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Business Research: Country Analysis: Research Resources & Strategy

This guide introduces international business research strategy and covers carefully-selected resources on international businesses with the purpose of avoiding information overload.

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a. search library e-journalstitle contains all words [country] to find all the reports related to the country in library databases including BPC. Pay attention to D&B Country Insight Report. 
b. search in BPC:
Take both steps: a. Click PUBLICATIONS Tab and search with keyword [Country] in title. b. use Advanced Search, search in document title with keyword [Country].
Filter results by publication date, document type, etc.

Charting by Country Report - find the report by searching Publications Tab, "Charting" in publication title.

EIU Country Forecast Report - find the report by searching Publications Tab, (in quotations) "country forecast" in title.

Oxford Economics Country Economic Forecast - find the report by searching Publications Tab, Country Economic Forecast in title.

BMI Country Risk Report - find the report by searching Publication Tab, "Country Risk Report".

Oxford Economics By Country Industry Forecast - find the report by searching Publications Tab, By Country Industry Forecast.

BMI Risk Report and Country-Industry Report - find the reports by advanced search in document title [country] and publication title BMI.

Top Resources to Explore

Country Profiles

1. Europa World Plus (Library Subscription)
Select a country on the upper right corner. 
2. A-Z World Business (Library Subscription)
Select a country under Country Business Guide.
3. CIA World Factbook
Click "Select a country to view" down arrow.
4. BBC News Country Profile
Select a country by region.
5. UN Data Country Profiles (Data)

Economic Forecast and Country Risk Reports

8. OECD iLibrary (Library Subscription)
Browse by Country and topics.
10. AM Best Rating Services

Doing Business In Reports
 

13. HLBI Accounting Doing Business in Booklet
14. Investment Climate Statement (US Department of State); 
15. Country Commercial Guides (International Trade Administration)

Industries and Markets

16. Top Markets Series (International Trade Administration)

Statistics and Data

17. World Bank Trade Statistics by Country
Click profile and trade summary on the left column to see the top trading partners.
18. World Bank Data Catalog
Click world development indicator, check the box of certain countries, select series, then expanding the filter arrow and select related topics such as infrastructure, check the boxes of related topics, select time and then click apply changes on the right of the screen.
19. Statista (Library Subscription)
Click Reports tab on the top and check out country reports.
Statista is also a good source for country-market research. Try to explore the database with the industries and market as well.
20. Country Statistical Yearbook Research Guide

Other Quality Online Sources

21. World Investment Report (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD)
22. The Global Competitiveness Report (World Economic Forum)
23. The GlobalEdge (Michigan State university)
24. Countries/Territories (International Trade Centre)

Resources from Leading Law Firms
25. Lexology
Business lawyers’ intelligence platform and contains practical know-how guidance.

Research Strategy

Business Librarian

Reference Book

Advanced Google Search

  • Google Domain Search
  • .org (typically for but not restricted to nonprofit organizations)
  • .gov (for government sites)
  • .edu (for educational institutions)
  • .mil (for military use)
  • .com.uk, .com.us, .com.au and others (country-specific domains)

Search by file type to find PDF documents: enter your search terms followed by “filetype:pdf.”

Find the keywords in the document title by searching in title: Type “intitle:” then the term. 

International News Sources (Business and Economics Related)

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