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Last Updated: Sep 12, 2019     Views: 65

IFC: China's Belt & Road Initiative (BRI)

Where can I start my research for the course work?


The following databases are well selected by Baker Library staff for the research assignment of this course. Each database covers various aspects about the BRI from dynamic sources. We may have more resources that might be useful for your specific research topics. Feel free to contact Baker services for further research supports.

Topic Resources to begin with
Country profile/analysis and data
  • Economist Intelligence Unit - in-depth country analysis and data
  • OECD iLibrary - country studies, forecasting reports in aspects of social economic, environmental, trade, sustainability, etc.
  • The World Factbook - brief surveys on political and economic conditions, transitional issues of most countries, dependent areas and other entities.
  • World Development Indicators - statistics from the World Bank for almost 600 development indicators
  • CEIC - macroeconomic, industrial, and financial time series data from national statistics sources. Data are available at the regional and provincial level.
Infrastructures, policy, strategy, investment,  international relations, etc.
  • EconLit - articles on various BRI infrastructure related topics
  • EMIS (Emerging Markets Information System) - articles, news reports, and statistics on various BRI related topics including country analysis reports from foreign and local publications worldwide
  • Google Scholar -- use Google Scholar from Baker website to facilitate access to Harvard licensed materials 
  • HOLLIS Catalog - find books on the topic across HU Libraries and articles from a set of top-pick databases such as JSTOR, Web of Science, Academic Search Premier, etc.  
  • PAIS Index - covers BRI related topics and focuses more on public and social policies, international relations, and economics. Sources include journals, books, conference proceedings, government documents and statistical yearbooks 
Latest development
  • Belt and Road Portal - by the Chinese government
  • Caixin - China financial and business news
  • Economist
  • Factiva - news publications worldwide including Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, and local news sources
  • Financial Times
  • Nikkei Asian Review (NAR) - Asian news and analysis. The Financial Times (FT) joined the Nikkei group in 2015. As content partners, the NAR and FT share select articles with their respective audiences and collaborate editorially on joint projects.
Company / Industry analysis
  • Capital IQ - company data and profiles
  • Thomson One - company profiles and company/industry analyst reports
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