GENERAL BUSINESS SUBJECT GUIDE
subject guide is
meant for business in general (that's
both Business and General Business). The closely related
have their own subject guides. You can also skip to International Business
Here is a list of ULM Library databases with information on business
GOVERNMENTAL INTERNET RESOURCES
This is the
state web site for doing business in Louisiana, and it offers useful
links to other state websites and information on how to accomplish
goals such as opening a business or getting a job.
official business link to the U.S.
Government, is managed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
partnership with 21 other federal agencies." It provides quick
to government information related to business. It doesn't appear
on any particular size of business, offering help for large and
This site can help someone do things like find money for a business for
out what are the latest regulatory laws passed concerning the
statistics of large and small
cities on sundry topics, including graphs, maps, weather, and even
pictures. The most specific reason I've placed this site on this
its discussion forum
it possible to see more than only data about locales (the "why"
behind it). But don't expect what you read there to be academic
U.S. Census Bureau
This is great
find statistical data about the U.S. The American
demographic information as age, race, income, education, employment,
The U.S. Dept.
of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics
This site can be
in numerous ways, beginning with
Demographics, the Consumer Price Index, unemployment rates, The
Outlook Handbook, and much more.
United States Patent
and Trademark Office
This site allows
search for patents, learn about what
they are, and more. There are also extensions of the site that
for advocacy on the issues of patents and their protection.
vary from state to state. Louisiana rather generously allows one
to view information on bills and acts voted on, who
voted on them, committee, legislative histories, and more. It is
searchable, which is helpful.
Better Business Bureau
them somewhere: "...or else I'll
report you to the Better Business Bureau!" It is a private
organization and not a government bureau, but complaints found here
concerns and desires of the public.
International Business Ethics Institute
ethics is so 80s. The
International Business Ethics Institute (IBEI) is a nonprofit
devoted to its namesake. Its web site has resources including a
explaining ethics, links to ethics web-pages of businesses and
and a bibliography with more books on the subject.
One does not
need to be a lawyer to need legal
news, and one doesn't need to be a lawyer to get it, either.
JURSIT is a
free resource with a very pleasing interface made by The University of
Pittsburgh School of Law. It covers US and world legal news, and
searched, browsed, and watched.
"lookups" page takes the
information from the U.S. Census and packages it differently, so that
find what you need faster and compare data more easily. You can
latitude & longitude coordinates, verify addresses, find zip codes,
zips, and much more. This site is as fun as it is useful.
Official Guide to Doing Business in Louisiana
information on how to conduct business
in the state of Louisiana, including contact information for state
news, maps, and more.
International Business Websites
This is a global economy, so of
course there are other countries to consider. This
, for example,
business in the United Kingdom. Provided in this guide is
smattering of the available websites you can visit. Since
business is of
great size and importance as a subject, there's much more.
CIA World Factbook
This is an excellent resource to find pertinent information on countries around the world. It was in print for decades and recently changed to online-only. Entries contain short histories on each country, statistical data on its population, the extent of its infrastructure, its type of government, and much more.
DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals
, Business and Economics titles
The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) contains links to open-access scholarly peer-reviewed journals from around the world. "Open access" refers to copyright and access issues, and does not necessarily mean that the titles are free, but they often are. There are over 350 journals listed here for Business and Economics, including many foreign and non-English journals.
Doing Business is an information resource created by The World Bank in 2002. "The Doing Business Project provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 183 economies and selected cities at the subnational and regional level." The site publishes a variety of reports on business regulation worldwide, research guides, and includes a search-able legal database, including non-English materials.
Another work of the U.S. Census Bureau. "FOREIGN TRADE is the official source for U.S. export and import statistics and responsible for issuing regulations governing the reporting of all export shipments from the United States. If you're searching for import or export statistics, information on export regulations, commodity classifications, or a host of other trade related topics, this is the place to get the information you need."
The International Data Base (IDB)
This is a part of the U.S. Census Bureau. "The International Data Base (IDB) offers a variety of demographic indicators for countries and areas of the world with a population of 5,000 or more. The IDB has provided access to demographic data for over 25 years to governments, academics, other organizations, and the public. It is funded by organizations that sponsor the research of the Census Bureau's International Programs Center for Demographic and Economic Studies.
International Statistical Agencies
This is a list of governmental statistics web pages compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It includes pages on domestic statistics, but has a long list of links to official statistical websites of other counties around the world listed by name.
International Trade Administration
The International Trade Administration (ITA) is a US government agency that helps increase exportation of domestic goods, among other duties. It has information on its own operations as well as data about industries and topics related to trade. It is useful for both learning and doing, as the site's main purpose is to aid those who wish to do trade.
This information tool from The University of Auckland Library provides "access to free statistics from official sources on the web." This provides a browse-able list of statistical websites for many countries around the world, which is especially helpful for sites with non-English names. Some resources listed here are for University of Auckland users only. If you encounter one, go back and try another.
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is an agency of the Department of Commerce. "BEA produces economic accounts statistics that enable government and business decision-makers, researchers, and the American public to follow and understand the performance of the Nation's economy. To do this, BEA collects source data, conducts research and analysis, develops and implements estimation methodologies, and disseminates statistics to the public. "
This is a very
website attached to a TV Network
covering business (and finance, and all else related) news only.
stands for "Consumer News and Business Channel."
Yahoo, being a
site, has something for
everyone. It's not as comprehensive as CNBC, but also isn't as
loud. It is most useful when you already have a yahoo! ID you are
for email, IM, groups, dating, etc. and integrate it into your e-life
This is Google's
ultra-quiet, straightforward approach to
reporting finance and business news. If you use Google, you
Google finance; enter a stock name (DLTR, AAPL) into a search and
immediately tell you about it. Its news comes in the same manner
Google News does, so it brings you material from many different
websites related to whatever you search for.
you can just
whatever your favorite is for news.
Business news can come from a variety of sources. For local-area business news,
however, your choices are obviously much fewer.
Of course, that's not everything ULM has. For suggestion on
materials that should be added to ULM's collection, contact me
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