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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The iMBA's Guide to Digital Business Research

Demographics and Statistics

Need business data to 

  • Perfect your presentation?
  • Strengthen your paper?
  • Punch up your pitch?

Library offers the following databases to locate hard to find statistics and data sets: 


Data-Planet is an interdisciplinary resource that provides access to a repository of statistical information from public, private, and commercial resources and assembles them in a simple interface. It contains over 90 billion data points from more than 70 source organizations. These powerful tools enable you to download data, create visualizations, identify relationships between different datasets, perform calculations and analysis, and identify trends.

Data-Planet allows you to limit your search to information about a particular geographical region, a time period, and a certain category. Or you can enter some keywords in the yellow search box. For instance, type "China" into the Geography box at the top of the homepage.

For more detailed information and help using the database, see the extensive collection of User Guides created by Data-Planet.


International Financial Statistics from IMF eLibrary

This resource has time-series data for more than 200 countries and areas, exchange rates and fund position for member countries as well as information about national accounts, interest rates, inflation, etc. Maintained by the International Monetary Fund.

Once in the IMF eLibrary, select 'International Financial Statistics (IFS)' under 'Featured Data'.

For definitions of data terms, click here and select the Manuals and Guides tab.
For database help, click "Help" in the upper right-hand corner of the IMF eLibrary homepage.


To locate statistics, look under Search (in the upper left corner of the Home/Welcome page). You can generate tables of statistics on Consumer, Industrial, and Service Markets by clicking on the appropriate link. The next step requires you to select among several countries. You can also use the toolbar at the top of the page to explore by Industries, Countries, and Consumers. If you need a table about Food Shopping Habits in Croatia, this is the resource for you.

For example, to search for industry statistics, go to 'Search Statistics' section; select 'industries'; choose a industry you are interested in; click go .

For database help, click here.

Proquest Statistical Insight

To get industry statistics, click on Index Terms under the search bar; select "industry and commerce"; click on Paste to search and then search.

World Development Indicators (WDI) Online

You can type the keywords in the search box on the top; browse by countries or indicators; see indicators by categories listed on the right side; search indicators in the quick search search box.

Need More Help?

The Business Information Services Staff can assist you in getting started with these and other resources.  If you have any questions, please e-mail