Encyclopedias on modern-day cultures in Asia, Middle East, Africa, as well as information on food and arts by culture (see examples below) *Useful categories to select in Gale: History, General, Business
GREAT source for quick information on cultures and customs of different countries "People" section--population, language, religion, and more "Lifestyle" section--family, housing, diet, arts, and much more "Society" section--transportation & communications, education, and health
(Note: always have to select "Accept" on first screen) Unique consumer data provided covering many aspects of consumer lifestyles, particularly requirements under "Living Conditions" Tips: Dashboards-->Country Overviews under Vis Apps provides quick, useful info on Business Environment, Key Economic Indicators, and Social & Cultural Factors "Consumer Segmentation" is useful for population distribution Search Don't overlook this useful function because it allows you to select many components needed for your notebook
Arguably the best free online resource for global business information developed and hosted by Michigan State University.
TIP: Select a country and the "Resources" in the left column for links to that country's government resources--great for statistics, labor regulations, costs, etc.