Global Business

Below are some resources specifically useful for study of global business.

Be sure to see the main Business Administration and Economics pages for all of the general business resources and research tips. 

Subject Guides

Mostly used for in-depth public company information, Mergent Online also includes deep and rich country profiles from a business standpoint. 

screen capture of Country Insight tab on Mergent Online database

 This resource is a quick reference for country data and history. Updated continuously. 

Includes Countries of the World and their Leaders, Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy, and Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations


Background Notes - Country Information - U.S. Department of State background notes, arranged by country.

CIA World Factbook

International Company Profiles, Histories, and Financials

Comprehensive financial information for over 14,000 U.S. public companies (active and inactive) listed on the NYSE, AMEX and NASDAQ exchanges, and 27,000 non-U.S. companies.

Use for

  • in-depth public company data
  • supply chain information (see Horizon tab)

This database is inaccessible until further notice.
(formerly Avention's OneSource).

Use for

  • More in-depth anaylis of  both public and private, US-based and international companies (SWOT analyses, Technologies in Use notes, and CRUSH reports)
  • to create lists of companies by various segment filters
  • if Mergent doesn't have financial data on a specific large private companies, try this source

International Directory of Company Histories: Narratives detailing companies' histories, from inception to modern operations.

Search for news reports on particular companies, legal issues, and company information. Company information included in Nexis Uni includes SEC filings, Marketline company profiles, Hoover's company profiles, Experian Commercial Credit Scores, and more. 


International Industry and Consumer Data

This database is inaccessible until further notice.
This source includes many recognized international industry surveys, such as Freedonia, MarketLine, STAT-USA, and Emerging Markets Direct. Also included are the RMA Annual Statements.

Features news and analysis on various product, service, and supply industries. Includes detailed consumer data for the US and 205 other countries.

World Bank Data, includes World Development Indicators.

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Data and Statistics, includes World Economic Outlook, Global Financial Stability Report, and Fiscal Monitor.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Economics Department, includes "Economic outlook, analysis, and forecasts," and "Economic surveys and country surveillance."

Local, National, and International Newspapers

Provides access to full text of many top international, national, and regional news sources.

Use this resource to find full-text of the English-language newspapers from around the world. 

International Business Journals and Magazines

Some select Business periodicals to browse:


Or search for a specific know title to see what acess we have

Journals Finder

Refer back to the main Business Administration Subject Guide for resources to find business-related journal articles. 


For articles on more political or public policy subjects, you can also search the following

30 languages available. Users can learn various languages through programs that have them interact through spoken dialogue, text and photographic images at their own pace. Users may also take interactive tests with speech recognition software to measure their progress and practice listening, speaking, and writing through a variety of exercises.

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Doing Business Project, Measuring Business Regulations (from the International Finance Corporation, of the World Bank)

An essential resource for global business! "Doing Business provides a wealth of information for studying business regulations across countries. This excellent World Bank publication "provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 185 economies and selected cities at the subnational and regional level.' " (Description from Choice, October 2013)


The accepted format for citing sources in the social sciences is the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. The School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA) at Saint Mary’s College, too, emphasizes the use of APA in SEBA course work. For help citing sources use the Library's APA Format Guide

APA Style Guide for Business - A supplement to the regular APA Style Guide highlighting common, hard to cite data-focused resources.

The full manual is available in the Library.

See other citation styles (i.e., MLA, Chicago) on the Library's FAQs page "How do I cite my sources?"


Other helpful resources

See our short animated tutorials on APA citation on our YouTube channel.


Writing Assistance

Questions about grammar and structure? Don't forget to refer back to your ENGL 3, 4 and 5 writing manuals. We have a couple of copies on Reserve if you need to quickly refer back to rules on commas, noun/pronoun agreement, structuring your paper, or other issues.


The Writing Center

Having trouble putting it all together? The SMC Center for Writing Across the Curriculum (or, "The Writing Center") offers peer-to-peer advising sessions for both undergraduate and graduate students. You can call or stop by to make an appointment, or can also drop in and do a session immediately, if an adviser is available. See their website for more information, or stop by 1st floor De La Salle, or call them at 925.631.4684