International Business and Marketing

Course code: Commerce 4SA3
Course name: International Business
Course date: Winter 2017

This is a selective listing of print and online resources useful for international business research.

Useful for all environments / subject areas
Balance of Payments,
Currency & Trade
Company &
Industry Information
Cultural Issues Dictionaries & Research Guides Economic, Legal &
Political Issues
News Population Demographics Rankings


  • Key titles are marked with a Best Bet icon Best Bet!
  • Online sources accessible to everyone are marked with an Open Access icon open access
  • Online sources only accessible to current McMaster students, faculty and staff (MAC ID required) are marked with a McMaster icon McMaster Users Only 

Other Useful links: Course Outline - Zhu (Winter 2017) | Library Presentation Slides |  Citation Guide for Business  


  • Best Bet!open accessBusiness Environment Snapshots (World Bank Group)
    Site combines data from various sites to measure the business climate in 183 countries. Each country snapshot includes highlights, rankings (e.g., doing business, corruption, regulatory quality, country credit, economic freedom, political risk rating), quantitative data, legislation (e.g., commercial and company laws, labour laws) analytical work and project portfolio. Select an economy/country from the drop-down business environment snapshot menu.
  • McMaster Users OnlyBusiness Source Complete
    Includes country reports. Search for a country name and filter results by Country Reports or click on Country Reports on the Advanced Search screen (Business Searching Interface) and browse reports by country.
  • Best Bet!open accessCountry Risk Assessments (Coface)
    Includes 158 country evaluations that provide an estimate of the average credit risk on a country’s businesses. Assessments (or rankings) of country risk and business climate give an indication of a country’s potential influence on businesses’ financial commitments. Choose a country from the drop-down menus to view profiles that include macroeconomic indicators, a list of strengths and weaknesses and country commentary. See also Coface's Handbook of Country Risk located in INNIS Reference HG 4538.R496 2014 (previous editions in INNIS Bookstacks).
  • open accessCountry Studies (Library of Congress)
    Contains social, political, economic, historical, and geographical information for countries around the world
  • Dun & Bradstreet's Guide to Doing Business Around the World
    Provides cultural, political and trade data for 40 countries.
    Location: INNIS Reference HF 1416.M78 2001
  • Best Bet!McMaster Users OnlyEIU (Economist Intelligence Unit)
  • Best Bet!McMaster Users OnlyEIU ViewsWire
  • Europa World Year Book, 2 vols.
    A good source of current facts and figures on countries around the world (not just Europe). Includes information on government systems & officials, political parties, economic statistics, and more. Organized alphabetically by country.
    Location: MILLS Quick Reference (1st floor) JA 51. E89 2016 (previous editions in MILLS Bookstacks) 
  • open accessEurostat (European Commission)
    Eurostat is the Statistical Office of the European Communities. Site provides the European Union with statistics at the European level which facilitates comparisons between countries and regions. Search for statistics or browse statistics alphabetically (A-Z) or by theme.
  • McMaster Users OnlyFactiva
    Contains full-text newspapers from around the world and reports on companies.
  • Financial Times World Desk Reference 
    Provides physical, political, historical and economic overviews of the world. Covers 193 nations. Contains numerous color maps and charts.
    Location: INNIS Bookstacks AG 6. F56 2003 & 2004
  • Best Bet!open accessglobalEDGE: Reference Desk (Michigan State University)
    Contains hundreds of links to sources of information on countries, international trade, statistical data, news, and periodicals. 
  • open accessInternational Statistical Agencies
    A list of national statistical agencies worldwide organized by country.
  • McMaster Users OnlyLexisNexis Academic
    Includes U.S., Canadian and international company directories, market share information, industry reports, 350 full-text newspapers, and country profiles.
  • McMaster Users OnlyMergent Online
    To access the country information, select a location from the drop-down Country Profile menu. Topics covered include history, geography, people, government, economy, communications and more.
  • McMaster's Library Catalogue
    Perform a SUBJECT search in the library catalogue to find books and government publications on your country. Potentially useful subject headings: Country name plus -- Commerce; -- Economic Conditions; -- Economic Policy; -- Foreign Economic Relations; -- Politics and Government; -- Social Conditions; -- Social Life and Customs (e.g. Canada -- Politics and Government)
  • open accessNationMaster
    Centralizes country data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, United Nations, World Health Organization, World Bank, World Resources Institute, UNESCO, UNICEF and OECD. Allows you to compare and rank countries on a variety of variables, including education, labour, economy and more. Statistical maps and charts can also be generated.
  • open accessOECD Factbook, 2005 to current
  • open accessOECD Factbook eXplorer, 2013
    Includes country facts and statistics on over 200 indicators. Topics covered include population and migration; household income; trade and foreign direct investment (FDI);  prices, interest rates and exchange rates; energy and transportation; labour, employment and unemployment; science and technology; environment; education;  and health status, risk and resources.population and migration,  macroeconomic trends, prices, energy, labour, education, quality of life and inequality. eXplorer is an interactive tool for the visual presentation of country statistical analyses.
  • McMaster Users OnlyOECD iLibrary
    Contains statistics on OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) member countries. Also includes books and periodicals published by OECD since 1998. Search by keyword(s) or browse by country or theme.
  • open accessOFFSTATS: Official Statistics on the Web
    A directory of Web sites containing social, economic, and general data, arranged alphabetically by country, by region, and by topic.
  • Best Bet!open accessPwC's Worldwide Tax Summaries Online (WWTS)
    This Pricewaterhouse Coopers site contains current information about the tax systems in 155 countries. Select a country from a list. Each  profile includes a country overview, corporate and individual tax summaries.   
  • Best Bet!open accessTaxation & Investment Guides and Country Highlights (Deloitte)
    Site contains guides providing information on the investment conditions, tax regimes and regulatory requirements of countries worldwide. The Taxation and Investment Guides cover the operating conditions and investment climate of almost 50 countries. Legal, accounting and taxation frameworks are included. The Highlights series provide a quick digest of the tax landscape of more than 150 countries.
  • open accessUnited Nations Statistics Division
    Contains statistics in the areas of international merchandise trade, national acounts, demography and population, social indicators, and industry. 
  • open accessU.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets (U.S. Department of State)
    Includes facts on countries around the world.
  • World Almanac and Book of Facts
    Contains quick facts and figures on countries around the world.
    Location of Print: INNIS Reference AY 64.W92 2016 (previous editions in MILLS Bookstacks)
  • Best Bet!open accessWorld Development Indicators (World Bank)
    Provides a comprehensive selection of economic, social and development indicators, drawing on data from the World Bank and more than 30 partner agencies. The database covers more than 900 indicators for 210 economies with data back to 1960. Search by country, series/topic and year. Also review the World DataBank site for additional databases and content.
    Location of Print: MILLS Government Publications (2nd floor) UN9 MG-W53 (1998 to 2009)
  • Best Bet!open accessWorld Factbook (U.S. Central Intelligence Agency)
    A comprehensive resource of facts and statistics on more than 250 countries and other entities. Covers geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military and transnational issues. 
  • open accessZanran
    A numerical data search engine. Find data and statistics in graphs, charts and tables.

Balance of Payments, Currency and Trade

  • open accessBalance of Payments Statistics (International Monetary Fund)
    Includes annual aggregate and detailed time series for balance of payments and international investment position for countries.
    Location: MILLS Government Publications (2nd floor) UN9 MF-B17 (1981-2014) | UN9 MF-B16 (1938-1980)
  • open accessCanadian International Merchandise Trade (Statistics Canada)
    Publication contains occassional articles on Canadian trade and summary tables showing monthly, quarterly, and annual data on both a customs and balance of payments basis. Data are presented by principal trading area, country, commodity category and province.
  • open accessDirection of Trade Statistics (International Monetary Fund) 
    Provides export and import figures for 150 countries. Also gives details of trade with major trading partners.
    Location: MILLS Government Publications (2nd floor) UN9 MF-D38 (1958-2014)
  • open
    A U.S. government export portal that helps U.S. companies export. 
  • open accessExporting and Importing (Canada Business Network)
    Provides export information by the Canadian federal government. Includes foreign market data, laws & legislation, and more.
  • Handbook of Country Risk
    Provides trade exchange information such as top exports and imports by product for many countries. Also provides one to two page assessments/ratings of 157 countries that include country risk, business climate, main economic indicators and strengths & weaknesses.
    See also Coface's Country Risk Assessments web site for similar information.
    Location: INNIS Reference HG 4538.R496 2014 (previous editions in INNIS Bookstacks).
  • open accessInternational Financial Statistics (International Monetary Fund)
    Includes time series data for GDP growth, inflation, unemployment, payments balances, exports, imports, external debt, capital flows, commodity prices. Covers more than 200 countries and areas.
    Location of Print: MILLS Government Publications (2nd floor) UN9 MF-I52 (monthly)[1948- 2015] / UN9 MF-I53 (annual) (1979-2014)
  • open accessInternational Trade Center (ITC) - Countries
    Select a country from the drop-down  Countries/Terrorities menu on the ITC toolbar to view trade and market profiles. Profiles can include a trade performance index, export performance, import profile, trade simulation, and trade statistics (imports and exports by product group).
  • International Trade Statistics Yearbook, (United Nations Statistical Office/Division) 
    Provides information on approximately 152 countries' external trade performances.
    Location: MILLS Quick Reference (1st floor) and Government Publications (2nd floor) UN2 S30-Y31 (1950 to current)
  • Best Bet!open accessOANDA Currency Converter
    Provides foreign exchange services and online tools. Has currency conversion information and other services for travelers and businesses. Also includes a number of historical exchange rates, some dating back to 1990.
  • Best Bet!open accessOzForex Currency Converter
    Investigate seasonal patterns, long term charts, raw data, period average exchange rates - with 10 years of data and over 150 currencies. The historical exchange rate tool allows you to view 20 years of exchange rate data for over 55 currencies. 
  • open accessStatistics Database (World Trade Organization)
    Contains trade and tariff profiles by country.
  • open accessTrade Policy Reviews (World Trade Organization) 
    The World Trade Organization (WTO) produces periodic trade policy reviews for member countries. Reviews include an analysis of a country's role in world trade, its economic environment and trade policies. The WTO web site contains summaries of these reviews as well international trade statistics.
    Location of Print: MILLS Government Publications (2nd floor) UN9 WTO13 -...(call number varies by country)
  • Best Bet!open accessUN Comtrade (United Nations Commodity Trade Statistics Database)
    Provides import and export statistics from 1962 to the present for approximately 200 countries or areas.
  • open accessWorld Tariff Profiles 2006 to current (WTO, ITC and UNCTAD)
    Lists tariffs imposed by each WTO member on its imports and provides an analysis of the market access conditions it faces in its major export markets. Includes summary tables and country-by-country breakdowns.

Company and Industry Information

  • Best Bet!McMaster Users OnlyBusiness Monitor International 
    Macroeconomic, financial, and company analysis on emerging and key global markets. Industries covered include: Autos, Chemicals, Commercial Banking, Defence & Security, Food & Drink, Freight Transport, Information Technology, Infrastructure, Insurance, Oil & Gas, Petrochemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Telecommunications, Tourism
  • Best Bet!McMaster Users OnlyBusiness Source Complete
    Contains company profiles (some with a SWOT analysis), industry profiles (overview, market value) and market research reports for countries around the world.
  • open accessCanadian Company Capabilities (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada)
    Select the Detailed Search to find companies by name, employee size, sales, NAICS code, exporting markets and more. Type in your company name and click on the Search button. If your company is listed, click on the Complete Profile. It may contain a section on Geographic Markets.
  • open accessCorporateInformation (Wright Investors' Service)
    Provides information on 30 industries and 60 countries. Get a list of companies covered in a particular industry and a list of relevant links and a brief synopsis of the industry.
  • Best Bet!Encyclopedia of Global Industries
    Profiles over 100 business sectors of global significance. Entries typically include sections on organization and structure, background and development, current conditions, research and technology, industry leaders and further reading. Organized alphabetically by industry (NAICS code).
    Location: INNIS Reference HD 2324.E53 2007 (Previous editions in INNIS Bookstacks)
  • McMaster Users OnlyEncyclopedia of Products & Industries - Manufacturing (2008) via Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)
    Contains information on products and the relationships between products and their industries. Explores various aspects of a product - the manufacturers, suppliers, immediate and adjacent industries and markets. Covers manufacturers of numerous durable goods such as tires, appliances, home furnishing and sporting goods. U.S. emphasis.
  • open accessEuroPages: The European B2B Search Engine
    A multilingual business directory containing millions of companies from 35 countries in Europe & links to international yellow pages. Search by product or service, by company name, or by activity or sector.
  • Best Bet!McMaster Users OnlyFactiva
    Contains full-text newspapers from around the world and reports on companies. Also includes some international industry related sources such as Mergent Industry Reports and TechNavio
  • open accessGEM: Global Entrepreneurship Monitor
    Includes data sets and annual global and country specific reports related to entrepreneurship. 
  • open accessGlobal Consumption Database (World Bank)
    Includes data on household consumption patterns in developing countries. Numbers are available for national, urban and rural regions and for different consumption segments (lowest, low, middle, and higher). Retrieve data by country, sector or product/service. 
  • open accessGlobal Market Finder (Google)
    A Google service that helps identify which markets/countries present the best opportunities for products and services. Based on search volume and the cost of advertising. 
  • Best Bet!McMaster Users OnlyIBISWorld
    Contains over 1,000 U.S., 425 Canadian, and 74 global industry reports, many at the five digit NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) level. 
  • International Directory of Company Histories, 99 volumes
    Traces the historical development of over 4,500 of the largest and most influential public, private and non-profit companies around the world. Each volume has cumulative indexes: by company name (alphabetical), by industry, and by geography (country of company headquarters).
    Location: INNIS Bookstacks HD 2721.I57
  • open accessKompass Business Directory (some content is fee-based).
    Search across 5 million selected companies in more than 60 countries.
  • Best Bet!McMaster Users OnlyLexisNexis Academic
    Looking for Canadian companies located in other countries?
    • At the introductory search screen, select Search by Subject or Topic > go to  Companies menu > select Company Profiles.
    • click Advanced Options
    • select International Company Reports in the Sources menu.
    • select Address from the Select a Segment dropdown box and type in Canada (i.e., ADDRESS(canada))
    • add a country name to the search (i.e., ADDRESS(canada) AND greece)
    • click the Apply button
    • click the Search button
    • The resulting list should help you find Canadian companies in the specified country. Look at the Full Document view to verify location and affiliation information.
    • Too many results? Try clustering your search results using the Result Groups menu or Edit Search by specifiying an industry.
  • Manufacturing Worldwide: Industry Analyses, Statistics, Products, and Leading Companies and Countries
    Provides manufacturing industry statistics for 190 countries around the world.
    Location: MILLS Bookstacks HD 9720.4 M36 1995 & 1998
  • Market Share Reporter
    A compilation of global market share data from periodical literature, competitive analysis and market research. Search by products and services; by company; by brands, by U.S. SIC and more.
    Location: INNIS Reference HF 5410.M35 2016 & 2017 (previous editions in INNIS Bookstacks (previously titled World Market Share Reporter INNIS Bookstacks HD 2757.15 .W67 1997 to 2002).
  • Best Bet!McMaster Users Academic
    Contains hundreds of market research reports, some covering markets outside of North America.
  • Best Bet!McMaster Users OnlyMergent Online
    Contains company and financial data for publicly traded companies around the world. Search by company name, American  SIC or NAICS. 
  • Moody's / Mergent's International Manual, 1981-2008 [microfiche]
    Financial and business information on 11,000 corporations, sovereigns and institutions in 117 countries.
    Location: INNIS Reference HD 2755.5 .M6 [microfiche](grey filing cabinets) 
  • Best Bet!McMaster Users OnlyPassport
    Provides key business intelligence on countries, companies, markets and consumers around the world. Try performing a keyword search for your country, industry or topic.
  • Principal International Business
    Directory of key companies worldwide. Companies organized by country and standard industry classification (SIC).
    Location: INNIS Reference HF 54.U5P74 2010/2011 (previous editions in Innis Bookstacks). NOTE: Subscription cancelled.
  • open accessSector Risk Assessments (Coface)
    Provides risk assessments for 12 business sectors from six geographical regions. Assessments are based on Coface experts and financial data published by over 6,000 listed companies.
  • McMaster Users OnlyThomson ONE
    Contains full-text research reports on global companies and industries written by analysts at leading investment banks, brokers and independent research firms.
  • World Cost of Living Survey
    Location: MILLS Bookstacks HD 6977.W77 1997 & 1999

Cultural Issues

  • open accessAfrobaromater - Africa Public Opinion Research
    Measures attitudes on economic, political, and social issues in sub-Saharan Africa. Try the Online Data Analysis link to retrieve survey data for specific countries.
  • Best Bet!McMaster Users OnlyConsumer Lifestyles via Passport
    Once connected, click on CONSUMERS (across top of screen) > choose LIFESTYLES from the menu. In the ANALYSIS FINDER section,  select CONTENT > CONSUMER LIFESTYLES and a GEOGRAPHY from the drop-down menus. The lifestyle reports include analysis of household profiles, income, education, eating and drinking habits, shopping habits, leisure and tourism.
  • open accessCountries and their Cultures
    Covers 225 countries. Topics covered include social stratification, gender roles and status, etiquette, socialization, political life, etc.
    Location of Print: MILLS Bookstacks GN 307.C68 2001 (4 volumes)
  • open accessCountry Insights (Centre for Intercultural Learning)(Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
    Provides answers to a variety of intercultural questions from a Canadian and a local point of view. Topics covered include: conversations; communication styles; display of emotion; dress, punctuality & formality; preferred managerial qualities; hierarchy and decision-making; religion, class, ethnicity & gender; relationship-building;  privileges and favouritism; conflicts in the workplace; motivating local colleagues; recommended books, films & foods; in-country activities;  national heroes; shared historical events with Canada; and stereotypes.
  • Best Bet!Craighead's International Business, Travel, and Relocation Guide to 84 Countries
    Provides in-depth practical information about living and doing business in several countries important to international business. Each country profile contains the following sections: Orientation; Relocation information; Business Practices; Social Customs, Finding a Home; and Country Resources.
    Location: INNIS Reference HF 5549.5 .E45D56 2002/2003
  • Dun & Bradstreet's Guide to Doing Business Around the World
    Provides cultural and social tips for 40 countries.
    Location: INNIS Reference HF 1416.M78 2001
  • open accessEarth Calendar
    A daybook of holidays and celebrations around the world. Browse holidays by date, country, religion or lunar phases.
  • open accessEurobarometer - Public Opinion Analysis (European Commission)
    Includes surveys and studies that deal with issues concerning European countries including social situation, health, culture, Information technology, environment, the Euro, defence, and more.
  • open accessExecutivePlanet
    Covers business etiquette, customs and culture in several countries. Topics include negotiating, entertaining, public behaviour, business dress, conversation and more.
  • Exporters' Encyclopedia
    Each country profile has a section on Business Travel which includes business customs and etiquette.
    Location: INNIS Reference HF 3011.E9 2008/2009 (ceased publication)
  • McMaster Users OnlyGlobal Happiness : A Guide to the Most Contented (and Discontented) Places Around the Globe, 2016
    This e-book assesses what places (countries and cities) offer the happiest living experiences by considering quality of life, prospects for the future, social relations, confidence in good government, and several other factors. 
  • open accessHofstede Resource Centre
    The free country comparison tool visualizes cultural differences in a bar chart. Select a country from the drop-down menu to view its values across 6 dimensions - power distance,  individualism, masculinity, uncertainty avoidance, pragmatism, and indulgence. 
  • open accessInternational Business Etiquette, Manners & Cultures
    Provides cultural profiles for 32 countries and six regions around the world. Each profile typically include sections on cultural dynamics, religion, appearance, behaviour, communication and additional resources. Scroll to the middle of the page to select a country or region.
  • Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands: The Bestselling Guide to Doing Business in more than 60 Countries
    Location: INNIS Reference HF 5389 .M67 2006
  • open accessTrend Briefings (, 2002 to current
    Monthly bulletins which profile emerging consumer trends worldwide.
  • open accessWorld Business Culture
    Site provides business culture information for approximately 40 countries. Each country profile contains brief information on topics such as business structures, management style, communication style, business dress code, and entertaining. 
  • open accessWorld Values Survey (WVS) - Online Data Analysis, 1981-2014
    Provides the state of sociocultural, moral, religious and political values of different cultures around the world.
  • Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life
    Includes 500 cultures, listed in alphabetical order by region. A country index is included in the front of each volume. Entries typically cover customs, religion, education, human rights issues, interpersonal relations, living conditions, family life, food, work, and more.
    Location: MILLS Bookstacks GN 333.W67 1998 (4 volumes)

Dictionaries and Research Guides

  • Dictionary of International Business Terms
    Lists over 4,000 international business trade and 400 Internet terms.
    Location: INNIS Reference HD 62.4 C36 2004 (previous edition 1996 in INNIS Bookstacks)
  • International Business Information: How To Find It, How To Use It, 2nd ed.
    Excellent resource for identifying sources of international business information.
    Location: INNIS Reference HF 54.5 P33 1998
  • International Business Research: Strategies and Resources
    Chapters identify sources, organizations, and websites that list resources for specific regions and countries; how to find international company information and financial data; the major classification schemes used to find relevant industry data, including import/export statistics; and international market and industry research.
    Location: INNIS Bookstacks HD 2755.5 .G535 2013

Economic, Legal and Political Issues

  • Atlas of Human Rights: Mapping Violations of Freedom Around the Globe
    Location: MILLS Maps (1st floor) G 1046 .E625F34 2010
  • open accessAmnesty International Online
    Includes human rights information by country.
  • open accessBusiness and Human Rights Resource Centre
    Site tracks the positive and negative impacts of over 5,000 companies worldwide. Search or browse by companies, issues and regions/countries.
  • McMaster Users OnlyBusiness Monitor International
  • open accessCentral Bank and Monetary Authority Websites (Bank for International Settlements)
    A list of central banks by country.
  • McMaster Users OnlyCIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online)
    A full-text database containing working papers, journals, books, policy briefs and case studies related to international affairs.
  • open accessConsular Information Sheets By Country (U.S. Department of State)
    Information on safety, security, crime, medical facilities, and travel warnings for countries worldwide.
  • open accessCountry Reports on Terrorism (U.S. Department of State)
    Annual review of terrorist activities by country or region.
  • open accessDoing Business: Measuring Business Regulations (World Bank)
    Provides indicators of the cost of doing business by identifying specific regulations that enhance or constrain business investment, productivity, and growth. Regions and countries are ranked on topics such as starting a business, enforcing contracts, licenses, hiring and firing, credit, taxes, and cross border trading. Also includes annual reports for countries and links to laws. 
  • McMaster Users OnlyEconLit
    Indexes articles from over 750 major economics journals.
  • Best Bet!McMaster Users OnlyEIU (Economist Intelligence Unit)
  • McMaster Users OnlyEIU Country Commerce via Factiva
    Outlines the business regulations that are unique to each country and shows how a specific country's laws work in practice. Also offers a practical business reference to investing, licensing and trading in the global economy. Limit by date, region, industries and more. Click Modify Search button (top right) to add your keyword(s) to the search.
  • Best Bet!McMaster Users OnlyEIU ViewsWire
    Try browsing By Country. Select your country from the drop-down menu and click on one of the topics (e.g., Politics, Regulations, etc.) to see a list of subtopics or articles.
  • Europa World Yearbook
    A good source of current facts and figures on all countries in the world. Includes information on government systems & officials, political parties, economic statistics, and more. Organized alphabetically by country.
    Location: MILLS Quick Reference (1st floor) JA 51. E89 2016 (previous editions in MILLS Bookstacks) 
  • Best Bet!Exporters' Encyclopedia
    A comprehensive guide to global market and export information on more than 220 countries. Each country profile includes information about trade regulations, marketing data, transportation, business travel and more.
    Location: INNIS Reference HF 3011.E9 2008/2009 (ceased publication)
  • open accessFreedom House
    A nongovernmental organization that assesses the level of government accountability, rule of law, and freedoms of expression and belief in countries worldwide. 
  • open accessGlobal Corruption Reports (Transparency International), 2001 to the present
    Countries are ranked in a Bribe Payers Index and a Corruption Perceptions Index.
    Location of Print: INNIS Bookstacks JF 1081 .G66 2001 to 2009
  • open accessGlobal Terrorism Database
    An open-source database including information on terrorist events around the world from 1970 through 2008. Search  or browse by date, region, country, perpetrator, weapon type, attack type and target type.
  • open accessGlobaLex (Hauser Global Law School, NYU)
    Resources are divided into several categories. The International Law Research section includes guides on over 20 topics (e.g., international terrorism, international trade, etc.) and the Foreign Law Research section contains entries on over 100 countries.
  • open accessGlobal Slavery Index (Walk Free Foundation)
    Ranks countries according to the number of people living as slaves. Includes anyone who is forced into unpaid labour or debt bondage, is trafficked for sex purposes, or is born into servitude.
  • Handbook of Country Risk
    Provides trading risk analysis & ratings for over 155 countries and key economic indicators. See also Coface's Country Risk Assessments web site for similar information.
    Location of Print:  INNIS Reference HG 4538.R496 2014 (previous editions in INNIS Bookstacks).
  • open accessHuman Development Reports (United Nations Development Programme), 1990 to the present
    Location of Print: MILLS Government Publications (2nd floor) UN2 DE-H72 (1990, 1994 to the present)
  • open accessHuman Rights Library (University of Minnesota)
    Comprehensive site includes full-text  documents, treaties, charters, international agreements, and more.
  • open accessHuman Rights Watch
    Provides human rights reports by region, country and theme.
  • open accessHuman Security Report Project (Simon Fraser University)
    • open accessHuman Security Report, 2005 to current
      Provides information and analyses on global and regional trends in armed conflict and other forms of organized violence.
    • open accessMiniAtlas of Human Security
      An illustrated guide to global and regional trends in human insecurity. It maps political violence, the links between poverty and conflict, assaults on human rights and the causes of war and peace.
    • open accessSecurity Statistics, 1946 to current
      Provides organized violence and conflict data by region.
  • open accessIFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) World Report
    Contains details of freedom of access to information, freedom of expression, censorship and related issues in 122 countries. Access is provided by country (map or text) or by topic.
  • open accessInternational Labor Comparisons (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
    Provides international comparisons of hourly compensation & productivity costs, consumer prices, employment rates and labor force participation rates for selected countries. 
  • open accessInternational Law Resources (Washlaw)
    Provides links to primary foreign and international legal resources, research aids, and sites useful in conducting research in these areas of the law. Search by region or by subject.
  • open accessInvestment Climate Statements, 2009 to current (U.S. Department of State)
    Statements cover general characteristics, such as openness to foreign investment and treatment of foreign investors, as well as details about procedures for licensing and similar administrative matters.
  • open accessJuriGlobe: World Legal Systems
    Provides general information relating to the different legal systems in the world, to the different official languages and to some of the most important international commercial conventions, as well as other multilateral commercial tools.
  • open accessLABORSTA Internet
    Provides labour related data (e.g., unemployment, hours of work, wages, etc.) for over 200 countries around the world.
  • Legal Systems of the World: A Political, Social, and Cultural Encyclopedia
    Location: MILLS Reference (2nd floor) K 48.L44 2002 (4 volumes)
  • open accessMass Violence & Resistance (MV&R) - Sciences Po
    An interdisciplinary online site focusing on 20th and 21st century massacres and genocides as well as on local resistance against mass violence.
  • McMaster Users OnlyPRS Group Political Risk Services
  • McMaster Users OnlyPRS Group International Country Risk Guide
    Provides political, economic and financial risk analysis for approx. 100 countries. To retrieve a country report in LexisNexis Academic, type: COUNTRY(name of country) e.g., COUNTRY(Austria)
  • McMaster Users OnlyWorldwide Political Science Abstracts
    Indexes articles from over 1,400 journals in political science.
  • Year Book of Labour Statistics, 1943 to 2009
    Presents labour statistics (employment, unemployment, wages, hours of work, etc.) for more than 180 countries.
    Location: MILLS Government Publications (2nd floor) UN9 L3-Y21


Population Demographics

  • open accessDemographic Yearbook (United Nations), 1948 to the present
    Contains demographic data (population by age, by sex, etc.) for more than 160 countries.
    Location of Print: MILLS Government Publications (2nd floor) UN2 S30-D29 (1948 to the present)
  • The Future Demographic: Global Population Trends & Forecasts to 2010 and Beyond (see Passport for more recent data)
    Location: INNIS Reference HA 155.F88 2004
  • open accessGlobal Consumption Database (World Bank)
    Includes data on household consumption patterns in developing countries. Numbers are available for national, urban and rural regions and for different consumption segments (lowest, low, middle, and higher). Retrieve data by country, sector or product/service
  • open accessThe Human Mortality Database (Free registration required to access data)
    Site provides detailed mortality and population data such as births, deaths, population size and life expectancy for 37 countries.
  • open accessPopulation and Vital Statistics Report (United Nations), 2006 to the present
    Presents most recent data on population size (total, male and female) from the latest available census of the population, national official population estimates and the number and rate (births, deaths and infant deaths) for the latest available year within the past 15 years. 
  • open accessPopulation Reference Bureau: DataFinder
    Contains data on 133 population, health, and environment variables for more than 220 countries, 28 world regions and sub-regions, and the world as a whole. The country drop-down menu provide demographic profiles and links to policy briefs, data sheets and more.
  • Best Bet!open accessWorld Development Indicators (World Bank)
    Provides a comprehensive selection of economic, social and development indicators, drawing on data from the World Bank and more than 30 partner agencies. The database covers more than 900 indicators for 210 economies with data back to 1960. Search by country, series/topic and year. Also review the World DataBank site for additional content.
    Location of Print: MILLS Government Publications (2nd floor) UN9 MG-W53 (1998 to 2009)
  • open accessWorld Population Prospects
    Contains population estimates and projections for countries around the world. Coverage is between 1950 to 2100.


  • open accessBest Global Brands, 2001 to present (Interbrand Surveys & Research)
    Use Best Global Brands drop-down menu in toolbar to view reports from previous years.
  • open accessEase of Doing Business Index (World Bank)
    Countries are ranked on their ease of doing business,  with first place being the best. A high ranking means the regulatory environment is conducive to the operation of business. This index averages the country's percentile rankings on 10 topics, made up of a variety of indicators, giving equal weight to each topic. 
  • open accessForeign Direct Investment Confidence Index (FDI) (A.T. Kearney)
    Ranks countries based on how changes in their political, economic, and regulatory systems are likely to affect foreign direct investment inflows in the coming years.
  • open accessFortune 500 Companies, 1996 to current
    open accessFortune 500 Companies, 1955 to2005
    A list of the largest corporations in the United States. Select relevant year(s) from drop-down menu.
  • open accessFortune Global 500, 1995 to present
    A list of the largest corporations worldwide. Change dates in the drop-down menu.
  • open accessFragile States Index, 2005 to present
    Ranks over 170 countries by twelve social, economic and political/military criteria that affect peace and security.
  • Best Bet!open accessGlobal Competitiveness Report  (World Economic Forum)
    Ranks countries according to a competitiveness index. It assesses the comparative strengths and weaknesses of approx. 130 national economies. Rankings are based on quantitative data and survey data (responses from business leaders).
    Location of Print: INNIS Bookstacks  HF 1414 .G559 (1999 to 2008)
  • open accessGlobal Corruption Reports, 2001 to present
    Countries are ranked in a Bribe Payers Index and a Corruption Perceptions Index.
    Location of Print: INNIS Bookstacks JF 1081 .G66 2001 to 2009
  • open accessGlobal Information Technology Report (World Economic Forum)
    Ranks over 130 economies worldwide on technological readiness and innovation.
    Location of Print: INNIS Bookstacks HC 79 .I55G55 2003-2008
  • open accessGlobal Services Location Index (GSLI) (A.T. Kearney)
    Analyzes and ranks the top 50 countries worldwide as the best destinations for providing outsourcing activities, including IT services and support, contact centers and back-office support.   
  • open accessGlobal Slavery Index (Walk Free Foundation)
    Ranks countries according to the number of people living as slaves. Includes anyone who is forced into unpaid labour or debt bondage, is trafficked for sex purposes, or is born into servitude
  • open accessHappy Planet Index
    Measures the "efficiency with which countries convert the earth's finite resources into well-being experienced by their citizens." Based on calculations of life satisfaction and life expectancy in terms of ecological footprint.
  • open accessHuman Development Reports (United Nations Development Programme), 1990 to the present
    Location of Print: MILLS Government Publications (2nd floor) UN2 DE-H72 (1990, 1994 to the present)
  • open accessIndex of Economic Freedom (Heritage Foundation)
    Measures level of economic freedom and government intervention in countries worldwide. 
  • open accessMarketing Charts
    Contains statistics, charts and articles on the top players within a specific category such as automotive, retail, entertainment, advertising and more.
  • Best Bet!open accessNationMaster
    Centralizes country data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, United Nations, World Health Organization, World Bank, World Resources Institute, UNESCO, UNICEF and OECD. Allows you to compare and rank countries on a variety of variables, including education, labour, economy and more. Statistical maps and charts can also be generated.
  • open accessOECD Better Life Index (OECD)
    Website presents data and ratings on indicators related to "material living conditions and quality of life" for OECD's 34 member countries, along with Brazil and Russia. Rankings for housing, income, jobs, health, community, education, environment, civic engagement, life satisfaction, safety, and work-life balance are included.
  • open accessSHOW: A new way to look at the world
    Site generates cartograms that show various places in the world based on thematic characteristics such as people, planet, business, politics and more. Maps for the world, Japan and the USA are included.
  • open accessThe Web Index (World Wide Web Foundation)
    Provides a "multi-dimensional measure of the Web’s growth, utility and impact on people and nations. It covers 61 developed and developing countries, incorporating indicators that assess the political, economic and social impact of the Web, as well as indicators of Web connectivity and infrastructure". 
  • open accessWorld Database of Happiness
    Site contains a bibliography of more than 7,000 publications, approx. 760 measures of happiness in more than 1,500 studies, and data covering 165 countries. Search for keywords or browse links in left navigation menu.
  • open accessWorld Economic Forum Reports (World Economic Forum)
    Includes full-text access to a number of international competitiveness reports that rank countries by a variety of criteria. Site includes Global Competitiveness Report, Global Gender Gap Report, Global Information Technology ReportTravel & Tourism Competitiveness Report and many more publications.
  • open accessWorld's Most Ethical Companies Rankings  (Ethisphere Institute)
    Ranks companies based on corporate citizenship and responsibility, corporate governance, innovation that contributes to public well being, industry leadership, executive leadership & tone from the top, legal, regulatory & reputation track record and internal systems and ethics/compliance program.

 Last Reviewed: January 10, 2017