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Management: Country information

Online reference works

Online encyclopedias and databases give background information on a country's history, geography, population and culture.  Be sure to check how current the information is.

Finding resources about a country in...

Search the Library catalogue for books to help you to analyse a country's business environment.
Suggested searches include:

[country] economic conditions 
[country] industrial relations
[country] culture
[country] information technology
[country] government
[country] business enterprises
[country] small business

If you don't find enough information about a country, search with keywords for the region, e.g. Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, Sub-Saharan Africa, developing countries, etc.

The Factiva database provides the full text of current and past years' articles for most international and Australian newspapers.

To find newspaper articles in Factiva, follow these steps:

  • On the left hand side of the Factiva homepage, click on 'Source' - a search box will appear.
  • Type in the title of the newspaper you wish to search (e.g.The West Australian) and highlight it
  • You can also limit to Publications by region and highlight the region from a list e.g. Australia
  • In the 'Free Text' search box, enter your search terms (e.g. trade unions, business outlook etc)
  • A list of articles containing your search terms will appear.
  • Click on a title of interest for the full text of the article.

Journal articles can provide recent, scholarly information about a country's changing environment. Search for articles in the Library catalogue, or directly through business databases.

To find journal articles using the Library catalogue:

  • Enter your search terms into the catalogue search box (see some examples of search terms under Finding books).
  • On the results page, under Refine My Results, click onArticles.
  • Click on the title of an article you are interested in, then on the Online Resource tab.
  • You will either be taken directly to the article, or to a 'Find it' screen - follow the links to see if the article is in another database or in the Library in print.

To find journal articles in Library databases check the information in the Journals & databases tab.

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Country and Industry reports

This is a great source for business articles, news reports and industry and country reports.

To find industry reports:

  • Click on the Browse link at the top of the ProQuest homepage
  • Under Industry and Market Research, click on Business Monitor International (BMI) Industry Reports
  • You have the option of browsing numerous industries by subject, location or title

To find reports on business conditions in different countries:

  • Click on the Browse link at the top of the ProQuest homepage
  • Under Country Reports, click on the links of interest
  • From the Business Source Complete homepage, under the section Limit your results, look for Publication Type.
  • Scroll down and select the publication type of interest, for example, Country Report.
  • Enter your search terms (see examples under 'Finding books') and click 'Search'.
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