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International Business: Home

Helpful resources to explore countries, markets, industries and companies around the world.

Welcome to the International Business Research Guide

This guide provides links to key business resources including both public web sites and USC resources including databases, public websites, books and journals.

Please explore the tabs at the top of this guide  and don't hesitate to contact Helga, Ed or Kim in the Crocker Business Library if you have any questions. 

Please comment below if you have any suggestions or feedback on this guide.


- John, Kim and Helga


The Roy P. Crocker Business Library is located in Hoffman Hall (2nd floor) (map)

The Accounting Library is located in the Accounting Building (1st floor) (map)

Current hours for both libraries can be found hereBoth libraries provide computers for student use, group study rooms, individual study space and collections of print journals, newspapers, reference works and other books.

In-person reference assistance is usually available from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM M-F, but it's usually best to email John or Kim or Helga to set up an appointment.

Public Websites for Country Information

USC International Business Databases

USC Article Databases

Search for articles written about business in a specific country in ABI/Inform, Factiva and Lexis/Nexis Academic. Some possible topics are "COUNTRY NAME" or INDUSTRY TRENDS and Name of Country" Use database search tools (Search Builder, Advanced Search or Search Options) to limit by location (geography or region). Search for articles written about business in locally published publications listed under media.


The Gini coefficient measure the inequalty among values of a  frequency of distribution e.g. income on a scale of 0-1. 

  • A Gini coefficient of 0 expresses perfect equality where  are values are the same.
  • A Gini coefficient of 1 (100 on the percentile scale) expresses maximal inequality among value where one person has all the income.

Contact Us for Assistance

Helga Haraldsson
Head, Crocker Business Library and Accounting Library
(213) 740-0050

Eduardo Tinoco
Business Librarian
(213) 740-9167

Kimberly Esser
Business Information Specialist
(213) 740-6255

Crocker Business Library
Hoffman Hall 201
(213) 740-8520

Country Risk Reports