Resources by Subject International Business

  Reference Sources (Background)
Locating Books
Locating Articles And More (Databases & Indexes)
Company Guides
U.S. Government Sources
Web Sites
Evaluating Sources
Citing Sources

Reference Sources (Background)

Credo Reference (full text; current)
Over 500 reference books and sets from several publishers covering all subject areas.

Oxford Reference Online- Business and Management or Oxford Reference Online- Economics full text; current)
Search dictionaries and reference books published by Oxford University Press.

Statesman's Yearbook
REF JA51 .S7

Europa World Year Book
REF JN1 .E85

International Business Information: How to Find It, How to Use It
REF HF54.5 .P33 1998

International Trade Statistics Yearbook
REFB HF91 .U473

Locating Books

You may use the name of a specific country, region or industry and look for subheadings such as economic conditions, economic policy, marketing, etc.

Some other possible headings are:
  • Commercial policy
  • Developing countries--commercial policy
  • Export marketing
  • Exports
  • Foreign trade regulation
  • International business enterprises
  • International finance
  • Marketing

The library's online catalog, providing access to books, journals, music, and movies in this library.

A catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

Books and articles not owned by our library can be obtained from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. Allow sufficient time for processing.  Average turnaround time is 3-5 days for articles and 3-14 days for books, excluding holidays and weekends. Submit ILL requests well in advance of deadlines.

Locating Articles And More (Databases & Indexes)

ABI/INFORM (some full-text; 1980 to present)
Articles from magazines and journals on accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management, and data processing.

Business Source Complete (some full-text; dates vary, generally 1980s to present, includes some titles to 1886)
Articles from scholarly and popular sources in all areas of business, economics, and related fields.

Factiva (full text)
Dow Jones online database. Includes company financials, newsarticles, stock quotes, investment reports, etc.

LexisNexis Academic (full text)
An excellent source for current general business news, company and industry information. Company information includes annual reports and SEC reports. It also includes many newspapers from other nations.

Dissertations & Theses Global (full text 1997 to present; citations & abstracts primarily 1861 to present, some citations 1637+)
Covers master's theses and Ph.D. dissertations worldwide in all disciplines.

Bibliography of Asian Studies (citations; 1971-present)
An index to Western-language publications including periodical articles, books and book chapters, conference proceedings, anthologies, etc., covering East, Southeast, and South Asia.

For articles on economic or political policy, try EconLit with Full Text and PAIS with ProQuest Political Science.

Once you know which journals you need, search Journals A-Z to see if they are online or in the library.

Company Guides

See the Companies resource guide for locating company information.

Industry Codes

Many directories and statistical sources on industries are organized based on industry classification numbers. The NAICS codes are current, but some publications still refer to the SIC codes.

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)
Ref HF 1042 .N67 2002
Provides the classification standard underlying all U.S. economic statistics classified by industry. This new classification replacied the 1987 SIC codes.

Standard Industrial Classification Manual, 1987
Ref HF 1042 .S73
This earlier code, replaced by NAICS, provides the classification standard underlying all U.S. economic statistics classified by industry.


U.S. Government Resources

A multi-agency U.S. federal government guide to exporting

U.S. Department of Commerce
Foreign Trade Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau - Find statistics here, organized by the HS Schedule B Commodity Classification System.
International Trade Administration. Includes the Trade Information Center, now incorporated in Export.Gov, and the U.S. Commerical Service, whose mission is to promote trade.
Bureau of Industry and Security - This division administers export licensing programs and assists businesses in complying with export regulations.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security
Under the category Trade, find information on rules and regulations, licensing, exporting documentation, trade statistics, etc.

U.S. Department of State
Look here for information on the current political climate in various nations, treaties and international agreements, and other information. The Office of Commercial and Business Affairs, part of the Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs, provides assistance and information on business opportunities abroad, trade practices in other countries, free trade agreements, reports on human rights issues and other concerns.
Includes links to Web Sites of Foreign Embassies in the U.S., and Background Notes (overview information on countries and International organizations).

U.S. International Trade Commission
This independent, quasi-judicial federal agency provides information on trariffs and unfair trade practices, and collects and disseminates information on the impact of global events on U.S. industries. Use the DataWeb (free, but requires registration for a user name and password) for U.S. import statistics, U.S. export statistics, U.S. tariffs, U.S. future tariffs and U.S. tariff preference information

U.S. Small Business Administration's Small Business Guide to Exporting
This agency has an Office of International Trade

U.S. Trade and Development Agency
An independent U.S. Government foreign assistance agency funded by Congress and responsible for economic development and U.S. commercial interests in developing and middle income countries.

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
This executive agency, whose head is a member of the cabinet, represents the President in matters of trade.

Web Sites
A directory of U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide.
List of foreign embassies in Washington, DC

Export Etiquette (brief article)

ExportZone U.S.A.

International Business Etiquette and Manners

globalEDGE Global Resources

Global Trade Portal
The official Web site of the Federation of International Trade Associations

Lex Mercatoria
A resource for international commercial law.

Professional Association of Exporters and Importers

This site, sponsored by several California trade associations, includes a wealth of trade information and links to resources.

United Nations
See the International Trade Centre, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development(UNCTAD), World Bank, and World Trade Organization

Virginia Economic Development Partnership's ExportVirginia.Org
Like Virginia, many states have offices or initiatives to promote international trade.

World Trade Centers Association

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Sources (R-MC)

Is it POPULAR or is it SCHOLARLY? (R-MC)

Critical Evaluation of Resources on the Internet (University of Alberta Libraries)

Citing Sources

Guides to the major citation styles are available at the Reference Desk.

Citing Full-Text from Library Databases (R-MC)

Citing in MLA, APA, and Chicago Styles (R-MC)

KnightCite (Calvin College)
Automatically formats citation information according to MLA, APA, or Chicago styles. Be sure to double-check the result for accuracy!

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