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International Business   Tags: business, marshall  

Helpful resources to explore countries, markets, industries and companies around the world.
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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 John, Kim or Helga 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

  • EIU Country Report
    Contains Country Reports, Country Commerce Reports and more from the Economist Intelligence Unit.
  • Global Road Warrior  
    Business travel guide and country background information.
  • IBISWorld  
    Detailed market research and analysis on over 700 U.S. industries as well as Global Industry Reports, China Industry Reports and Business Environment Reports.
  • ISI Emerging Markets  
    Coverage of emerging economies in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Please note, this does not cover Western Europe, U.S., Canada or Japan.
  • OECD iLibrary  
    Online library of Organization for the Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) statistical databases, books and periodicals
  • Passport  
    Passport/GMID: International company, country, industry and market information.
  • ProQuest Statistical Insight  
    Offers three major sources (federal, state and international) of statistical data tables, publications and links.
  • Thomson One  
    Provides detailed company information including financials, ratios, news, filings, and the company research and analyst reports formerly found in the Investext database
  • US Commercial Service Market Research Library
    International market research and country commercial guides available from the US Government. Registration is required for academic users.
  • USA Trade Online  
    Describes the use of Trade Stats Express and USA Trade Online for official US government import and export statistics.
  • World Bank Worldwide Development Indicators  
    The World Bank's World Development Indicators provides direct access to more than 700 development indicators, with time series for 208 countries and 18 country groups from 1960 to present.
  • World Development Report (WDR)  
    Key national and regional development statistics from the World Bank

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.
  • ABI/INFORM Complete  
    Articles from leading business journals, magazines, trade publications and newspapers including the Wall Street Journal and much more.
  • EBSCO Business Source Complete  
    Business news database. Search COUNTRY NAME by selecting 'SU Subject Terms' from drop down menu
  • Factiva  
    Good source of current news. You can limit your search to publications by country by going to the Search Builder then limit your search by "Region"
  • LexisNexis Academic  
    Another good source of international business news, go to Power Search, then limit search by "Geography"
  • ProQuest - Multiple Databases  
    A general search of all current ProQuest databases included ABI/Inform and more.
  • Quick Search
    A "meta-search" of multiple library databases at USC. Use the filters to refine your search results and increase relevancy.


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

John E. Juricek
Head, Crocker Business Library and Accounting Library
(213) 740-7621

Eduardo Tinoco
Business Librarian
(213) 740-9167

Helga Haraldsson
Business Librarian
(213) 740-0050

Kimberly Esser
Business Information Specialist
(213) 740-6255

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

Country Risk Reports

  • AM Best Country Risk - Public Website
    AM Best is a full-service credit rating organization serving the insurance industry. Select country to download reports.
  • Coface - Public Website
    Coface is a trade receivables consulting firm and provides risk analysis by country.
  • Euromoney Country Risk - Public Website
    Risk analysis from ECR with emphasis on financial and political factors. Paid membership is required for full access.
  • ISI Emerging Markets  
    Dun & Bradstreet's D&B Country RiskLine Report for developing countries can be accessed through ISI . Once you have logged into ISI, select a country to enter the database. Press the HOME tab on the left side of the page and, in the Advanced Search Box, enter the name of the country and the word RISK (e.g. KOREA RISK), and check the box to SEARCH TITLES ONLY. You should see a list of risk-related reports for your country. Note: ISI does not include Japan, U.S. or countries in Western Europe.
  • Passport  
    To access GMID's RISK & VULNERABILITIES report, select the COUNTRIES & CONSUMERS tab at the top of the page. From the dropdown menu, select ECONOMY, FINANCE AND TRADE. On the left side of the page, find COUNTRY BRIEFINGS, and SELECT COUNTRY, then press GO. Not every country will have a report.
  • EBSCO Business Source Complete  
    If you search under the Publications tab for POLITICAL RISK YEARBOOK, you will find links to the PRS Risk Reports for countries around the world. Availalble to Marshall users only via MyMarshall.
  • LexisNexis Academic  
    Risk guides from PRS Group International can be accessed via LexisNexis Academic on the Easy Search page. In the lower left corner, you will see a box called RESEARCH COUNTRIES. Select your country from the dropdown box and then select PRS RISK GUIDE & SERVICE and a date range (6 months is recommended) and click GO. Scan through the results for reports specifically on your country. Not every country will have a risk report.
  • LexisNexis Academic  
    Reports from Business Monitor International (BMI) can be accessed via LexisNexis Academic on the Easy Search page. In the lower left corner, you will see a box called RESEARCH COUNTRIES. Select your country from the dropdown box and then select BUSINESS MONITOR INTERNATIONAL and a date range (6 months is recommended) and click GO. Scan through the results for reports specifically on your country. Not every country will have a risk report.
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