Electronic Databases

STAT-USA

STAT-USA is a “one-stop Internet source for business, trade, and economic information” produced by hundreds of federal government agencies. The U.S. Department of Commerce publishes this authoritative data in one convenient database. Updated daily, this data is invaluable to the national and international business and financial communities. The database has two main sections:

State of the Nation (SOTN)

This section focuses on U.S. domestic information, both current and historical. Examples include income and products statistics (such as Consumer Price Index); regional economic data—personal income, wages, and employment for states and local areas (such as Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment); housing and population data; and The Economic Report of the President.

GLOBUS & NTDB

This section focuses on international information, both current and historical. Examples include trade-related government releases, international market research, international trade opportunities, and country analysis.

GLOBUS (Global Business Opportunity Leads) offers daily trade leads from the Trade Opportunities Program (TOPS) and the Department of Agriculture. It also provides daily procurement activity from the Defense Logistics Agency, the United Nations, and the Commerce Business Daily leads. Historical trade leads are available for up to three months. Historical TOPS leads are provided for up to two years.

NTDB/International Trade Library includes two sections:

You can obtain a wide range of useful business and financial information through STAT-USA. For example, the database enables you to locate new regional markets for your business, provide evidence for your long-range financial proposal, obtain statistics for your International Marketing Class, determine trade opportunities with Brazil, and gather data for community development planning.

The Newstand
Allows purchasing of STAT-USA/Internet’s individual reports and releases without a subscription.

Searching

To conduct a search, select the appropriate icon—State of the Nation (SOTN) or GLOBUS & NTDB—depending on whether your topic is national (U.S. domestic) or international in scope.

State of the Nation (SOTN)

There are three main sections:

the main section of which is divided into five main subject areas:

Search the categories related to your topic and click on the desired item if listed. If you do not find the item you need, click on SOTN Library at the top of the page, or on the State of the Nation Library link on the bottom of the page. This provides 3,000 more documents divided by subjects. Click on a topic under Summaries and Testimonies. You can also choose Beige Book, FOMC Minutes, Humphrey-Hawkins Testimonies, Miscellaneous, or Statements and Testimonies, and entries can be sorted by file date, file name, or title.


GLOBUS & NTDB

Searching by general category Scroll down the page of major reports. Categories include Trade News, Today’s Global Business Opportunity Leads, Current Exchange Rates, Current and Historical Trade Leads Market and Country Research, International Trade Statistics Current Press Releases, Contacts, and Other. Click on the desired title if you find it listed. Note: STAT-USA will no longer be posting current U.S. Merchandise Trade Statistics; these will be available through subscription only at USA Trade Online at www.usatradeonline.gov. European trade data is also available through subscription only through Euro Trade Online at www.eurotradeonline.gov.

Searching a specific GLOBUS document or database After clicking on a particular document, check to see if a Search link appears at the top of the page. If you see a Search link, you can search that document by keyword. Searches can be conducted by individual words, multiple words, or phrases. Click on Searching Tips at the bottom of the page for more tips on keyword searching. After typing your search terms, select the number of results per page. Then select a word option, and click Search.

Searching the Entire NTDB If you are unsure which document to search, you can search the entire NTDB by keyword. Click on the toolbar button at the top of the page labeled Search Entire NTDB (or on the link labeled Search the Entire National Trade Data Bank under the Other category at the bottom of the page). Type in keywords for your topic. Searches can be conducted by individual words, multiple words, or phrases. Click on Searching Tips at the bottom of the page for more tips on keyword searching. You can choose to sort results by relevance or by date. Then select the number of results per page. Then select a word option, and click Search.


Searching the International Trade Library

Click on the button Trade Library at the top of the page (or on the icon labeled International Trade Library at the bottom of the page). Scroll through the extensive list of trade document categories and click on the one you want if you find it listed. You can then click on subcategories provided. You can also browse by date, by clicking on Date at the top of the list. If you do not find your item listed, click on the Search button at the top of the page. Type in keywords for your topic. Searches can be conducted by individual words, multiple words, or phrases. Click on Searching Tips at the bottom of the page for more tips on keyword searching. After typing your search terms, select the number of results per page. Then select a word option, and click Search.

Tips for Keyword Searching

To search for a specific document, simply type the document name in the query box.. Do not use quotes. Example: Consumer Price Index

To locate information and/or specific terms, you can do a multi-word search for terms included in the same document, but not necessarily listed together. Example: Capacity and Carpeting and Utilities

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This page was written by Mark Ranum in February, 2003.
This page was last updated on November 26, 2003.