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Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is a comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. Includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, and proceedings from conferences. Also has some journal abstracts, books, links to related web sites, maps, and country data.

EIU provides data and forecasts about political, economic, and business climates of various regions and up to 200 countries, as well as related news, analysis, and risk factor assessments.

Coverage includes the Country Commerce, Country Finance, Global Forecasting Service, and ViewsWire.

Provides detailed information on the recent history of each world country.

The Global Road Warrior database covers 175 countries and addresses 22 categories of interest to travelers, including business culture, communications, demographics, money and banking, points of interest, security, society and culture, tips for businesswomen, transportation, and travel essentials. It also includes maps and photographs.
IMF eLibrary is a statistical database from the Inte

IMF eLibrary is a statistical database from the International Monetary Fund. The library subscribes to International Financial Statistics (IFS) and Direction of Trade statistics (DOTS).

IFS contains country financial data (exchange rates, foreign exchange, SDRs, money supply, capital supply, commodities, etc.) dating back to 1948.

DOTS Provides data on the country and area distribution of countries' exports and imports by their partners for about 156 countries.

Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands offers essential international business etiquette practices and culture cues. It includes more than 70 country profiles.

OECD iLibrary is the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) online library of statistical databases, books, and periodicals. Publications include country studies, forecasting publications, reports, periodicals, and socio-economic databases. Topics covered include agriculture, developing economies, education, employment, energy, environment, migration, social issues, and sustainable development.

Passport GMID is a collection of valuable country, industry, company and consumer intelligence: internationally comparable market statistics on industries, countries and consumer; full text market reports, company reports and country reports; expert analyst comments on emerging industry trends, country trends and consumer trends.

World Development Indicators includes economic and socio-economic data from more than 230 countries, incorporating data from the World Bank publications: World Tables, Social Indicators of Development, World Population Projections, the World Development Report, and the World Bank Atlas.

Web Resouces

From U.S. Department of State.

International guide to the culture, customs, social and business etiquette from countries around the world. Topics include language, useful phrases, the society, culture, business and social etiquettes.

 From the University of Colorado-Boulder Libraries.

The globalEDGE web site is a rich, FREE, source of information on doing business internationally. In addition to country statistics and industry information, it includes links to information on country-specific and regional business customs and etiquette.

NOTE: See below for the two different areas on the website for information on culture.

  1. For a valuable overview of the culture of your country of interest, click "Get Global Insights" . Use the drop down menu in the Insights by Country category to select a country of interest and click "GO" then "Culture".
  2. For more useful information on other cultures, click on the to go to the globalEDGE listing of on-line resources on specific cultures. You can also get there from the homepage by clicking on "Reference Desk", then click Global Resource Directory and then Culture.
Kaiping Zhang
Busineee/Economics Librarian
Created by gsnipes on Dec 20, 2012 Last updated Feb 9, 2017
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