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Flags of the nations that belong to the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) group in a typographic illustration.


Following are some of the more specialized business databases that would be helpful for researching this topic. The list does include a few business databases of a more general nature, which could also be helpful. With the exception of the Ministry of Commerce, People's Republic of China, which offers free public access, these databases are accessible to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress but may also be available through your local public or university libraries.

BRICS: Sources of Information

November 2016

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Image (left): Flags of the nations that belong to the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) group in a typographic illustration. 
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Includes articles from full-text journals, the business press, trade publications, dissertations and conference proceedings. Access to over 6,800 journals is provided, with nearly 80% of them in full-text. This resource can be used to learn of changing market conditions in BRICS countries or other specialized topics.


Provides geo-political analysis and economic forecasts, along with historical data, for every one of China's 31 provinces. Each report contains information on the political, economic and business environment for each region, providing a complete picture of economic growth, changes in demographics and income and expenditure levels.

Business Full Text

Full-text database that indexes and abstracts articles from English-language periodicals published in the United States and elsewhere, including the leading business magazines, trade and research journals, plus the full-text of selected periodicals. This resource can be used to learn of changing market conditions in BRICS countries or other specialized topics.

Business Insights: Global

Provides international business intelligence from scholarly journals and business news for in-depth coverage of global economies.

Business Source Complete

Provides bibliographic and full-text content for thousands of scholarly journals, magazines, and trade publications covering all disciplines of business and economics. Indexing and abstracts for 1,300 scholarly business journals.

EconLit with Full Text

Provides citations for articles and dissertations in more than 620 journals, books, dissertations, and working papers on economics. Econlit is comprised of the print versions of the Journal of Economic Literature; Journal of Economic Abstracts; Index of Economic Articles in Journals and Collective Volumes; Abstracts of Working Papers in Economics.

EMIS Intelligence

Provides news and financial information for over 100 emerging market countries including Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. It includes primary news sources (full-text), macroeconomic forecasts and analysis in English as well as native languages. Arranged by country, this resource also includes business and political news – approximately 9,000 publications of data, research and news from sources such as the Economist Intelligence Unit and ViewsWire, as well as other local and global sources.

EIU Market Indicators & Forecasts

Provides global market indicators and forecasts running from 1990 and forecasting out five years. It delivers economic, demographic, consumption and industry data on 60 major markets worldwide. Data includes: population, urbanization, health, personal income, income distribution, consumer spending, consumer markets, and labor costs, market size, FDI, and other macroeconomic data as well as EIU's collection of unique operational and financial risk indicators.

GlobalCapital Emerging Markets

News service for people and institutions researching the international capital markets. Provides clearly-voiced coverage of key markets based on the comments of those who work in them. GlobalCapital descends directly from EuroWeek ("the voice of the markets"), which has been covering new issues in primary markets for 26 years. Provides a flexible global news and data service that easily accesses relevant articles on this topic.

IMF eLibrary

Direct access to the IMF's periodicals, books, working papers and studies. Information and perspective are provided on macroeconomics, globalization, development, trade and aid, technical assistance, demographics, emerging markets, policy advice covering both business and economic topics.

Ministry of Commerce, People's Republic of China External Link

Produced by the Ministry of Commerce, People's Republic of China (PRC) in Beijing, in conjunction with the China International Electronic Commerce Center, this site provides news, policies, statistics and more.

PAIS International

This Public Affairs Information Service provides citations to over 3,600 journal articles, books, hearings, reports, gray literature, government publications, Internet resources, and other publications from over 120 countries. Worldwide in geographic scope, PAIS includes coverage of publications in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish with English language abstracts and subject headings that deal with public affairs.

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