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Business Source Complete*

Articles on business conditions, industrial relations, foreign investments, country-specific industry profiles, and country reports that provide an overview of the investment strategies and policies, as well as the political, economic, and social environment. If interested in etiquette and social norms, try searching with the phrase "cultural differences"

Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)*

Country finance section includes information on taxation, financing, banking, foreign exchange regulations. Also includes a regional weekly/bi-weekly business briefings on the latest conditions.

Global Market Information Database (GMID)*

Provides country reports, including market research data and forecasts. Also allows you to generate customized spreadsheets on demographics, consumer behavior, and industries worldwide.

Free Online Resources - Companies and Industries

CIA World FactBookOnline

Provides quick reference about a country, such as population, currency, major industries, GDP, unemployment, inflation rate, imports/exports. Published annually.

Country Profiles and territory profiles from BBC News

Country briefings from

Includes forecasts, country factsheets, and economic data.

Global Edge – Michigan State University

In the country insights section, provides country economic statistics and risk assesment.

The Federation of International Trade Associations

Note their country profiles on the left. Their list of "really useful links" will help you find websites devoted to specific regions, topics such as international market research,  International franchising, and more.

International Tax and Business information from PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Resources from the World Bank 

Select a country, then browse by topic. Topics include oil and gas, private sector development, finance, etc.

Business Planet: Mapping the Business Environment

A collection of World Bank Reports on doing business in various countries

Information on taxes, contracts, construction permits, property registration, etc.

Free Online Resources - Culture and Etiquette

Executive Planet

Negotiating tips, entertainment, appointment etiquette, and more.

Geert Hofstede™ Cultural Dimensions

Compare your home culture with your host culture on Hofstede's 5 cultural dimensions.

The International Business and Ettiquette Sourcebook

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Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands: the bestselling guide to doing business in more than 60 countries


HILLMAN LIBRARY - General Collection (HF5389.3.L3 M67 2007)

Kiss, bow, or shake hands : Asia : how to do business in 12 Asian countries

HILLMAN LIBRARY - General Collection (HF 5389 M667 2007)

Kiss, bow, or shake hands : Europe : how to do business in 25 European countries

HILLMAN LIBRARY - General Collection (HF 5389 M67 2007)

Also search by keyword in PITTCat+, the library catalog.

Combine a country name, such as "China" with these phrases:

"business etiquette"

"business travel"


"corporate culture"

"capital market"


"international business"

Other related research guides

University of Pennsylvania, Business Library has created guides to doing business in specific regions and countries, including Asia, China, Japan, Latin America, Middle East, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Harvard Business School research guides include guides on country research, buisness in China, and emerging markets

Emory University, Gozueta Business Library has produced a guide on "Global Perspectives," which presents databases and statistical sources for international business resources

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