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54052 - Economy Society and Globalism: Data Sources

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Data Sources 

In addition to the free resources described in your assignment (World Bank, WTO, IMF etc) the Library subscribes to some great resources that will be able to assist you in wrangling data. It's unlikely you'll need to use all of these resources - read the descriptions beneath the databases to see which ones might be best for you.

Statista
Statista is a user friendly international database of statistics and information dossiers. The statistics are usually in pictorial graph/csv form and the dossiers are longer compilations of stats and contextual information. There are a few infographics in here too. The content is very varied and tends to be US focused but you can find data on consumption, production, export figures, leading companies and more for both worldwide and national markets for commodities like palm oil, sugar, coffee, cotton - the list goes on and on.

IBISWorld Industry Reports
IBISWorld is an easy to search database that contains well packaged and readily digestible reports on various Australian industries. The reports are particularly useful to you as they visualise the supply chain as well as industry conditions and driving forces, major industry players and industry turnover. It's primarily statistics and infographics supported by small snippets of text. You can find reports here for the cattle industry, gold mining and processing, sugar growing and manufacturing ... pretty much anything that is grown, dug, processed or refined on these shores. 

Passport GMID/Euromonitor
Passport GMID/Euromonitor is a database of products and markets. It has fully international coverage with reporting on continental and national levels, with straight tabular data as well as report type information containing explanatory text. The products covered in GMID don't cover every possibility you might need but it has extensive amount of data on beverages including bottled water, tea and coffee. It also covers tobacco, fresh food and packaging. It can be useful to establish information about supply chains, especially who is buying what and why. A word of caution, GMID can be a bit tricky to search with.

OECD iLibrary 
OECD iLibrary compiles information from OECD sources as well as the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), the OECD Development Centre, and the International Transport Forum (ITF). Information comes in statistical form as well as longer form information resources like books, papers and reports. For resources like cotton, oil, wheat etc you'll find import and export data, projections, world and regional data and reports, including on countries not in the OECD. It can be a bit hard to search with though, as it tends to present information in a reasonably random way after you search. But if you can't find information on something you desire in the above sources its well worth a look. 

CEIC Data 
CEIC data is a specialized resource that returns only data in graph/csv form. The main types of data you'll get from CEIC are production, yield, labour market, exports and forecasting. It has very strong world, regional and national information for resources like farm products, oil, energy, metals and minerals.