Selected Sources for Brazil
Tuesday, 9th November 2010
DocuTicker editors contribute brief articles
to FUMSI on conducting research with grey literature - reports from government
agencies, think tanks, research institutes and public interest organisations.
In my work as a contributing editor for DocuTicker,
I research publicly available reports on a number of global topics.
Here are some of my favourite resources for Brazil:
is one of the most developed nations in the field of emerging
economies, so much so that it has become part of an elite group, the
so-called BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India and China). Recognition of its
pre-eminence came through the award of the Chatham House Prize 2009
to Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva, President of Brazil. The
research organization published a special
report to accompany this event, with
detailed contributions on various aspects of Brazilian economics and
reflecting mounting interest in Brazil's development, the Economist
provides a collection of recent concise pieces, e.g. from September
is the first Latin American country to emerge from recession.
This is most usefully accompanied by a list of related
websites, outstanding among which is the collection provided by
the University of Texas' Latin
American Network Information Center (LANIC).
India, Brazil is a vast country which is broken down into states as a
federative republic. LANIC provides comprehensive links to
at the state level; there is also an official
portal for the national government. This latter site, being in
English, is something of an exception to the rule when seeking
information about the country. Brazil's
history as a colony of Portugal over several centuries means that
Portuguese remains the predominant language, both in daily life and
on the Brazilian Web. This is unusual compared to other
emerging markets, where an English version of a site is often an
continuing influence of imperial history is further brought home by
Mercosur, a common
market for South America of which Brazil is one of the leading
members, but whose website exists only in Portuguese or Spanish. It
does however appear to offer a generous and fairly current range of
publications for those who are competent in one or both of
evidence of Brazil's being taken seriously as an actor on the world
stage is shown by the approaches of the European Union. The section
on Brazil from the European
Commission's Directorate General of External Relations
illustrates this through the texts of a number of mutual agreements,
accompanied by assessments of the likely future evolution of the
parties' relationship. An example is this 2007 report, Towards
an EU-Brazil Strategic Partnership (PDF),
which gives the background to cooperation between the two in a number
significant shared characteristic of the BRIC nations is their own
growing foreign investment. Two articles from the Inter Press
Service illustrate this, one on Bolivian
exports of gas to Brazil, the second on a conference
discussing the activities of BNDES, the National Bank for
Economic and Social Development. They both also
show that Brazil's economic expansion is not occurring without
tensions and negative consequences. The BNDES site itself
yields quite a lot of English language material on the economy, with
a range of periodicals on its Publications
page. Of these, the series that remain most up to date are
Economic Insights and International
Instituto Brasileiro de
Geografia e Estatistica (IBGE) is the official statistics
portal. The Summary
of Surveys leads quickly to statistics on many key topics,
both economic and in terms of the population. Once again, a knowledge
of Portugese would be beneficial, since even on
these English pages a significant number of the subsequent links are
to information in the other language, although every such link
way to counteract a situation where much of the information is in an
unfamiliar language is to seek out sources of specialist scholarship
which can mediate it. Fortunately, in this case there is the
Although focused on Brazil's relations with
the U.S., the range of subjects on which it publishes (under such
headings as Biofuels; Economy, Business and Trade; Innovation;
International Relations, etc) are potentially of interest to a wide
circle of researchers. Particular mention should be made of
the detailed Special
Reports: a recent one entitled
Powers: India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) and the Future of
South-South Cooperation (PDF) bears out the point made
earlier of how certain emerging economies have more in common than
Brazilian diplomatic representation in one's own country can also
be a useful conduit for information. For example, the Brazilian
Embassy in the UK has a clearly arranged site with some only
slightly buried gems, such as this full Financial
Times report (PDF) from November 2009, to accompany the
‘Investing in Brazil Summit' in London. It is in turn part of a
good set of downloadable Publications
the embassy provides. The FT had already published in July 2009 a
Brazil report (PDF), further demonstrating how the country is
attracting international attention.
above sources chiefly feature the economic aspects of Brazil. If a
way into broader categories of page information is required, apart
from LANIC there is, as ever, an excellent set of links provided by
the Library of Congress as one of its Portals
to the World covering all the main economic, political and social
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About this item:
By Adrian Janes
Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.
A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.
Adrian can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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