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October 11, 2005

Reference Desk OAQs

This column features Occasionally Asked Questions (OAQs) at the BEL Reference Desk, and our suggested resources or research strategies.

So, without further ado, we'll start with a couple of shorties...

Q. How do I find US companies doing business in Taiwan (or Albania, Egypt, Belgium, etc.)?

A. The best place to look would be the Directory of American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries (call #382 D626). BEL retains the most recent copy; previous editions are kept in the Main Stacks.

Q. Where can I find definitions in print of categories/subcategories in the IFS?

A. While the International Financial Statistics online is in some ways easier to use, it does present information differently than the print version. The print version (located in BEL Reserves) contains definitions of its terms in the introduction (p. v-xxv in the Yearbook 2004).

Erin G.

Posted by neugebau at October 11, 2005 10:15 AM Posted to Reference Desk OAQs