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by Daniel Hanne, Business Librarian
909-869-4352; dhanne@csupomona.edu

No. 25


Issue Number 25 Winter Quarter, 1997

Country data on the Internet, and more!!!

by Daniel Hanne, Business Librarian (x4352), E-mail dhanne@csupomona.edu
Inform on World Wide Web: http://www.cpp.edu/~library/publications/inform/home.html

Country data on the Internet:

Arab.Net (http://www.arab.net/) The Arab.Net Web page leads to over 1000 pages of information covering 16 Arab countries including history, geography, culture, economy, government, transportation, communications, and tourism.

BISNIS (Business Information Service for the Newly Independent States) (http://www.itaiep.doc.gov/bisnis/bisnis.html) US Department of Commerce's "one-stop shop" for Russia and the other states of the former Soviet Union." The choices include Embassy Reports, market reports, and lists of local contacts.

CIA World Factbook. (http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/) The CIA World Factbook gives a brief statistical overview of countries around the world and includes a useful succinct narrative of the current political economy.

Commission of the European Union (http://mkaccdb.eu.int) The EU's Market Access Database offers reports from list of countries. The reports are detailed and include overviews of barriers to foreign companies.

Export Market Information Centre (EMIC)
(http://www.brittrade.com/emic/) EMIC is a 'self-service' library and research facility provided by the UK DTI of research on export markets arranged by region; Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia, etc.

Export-Import Bank of the United States (http://www.exim.gov) The "Country Information" page links to Country Limitation Schedule, Exposure Fees Online, Country Fact Sheets, and CIRR Rates (Commercial Interest Reference Rates).

International Trade Centre (http://www.intracen.org/) This site gives particular attention to activities with the least developed countries (LDCs). There are links for "Contacts by region and country" and "Legal data by region and country". The choices bring a gopher menu.

The Web of Culture (http://www.worldculture.com/) This web site is devoted to cross-cultural communications.

World Trade Organization (http://www.wto.org/wto/reviews/reviews.htm) The World Trade Organization (WTO) site presents the text of evaluations and reviews on some 27 countries ranging from Cameron to Canada and the US.
And more...:

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A new computerized index for hospitality management:

We had been receiving the Lodging, Restaurant, and Tourism Index, produced at Purdue University, in paper. We now receive it on CD-ROM; it is available in Reference, first floor.

The Lodging, Restaurant, and Tourism Index indexes some 55 journals. The CD coverage begins in 1985. The database can be search by groups of years, 1994 to 1996, 1990 to 1993, or 1985 to 1989. You can also search entire database all at once. The database offers full Boolean search, that is, you can employ the "and", "or" or "not" concept by inserting the symbols "&", "/" or "!" between words. A useful feature allows you to ask for "Key" articles in the search, for "articles of substantial length or quality." You can also ask that your search retrieve only "Research" articles, entries from scholarly journals.

The Lodging, Restaurant, and Tourism Index shares a terminal with the Computer Select CD-ROM behind the Reference Desk.

The Internet generally as curriculum support:

"Teaching Students to Think Critically About Internet Resources" (http://weber.u.washington.edu/~libr560/NETEVAL/index.html) is a workshop with evaluation criteria and links to other sites.

Citing Internet resources in papers: There are a number of sites which give forms of "electronic style" for bibliographic citations; for example:

Citation Guides for Electronic Documents
Pitsco's Launch to Citing WWW Addresses
IPL Citing Electronic Resource (http://www.ipl.org/classroom/userdocs/internet/citing.html)

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A new tests reference book:

Tests; a Comprehensive Reference for Assessments in Psychology, Education, and Business (Ref BF 176 T43) gives descriptions of tests including publisher and costs. The tests are arranged by category, including "Business and Industry." These include tests for aptitude, clerical, computer, management, intelligence, abilities, dexterity, and interpersonal skills and attitudes.

A danger of mis-use of productive work time on the Internet: warning!:

Not that we would do such things here, but some might use the Internet to send electronic "greeting cards" to one another! If you want to avoid such frivolous activity be sure not to, inadvertently of course, visit the following sites:


NEXT ISSUE: "Political Risk" sites on the Internet, and more!!!

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