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International Business Research

This guide lists database and internet resources for international business research.

Resources: Country Guides

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Country Analysis Briefs from the Energy Information Administration 

These profiles come from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), a division of the Department of Energy focused on gathering statistics. Information on oil, gas and other energy issues by country and by international region is highlighted.

Access: Available to everyone

Country Commercial Guides

From, the United States government’s portal to exporting and trade services, this site provides Country Commercial Guides and other reports on a number of industries in various countries and includes information on exporting in general and other trade issues.  

Access: Available to everyone

Country Insights from the Centre for Intercultural Learning

Produced by the Canadian government, issus covered for each country include communication styles, displays of emotion, dress, punctuality, formality, stereotypes, preferred managerial qualities, and conflict in the workplace.

Access: Available to everyone

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Country Information

The IMF is an organization of 189 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world. This resource reports on the IMF-member countries, focusing on economic issues and country risk.

Access: Available to everyone


NationMaster is a statistics database which offers a large directory of variables for comparison purposes. A wide range of economic and demographic indicators are available, across 300 industry verticals (agriculture, consumer goods, ICT, pharma…). The database is composed of data from trustworthy sources such as national statistic agencies, governments, international organizations (UNDP, UNESCO Institute for Statistics, UNCTAD, WTO, World Bank, World Health Organization, OECD and many others). This is a great tool to use for working backward to see who tracks the data you are looking for. (Note: A counterpart is also available for U.S. states.)

Access: Available to everyone

U.S. Department of State Countries & Areas

Click on the Countries and Areas link for country profiles, travel information, embassy information, and more. Fact sheets provide a brief snapshot of a country’s people, history, government, economics, and politics, with additional information on military and foreign relations.

Access: Available to everyone