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Published on March 26, 2008

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Mining the Web for Business Information and Tools:  Mining the Web for Business Information and Tools Barbie E. Keiser Connecticut Library Association Russell Library - Middletown, CT April 6, 2006 Today’s agenda:  Today’s agenda Brief Introduction to Business Intelligence (BI) What’s required for success What kind of research must be performed Why look for what You might be asked to do the research, identify sources for clients to research, identify fee-based services that will do the research for the client Classes of resources to tap Strategies for locating “the best” Importance of locator tools Tips to improve your research capabilities Alternatives for gaining access to the Invisible Web Why this workshop is important:  Why this workshop is important Help you to understand what is available (and what is not) Help you to understand what you should expect from a resource/vendor Perhaps think about becoming information producers yourselves Questions to be asked:  Questions to be asked Where should I go first? What will lead me to the site/resource I need? Where is what I want most likely to be: In the format that I need? At a reasonable cost (for this project/question/assignment)? Who has done this already? Experts (market researchers, investment bankers, professors) Libraries (academic, public, special, virtual) Pathfinders, research guides, & workshops Library schools Commercial sites with extensive list of useful links to reputable resources Business information or business intelligence?:  Business information or business intelligence? Information continuum Data, information, knowledge, wisdom Three levels of business intelligence Market-level Industry Organization-specific Thinking globally, acting locally (& vice-versa) Drilling down, looking sideways, chaining forward and back-linking Tools to help Best/exemplary practices Monitoring Business resources Specific topics Stream of information Objectives for any business intelligence program:  Objectives for any business intelligence program Improve your ability to recognize changes that are occurring in the environment Improve monitoring efforts Deepen your knowledge Anticipate activities Be aware of shifts in focus or emphasis Interpret & clarify Determine trends and interrelationships Provide insight and understanding What’s required for success:  What’s required for success An organized approach Keeping up with the industry Knowledge of sources available, source availability options/access requirements Skill using available tools Access to unique sources Flexibility Use of secondary sources that lead to primary Authentication of quality content and reputability of authorship Negotiation skills (licensing) A network of people, drawing on individuals’ skills Organization of information from the users’ point of view Distinguishing information ownership from management responsibility Focused on the needs of the client Ability to manage expectations Research associated with BI can be complex:  Research associated with BI can be complex Topics may be targeted or broad Often time-sensitive Involving a combination of environmental scanning and monitoring Requiring attention to detail and innovative research strategies, with knowledge of/access to a wide range of resources, both primary and secondary Cultivating information expertise:  Cultivating information expertise Determine the intelligence requirements Understand what information is available (and what is not) Highlight “the best” Educate others & manage expectations Present business intelligence designed to initiate ACTION The payoff:  The payoff Delivery of more timely, more accurate, more focused information to those who can make the best use of it Better decision-making capabilities Reduced information source redundancy and minimal duplication of effort Savings in time, money and effort The simple business intelligence model:  The simple business intelligence model Collect data using a wide variety of sources and formats Organize information (and resources) for multiple uses and users Judge the value (of information and resources) Assist in the analysis process by determining the pertinence, reliability, and validity of information gathered Disseminate information, but communicate intelligence that leads to ACTION Weigh the options; consider the alternatives Typical problems:  Typical problems Responsibilities for information gathering are unclear Not comprehensive Ill-equipped information gatherers (and recipients Lacking focus No historical perspective Data by the truckload (and mostly incomplete) Lack of support (from senior management) Resistance (no time or desire to read material collected) Time mismanagement (too much on gathering, not enough on analysis) Unwillingness to share Understanding client needs:  Understanding client needs What the client does Where information plays a role What type of information Ongoing interest vs. ad-hoc request Which sources and tools Personal preferences Level of detail Modes of delivery Frequency/timing of delivery Importance of a stream of information (in discerning trends) When considering new tools:  When considering new tools Diverse types Complementary Perils of an Internet start-up Why the good ones get acquired (and what happens afterwards) Finding aids and monitoring tools What’s right for you Why - Objectives What - Key indicators Where - Sources When - Frequency Who - Skills How - Level of automation vs. Human Intelligence The Internet…:  The Internet… Changes How information enters the public domain (and how quickly) How information is distributed (and how quickly) What decisions need to be made regarding the acceptance of information Source credibility Authenticity/authorship issues What actions need to be taken by the recipient Helps? Providing access to (global) information resources Timeliness of data/updates Economics Changing your mindset:  Changing your mindset Don’t just look for electronic versions of print publications Demand added-value from each site Be aware of who is responding to questions Fee-based resources vs. free via the WWW :  Fee-based resources vs. free via the WWW Structured (fielded) data Special features (tables, lists, rankings, multicompany, case studies, forecasts) Historical framework Trend analysis Future-oriented (projections) Contact with sources Time-sensitive activities Flexibility Situation-specific May be worth the $ in terms of: Time spent Frustration levels Advanced search capabilities Ease of manipulating data Ability to download Permission to share with others How to reach these resources:  How to reach these resources WWW search engines (& what you need to know about how they work) Knowing when Internet directories can be more helpful Traditional information sources When print is better Economies of scale for electronic resources Access via the Web to less or more Accessing resources on vs. via the Web Web-based business information directories, databases, portals, and pathfinders Selected news aggregators and feeds Bibliographies, guides, journals & books Personalized news sources/services Web channels & industry servers Malls and gateways Portals and vortals Global business, finance, investment & trade Industry-specific sites and searches Go direct (single sites) Virtual everything Social networking tools BizWiz Search engines:  Search engines Indexed search services General & subject-specific Visualization tools Subject directories Meta-search engines Toolbars Region & country-specific Image handling Metasearch engines Caveats Some are better than others Size isn’t everything The freshness test Handling frames Dynamically-generated page search capability Relevancy & links Subject specificity Adding features all the time Searching online: Search engines & directories:  Searching online: Search engines & directories Excite Images, news, audio, video Business news on homepage AltaVista Images, news and video WebCrawler Images, news, audio and video Yellow & white pages A9 Cydral image search ( FAST search ( Audio, video, pictures, news Wondir ( ASK ( now includes Teoma and DirectHit AlltheWeb News, pictures, video, audio Blinkx Search over 1,000,000 hours of audio, video, podcast, vlog and television content for Reference and Directory Exalead Clustering Vivisimo Yahoo Google ( vs. Use the “more like this feature” Soople Mygooglesearch Galaxy Business and Commerce Dmoz Open Directory Project ( Toolbars Google, Yahoo, metaEUREKA Non-US search engines:  Non-US search engines Use names you know for different countries Yahoo UK & Ireland ( AltaVista UK ( Use search engines covering multiple countries European Search Engines ( EuroSeek ( European Business Directory ( European Interactive Directories ( Multi-lingual searching ez2find Mozbot preferences by language Try search engines you don’t know that specialize in a specific country Mirago ( Achoo ( Arnoldit ( International Directory of Search Engines ( & Country-based search engines ( Finding and searching newer technologies:  Finding and searching newer technologies Blog list ( OpinMind Feedster & Daypop PreFound Search4rss Waypath IncyWincy MediaCHANNEL Podzinger Rocketinfo ( Technorati Why use a Meta-Search engine?:  Why use a Meta-Search engine? Address unknown Ability to enter search string only once Speed De-duping of results What to look for in a metasearch engine:  What to look for in a metasearch engine Simple and advanced search capabilities Number of matches reported from each search engine Integration De-duping of results Ranking Interesting design Good response time Wide choice of search engines used “More like this” feature Meta-Searchers:  Meta-Searchers Beaucoup (look at corporate websites) Dogpile Highway61 Mamma Metacrawler ( OneSeek Metafind All4one MrSapo IcySpicy Chubba Jux2 Kartoo (for visual displays) Seekz Widow Metasearch ( Ixquick ( ZWorks Turbo109 InternetOracle proFusion Business Profiles (!4!&&queryterm=) Search & Submit ( Starting Point ( FinderSeeker Ixquick ( All One Search – Academic Research ( Trovando ( Need help choosing a search engine?:  Need help choosing a search engine? Best of the Bots ( Search Engine Watch Gregg Notess’ ( Search Engine Showdown ( The Spider’s Apprentice ( Best Search Tools Chart ( Search Engine Relationship Chart ( NoodleTools ( Pandia Search Engine News ( Comparing major search engines ( Web searching tools ( Business-to-Business ( iTools LLRX Search Engine Comparison Chart ( Search Engine Lowdown Search Engine Watch Forums ( Search Engines ( Seasrch Strategies for the Internet ( ALA Tolkit ( Web Search Guide Comparison Charts ( WebSerch ( Malls & gateways:  Malls & gateways Resource Discovery Network for Business Studies ( Academic Info Business Administration ( Social Science Business and Management Information Gateway ( Add-ins that will help:  Add-ins that will help WebWhacker ( Copernic WebFerret by FerretSoft Bookmarklets List All Links ( Tool bars Alert systems Google Alerts ( Web change notification Autonomy &Verity Watch That Page Infominder Watch360 ChangeDetect TrackEngine Karnak Website-Watcher ( Trackle Keeping up with it all:  Keeping up with it all Locator tools Internet Scout Report & NSDL ( Freepint ( Internet Resources Newsletter ( Librarians’ Index to the Internet ( Argus Clearinghouse ( BUBL ( The Virtual Chase ( ( ResearchBuzz CyberSkeptic’s Guide ( AcademicIndex ( Current awareness alerting services Clipping services Reputation monitoring Personal Distributed Using colleagues as a resource BusLib-L Thinking logically for quality:  Thinking logically for quality Pay attention to extensions Basic information & freshness Alexa Bookmarklets Follow the links (forward & back-chaining) Fagan Finder Bookmarklets Visualization tools Semagix WebBrain Anacubis Grokker ( Kartoo Touchgraph Excellent region-specific business sites Emerging nations and markets Reputable world trade sites Expanded news sites Interested parties with “name recognition” Management consultants Accounting firms Commercial & investment banks Web site evaluation criteria:  Web site evaluation criteria Source credibility Organizations and individual authors Pay attention to extensions Who links to them? To which sites do they link? Advocacy in check Purpose Target audience Objectivity Relevance to your work/inquiry Coverage and scope Integration Date of creation Frequency (and timeliness) of updates Quality Reliability Validity Accuracy/Error rate Meaning over time Completeness & Consistency Aesthetics Accessibility/Ease of use Output options Documentation Customer support Value-to-cost ratio Privacy Site map Look for academic curricula & support:  Look for academic curricula & support Course syllabi Published articles & working papers (past & ongoing research) Current research Dissertations/theses Case studies University-based research centers Databases Self-archiving ( Economics ( Open Access Repositories Experts (UK) ProfNet ( Sources & Experts ( Subject-specific libraries (e.g., business) Bibliographies & pathfinders BizEd ( Subject Finder – Business Studies ( Scholarly Societies Project – Business, Economics & Mathematics ( Very Large Database ( Translation plus:  Translation plus Browser prompt to install character sets Fonts in Cyberspace ( Industry- and country-specific resources Human intervention Technical translations Glossaries ( Software Free online translator services Business-related Quotes online ( Travel-related Learning languages Verbix Web tools Links to other resources Limited options ( International business practices, customs, & etiquette WorldBiz International Database ( Babelplex Free Translation Tools ( Google search ( Online Translation Guide ( Babelfish ( from AltaVista ( Google language tools ( AllWords ( Machine translation ( – Translate ( Fagan Finder Translator Wizard ( Free online translator service ( OneLook Dictionaries ( Systran Language Translation ( Portuguese Translations ( AlphaWorks ( News about translation tools ( WordReference YourDictionary Three categories of research:  Three categories of research Market Industry Company Background General business climate Risks Trade issues, barriers, statistics Population, demographics & social/lifestyle issues Health, education & religion Ethics & values Technology & infrastructure Legal/regulatory environment Three categories of research:  Three categories of research Market Industry Company Statistics Legal & regulatory issues Technology Trends & forecasts Current activity Structure Three categories of research:  Three categories of research Market Industry Company Background data (Corporate description) Financial performance Products and services Markets (and customers) served Operations Employee data Caveats at the market-level:  Caveats at the market-level Country classification Geographic region Type of economy Stage of economic development Political organization Comparing country data Tips Problems Competition at the country level:  Competition at the country level Global Competitiveness Program ( Competitive Institute ( International Budget Project ( Competitive Indicators (World Bank) World Competitive Yearbook (IMD - Lausanne) Competition Policy – UK ( Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy ( Globalization ( Index of Economic Freedom - Country Guides ( Competitive Alternatives - KPMG's guide to international business costs ( Doing Business Guides Deloitte/EIU ( World Bank Benchmarking Business Regulations ( Emerging nations and markets:  Emerging nations and markets International agencies Institute of International Finance Emerging Markets Research ( World Economic Forum ( Regional organizations North-South Institute ( Transitions Online ( Governments Canadian International Development Agency ( U.S. Department of State Commercial databases Directory of Development Organizations ( S & P Emerging Markets ISI Emerging Markets - Internet Securities ( ) World Marketing Data and Statistics ( Licensing Digital Information ( InfoNation ( International Data Base ( Emerging Markets ( Snapdata ( Fund Research Emerging Portfolio ) Investment Banks Pangaea Partners ( Commercial Banks Wachovia/First Union (,,13_54_3987_1068,00.html) Emerging nations and markets:  Emerging nations and markets Libraries Virtual Library on International Development ( Finding International Statistics Online ( GlobalEdge Country Insights ( VIBES ( Everything International – Company & Industry Data ( Resources for International Business & Marketing ( Research Guides – Baker Library ( Least developed country report ( Investment Promotion Network – Direct Foreign Investment ( Development Gateway (’s Country Profiles ( Economics, Business, and Environment Country Profiles ( Economist Country Briefings ( Eldis Statistics Guide ( Finding International Statistics Online ( Global Knowledge for Development ( Global Gateway ( Resources for International Economic Development ( OneWorld – NationsOnline ( UNIDO ( Oxford Economics ( Problems with comparing country data:  Problems with comparing country data Base years Methods of estimating Methods of data collection Extent of coverage* Precision of definition Scope of territory Margins of error Currency conversion Updates & revisions* Tips for comparing country data:  Tips for comparing country data The more detailed the publication, the greater the time lag The more accurate the statistics, the greater the time lag Appreciate how the Internet changes the equation Economic and trade data:  Economic and trade data National accounts Measures of inflation Labor statistics Financial statistics Risk Foreign trade Economic data:  Economic data Don’t limit your search to government sites for the country in which you are interested Try international agencies, other governments (3rd countries), commercial & academic sites Economic data collection issues:  Economic data collection issues Measuring National Accounts Effect of inflation Measures of inflation Use GDP deflator for macro analysis Use PPI or CPI, as appropriate Political environment Exchange rates Purchasing Power Parity Index (PPP) tries to factor in the underground economy and other intangibles For a truer cost of living, try the Big Mac Index Relocation services Hotel costs Economic and trade data:  Economic and trade data World Economic Outlook (IMF) Euromonitor’s World Economic Factbook World Tables (World Bank) OECD Economic Outlook Historical Statistics Eurostat National Accounts ESA Aggregates UN System Pathfinder – Economic development ( System of National Accounts Balance of Payments Statistics (IMF) Handbook of Economic Statistics ( Index of Economic Freedom ( International Budget Project ( Data sources: US economics:  Data sources: US economics Business Statistics of the United States National Income and Product Accounts Survey of Current Business Consumer Price Index and Producer Price Index (BLS) “Guide to Economic Indicators” Economic Statistics Briefing Room ( Joint Economic Committee ( US Census Bureau ( Census Bureau Economic Programs ( Commercial products (CACI) Census Economic Briefing Room ( Bureau of Economic Statistics ( Bureau of Labor Statistics ( Stat-USA ( Federal Reserve Boards International Economic Statistics Database ( Index to Reserve System Economic Publications ( Federal Reserve Education ( Beige Book ( Business Cycle Indicators ( Personal favorites: Economics:  Personal favorites: Economics Statistics World (Bank) Development Indicators UN Common Database ( United Nations Statistical Division ( US Census Bureau Statistical Agencies International ( World In Figures ( Sources of Economic and Financial Statistics ( ( Social Science Research Network ( Economics Classroom ( For the public AmosWEB Pedestrian’s Guide to the Economy ( Moody’s ( Dr. Ed Yardeni’s Economics Network ( Dr. T’s ( QuickMBA ( Free Lunch ( Economic News Feed ( Associations & think tanks American Economics Association ( and ( EconLit ( Association for University Business and Economic Research ( National Bureau of Economic Research ( Econometrics Journal Links ( AEI's monthly newsletter on economic trends in the United States and abroad ( Economic Strategy Institue EconPapers ( Economic Policy Institute ( Economics Search Engine ( Journalists’ Guide to Economic Terms ( Institute for International Economics ( Library of Economics and Liberty ( Theoretical Economics Open Journal ( Center for Economic Policy Research ( Index of Economic Freedom ( Independent Institute ( Urban Institute ( Personal favorites: Economics:  Personal favorites: Economics Commercial Sources Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU’s latest) Blackboard Scholar ( B&E data links ( BPubs – Economics ( InfoMine – Business & Economics ( Terrible site, great links ( Economic History ( EconMagic Economic Time Series ( DRI – WEFA ( Research Tools ( Law and Economics ( Best of the Web Economics Blogs ( Kiplinger forecasts ( Foubini Global Economics ( VLRC Economics Links ( Academic Sites Columbia University ( Area Studies ( Economic Resources for College Teachers ( BizEd ( University Economics Departments ( Econ Links ( Econ Links ( Economics Information Sources ( Internet Resources for the Economy ( Economics and Economic Statistics Research ( Internet Economist ( Researching International Economic Law ( SOSIG Economics ( Economics Subject Guide ( Scandinavian Working Papers ( Teaching K-12 Economics ( WebEc ( Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research ( Berkeley Law & Economics Working Papers ( Economics Net-Textbook ( Personal favorites: Financial statistics:  Personal favorites: Financial statistics International Financial Statistics (IMF) with trial account ( Financial Market Update ( Institute for International Finance ( International Finance Corporation ( Bank for International Settlements ( Foreign Direct Investments Online ( Global Financial Data ( Financial Market Trends (OECD) Bretton Woods Project ( Treasury Bulletin ( Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System ( Historical releases ( Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago ( FRASER ( Liber8 ( Federal Reserve Bulletin ( Foreign Exchange Rates ( Financial Times ( FT News ( FT Market Watch ( FT Search ( Journal of Commerce ( Financial Ratio Analysis ( Financial Scandals ( Financial Training Calendar ( Financial Textbooks ( Financial Dictionary ( A – Z of Financial Terms ( III Financial Services Factbook ( S&P indices ( The Millennium ( Personal favorites: Financial statistics:  Personal favorites: Financial statistics For the public Currency Converter ( Commercial sites and products Fund Info Service ( Bonds BondsOnline ( DCP Data for municipal bond info ( Hedge Funds Hedge Fund Association ( Hedge Fund Research ( Academic institutions Financial Data Finder ( Finance Links and Sites from NYU ( WWW Virtual Library ( Web Links ( Sources of Economic and Financial Statistics ( Museum of American Financial History ( Mutual Fund Cost Calculator ( What was the exchange rate then ( Social Science Research Network ( Society of Financial Professionals ( ) Labor:  Labor Issues Employment & unemployment statistics Labor laws & regulations Temporary help, outsourcing, & offshoring Outsourcing Institute ( Sources International Organizations Governments Labor unions Think tanks Advocacy groups My favorite labor sites:  My favorite labor sites International Labour Organization ( & Natlex ( Labour Economics Gateway ( Trades Union Congress ( EEOC in the US and Equal Opportunities Commission in the UK DTI Employment Relations ( Center for Economic and Social Inclusion ( NOMIS ( Employee relations policies ( European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions ( & European Industrial Relations Observatory ( WWW Virtual Library ( Flexibility – Resources for New Ways of Working ( Child Labor Laws ( National Immigration Law Center ( Workplace Law ( Employment Law Information Network ( Employment Law News ( Labor and Employment Legal Resources ( National Employment Law Project ( CEO Executive Pay ( Core Compensation Data from Hemscott ( Executive Grapevine ( Executive Paywatch ( Workforce Productivity ( Local Employment Dynamics ( Ecomp online ( Work-Life Balance ( Workers Struggles ( My favorite labor sites:  My favorite labor sites US Dept. of Labor ( Bureau of Labor Statistics ( Occupational Employment Statistics ( Compensation and Working Conditions ( Most requested statistics ( Career Guide to Industries ( (Local) Economies at a glance ( Foreign Labor Statistics ( Nonemployer statistics ( Telework Association ( Telework Exchange ( Families & Work Institute ( Globalization and Labor Standards ( Catherwood Library Guides ( Labor Contracts Database ( & Labor Research Portal ( O*Net ( Resources for Union Organizing ( United Auto Workers ( AFL-CIO Work Index ( Workplace Fairness ( Salary Survey ( ) Salary calculator (http://www.slary.dom) Salary Expert from WSJ ( Employee benefits & human resources management:  Employee benefits & human resources management International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Employee Benefit Research Institute ( Employee Benefits & Compensation – Related Lnks ( Employee Benefits Legal Resource Site ( Spencer Benefits Report ( Contract Employees’ Handbook ( Executive Compensation ( International Association for Human Resource Information ( bNet White Papers ( Human Resources Learning Center ( Human Resources Law Index ( Stress Directions ( Profiler Personality Test ( Society for Human Resource Management Online ( Workforce Management ( Risk issues:  Risk issues External factors affecting country Internal groupings (points of power) Political parties (in and out of power) Other important groups Internal factors Specific projects Personal favorites: Political risk:  Personal favorites: Political risk Handbook of Country and Political Risk Analysis Political Risk Newsletter Bank of America World Information Service Walden Country Reports Institutional Investor Euromoney EIU Country Risk Service ( “Big Six” accounting firms Country Risk Forecast ( Country Risk Analysis ( Oxford Analytica, including Consensus Economics ( Corruptions Perceptions Index ( Foreign trade data collection issues:  Foreign trade data collection issues Classification of goods Place of final destination Valuation Discontinuities and revisions Lack of regionalized definitions Trade data & opportunities:  Trade data & opportunities LexMercatoria ( Revised Guide to International Trade Law Sources on the Internet ( International Trade Statistics ( Harmonized tariff schedule ( Agency for International Trade Information & Cooperation ( GATT Digital Library through 1994 ( WTO & GATT Research ( Free Trade Area of America ( Summit of the Americas ( International Chamber of Commerce ( US Chamber of Commerce ( Federation for International Trade Organizations ( is the source for international import export trade leads, events, and links to 8,000 international trade (export import) related Websites International Business Resource Center ( Bridge Between NAICS and SIC ( Conversion to NAICS ( Industry trade data ( Concordance NAICS – NACE ( Trade data & opportunities:  Trade data & opportunities Trade Statistics Overview ( Danish Exporters ( BizEurope Global Trade Center Trade Leads ( UK Trade & Investment ( UK Trade Info Data & Prices ( Holland Exports ( Indian Exporters Directory ( Doing Business Abroad ( & Trade Data Online ( International Business Forum ( Manhattan International Development Corporation ( TradeExpress International Directory ( the most complete product directory for volume buyers to find suppliers, exporters and OEM manufacturers. Tradematch ( provides international trade opportunities through new markets, partners and customers overseas Inform Katalog & Export ( database of profitable and export companies ready to offer their products and services on Czech and international market World Trade Markets ( SEARCH system to cater for the capturing, dissemination and searching of Trade Point Trade Leads (ETO's-Electronic Trade Opportunities) throughout the world Statistical Tradeflow Database ( UN Trade Statistics Database ( & Crosswalk ( Market Access & Compliance ( Web help for firms seeking overseas trade:  Web help for firms seeking overseas trade International Trade Administration (US Department of Commerce) US ITC Tariff & Trade Database ( US International Trade Statistics are available from the Foreign Trade Division, US Census Bureau ( National Trade Data Bank ( Export USA Publications ( U.S. Customs Rulings ( & Market Access & Compliance ( TradeNet Online ( Outsourcing & Offshoring ( Port Connecticut ( TradersCity Index ( Export Services China ( Foreign Trade Information System ( Cato Center for Trade Policy ( Dialog TradeStat ( TradeStats Express State Data ( Virtual World Trade Reference Room ( Demographic data & data collection issues:  Demographic data & data collection issues Population Age distribution Urban & rural Income (& income distribution) Per capita Methodology Collection time Definitions My favorite sites: Population/demographics:  My favorite sites: Population/demographics UN Swmographic and Social Ststistics ( US Census Bureau ( Census Bureau Subjects A-Z ( American Fact Finder ( American Community ASurvey ( State & County Quick Facts ( International Data Base ( Census Links ( Country Rank by Population ( World Population ( International Programs ( International Population Reports ( US Gazetteer ( DataFerret ( Social Statistics Briefing Room ( New on our site ( State of the Cities ( NationMaster HNPStats ( Free ITC statistics ( State-based projects, such as MISER ( American Demographics ( Historical CensusBrowser ( Stats About All US Cities ( Decision Making Information ( US Census 2000 Demographic Products ( Census Scope ( US Demography ( Access to 1990 Census ( Archive of census products ( Free census records online ( Demographics Now ( Demographic and Health Surveys ( Community Profiles ( US Gazetteer ( GenderStats Database ( World Gazetteer ( Social Indicators of Development ( My favorite sites: Population/demographics:  My favorite sites: Population/demographics Trends in Europe & North America ( International census links UN Commission for Europe ( ( Asian American SuperSite ( Software for analyzing UK census data ( Office of Population Research Papers ( Harvard Center for Population ( Demography at ANU ( Microdata Use ( and ( Census of Government ( MediaMark Research ( Population Index ( Social Science Data Analysis Network ( Missouri Census Data ( and ( School District Demographjics ( Business Analyst Online Software ( Earth Resource System ( Business Mapping Software ( The Data Web Page ( WWW Virtual Library ( Mass. Institute for Social & Economic Research ( Scarborough Research ( Claritas Demographic Reports ( MelissaData ( Zip Code Maps ( Zip code boundary maps ( Community info by zip code ( Custom maps ( Social/lifestyles data:  Social/lifestyles data Education and literacy The Condition of Education (National Center for Education Statistics) ERIC Health care World Health Organization National Institutes of Health AHA Hospital Statistics Religion Ethics and values Transparency International ( Social organizations SRI VALS Service Decima Quarterly (Canada) Opinion polling and survey research Market research on the Millennium Generation Use of the Internet for purchasing goods Program on International Policy Attitudes – International Trade ( Technology & infrastructure:  Technology & infrastructure Telephones Roads Internet access Electricity Where to find it (and who can help):  Where to find it (and who can help) International agencies & NGO’s Government sources (national & local levels) Associations & not-for-profit organizations Market, industry, & company research reports Conferences, events, & exhibitions Universities, research centers & think tanks Identification Collections Case studies Experts Libraries: Public, academic & virtual libraries with excellent business collections, research guides, or links Press International (and regional) agencies and NGOs:  International (and regional) agencies and NGOs United Nations ( UN System ( Agencies within the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights ( Commissions Links to agencies ( UN Economic & Social Commission of Asia & the Pacific ( Specific publications Government Gazettes Online ( EuroStat (part of Europa site) World Bank Group ( International Monetary Fund ( Regional Development Banks (ADB, EBRD, CDV) Regional Conferences and Cooperatives OAS, OECD, ASEAN, PAHO European Union ( Directorates General ( Aid agencies, rescue missions, humanitarian efforts Official Government Servers ( Statistical agencies ( US Census Bureau Statistical Agencies International ( Global and regional resources:  Global and regional resources Economist Intelligence Unit’s EIU’s latest ( Central European Business Daily ( NewsBase ( Transitions Online ( East Europe and Russia News ( Central Europe Online ( ) Corruption Perceptions Index ( CIA World Factbook Country Information with sample country report ( NNC News Country Profiles Foreign Government Resources on the Web ( Local Economic Development Initiatives ( Finding US government agencies/resources:  Finding US government agencies/resources GPO Access – Government Information Locator Service ( For searching ( ) Finding aids ( By topic ( Official US Executive Branch Web Sites ( The Blue Pages ( UncleSam ( Uncle Sam Migrating Government Publications ( InfoMine Government Publications ( Spanish Resources ( Congressional Research Services Reports ( US Links ( Research in Government Information ( US Federal Government Agencies Directory ( Government Information on the Web Subject Index ( University of Michigan Documents Center ( Government Resources on the Web ( Statistics ( InfoMine’s Scholarly Internet Resource Collections ( LSU Federal Agencies Directory ( Free Government Information ( Open Congressional Reports ( Additional federal government information sites:  Additional federal government information sites LSU Libraries Federal Agencies Directory ( Congressional Committee Reports/Testimony from Thomas ( Catalog of US government publications ( Catalog of scitech resources ( Gov Research Center ( Federal Government Servers ( FedForms ( FedStats ( MapStats ( Stat-USA ( Business Gateway ( Business Partner Network ( Central Contractor Registration ( Central Contractor Registration Search ( Federal Marketplace ( Eagle Eye ( Where in Federal Contracting ( State & local government gateways and locator services:  State & local government gateways and locator services State & Local Governments ( State & County QuickFacts ( Links to state governments ( Gov Engine ( State and Local Governments ( Gov Spot – State Government ( Multistate Legislative Presence on the Internet ( State Bill Topic Search ( State and Local Government on the Net ( state/states.html) & ( State Resource Center ( GovernmentFilesOnline for Secretaries of States ( Government Contract & Bid ( State Regulations ( StateNet ( California State Legislative information ( Indiana Legal Information ( (Washington State) BRB's FREE RESOURCE CENTER ( Full Text Statutes ( Governing Magazine ( Government Guide from AOL ( Municipal Codes Online ( Business Filings Databases ( Secretaries of State Web Links ( or ( Regulatory reporting and enforcement:  Regulatory reporting and enforcement ( EConsumer ( FDA Enforcement Report ( OSHA Teen Workers ( EPA Enforcement & compliance history online ( Federal Communications Commission Electronic Comments ( Associations & not-for-profit agencies:  Associations & not-for-profit agencies Trade associations International Regional Single country Advocacy groups National level Cross-border cooperation Local community groups Topic-specific News Membership lists Online magazines & e-newsletters Statistical data Who issues market & industry research reports (and how do I locate them)?:  Who issues market & industry research reports (and how do I locate them)? International agencies, governments, & NGOs Government agencies Associations Research organizations & think tanks NIRA’s World Directory of Think Tanks ( US ( Collections PolicyFile Index of Urban Documents ( Management consultants Accounting firms Securities analysts Investment banks Commercial banks & Research from multiple institutions Thomson’s Research Bank – Investext ( Individual firms Stock trading/data sites Sci/tech Accessing market & industry research reports – General & subject-specific:  Accessing market & industry research reports – General & subject-specific AMR Research All About Marketing ( Chartered Institute of Marketing ( Datamonitor eMarketer Euromonitor ECNext Knowledge Center ( Find SVP ( FirstResearch Forrester Research ( Freedonia Group ( Frost & Sullivan ( Global Insight Gobi International ( GreenBook HarrisInfo In-Stat MDR ( InfoTechTrends Information Research Network ( Jupiter Research ( Market Research & the Internet ( Market Research Reports Collection ( Marketsearch Directory ( MindBranch Mintel Plunkett Research Plusdetudes Reed Business Information ( Research and Markets Valuation Resources Marketing favorites:  Marketing favorites Market Research Portal ( Market & Industry Research ( Marketing Toolkit ( QuickMBA – Marketing ( Quirk’s Marketing Research Review ( Marketing & Research Library ( Marketing Links ( TrendWatching 360Youth WonderGroup YPulse Sci/tech research is different:  Sci/tech research is different R & D NTIS Federal R & D ( Battelle Conference proceedings Interdok Quality/Benchmarking Best Practices American Productivity & Quality Center ( American Society for Quality ( Baldridge National Quality Program (

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