There are some websites which are absolutely free and others which will only provide information with your payment. Websites for the most part are a hybrid of available information. The United States Government's number one website: http://firstgov.gov will provide lots of free information; however, if you wish to order a hard copy of a publication or its CD you will, of course, have to pay. Other websites, like FindArticles.com (www.findarticles.com) are full-text articles for free online and download. You can't do better than that. Other sites will offer sample articles, statistics and commentary, all very useful and up-to-date, but require that you subscribe to the full service.
Many of these organization provide "educational, academic or student" rates, which entitle you to membership in the organization (also looks nice on your resume) and their publications are considerably lower than the regular rate.
If money is a problem--and it usually is--then you should stop by your library reference desk and ask that they subscribe to the site. Europa (europa.eu.int) will offer all of their publications free-of-charge at any of the European Documentation Centers (EDCs) in one of over 700 university libraries. They also provide Eurostate which is a databank containing details of all 18,000 dissertations on Europe completed since 1987. Free 100 indicators from Eurostat Yearbook 2000! These indicators are only an excerpt from Eurostat Yearbook 2000, which contains more than 900 indicators. It is available to sale from the same site.
The following databases have been created and are kept up to date by the institutions of the European Union.
Though Europa provides the common entry point; each database has its own search screen, which can be reached by clicking on the relevant name below:
- ADAM : Système Administratif et Documentaire des Achats et Marchés (www.europa.eu.int/adam/start/welcome.htm)
- CELEX: Access to EU law (www.europa.eu.int/celex/celex-en.html)
- CLAB : Case law about unfair contractual terms (www.europa.eu.int/clab/index.htm)
- Court of Justice of the European Communities : Recent Case-Law (curia.eu.int/en/jurisp/index.htm)
- ECLAS: Library catalogue (www.europa.eu.int/eclas)
- EUDOR: On-line document delivery (www.eudor.com:8444/EUDOR/PROC/orientation?LANGUAGE=english)
- EURES : European Employment Services (www.europa.eu.int/comm/dg05/elm/eures/en/indexen.htm)
- IDEA : Who is who in the EU? ( www.europa.eu.int/idea/ideaen.html)
- LIFE-Environment: Information on selected projects under LIFE I and LIFE II (www.europa.eu.int/comm/life/envir/database.htm)
- QUEST : Database of questions and answers on the euro and European Economic and Monetary Union (www.europa.eu.int/euro/quest/normal/frame.htm?language_nb=2)
- RAPID : Press releases of the EU institutions (www.europa.eu.int/rapid/start/welcome.htm)
- WATER QUALITY : Quality of Bathing Water (www.europa.eu.int/water/water-bathing/index_en.html)
United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization
The United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is an international gateway for library users (http://www.unesco.org/webworld/portal_bib). International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is the world business organization, the only representative body that speaks with authority on behalf of enterprises from all sectors of commerce in every part of the world. They promote an open international trade and investment system and the market economy. Finally, the real key to information is the library systems of the world.
Other free business databases
Dialog (www.dialog.com) is a world-leading provider of online information services. Its brands include the Dialog, DataStar and Profound ranges of Internet and intranet-based products and services, providing instantaneous access to over nine terabytes, or more than six billion pages, of essential information. The division serves over twenty thousand corporate customers in 120 countries, all supported by Dialog's worldwide network of Knowledge Centers. Professionals in business, science, engineering, finance and law turn to Dialog every day to get the critical information they need to make the right decisions.
One of the largest private databases in the world is Lexis-Nexis (www.lexis-nexis.com). Lexis-Nexis offers databases from over 23,000 news, legal, business and government sources. Pricing plans for the Lexis-Nexis services are customized to accommodate the research needs of each firm, company or individual. Due to this customization, exact pricing plan information is not available on this site. For specific pricing to meet your research needs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-227-4908. Alternatively, you may write at the following address:
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Wilson Business Periodicals Database
Produced by The H.W. Wilson Company, Wilson Business Periodicals Database (http://www.hwwilson.com) Business Periodicals Index, Wilson Business Abstracts, and Wilson Full Text -- are bibliographic databases that cite articles of at least one column in length from around 604 English-language periodicals published in the United States and elsewhere. Business Periodicals Index is a bibliographic database that cites articles pf at least one column in length from English-language periodicals published in the United States and elsewhere. Periodical coverage includes the leading business magazines and a broad array of trade and research journals.
Providing the same indexing and journal coverage as Business Periodicals Index, Wilson Business Abstracts offers well-written, detailed abstracts describing the content and scope of the source articles. The abstracts range from 50 to 150 words each. Wilson Full Text contains the full text of more than 155 of the periodicals plus comprehensive indexing and abstracting for all of the periodicals covered in Business Periodicals Index Free 30-day trials available!