faculty and staff at the University of Florida now have access to the Economist
Intelligence Unit's (EIU) databases, a "web-based global intelligence service."
From your office, at home, or in the library you can directly access timely
analysis on the political, economic and business conditions in 180 countries.
Smathers Libraries now has subscriptions to EIU Viewswire (http://www.viewswire.com)
and to full reports on 59 countries in EIU.com (http://www.eiu.com.
Select, "Client Login.").
EIU is a sister organization
of the highly respected Economist magazine, the leading international
weekly of political, economic and business affairs. EIU has highly trained
analysts stationed around the world who monitor developments in all countries
and regions. Senior executives and decision-makers in multinational corporations
and international organizations are the primary market for these services.
The EIU databases have many
applications across the curriculum. Andy Naranjo, the William A. Emerson/Merrill
Lynch Professor of Finance, uses them in teaching his classes in international
finance. "To give my students a more complete understanding of international
financial markets, they are required to perform a thorough country analysis.
The EIU databases provide them with a comprehensive and consistent source
of country, political, economic, and financial information."
Richard Phillips, Head of the
Latin American Collection, says "There are many uses in LA Studies, such
as statements on trade with Mexico, overviews of Mercosur, profiles of
the isles of the Caribbean, and views on current Andean labor market troubles.
the EIU databases are very valuable in getting current Cuban economic indicators,
something very difficult to obtain."
Malanchuk is the Libraries' Africana and Political Science Bibliographer.
He says that "the EIU databases provide excellent overview commentaries
of political and international disputes, political analyses, political
forecasting, election watches, combined with economic data, policy trends,
projections, economic growth and inflation rates which makes for a very
sophisticated and timely research resource for those working in Africa,
Latin America, and the rest of the world. It is a terrific tool for comparative
EIU ViewsWire is a new
service made possible by the advent of the Web. ViewsWire extracts
relevant material from all of EIU's many publications and organizes it
by country and region. Between 100-150 articles are added each day. The
service goes beyond simply reporting news by incorporating sophisticated
analyses of political, economic and business developments. For each country
the information is arranged in three sections: Background, Briefings and
EIU.com offers a customized
set of Country Reports and Country Profiles selected to match
the programs here at the University. The Library subscribes to all of the
reports for the Latin American, Caribbean and African countries south of
the Sahara to support our Latin American and African Studies programs as
well as Egypt and Israel. In addition, we subscribe to the major economic
and political powers and strategic countries including the United States,
United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain,