MGNT 4800

This webpage is your guide to using the library to do research for your International Management course.

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  1. World News Sources
  2. Helpful Reference Books
  3. Internet Resources
  4. Finding Books
  5. Finding Journal Articles

World News Sources


Google News:

  • First, type your country into the search box and either press Enter or click on "Search News."
  • You will get to a screen with all the latest news including your country's name. On the left-hand side, you can sort the list by date or relevance, including filtering your results to be only within a certain period of time. 
  • If you have a Google account, click on the "Follow <your country's name> news" to create a permanent menu item for your country.
  • The permanent menu item will be there every time that you access Google News, and clicking on it will bring you to the previously described page, where your country's latest news is displayed.
  • If you wish to have news alerts delivered to your RSS Reader (such as Google Reader), simply go to your country's news page and click the RSS button on your browser, near the address bar,  Here is an example of an RSS button: Picture of RSS button

LexisNexis Academic GALILEO icon
LexisNexis Academic is a powerful library database that indexes most major news publications worldwide in full-text. 

  • On the homepage (also known as Easy Search), search within "Search the News" for the name of your country.  Keep "Major World Publications" selected, and click "Search."
  • If you want to search only within one source, you can do this in Easy Search: Type in the name of a source under "Or by source type," and Lexis-Nexis should auto-complete the name of the source.  Your search will now be limited only to that source.
  • If you would like more search options, click on "Power Search" on the left-hand side.
    • Power Search can be a bit intimidating at first glance - click on the "?" icons to access Help for each feature
  • If you want to search for only business news, click "News" on the left sidebar, and then click "Business and Industry News."  Search for the name of your country within the Business and Industry News search page that follows.


  • Online Newspapers is a freely-accessible database of newspapers arranged by region and country, with links to the newspapers' web pages.  Keep in mind that the newspaper web pages will be in their native language; you can get a rough translation of the page by copying the URL (web link) and pasting it into Google Translate, which does a great job of auto-detecting the language for you. 

Other world news sources:

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Helpful Reference Books


Sources Covering Multiple Regions

  • Craighead's International Business, Travel and Relocation Guide to 90 Countries 
    [REF] HF5549.5 .E45 c73 2004-2005 (Temporarily Shelved at Reserve Desk) 
    Gives detailed information on trade law, work ethics, unions, minimum wage, advertising, business customs, etc. 
  • Doing Business Anywhere; The Essential Guide to Going Global (e-book)
  • International Encyclopedia of Business and Management [REF] HF1001 .I53 1996 (Temporarily Shelved at Reserve Desk) 
    A six-volume set containing country-specific information about management. Volume 6 is the Index. You can use the Index to look up information on your country
    • by the country name 
    • under the entry for management by location
  • Dun & Bradstreet's Guide to Doing Business Around the World 
    [REF] HF1416 .M78 2001-- Ask at the Reference Desk 
  • Foreign Labor Trends--type this phrase as a title search into the catalog, and you will get a series of publications from the Bureau of International Labor Affairs of the U.S. Department of Labor, arranged alphabetically by country, on foreign labor trends in over 100 countries of the world.
  • The Daily Telegraph Guide to Working Abroad
    [REF] HF5549.5.E45 G64 2000 
  • Europa World Year Book
    [REF] JN1 .E85 -- Ask at Reference Desk for latest edition
  • Political Handbook of the World 
    [REF] JF37 .P6 -- Ask at Reference Desk 
  • Risk: A Country-By-Country Guide 
    HG 4538 .R57 (3rd Floor) 
    Topics covered for each country include: risk assessment, assets, weaknesses, market overview, attitude towards foreign investors, imports and exports. 
  • World Factbook (internet site) 
    Basic country profiles from the CIA.

Sources by Region or Continent


  • Africa 2002 [REF] DT1 .A37 2002

Americas: North and South

  • World Trade Press Country Business Guides
    [REF] HD62.4 .W67 no.1-10
    Detailed information concerning trade law, trade shows, hot items, business etiquette, etc. Countries available: Argentina and Mexico. 
  • Consumer Latin America 
    [REF] HC130 .C6 C67 2000-2001 
    Primarily a statistical source. Demographics, economic and cultural indicators, product sales statistics, etc., arranged by country.
  • The South American Handbook. (Regional Handbook of Economic Development series) REF HC 165 .S63 2002


  • World Trade Press Country Business Guides
    [REF] HD62.4 .W67 no.1-10
    Detailed information concerning trade law, trade shows, hot items, business etiquette, etc. Countries available: China, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, and Taiwan. 
  • Consumer Asia [REF] HC411 .C66 2000 
    Primarily a statistical source. Demographics, economic and cultural indicators, product sales statistics, etc., arranged by country. 
  • Doing Business in China (e-book)
  • Doing Business in India (e-book) Includes chapters on the influence of Hiinduism on managerial behavior, and how to communicate with Indians.
  • Doing Business in Today's India (e-book) Includes chapters on Basic Indian Business Law and Indian History for the Business Person, as well as an appendix listing additional readings.
  • Hong Kong Business: the portable encyclopedia for doing business with Hong Kong . [REF] HD62.4 .W67 no. 9 1994 
  • The India Handbook. (Regional Handbook of Economic Development series) [REF] HC435.2 .I5327 1997 
  • The Japan Handbook. ( Regional Handbook of Economic Development series) HC462.9 .J3195 1998 (3rd Floor) 
  • Singapore Business: the portable encyclopedia for doing business with Singapore . [REF] HD62.4 .W67 no. 10 1994
  • The Southeast Asia Handbook. (Regional Handbook of Economic Development series) [REF] HC441 .S68 2001

Europe and the Former Soviet Republics

  • Setting Up a Business in Europe 
    [REF] HD2346 .E85 M6713 1999
    Sections for each country include: labor law, key statistics, legal forms, and investment incentives. 
  • The Central and Eastern Europe Handbook. (Regional Handbook of Economic Development series) 
    [REF] HC244 .C3695 1999 
  • The CIS Handbook. (Regional Handbook of Economic Development) (Covers former Soviet republics)
    [REF] HC336.27 .C58 1999 
  • Doing Business in Azerbaijan 
    [REF] HC415.18 .D65 2000 
  • Doing Business in Croatia 
    [REF] HG5688.A3 D65 1998
  • Doing Business with the Czech Republic 
    [REF] HG5470.3 .A3 D64 2001
  • Doing Business in Emerging Europe 
    [REF] HF1532.7 .Z368 2003 
  • Doing Business with France
    [REF] HG5472 .D64 1998 
  • Doing Business with Germany 
    [REF] HG5495 .D64 1999
  • Doing Business in Poland 
    [REF] HG5587 .D65 2000 
  • Doing Business in Romania 
    [REF] HF3747 .D65 1999 
  • Doing Business in Russia and the NIS
    Y 4.SE 2:R 92/5 (Government Documents)

Middle East

  • Consumer Middle East 
    [REF] HC415.15 .Z9 C6 
    Primarily a statistical source. Demographics, economic and cultural indicators, product sales statistics, etc., arranged by country. 
  • Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East & North Africa 
    [REF] DS43 .E53 2004

Do's and Don'ts: Etiquette

  • Cross-Cultural Business Behavior (e-book)
  • Culture shock! : Italy DG 451 .F35 2001 --Though this is the only book in this series we own, numerous other volumes can be found in the Universal catalog by searching the title Culture Shock; entries include countries as exotic as Myanmar and Cuba.
  • Dictionary of Worldwide Gestures (Temporarily shelved at reserve desk) 
    [REF] PN4165 .B37 1997
  • Do's and Taboos Around the World. 3rd ed. (Temporarily shelved at the reserve desk.) 
    [REF] HF5387 .D66 1993 
  • Essential Do's and Taboos (e-book)
  • Global Etiquette Guide to Asia
    [REF] BJ1838 .F67 2000 
  • How to Negotiate Anything with Anyone Anywhere Around the World.
    [REF} HD58.6 .A27 2008 (Temporarily Shelved at Reserve Desk)
  • International business etiquette. Asia & the Pacific Rim : what you need to know to conduct business abroad with charm and savvy.
    HF5389.3 .A78 S23 2002
  • International Business Etiquette Internet Sourcebook (Web site from the Agri-Food Trade Service of Canada with PDFs of tips for business travellers to the following countries: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Finland, France, General Asia, General Latin America, General Middle East, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, Vietnam, and advice for women business travellers.)
  • Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands: How to Do Business in Sixty Countries 
    [READY REF] BF5389 .M67 2006 -- Ask at Reference Desk
  • A number of books of books can be found about etiquette in various regions of the world by doing a subject search in the Classic GIL Catalog under the subject, Business Etiquette. You will first see the subject, then the subject with alphabetical subheadings after it for each country for which we have either books or e-books.

Book Series

  • See the many books published by the Intercultural Press.
  • See also the books published by NTC Business Books. You can pull these up by doing a Keyword search combining NTC Business Books limited to Publisher: Name and Business Etiquette limited to Keyword Title/Subject. We have books for four countries, China, Japan, Korea, and Russia, some of which are e-books, but it is possible that more countries are available through the same search in the Universal Catalog.
  • See also World Trade Press' " Passport to the World" series. These are available as e-books. Countries included in this series are: Argentina, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the USA, United Kingdom, and Vietnam.

Other Aspects of Culture

  • Dictionary of Languages (e-book)
  • Encyclopedia of Food and Culture (3 vols)
    [REF] GT2850 .E53 2003 
  • Encyclopedia of World Sport (3 vols) 
    [REF] GV567 .E56 1996 
  • Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (10 vols) 
    [REF] M100 .G16 1998 
  • Geo-data: The World Geographical Encyclopedia 
    [REF] G103.5 .G36 2003 
  • Greenwood Encyclopedia of Women's Issues Worldwide (6 vols)
    [REF] HQ1115 .G74 2003
  • Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary [E-book]
    [REF] GT 3925 .H64 2005
  • How to be a Perfect Stranger: a guide to etiquette in other people’s religious ceremonies 
    [REF] BJ2010 M34 1996
  • International Handbook of Funeral Customs
    [REF] GT3150 M27 1998
  • The JVC/Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance from the Americas (6 videocassettes and 6 guides of music and dance from the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Central and South America) 
    FAMC M1627 .J3 1990
  • The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance (30 videocassettes and 9 guides of music and dance from over 70 different countries and cultures) 
    FAMC M1627 .J35 1995
  • Marriage Customs of the World: from Henna to Honeymoons 
    [REF] GT2690 .M65 2004
  • The New Encyclopedia of Islam. 3rd ed. Articles in this one volume discuss beliefs, practices, history, and culture of the Islamic world. 
    [REF] BP40 .G42 2008
  • The Oxford Companion to Food 
    [REF] TX349 .D36 1999
  • Traditional festivals: a multicultural encyclopedia (2 vols)
    [REF] GT3925 .R65 2005
  • World Directory of Minorities 
    [REF] HM201 .W67 1989
  • A World of Food: tastes & taboos in different cultures (DVD)
    GT2860 .W67 2000 
  • World Music: The Rough Guide (Library has volume 2 only) 
    [REF] M102 .W67 W67 1999 
  • Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life 
    [REF] GN333 .W67 1998 (Temporarily Shelved at Reserve Desk)
  • Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices (3 vols; vol. 1 deals with religions and denominations, vols. 2-3 are alphabetically by country)) 
    [REF] BL80.3 .W67 2006 
  • You are Cordially Invited to Weddings : Dating & Love Customs of Cultures Worldwide 
    [REF] GT2690 .M67 1999

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Internet Resources

  • Doing Business Database providing objective measures of the cost of doing business in a country. From the World Bank.
  • Foreign Embassies of Washington, D.C.
  • General Country Overviews
    • Background Notes: Country surveys produced by the U.S. State Department.
    • Country Studies Book-length studies of nearly 100 countries. Covers history, society, government, economy, etc. Some reports are dated.
      • Many of the studies include chapters on international economic relations and foreign trade.
      • Each study has a search engine. Try searching for foreign trademanagement, or domestic economy.
    • World Factbook: Basic country profiles from the CIA.
  • Country Commercial Guides (CCG) Country Commercial Guides (CCG's) are prepared annually by U.S. embassies with the assistance of several U.S. government agencies. These reports present a comprehensive look at countries' commercial environments, using economic, political and market analysis. Most guides have sections on major economic trends, marketing U.S. products and services, business customs, and investment climate.

    To use this service, you have to set up an account, which is free.

  • International Trade
    • FITA International Trade Web Resources More than 7000 links to International Trade / Import-Export Web sites are annotated and indexed. You do need to register (for free) to use this web resource.
    • Small Business Administration programs and services to help small businesses go global, including an online course on Taking Your Business Global.
    • Every state has some sort of organization promoting their state's businesses overseas. Maine's International Trade Center is funded by the state and offers educational programs and consulting services to its members. Florida offers extensive information on all aspects of its industries, using videos and podcasts. At Georgia Business, which is not exclusively devoted to international business, you can search for a listing of all international businesses in Georgia by leaving it on the Directory, All Countries, and clicking the Go button, or if you want to limit it to companies from a particular country, click the button by that country instead. Results will be displayed on a Google map of Georgia, and the local addresses and parent company affiliation and address overseas will be listed alphabetically below the map.
  • Portals to International Information
    • globalEDGE International Business Resource Desk compiled by Michigan State University's Center for International Business Education Reserach
    • Portals to the World By the Library of Congresss. "[C]ontains selective links providing authoritative, in-depth information about the nations and other areas of the world." Arrangement is by country then broad subject area.

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Finding Books

To search for books that you can find at Odum Library, you have two different catalogs to choose from! Both are available by clicking the "Books" tab on the Library Homepage.

Tips for searching within the newer GIL-Find Catalog:

  • Try a basic keyword search in GIL-Find (just search the way you would in Google). 
    • Even though you will get a huge results list at first, you can filter this list by the "facets" on the left-hand side of the page. For example, you can search for "Afghanistan" and then narrow the results to English-language books on the Afghan War using the facets.

  • If you are searching for a certain type of format, you could also use the Advanced Search tool.
    • Click "Advanced Search" and then select a format in the "Format" menu below the search bar.  This is especially helpful when searching for only videos, electronic books, or maps. 

Tips for searching within the Classic GIL Catalog:

  • Try a subject search.
    1. Click on "Exact Search."
    2. Type your subject into the search box. Relevant subjects include: corporate culture business etiquette comparative management foreign economic conditions
    3. Click in the circle next to Subject Headings.

  • Try a command search.
    1. Click on "Exact Search."
    2. Type your topic into the search box. Try combining terms, and be sure to put quotes around phrases:
      • mexico and "international business"
      • india and commerce
      • japan and "corporate management"
      • china and business and culture
    3. Click in the circle next to Command.
  • Check for maps, illustrations and charts. These can be reproduced in color and enlarged in the Library's Media Center.

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Finding Journal Articles

Accessing GALILEO

To search for articles, use GALILEO, a collection of over 200 databases. Click on the GALILEO tab at the top of the library's webpage.

If you are accessing GALILEO from off-campus, you will need "anywhere access." See the instruction page for options and directions. 

Suggested Databases 

You can try the Business & Economics subject category, or click on the Databases A to Z button to get a list of all the GALILEO databases.

Recommended databases for international business and management topics include:

Search Tips

  • Try various combinations of terms:
    • management and culture and france
    • business etiquette and australia
    • management styles and singapore
    • corporate culture and canada
    • trade and thailand
  • Look at the subject headings or descriptors that are assigned to each article. In most databases, these headings are hypertext links you can click on for additional articles on your topic.

How to Find Out if Odum Library has a Particular Journal

Odum Library does not subscribe to all the journals and magazines that you come across in the databases. To find out if the library has a specific journal, use the Quick Search "Journals" tab. The top box will check online availablility, the bottom box will check whether it is available in print. In both cases, be sure to enter the name of the journal, not the title of the article.

Another, quicker means is to click the blue Find it button beneath the citation if the article does not already have links to full-text beneath it. By clicking the Find It button, you can click any links beneath the heading Online to take you to another database which has it full-text (but be sure to see if they have the date of the issue you are looking for indicated in their holdings before clicking), or if it is not available full-text, click the link to GIL catalog under Print to see if we subscribe to print copies of the journal. Finally, if we have it in neither format, you can click a third link under Interlibrary Loan and log in to your ILLIAD account to transfer the citation to an interlibrary loan request form.

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