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Country Profile

World Factbook

BBC News.  World Edition: Country Profiles

Economist Intelligence Unit.  Country Information.  

U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets.  U.S. Department of State

Political Situation

Country Indicators of Foreign Policy

Country Culture/Social Conditions

Country Studies.  Library of Congress

Crime and Safety Reports.  U.S. State Department.

Hofstede Centre. Country culture information.

Happiest Countries in the World

Human Development Index. United Nations Development Programme

World Development Indicators.  World Bank


Doing Business: Measuring Business Regulations.  World Bank

Doing Business in ... Country Commercial Guides.  U.S. Commercial Service. Select Country Commercial Guides at Report Type pull-down.

Business Laws and Regulations.  World Bank

Basic Guide to Exporting

Business Culture/Practices/Environment

Doing Business in ... Country Commercial Guides.  U.S. Commercial Service

World Economic Forum

Website of the Economic Freedom Network.  Fraser Institute


International Market Research.  U.S. Commercial Service.  Select Market Research Reports at Report Type pull-down.

Market Potential Index (MPI) for Emerging Markets.  globalEDGE


The Global Information Techology Report 2014.  World Economic Forum.

Starting a Business in Washington State

Business Organizations. University of Washington Law School.

Corporate Social Responsibility

CSRwire.  Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire.  Includes full-text CSR reports from companies.

Universal Giving


BSR. The Business of a Better World.  Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility Network and Consultancy

United Nations Global Compact

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

Institute of Business Ethics

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)


Ceres.  Coalition for Sustainable Prosperity.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.


Databases, Indexes, Specialized Resources

Business Source Complete.  A scholarly business database, providing an extensive collection of bibliographic and full text content. Special features include company profiles and SWOT analyses, industry profiles for the U.S. and other countries, market research reports, and in-depth country reports.  Indexing and abstracts are provided for the most important scholarly business journals back to the early 20th Century.

Lexis Nexis Academic.  Provides access to full text information from newspapers, magazines, company annual reports, and more, as well as legal  and country information.

Passport GMID.  Provides key business intelligence on countries, companies, markets and consumers. Covers over 350 markets and 207 countries.  Consumer Lifestyles country reports provide detailed information on consumers and their behavior. Mouse over Countries & Consumers and select Consumer Trends and Lifestyles.  At the next display, select Consumer Lifestyles on the Analysis puldown and a country on the Geography pulldown and click Go.

STAT-USA. (WSU Holland and Terrell Libraries - in-library access only; ask at the Reference Desk.) Provides access to National Trade Data Bank (NTDB) which contains country commercial guides, market research reports, import/export statistics, etc.

International Monetary Fund International Financial Statistics. (In-library access only, CD-ROM, Holland and Terrell Reference Area.) This database is a standard source of international statistics on all aspects of international and domestic finance. Many of the time series are available from the 1940s forward.


Electronic Reference Books

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A Guide to Countries of the World - Peter Stalker
ISBN: 9780199202713
Publication Date: 2007-04-16
This global handbook contains separate entries for every country in the world. Each entry gives a succinct overview covering the contemporary social, economic, religious and political issues that shape the country. It also contains maps (including two color world maps on the inside covers), and vital statistics such as GDP, life expectancy, income distribution, and internet use.

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Dictionary of International Business Terms - John J. Capela; Stephen Hartman
ISBN: 9780764180125
Publication Date: 2000-01-01
This 4,200-term dictionary defines words and phrases having special application to international marketing and trade.

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The Oxford Handbook of International Business - Alan M. Rugman (Editor)
ISBN: 9780199234257
Publication Date: 2009-03-15
The Oxford Handbook of International Business synthesises all the relevant literature of the last 40 years in 28 original chapters. The Handbook is divided into six major sections, providing comprehensive coverage of the following areas: History and Theory of the Multinational Enterprise; Political and Regulatory Environment; Strategy and International Management; Managing the MNE; Area Studies; Methodological Issues.


Print Reference Books

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The Princeton Encyclopedia of the World Economy - Kenneth A. Reinert (Editor); Amy Joycelyn Glass (Editor); Lewis S. Davis (Editor); Ramkishen S. Rajan (Editor)
Call Number: Holland and Terrell Reference HF1373 .P75 2009
ISBN: 9780691128122
Publication Date: 2008-12-22
From trade agreements to offshore outsourcing to foreign aid, this two-volume encyclopedia explains the key elements of the world economy and provides a first step to further research for students and scholars in public policy, international studies, business, and the broader social sciences, as well as for economic policy professionals.

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Managing Cultural Differences - Philip R. Harris; Robert T. Moran; Sarah V. Moran
Call Number: Holland and Terrell Reference HD62.4 .H37 2004
ISBN: 0750677368
Publication Date: 2004-02-25
This new edition has been completely updated to reflect the numerous global changes that have occurred since 1999: globalization, SARS, AIDS, the handover of Hong Kong, and so forth. In particular, the book presents a fuller discussion of global business today. Also, issues of terrorism and state security as they affect culture and business are discussed substantially.

Political Risk Yearbook - Frost & Sullivan
Call Number: Holland and Terrell Reference D839 .W68x
This set includes eight regional volumes, covering 100 countries around the world.

Travel Guides
Call Number: Holland and Terrell Reference each guide has a unique call number
Select Advanced Search at the Libraries homepage.
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Travel guides provide information about the regions of a country, its history, culture, art, architecture, geography, business etiquette and practices, and how to survive in country with practical information.
The most recent edition is in the Reference collection and must be used in library. Older editions may be checked out.

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