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Country Specific Reports

  • U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets (U.S. State Dept.)
    Formerly called "Background Notes" this website is published by the U. S. State Department. Fact Sheets include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty.
  • Business Source Complete: Country Reports (EBSCO)
    Search Tip: Under Browse choose [Country Reports] on the far right hand side of the screen and then keyword search for your country.
  • Deloitte International Tax and Business Guides
    Deloitte publishes two tax series: (1) Taxation and Investment Guides, which provide detailed and comprehensive information about the investment climate, business operating conditions, taxation system and labor environment for more than 40 major trading jurisdictions, and (2) the Highlights Series, which complement the Guides by providing a brief digest of the tax landscape of more than 130 jurisdictions.
  • Doing Business Project from the World Bank and IFC
    The Doing Business Project provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 183 economies and selected cities at the subnational and regional level. For each economy, regulations affecting 9 stages of a business's life are measured to determine their "Ease of Doing Business" ranking: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and closing a business.
  • Euromonitor Passport GMID
    Search Tip: Click on [Countries & Consumers] and select any of the categories.
  is the U.S. Government's portal to international trade and market research resources. is managed by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Commercial Service in collaboration with other Federal agencies that offer export assistance programs and services.
  • IHS Connect (formerly Global Insight)
    IHS Connect assesses and forecasts political, economic, regulatory/legal, tax, operational, security and general business conditions in 196 countries. Choose a geography then look under the Economics tab to access statistics. (Formerly Global Insight)
  • OECD Country Profiles
    Website of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
  • World Factbook
    The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Includes maps.

Country Reference Books

The following five titles will give you a great overview of a particular country. The Bentley Library has lots of print material available for your use. You can also search the Library's Catalog for other books about your topic.

Europa world year book
Call Number: Ref Desk JN1 .E85

IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook
Call Number: REF HF 1414 .W67

International financial statistics yearbook
Call Number: Ref Desk HG61 .I57

Political handbook of the world
Call Number: Ref JF37 .P6

Statesman's year-book
Call Number: Ref Desk JA51 .S7


Country and Culture Etiquette Books

The following three titles will give you a great understanding of the cultures and etiquette of a particular country.


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