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                 Assignment Guide for
            IBUS 2341 International Comparative Management

The best library assignments are those that use a variety of resources including books, newspaper and journal articles, and internet sites. We encourage you to use all of these sources for this paper. Books provide some of the best information for business topics. You may apply for a library card and request materials online. We hope you will take full advantage of the many resources our libraries offer.   Please contact Kingwood College Librarians or write to Professor Debbie Adams  using your WebCT email with any questions you may have during your research.

            BOOKS      DATABASES       INTERNET     SUPPORT

Librarian talk about Getting Started!
As you begin, consider keywords that will help you find the information you need. These can be the name of your country, names of officials from the country, events, or broader identifying terms.  Use these keywords for locating information in the library catalog, electronic databases, and on the internet. 

Sample Keywords: Culture, cross-culture, international relations, body language, intercultural business communication, "doing business in...", business etiquette, ethnocentrism, values, customs, human relations. 

ASSIGNMENT:  Use your Web CT classroom to link into each of the four Cultural Awareness Papers.  Each link will take you to the specific requirements for that paper.


Librarian Talk about Books! 
  • Apply online for a library card.   Use your card to 1) Place a Hold on a book  2) Access databases from home. 
  • The catalog is online at  
  • Online books (database paid for by our libraries) are available at  Use your library card to log in.  "Check out" online books for 24 hours. Search for keywords in the text of the book to find specific pages. The library catalog will show electronic books and link you right into that book.

Here is a small sampling of books located in the North Harris Montgomery County Community College Library Catalog. Your library may have them or may be able to request them for you. These and many other very good sources of information can be found by searching the library catalog using keywords such as:  the country name, "do's and taboo's", "doing business in", business etiquette, industrial recreation - United States, country study.

HF 5389 .C47 - Intercultural Business Communication - Author Lillian H. Chaney, pub. by Prentice Hall.

HF5389.3 .L3 S22 - International Business Etiquette, Latin America: what you need to know to conduct business abroad with charm and savvy, by Ann Marie Sabath, pub. by Career Press.

BJ1838 .F67 - The Global Etiquette Guide to Asia: everything you need to know for business and travel success - Author Dean Allen Foster, pub. by J. Wiley. See also The Global Etiquette Guide to Europe also by Dean Allen Foster.

NetLibrary - Breaking Through Culture Shock : What You Need to Succeed in International Business by Elisabeth Marx, pub. by Nicholas Brealey. Use this database of online electronic books to find this book.

BJ2137.N8333 - Do's and Don'ts Around the World: a country guide to cultural and social taboos and etiquette: Europe, by Gladson I. Nwanna, pub. by the World Travel Institute.

G156.5.B85 D67 - Do's and Taboo's Around the World for Women in Business, by Roger E. Axtell, pub. by Wiley.

HF5387 .D66 - Do's and Taboo's Around the World, ed. by Roger E. Axtell, pub. by Benjamin.

HG5162 .G72 - Doing Business in Mexico, by Gus Gordon, Thurmon Williams, pub. by Best Business Books. See other "Doing Business in..." books.
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Librarian Talk about Finding Journal and Newspaper Articles! 
Electronic databases are purchased by the libraries for your research use. Use your updated library card to login to the following databases to find articles in newspapers and journals, letters, reference books, illustrations, photographs and more. If you find an interesting article that is not full-text, please give the correct bibliographic information to our and they will see that you get the article. They will need full bibliographic information - and your name and address. Send your phone number as well, so they can contact you if they need to. There is some overlap of articles in the following databases. However, we encourage you to use more than one. All are excellent sources for this topic.   HINT: For a full list of article databases, go to and use your library card to access these full-text databases from home. 

The following databases contain information on countries, culture and international business operations.

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Librarian Talk about the Internet!
The Internet will be a wonderful source of original documents. Browse the sites we have suggested below. Remember, you do want to find reputable sites. Look at: 
  • Accuracy - The information should be researched and show proof that it has been 
  • Source - Look at the domain.  .edu   .gov   .org  .net are valid research sources. 
  • Authority - What are the author's credentials? (Don't quote from another college freshman's paper.) 
  • Coverage - Does the page have the information you need for your research? 
  • Objectivity - If a work is biased, use it - just make sure your professor knows YOU know. Offer both sides of issues, where applicable. 

UNACCEPTABLE SOURCE SAMPLE - This appears to be part of a book (the subject is not business but it is a good example) however there is nothing we can see that tells you title, author, dates, publisher or any of the other needed information. 

Suggested Web Sites: or try using keywords business etiquette; doing business in ...; culture business; etc.

MALKAM Cross Cultural Training - A company specializing in training professionals in cross-cultural communications, MALKAM Cross-Cultural Training offers this paper on exploring cross-cultural diversity. This site points out some keys to success when doing business in other countries. There is a test quiz on China. See also Malkam Cross Cultural Training issue #3 on women and international assignments.

The Open Directory Project compilation of sites for expatriates from all over the world.  Information on various social and cultural attributes of countries.

Executive Planet, what to know before you go Choose your country from the index for a list of valuable cultural do's and taboo's.

Houston Chinese Consulate - An example of cultural information provided by the Chinese Consulate in Houston.Notice the link on the left for Religions and Social Customs  Look at the cultural information provided by your country's consulate by searching for consulate and country name and Houston.

Travel information from the United States government This site offers consular information sheets for countries worldwide based on information from the U.S. State Department.  Choose your country from the alphabetic index provided.

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Citing Sources Using the Library MLA Style Guide | Kingwood College library guide. Examples of both paper and electronic

Misuse of Sources | Harvard University excellent brief essay on how to avoid plagiarism. Excellent list of 'how to' and 'how to

Online Tutoring | Kingwood College faculty offer free tutoring via email.  They will email or call with answers to your questions.

The Learning Center formerly the Academic Support Center | Check our TLC hours for in-house tutoring.

Attach your paper to and email to , Assistant Dean. Dr. Terry or one of the writing tutors will read through your
paper and make brief comments on your paper and return it to you.

REMEMBER, the expert on this paper is your Professor Adams. Contact her through your WebCT email.

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