|Download Guide||Guide to Business Research|
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|There is a wide range of business-related resources available for you at Adelphi University Libraries, both online and in print. The following guide will introduce you to those that might prove most useful for your class assignments. Use the links below to jump to a specific section:
Using Quick Search on the Library Home Page
Article Databases for Business
Industry and Company Information
Online Encyclopedias, Dictonaries, and Handbooks for Business
Free Internet Resources
Small Business/Franchising Information
Census and Demographic Information
Other Government Resources
Books: Search Terms to Use in Alicat
Prepared by Prof. Debbi Smith, 12/2010 - 516.877.3522 / firstname.lastname@example.org
|Article Databases for Business|
|The Library subscribes to many databases that contain popular, scholarly and trade news related to business activities. Most article databases contain the full text of a journal and all allow you to search by subject. There are also databases that provide corporate financial information and industry analyses.
ABI/Inform Global/Dateline/Trade & Industry (ProQuest): Full text for over 4,000 general and academic business periodicals, as well as local/regional business news and trade/industry periodicals. Most of the articles indexed are available full text and full image. Also provides information on 60,000 companies and in-depth coverage of business conditions, trends, corporate strategies and tactics, management techniques, competitive and product information, and a wide variety of other business related topics. Primarily academic, theoretical articles but includes full text Wall Street Journal.
ProQuest Accounting & Tax: Provides access to current journals, trade publications, working papers and dissertations on accounting, tax management, auditing, tax, financial law and more, with some publications in full text.
Business Source Complete (EBSCO): Provides full text for more than 10,000 scholarly journals and business periodicals, some dating back to 1886. Also includes company and industry profiles, country and economic reports, SWOT analyses and financial data.
LEXIS/NEXIS Academic Universe: Full-text coverage from over 5,600 publications of general news, business, legal, governmental and other topics. This database provides current news and press releases, which is important for finding information about small companies. Good for facts and events related to companies and industries. Also includes socioeconomic profiles and news by country, SEC filings and annual reports, and analyst reports.
|Industry and Company Information|
NetAdvantage (Standard and Poor’s): Offers on-line access to S & P's Industry Surveys, Global Industry Surveys, Company Profiles, Stock Reports, Corporation Records, and The Register of Corporations. It provides business and investment information for 13,000 publicly held U.S. corporations, and includes independent S&P research, data, and commentary on stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and industries. The comprehensive overviews of 51 major U.S. industries are updated every six months. For each industry, you'll find the Current environment - emerging trends and recent developments; Industry profile - major players and market share data, market/demand developments; How the industry operates - business/economic cycles, distribution, regulation and legislation; Key ratios and statistics - benchmarks of the industry's health; Comparative company analysis - tables listing historical financial data. Choose your industry from the Industry Surveys drop-down on the right. Global industry surveys and company reports are also present. The database also includes mutual fund screening.
Business and Company Resource Center (Gale): Contains company financial information, investment reports, industry statistics, products and brands, and association data. In addition to full-text articles from industry and trade journals, there is access to the analyst report aggregator Investext. Also contains online versions of traditional print resources such as the Ward’s business directories.
Business Source Complete (EBSCO): In addition to full text journal coverage (see above), this database also provides 10-20 page company overviews for the 10,000 largest global companies, provided by Datamonitor. These reviews include Overview, Key Facts, Business Description, History, Major Products and Services, and Top Competitors.
D & B Million Dollar Directory: Includes 160,000 alphabetically arranged large public and private companies ($500,000+ net worth, 250+ employees, or $25,000,000 + sales). Allows you to locate competitors in a specific geographic area, and provides basic information such as address, key officers, sales volume and lines of business. REF HC102.D8 (print)
D&B Regional Directory: Long Island, New York Area: Area companies listed alphabetically and by Standard Industrial Class (SIC) code. REF HG4057.N7 D86 (print)
Encyclopedia of Business Information Sources (Gale): Online guide to print and electronic sources of information of interest to business professionals arranged alphabetically by subject.
Hoover’s Online (Hoovers, a D&B Company): Provides timely and detailed information on over 50,000 public AND private companies in the U.S., financial comparisons of companies and competitors, defunct companies and annual/quarterly financials from 1994 - present.
LEXIS/NEXIS Academic Universe: In addition to full-text coverage of general news, business, legal, governmental topics (see above), this database also provides facts and events related to companies and industries, including SEC filings and annual reports
Mergent Online (D&B): Contains information updated daily on over 15,000 U.S. companies and 25,000 international companies: business descriptions, subsidiaries, officers and directors, annual reports, historical stock pricing dating back over 30 years, 15 years of detailed financial statements, historical information outlining merger and acquisition activity, Moody's debt ratings and corporate bond ratings, detailed EDGAR filings. Also includes detailed industry reports based on sectors and countries; financials and histories for companies that have merged, were acquired, went bankrupt from 1996 onwards; country profiles (under Advanced Search).
ProQuest Asian Business & Reference: Provides information on companies, economies, markets, and overall business conditions throughout the Eastern Hemisphere, as well as on international trade, dating as far back as 1972.
ReferenceUSA (infoUSA): Enables users to conduct online searches for detailed information on US businesses and people. The U.S. Businesses module contains detailed information on more than 14 million U.S. businesses which is updated monthly. The U.S. Residential module contains information on 210 million U.S. households. Custom searches allow a researcher to combine 30 criteria to analyze the competitive landscape of specific demographic markets.
RMA Annual Statement Studies: Contains composite financial data on manufacturing, wholesaling, retailing, service, and contracting lines of business. Arranged by SIC code, this reference tool makes it possible to compare one company’s performance relative to others in the same line of business. REF HF5681.B2 R6
http://www.companyname.com OR a Google search for the name of your companyMany companies use their home pages as a marketing or communications tool, and may contain annual reports, news articles, business ventures, and information about products and services.
|Free Internet Resources|
|See these and other Internet resources listed in the Library web site by clicking on the Internet Resources tab on the Research by Subject –Business page. See also the government web sites listed later in this guide
Baker Library Research Guides (Harvard Business School):
Business Plans and Profiles Index (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh):
Thomas J. Watson Library of Business and Economics Business and Economics Research Guides (Columbia University)
Doing Business (World Bank):
Liber8 (Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis):
Rutgers University Libraries Business Research Guide:
|Census and Demographic Information|
There is so much data on the census site that it takes persistence to drill down and locate it all. To make best use of the Economic Census refer to the following resources:
|Other Government Resources|
Export.gov (U.S. Department of Commerce): www.export.gov
http://edgar.sec.gov - The SEC website that contains the required filings of publicly held companies such as the 10K, quarterly reports (10Q), and other ownership filings.
http://www.bea.gov - The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis website with statistics on the national income and product accounts (NIPA’s) such as the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
http://www.bls.gov - The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has information on inflation, consumer spending, wages, earnings, productivity, employment, demographics, and geographic profiles.
http://www.sba.gov - The home page for the Small Business Administration
|Books: Search Terms to Use in Alicat|
Books related to business can be found by key word searches or by searching in ALICAT under such subject headings as:
Keep in mind:
For additional information, please contact:
Adelphi University Library
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