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Research Strategies

When developing a business plan, it is important to research and compare the economic differences between the U.S. and other countries, and examine the effects of exporting your product in a global context.

You can locate industry and trade reports, as well as country profiles, within the Business collection of the Library database ProQuest Central. ProQuest Central provides access to thousands of scholarly journals and trade publications  Content includes scholarly journals, newspapers, reports, standards and practice guidelines, trade journals, and much more

Studies continually demonstrate a correlation between improved grades and library usage, so be sure to use the suggested research strategies provided on this page. 

Research Strategies

To search within ProQuest Central's Business collection, click on Browse above the large search box. 

To access information about a particular industry, choose Industry & Market Research. For the purpose of this example, select Business Monitor International (BMI) Industry Reports:

Notice that you can browse by subject, location, or title within this resource. For this example, select Browse by Location:

Next, select the location of your choice In this example, Canada was selected:

The resource will display lots of documents. These results can be narrowed within the Subjects field on the left of the results page. Choose more options to find additional limiters to select: 

Select as many limiters you want to include AND exclude:

You can then sort results so that the most recent publications are displayed first:

To browse additional industries or industry-wide reports, try searching:

To find information about financial and economic conditions for a particular country, choose Country Reports. For the purpose of this example, select Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Country Finance & Forecast Reports

Select Browse by Location to see a list of regions to search.

For example, select North America to view Canada or the United States. In this example, Canada was selected:

As in the previous search, results can be narrowed by Subject and sorted by the most recent publication date.

For additional country profiles, try searching these additional ProQuest database below:

  • Oxford Economics By Country Industry Forecast
  • Oxford Economics Country Economic Forecast
  • OxResearch Country Profiles