
  • New Ventures

Doing Business & Economic Indicators

Economic reports and doing business guides will go a long way toward addressing issues relating to key economic indicators, financial and employment regulations, as well as risk and security factors.

  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. The CCG's were established by recommendation of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC), a multi-agency task force, to consolidate various reporting documents prepared for the U.S. business community." Site contains data published prior to 2001. For data published after 2001, please visit the US State Department

  Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)
Commerce Reports, Country Reports and Market Indicators and Forecasts from the Economist Intelligence Unit offer monthly and annual in depth analysis, data and ratings for the infrastructure, demographics, political scene, domestic economy, foreign trade, including regional and industrial sector breakdowns for over 200 countries.

  UHY Doing Business Guides
"Prepared by UHY’s member firms, each ‘Doing Business’ guide covers country specific business information you need to consider should you wish to pursue business interests there".

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

  Emerging Markets Information Service (EMIS)
Choose your target country and select the economics tab

  Business Source Premier (EBSCO)
Search by Publication Type, Country Report


Industry reports are a good place to identify competitors and they also typically describe barriers to entry. In addition you may need to use company screeners to identify competiors or company profiles for ready made SWOT analyses of competitors.  Always update company profiles by searching news in ABI Inform, Business Source Premier, Lexis-Nexis, The Financial Times and others.

  MarketLine Company Profiles
 MarketLine company reports cover both U.S. and foreign companies in a wide range of industries. Typically reports are 15-20 pages and provide a description of the business, company history, key personnel, products and services and competitors.

  Lexis Nexis Academic
Excellent source for foreign company profiles but difficult to search.

  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.

  Mergent Online
Use the advanced search to find foreign public companies

Managing Across Cultures

These digital books are compendiums on cross cultural business communication.

Cambridge handbook of culture organizations and work

Handbook of business discourse

When cultures collide leading across cultures

Negotiating international business

To find books in the Falvey Library collection search the following subject terms in our Catalog and combine them with your target country

  • business etiquette
  • intercultural communication
  • communication in management
  • business communication
  • negotiation in business
  • corporate culture

Free content in Culture Wizard is reliable too.

Free content from Canadian Center for Intercultural Learning

Free content from Kwintessential

Going Global from Career Services

Brookfield Global Relocation Services Registration required.

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) such as the European Union 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.

Industry reports typically identify key regulatory issues and agencies.  They also list trade associations that typically advocate for industry interest with governmental bodies.

  Lexis Nexis Academic


This & That

The following resources don't neatly fall into the class presentation report schedule, but they may be helpful.

e-Marketer is an international aggregator of data and reports on digital marketing from over 4000 sources. Access reports, data and news about media usage, social media, mobile, digital advertising, e-commerce, e-mail marketing, and search across a wide range of industries.

Case studies, news and data on global marketing and advertising.

  FITA - Federation of International Trade Associations
"The FITA Global Trade Portal, is the source for international import export trade leads, events, and links to 8,000 international trade (export import) related Websites."

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  Citing Business Sources Using APA
Not just for business articles


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