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Country Research: Databases

This guide lists books, databases and websites on country research including country financial risk resources, exchange rates and an extensive list of "doing business in…" country guides. General research tips are also provided.

Library Databases

Each of the online resources listed below provides access to country overviews, such as a profile or report. If you're not sure where to find the information you're looking for, ask a librarian!

For U.S. Foreign Trade information (imports & exports), register for free access to:

USA Trade Online

"...a dynamic data tool that gives users access to current and cumulative U.S. export and import data.  With multiple data sets and capabilities,   manufacturers and other businesses wishing to expand their business globally can utilize USA Trade Online to identify new markets, evaluate existing markets, and perform other market research tasks...
...This powerful software allows users to create customized reports and colorful charts detailing international trade data at different levels. All data are updated each month with the release of the latest U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services Report."

Monthly commodity imports/exports can be searched by state and by Harmonized System (HS) Code or by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) among other features. This site will give background information on foreign trade data.

Database Help

If you experience any problems accessing the databases listed on this page, please see the Databases Guide.