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How to Search for Information on the Global Business Environment: 

How to Search for Information on the Global Business Environment http://www.library.ln.edu.hk/classes/powerpoint/ Feb 2008


Outline Country Profiles and Statistics Country Competitiveness Industry Information and News Lingnan Wiki – BUS108 Citation Formats

Country Profiles and Statistics (1): 

Country Profiles and Statistics (1) CIA World Factbook: Provides national-level information on countries, territories, and dependencies. Country Insights (from globalEDGE): Provides current information on the business climate, news, history, political structure, economic landscape, and statistical data for more that 199 countries. Business Source Premier (BSP): Provides countries reports, political risk yearbooks, industry reports, market reports in addition to full text for more than 2,300 journals, including full text for more than 350 of the top scholarly journals dating as far back as 1922. ABI/Inform: EIU Viewswire provides concise overview of the economic and social political profile of individual countries as well as the regulations relevant to trade and investments

Country Profiles and Statistics (2): 

Country Profiles and Statistics (2) World Trade Organization (WTO): A global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. The web site provides information on statistics, research, publications and other services offered by the WTO. World Bank: Provides information on health, education, the environment, private sector development, poverty, and economic reform issues, etc. Includes factual data on the countries that are assisted by the World Bank. Of particular usefulness is the searchable WDS database of the 6,000 plus World Bank publications, select full-text reports, and learning resources.

Country Profiles and Statistics (3): 

Country Profiles and Statistics (3) Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC): It was established in 1989 to further enhance economic growth and prosperity for the region and to strengthen the Asia-Pacific community. APEC has 21 members, which account for more than a third of the world's population (2.6 billion people), approximately 60% of world GDP (US$19, 254 billion) and about 47% of world trade. The APEC website provides full-text news, media, events, business resources, projects, publications, documents and reports of all members.

Country Profiles and Statistics (4): 

Country Profiles and Statistics (4) International Financial Statistics: Contains archival data on exchange rates, international liquidity, international banking, money and banking, interest rates, prices, production, international transactions, government finance and national accounts of IMF member countries. Datastream: Thousands of macroeconomic time series data from World Bank, IMF, EuroStat, EIU and local statistical offices. DoingBusiness: Benchmarking business regulations by World Bank.

CIA World Factbook: 

CIA World Factbook https://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/

Country Insights (GlobalEDGE): 

Country Insights (GlobalEDGE) http://globaledge.msu.edu/countryInsights/

Business Source Premier (BSP) – Country Reports, Political Risk Yearbooks, etc.: 

Business Source Premier (BSP) – Country Reports, Political Risk Yearbooks, etc. http://www.library.ln.edu.hk/cgi-bin/luaccess?dbname=bspbsi

ProQuest ABI/Inform (EIU Viewswire): 

ProQuest ABI/Inform (EIU Viewswire)

World Trade Organization (WTO): 

http://www.wto.org World Trade Organization (WTO)

World Bank : 

World Bank http://www.worldbank.org/

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation: 

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation http://www.apec.org/

International Financial Statistics: 

International Financial Statistics


Datastream Example: download and compare average wage of China and Thailand from Datastream


Doing Business: Benchmarking business regulations by World Bank http://www.doingbusiness.org/


World Competitiveness Yearbook Search Library by Book Title: World Competitiveness Yearbook Call Number: [REF]  HF1414 .W67 (Lingnan Only Web access: http://www.library.ln.edu.hk/cgi-bin/ebwcy )

Example: Hong Kong : 

Example: Hong Kong


Call Number: [REF] HF1414 .G559 

Industry Information and News: 

Industry Information and News tdctrade.com (Hong Kong Trade Development Council) Using the Library Catalogue to locate industry reports available at LU. Tablebase: Contains tables of data relating to companies, products, industries, brands, markets, countries and demographics from around the world on some 90 industries. LexisNexis Academic: Contains full-text news, business information, legal information from over 6,000 sources all over the world. Factiva: Provides access to full-text information from over 9,000 news resources as well as tens of thousands of company reports and financial data.

Hong Kong Trade Development Council: 

Hong Kong Trade Development Council http://www.tdctrade.com/


Tablebase http://www.library.ln.edu.hk/cgi-bin/luaccess?dbname=tablebase

LexisNexis Academic: 

LexisNexis Academic http://www.library.ln.edu.hk/cgi-bin/luaccess?dbname=acaduniv


Factiva http://www.library.ln.edu.hk/cgi-bin/luaccess?dbname=factiva

Lingnan Wiki: 

Lingnan Wiki http://www.library.ln.edu.hk/wiki/

Citation Examples (1): 

Citation Examples (1) A Book Boone, L. E. & Kurtz, D. L. (2006). Contemporary business 2006. Australia : Thomson/South-Western. A Journal article Cutler, D.M., Poterba, J.M. and Summers, L.H. (1990, May), Speculative dynamics and the role of feedback traders. American Economic Review, 80(2), 63-68.

Citation Examples (2): 

Citation Examples (2) A Journal article retrieved from a database Sizoo, S.& Serrie, H. (2004, June). Developing cross-cultural skills of international business students: An experiment . Journal of Instructional Psychology. 31 (2), 160-166. Retrieved February 14, 2006, from Academic Search Premier database. A Web site Hong Kong Heritage Museum Leisure and Cultural Services Department. (2005, September 1). New Territories Heritage Hall. Retrieved February 14, 2006, from http://www.heritagemuseum.gov.hk/english/exhibition.htm

Citation Examples (3): 

Citation Examples (3) A Web document Hong Kong Trade Development Council. (2004, December 21). Market profiles: Brazil. Retrieved February 17, 2005, from http://www.tdctrade.com/mktprof/america/mpbra.htm An Article from an online newspaper Vidal, J. & Macalister, T. (2005, February 17). Kyoto protests disrupt oil trading. Guardian Unlimited. Retrieved February 17, 2005, from http://www.guardian.co.uk/

Citation Styles: 

Citation Styles RefWorks: http://www.library.ln.edu.hk/cgi-bin/luaccess?dbname=refworks Citation Builder (from NCSU Libraries) http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/lobo2/citationbuilder/citationbuilder.php Using APA Format (Purdue University). http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/research/r_apa.html APA Citation Style (Concordia Libraries) http://library.concordia.ca/help/howto/apa.php Citation and Style http://www.library.ln.edu.hk/links/pages/Research_Methods/Citation_and_Style/

Assistance : 

Assistance Ask A Librarian http://www.library.ln.edu.hk/eref/ Integrated Helpdesk [email protected] 2616-8571

Q & A Thank You !: 

Q & A Thank You !