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BUS 445 — International Business

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Beginning Research

Glossary

Search Tips and Suggestions

Country Information, Overviews and Statistics

Business Communication and Cultural Information

Currency Converters and Exchange Rates

Additional Resources

Acknowledgements


Beginning Research

Where to Start?

  • What's your research question? What information do you need to find?

Who cares about the same information? (e.g.: the government, competitors, investors, etc.)

  • What kind of information do they need? Where would they get it?

Types of information available

  • Company and consular publications, such as websites, annual reports, etc. (primary sources)
  • Country studies, Articles from journals, magazines and newspapers (secondary sources)
  • Statistical, numeric and tabular data (primary or secondary)

Citation Styles: These comprehensive guides from the librarians at CSULA will help you use whichever citation style you choose.

Plagiarism: How to recognize it and avoid it!

What is a primary source? What is a secondary source? Click here to find out



Glossary

DATABASE: An organized collection of electronic information, such as photographs, addresses, or journal articles.

ONLINE JOURNAL INDEX: A database that contains magazine, newspaper and journal articles, e.g: Academic Search Premier. AKA Subscription Database.

SCHOLARLY JOURNAL: Also called academic or refereed journal. Articles usually reviewed by experts in the field before publication, published for a research audience, narrow focus, e.g.; Molecular Endocrinology

MAGAZINE: Publication of general interest: popular interest and broad subjects (e.g: Sky & Telescope)

SUBJECT HEADINGS : Also called descriptors. Official terms used to classify items in a database.

ABSTRACT: a brief summary of the main content of an article

CITATION: The basic information you need to find the full text of an article. It includes the title of the article, the author, the name of the publication, the date, the volume and issue number and the page numbers.



Search Tips and Suggestions
  • All databases function essentially the same way and have similar features.
  • Keywords - creating an effective search
    • Take your research question and circle the "important words"
    • Think of at least three synonyms for each important word
    • Use these words in various combinations to get a good result (between 15-40 results is optimal)
  • Find index descriptors attached to useful article citations- redo your search with these "Official Database Topic Terms"
  • USE THE HELP SCREENS
  • If you can't find anything: don't freak out and go to Google! Ask a reference librarian for help

Combining Keywords

  • AND requires all words appear in every result: Honda AND marketing
  • OR allows one or more words to appear in every result: Honda OR Toyota
  • NOT eliminates results with the word: Honda NOT automobiles
  • Phrase searching " ": "Nike Sportswear of America"
  • Advanced Search


  • Country Information, Overviews and Statistics

    University Library

    • To find books on doing business in specific countries: go to TOROFIND: the CSUDH Library Catalog and search on the title doing business in or doing business with, and look for your country listed in the title. Look not only for that specific call number, but also check out the books in that section.
    • If you don't see your country listed, or want more titles, try an on business and (in separate boxes).
    • If you still don't see your country listed, ask a reference librarian.

    Country Overviews

    University Library

    • Statesman's Year-Book [Ref JA51.S7]
    • Europa World Year Book [Ref JN1 .E85]
    • World Almanac [Ref and 3rd floor AY67.N5 W7]
    • EIU Country Commerce series: In looseleaf binders, one for every country [Ref HG4538 C68]

    Subscription Databases*

    Online indexes must be accessed through the CSUDH library homepage (library.csudh.edu). Select Journal Articles & Electronic Resources; You may either browse by subject area or go to your favorite resource using the Alphabetical List.
    NOTE: These are subscription online journal indexes, selected and provided specifically for CSUDH students. To access from home, please see our How to Log in to the Databases from Off-Campus guide for instructions.
    • ABI/Inform Business Global: Indexes international business articles in magazines, scholarly and trade journals, newsletters and reports.
    • Business Source Premier: Indexes business articles from a variety of sources.
    • Lexis-Nexis: Indexes business, legal and news articles from global sources. (May be confusing to search - consult a librarian)
    • Business Full-text: From Wilson, indexes articles on global economics and business.
    • PAIS International (Public Affairs Information Service): Scholarly research on international economic policy. Search on economics or politics and .
    • Factiva: Choose a free text search, or you may limit by region or subject. Excellent information, but may be confusing to search - consult a librarian.

    These are general databases, not specifically business-related, but very good for information on country information and current news:

    • Academic Search Premier : Indexes journals from a variety of disciplines. Full-text available.
    • ProQuest Databases : Search across disciplines and topics to find newspapers, magazines, journals, reports, and other formats. Lots of full text!
    • Wilson OmniFile Full Text Mega : Multi-topic database containing full text articles from a variety of sources.

    World Wide Web: Generally Available Resources

    US Government sites and academic resources:

    • Country Studies: Area Handbooks : Prepared by the Library of Congress for U.S. military and foreign service personnel, these offer a brief history of a country, describe its culture and survey the country's economic and political environment. They are book length reports which can be retrieved a section at a time.
    • Market Research Library and Country Commercial Guides : Prepared by the U.S. Commercial Service. Detailed summaries of political and economic conditions. Provides guides for marketing U.S. products and describe potential sectors for U.S. investing and exports. Change Report Type to Country Commercial Guides [CCG]
    • Background Notes : Produced by the U.S. State Department. Contains brief overviews of countries, their governments and history.
    • Travel Warnings & Country Specific Information : Briefings for U.S. travelers and expatirates about conditions they might encounter when traveling in other countries.
    • globalEDGE : Hosted by Michigan State University, a portal to information on international business.
    • World Factbook: From the CIA, an annual summary of basic intelligence on all countries of the world.
    • International Economic Trends: From the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. A compilation of data on the G-7 countries and the euro area, including output, inflation, labor markets, interest rates, government budgets, international trade, and more.

    International Information:

    • HINT: Most countries interested in international trade and development will have a website dedicated to promoting trade. Try a search on international trade or direct foreign investment to find the closest match.
    • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development -- "Working toward the integration of developing countries in to the world economy." Many useful reports and statistics, and a very user-friendly search engine. Available in English, French and Spanish.
    • World Development Indicators: From the World Bank. Search on 54 timeseries indicators for 208 countries and 18 groups, spanning the latest 5 years available.
    • World Bank Countries and Regions: Economic overview and current news. Search by country.

    Commercial and private sites:

      Statistics

      University Library

      • Statistical Abstract of the United States: Contains tables with basic economic and demographic statistics for most countries. [Ref HA202 .A36 ]
      • Europa World Year Book: Comprehensive political histories, demographic, economic and statistical data for every country. [Ref JN1 .E85]
      • International Financial Statistics Yearbook: Contains current data and time series on all aspects of international and domestic finance for IMF member countries. [Ref HG61 .I57]

      Subscription Databases*

      • STAT-USA: "State of the Nation" consists of current and historical financial and economic data. "GLOBUS" and the "National Trade Data Bank" (NTDB) provide current and historical trade-related releases, international market research reports and statistics. (Especially helpful are  Industry Sector Analysis Reports.) Click on Globus & NTDB, then click on "Country Commercial Guides" under Market and Country Research. Search on your country.

      World Wide Web: Generally Available Resources

      • US Government sites:
      • Sites from international agencies:
        • The United Nations website has population and economic statistics in tables (text version loads quicker)
        • International Statistical Agencies from the U.S. Census Bureau has web links to statistical sites for other countries.
        • Eurostat : The statistics gathering office of the European Community.
      • Academic sites:
        • Foreign Government Webservers : From a private site, not often updated (USE AT YOUR OWN RISK). Provides access to websites established by foreign governments.


      Business Communication and Cultural Information

      University Library

      • Use TOROFIND: the CSUDH Library Catalog and click on the tab. Search on intercultural communication (as a subject) and (in Any Field) in separate boxes.
      • The Doing Business In... series has some information on cultural norms and communication etiquette: go to TOROFIND and search on the title doing business in or doing business with, and look for your country listed in the title.
      • If you still don't see your country listed, ask a reference librarian.

      Some suggested titles:

      • Breaking through culture shock [3rd floor HD58.7 .M3747 1999]
      • When cultures collide [3rd floor HD62.4 .L49 1996]
      • The executive guide to Asia-Pacific communications [3rd floor HF5718.2.A78 J36 1995]
      • Global smarts [3rd floor HF5389 .H63 2000]
      • Dun & Bradstreet's guide to doing business around the world [ Ref HF1416 .M78 2001]
      • Cross-cultural problems in international business [3rd floor HD62.4 .M3 1993]

      Subscription Databases

      • ABI/Inform Business Global: Indexes international business articles in magazines, scholarly and trade journals, newsletters and reports.
      • Business Source Premier: Indexes business articles from a variety of sources.
      • Mergent Online: Provides indexing and full-text analysis of company information, companys' annual reports and industry reports. Useful for exploring the culture of a particular company or industry.
      • Lexis-Nexis: Indexes business, legal and news articles from global sources. (May be confusing to search - consult a librarian)
      • Business Full-text: From Wilson, indexes articles on global economics and business.
      • Factiva: Choose a free text search, or you may limit by region or subject. Excellent information, but may be confusing to search - consult a librarian.

      These are general databases, not specifically business-related, but very good for information on communications, etiquette and current news:

      • Academic Search Premier : Indexes journals from a variety of disciplines. Full-text available.
      • ProQuest Databases : Search across disciplines and topics to find newspapers, magazines, journals, reports, and other formats. Lots of full text!
      • Wilson OmniFile Full Text Mega : Multi-topic database containing full text articles from a variety of sources.

      World Wide Web: Generally Available Resources

      • Executive Planet: Wiki devoted to business etiquette and culture in top US trading partner nations. If you have expert knowledge or insight into a country or culture, please help update this page.


      Currency Converters and Exchange Rates

      Find todays equivalent to the US Dollar, or find the rate of exchange from 1 month, 1 year or 1 century ago!

      University Library : Check any daily newspaper business section, such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times or the Los Angeles Times for currency values and conversion tables.

      World Wide Web: Generally Available Resources



      Additional Resources

      University Library

      • Encyclopedia of Associations: Search for international industry associations. These groups often post detailed reports and statistics on their websites. [Ref HS17 .E5]

      World Wide Web: Generally Available Resources



      Acknowledgements
      This handout adapted from information from the USC Crocker Business Library and the UCLA Roselfeld Library, with help from Michael Oppenheim, Charles Varga and Julie Kwan