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Business Information Sources 2

  1. 1. BUSINESS INFORMATION SOURCES MODULE 2: SEEKING FOR BUSINESS INFORMATION – SELECTED WEB-BASED INFORMATION RESOURCES EnIL International School on „Business Information Literacy”, 13-17 October 2008, Rome, Italy Dr. Sabina Cisek Associate Professor Institute of Information and Library Science, Jagiellonian University Krakow, Poland
  2. 2. The Module 2 structure and content <ul><li>Seeking for business information – selected Web-based information resources </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Part A: Getting started </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Part B: Company information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Part C: Financial information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Part D : Markets, marketing and international trade information </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Part A: Getting started <ul><li>Web searching tips </li></ul><ul><li>General Internet resources </li></ul><ul><li>Business information „starting points” </li></ul><ul><li>Business dictionaries, encyclopedias, glossaries </li></ul>
  4. 4. Web searching tips <ul><li>Do not rely on a single source </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You need to cross-check information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What if it would be out of service? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>There are millions of search engines and other search services – global and local, general-purpose and specialized – not only Google  </li></ul><ul><li>Do not believe in everything – evaluate information and Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Use searching functionalities – advanced search, Boolean connectors, help, operators (+, -, define), phrase searching, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion: How to decide whether a website contains reliable information? Criteria for information evaluation? </li></ul>
  5. 5. General Internet resources and services (I) – may be useful for business information <ul><li>General-purpose, global in scope, search engines/services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AltaVista </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AlltheWeb </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dogpile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mamma </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yahoo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and many, many more … </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. General Internet resources and services – … (II) <ul><li>Quality-controlled subject/information gateways </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital Librarian: a librarian's choice of the best of the Web </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intute </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Librarians’ Internet Index </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RefDesk </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. General Internet resources and services – … (III) <ul><li>Deep Web / Invisible Web search tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CompletePlanet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deep Web Research ( weblog ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IncyWincy: The Invisible Web Search Engine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Public Records Directory </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Scholarly search services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Scholar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>INFOMINE </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Open Access full texts – archives, digital collections, full-text databases, e-journals, repositories … <ul><li>DOAJ – Directory of Open Access Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Fulltext Sources Online </li></ul><ul><li>OAIster: </li></ul><ul><li>OpenDOAR – Directory of Open Access Repositories </li></ul>
  9. 9. Business information „starting points” – specialized search engines, subject gateways and Web directories – business, economics, management (I) <ul><li>AllBuziness: </li></ul><ul><li>BRINT the World's No. 1 Resource for Business Technology Management and Knowledge Management: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  10. 10. Business information „starting points” – … (II) <ul><li>CEOExpress: </li></ul><ul><li>European business directory: </li></ul><ul><li>globalEDGE: </li></ul><ul><li>Inomics® EconDirectory: </li></ul>
  11. 11. Business information „starting points” – … (III) <ul><li>Intute: Social Sciences : </li></ul><ul><li>Krislyn’s Strictly Business Site: </li></ul><ul><li>RBA Business Information on the Internet: </li></ul><ul><li>The WWW Virtual Library – Business and Economics: </li></ul>
  12. 12. Business dictionaries, encyclopedias, glossaries <ul><li>Finding dictionaries, encyclopedias, glossaries: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>EuroTermBank </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Glossarist – Business </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OneLook Dictionary Search </li></ul></ul><ul><li> Economics </li></ul><ul><li> Business and Finance </li></ul><ul><li> – Business </li></ul><ul><li>globalEdge – Glossary </li></ul>
  13. 13. Part B: Company information <ul><li>Information about different types of organizations: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>publicly trade companies (listed on stock exchanges) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>private companies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>state-owned companies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>not-for-profit organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>government bodies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Information about: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Company background – name, address, website, contacts, identification number; managers; line of business – products, services; legal status and type of a company; size, number of employees; corporate affiliations; basic financial data (income, profit or loss, turnover) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More in-depth information – company finances, competitors, history, perspectives, policies (ecological, social, etc.) </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Company information sources <ul><li>Directories, yellow pages, databases </li></ul><ul><li>National/official registries </li></ul><ul><li>Business/industry/product classifications </li></ul><ul><li>Lists/rankings </li></ul><ul><li>Annual reports and other formal documents </li></ul><ul><li>Stock exchanges’ websites and services </li></ul><ul><li>Trade magazines, journals, news services </li></ul><ul><li>Companies’ websites </li></ul><ul><li>… </li></ul>
  15. 15. Company directories, yellow pages, databases <ul><li>globalEdge – Company Directories: </li></ul><ul><li>Central & Eastern European Directory On-Line: </li></ul><ul><li>Hoover’s: </li></ul><ul><li>Europages, the European Business Directory: , </li></ul><ul><li>Kompass: </li></ul><ul><li>ThomasNet ( USA ) : </li></ul><ul><li>Short assignment: find on the Web the yellow pages / business telephone book for your country and describe its information content </li></ul>
  16. 16. Company identification numbers – come from: <ul><li>official / governmental company registers (in most countries companies and other organizations have to be registered with a government agency or a court or a statistical office – and get a national registration number); examples – </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Company registration around the world ( links to registers ) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>RBA – Official Company Registers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>UK Companies House – Worldwide Registries </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>commercial information providers; the most important is DUNS Number by Dun & Bradstreet </li></ul>
  17. 17. Global, international, local lists/rankings of companies <ul><li>Gary Price's List of Lists </li></ul><ul><li>Forbes </li></ul><ul><li>Fortune </li></ul><ul><li>Short assignment: What type of information one can get from rankings? Check Forbes and/or Fortune lists and their information content. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Part C: Financial information <ul><li>Financial information ≠ company finance </li></ul><ul><li>Financial information = investment information </li></ul><ul><li>Financial info: stock exchanges, quotes, charts; financial instruments – securities, bonds, shares, etc.; investment funds; bank products, credits; currencies, money, rates of exchange; insurance, retirement </li></ul><ul><li>To understand financial information one needs to know specialized, technical terminology – importance of glossaries! </li></ul>
  19. 19. Financial information in general-purpose search engines <ul><li>Google Finance: </li></ul><ul><li>MSN money: </li></ul><ul><li>Yahoo! Finance: </li></ul>
  20. 20. Securities, stock exchanges, quotes <ul><li>NYSE, New York Stock Exchange </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission – Investor Information </li></ul><ul><li>World Federation of Exchanges </li></ul>
  21. 21. Currencies, currency converters <ul><li>OANDA, The Currency Site </li></ul><ul><li>FXConverter – multilingual currency converter for over 164 currencies and 3 metals </li></ul><ul><li>Universal Currency Converter </li></ul>
  22. 22. Dictionaries, glossaries and investor education <ul><li>Investopedia </li></ul><ul><li>NYSE – Glossary </li></ul><ul><li>NYSE – Investor Education: </li></ul>
  23. 23. Part D: Markets, marketing and international trade information encompasses: <ul><li>information about markets – local, national, international, global – background, people (demographics, consumer behavior, income), economic indicators and statistics, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>information about industries, market sectors and market share of a brand, firm, product </li></ul><ul><li>information about market research, marketing, advertising, promotion, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>information about international trade, exports/imports </li></ul>
  24. 24. Markets, marketing and international trade information (I): <ul><li>National markets – countries and their economies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>country background </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>geography, climate, environment, natural resources, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>government, administration, political system </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>people – demographics, population, age structure, geographical distribution (urban? rural?), ethnic groups, family income and consumption, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>culture, tradition, religion, ethics and values, lifestyle, healthcare, social problems </li></ul></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Markets, marketing and international trade information (II): <ul><ul><li>country economy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>economy basics – type of economy, level of development, unique areas of specialization, major economic events, currency, fiscal year </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>national accounts, indicators and statistics – GDP, inflation rates; labor force, unemployment; budget, investment, public debt; risk; etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>industries – structure and characteristics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>international trade – exports/imports, balance of trade, trade partners </li></ul></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Markets, marketing and international trade information (III): <ul><ul><li>country infrastructure and technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>communications (internet, phones, radio, TV) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>transportation (airports, railways, roads, etc.) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>country legal system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>advertising regulations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>copyright and intellectual property regulations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>fiscal policy, taxes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>labor laws </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>patents, standards, trademarks </li></ul></ul></ul>
  27. 27. Countries’ background – finding local search tools <ul><li>Search Engine Colossus – International Directory of Search Engines </li></ul><ul><li>European Search Engines, Directories and Lists </li></ul><ul><li>Baltic Sea States – Web directory for the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe </li></ul>
  28. 28. Official sources offered by international organizations <ul><li>EU – Eurostat:,30070682,1090_33076576&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL </li></ul><ul><li>OECD:,3351,en_33873108_33844430_1_1_1_1_1,00.html </li></ul><ul><li>the International Monetary Fund: </li></ul><ul><li>the World Bank – Countries & Regions: </li></ul><ul><li>the World Bank Group – Doing Business : </li></ul>
  29. 29. Official sources offered by national authorities <ul><li>CIA – The World Factbook: </li></ul><ul><li>Chambers of commerce and industry: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>World Chambers Network </li></ul></ul><ul><li>National statistical offices: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ISI – International Statistical Institute – Directory of Official Statistical Agencies & Societies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Statistical Offices – data sources and links: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Statistical Sites on the World Wide Web: </li></ul></ul>
  30. 30. Non-official but useful information sources <ul><li> – Country Links </li></ul><ul><li>Inside World, InsideCountries , </li></ul>