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Note: Entries marked as USC restricted can only be accessed from USC network connections. This is automatic if you are on campus.  Click here for information on connecting from off-campus.

USC Subscription-Based Online Resources

  • EIU Online
    The EIU produces objective and timely analysis and forecasts of the political, economic and business environment in more than 180 countries.  Click on the 'Enterprise Client Access' link to launch the search module and select "Italy" from the Country menu to browse these reports:
    • "Country Report" covers the economy, the economic outlook, political scene, economic policy and some specific industries.
    • "Country Profile" provides analysis of historical, political, infrastructure and economic trends.
    • "Country Commerce" covers permits, licenses, foreign investments and other information for companies doing business in Italy.
  • Global Market Information Database
    Keyword search "Italy" to find statistics and market reports on consumer goods. Search the 'Consumers' tab to find Consumer Lifestyle reports for countries worldwide.  USC restricted.
  • STAT-USA/Globus
    Select Globus/NTDB for international information. STAT-USA compiles information that is produced by the U.S. Government. Much of this information is freely available elsewhere, such as
  • USA Trade Online
    Import and export information for the U.S. that can be sorted by trading partners.
  • World Marketing Data and Statistics
    Detailed demographics, market sizes and information on consumer goods.
  • Global Road Warrior
    Contains basic country profiles and cultural and business etiquette information.
    Find market research reports on a number of commodities; Keyword search "Italy."

The USC Libraries

Search HOMER for "ITALY AND BUSINESS" or "ITALY AND CULTURE" to locate books on these topics. Try other search terms as well. Note: If a book is checked out, it can take up to two weeks to recall.  Also, search eBrary to find full-text books online.

In Crocker Library

  • The Global Etiquette Guide to Europe (Reference BJ1838 .F673 2000) Chapter 15: Italy (pg. 214+)
  • Global Business Etiquette (Reference HF5389 .M375 2006)
  • Global Business Practices  (Reference HD58.7 S3477 2006)  Chapter 5 covers Mediterranean Europe
  • Global Competitiveness Report  (Reference HF1414 .G5563)
  • Handbook of Country Risk  (Reference HG4538 .R57)
  • Exporters' Encyclopaedia  (Reference Desk HF3011 .E9)

Generally Available Online Resources

Business Climate and General Articles

Business climate is more difficult to summarize. You often need to read a variety of articles and build your own picture. These are some good resources for finding articles. Try searching for "Italy" and "business" and "trends" or "markets" or "finance." Also try limiting your search to the last few months.

  • Factiva
    Good source of current news. You can limit your search to Italy by highlighting that country in the Region drop-down menu. USC restricted.
  • ProQuest
    Good source of background information on business happenings in Italy. USC restricted.
  • Lexis-Nexis
    Another good source of international business news, though it's not as easy to limit your search here as it is in Factiva or ProQuest. USC restricted.

Search for articles written about business in these locally published Italian publications:

Statistics and Government Information

Italian Sites

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