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Where to Start

To do quality business research use our licensed database and both credible open internet sources. All of these will  provide information  to analyze a company or industry, find trends, identify competitors and more.The databases will not only support your current coursework but give you experience in using information searching skills and tools often used in the business environment.

We are here to help!   Databases will focus on a certain time of information such as industry or financials. Others will contain data or be aggregators of articles and all have different interfaces. The landscape for this source material is evolving.  Be sure to ask for help in navigating these sources.



    • Value Line Research Center  
      Stock and mutual fund reports include financial or performance data, forecasts and Value Line Rankings. Analyst commentaries are included for the Investment Survey. Research Center also covers daily options, convertivles and exchange traded funds. Ability to screen data, produce graphs, track portfolios and create charts.
    • Morningstar Library Edition
      An investment database for stocks and mutual funds.

    Marketing Research

    • eMarketer  
      eMarketer provides the information on trends and developments in online marketing and emerging media.
    • Forrester : marketing leadership Forrester research
      Forrester's research publications analyze a broad range of technology areas such as new media, computing, software, networking, telecommunications and the Internet, and project how technology trends will affect businesses, consumers, and society. Forrester reports include up-to-date industry statistics, as well as illustrative graphs and charts. For access to this database, contact Jan Hartley
    • Passport GMID  
      Formerly Global Market Information Database (GMID)
      The GMID contains information on key business intelligence on countries, companies, markets and consumers for over 350 markets and 207 countries.
    • Academic
      US and global full-text market research reports covering consumer goods, technology/media and demographics, and industrial markets.
    • Market Share Reporter
      Market Share Reporter information typically includes sizes of the market, a per centage breakdown of market share, source information and SIC/NAICS codes for over 2000 entries. Access to five years annual data for trends comparison
    • SimplyMap  
      Intenet-based mapping application that enables users to develop interactive thematic maps and reports using thousands of demographic, business, and marketing data variable. This includes data from Nielsen Claritas and Simmons Data.

      For additional info see Simply Map Getting Started Guide(pdf).


    Create a list of companies based on size, industry or sales,

    • Reference USA
      Directory information for more than 12 million U.S. businesses and 102 million U.S. households, with detailed financial information for publicly traded companies searchable by name, business activity, size and location. (Link to the database "One Source Global Business Browser" through Reference USA's "International Businesses" link.)
    • Kompass
      International directory of producers, distributors, service providers, exporters, importers, etc.. Basic profiles available on the free version
    • ThomasNet@
      Provides a list of American manufacturers, their major products, and contact information. May also be usedl to locate competitors and their products.
    • OneSource Global Business Browser
      Contains public and private company and industry information on 3 million companies worldwide.

    General & Scholarly Articles; Trade & News Publications

    For Scholarly articles, start with Business Source Complete, EconLit or any of the Interdisciplinary databases. For Trade publications, ABI Inform Trade and Industry provides coverage.  ABI's Trade and Industry umbrella database Proquest Research also contains management titles and scholarly journals.  Check each database vendor for special features: search capabilities, date ranges, and scope of coveragel

    • Business Source Complete
      Excellent starting point for research. Includes extensive full text of both scholarly and popular journals; also full text company and industry reports.
    • ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry  
      Full text articles from business trade journals.
    • LexisNexis Academic  
      Wide range of full-text news (newspapers, wire services, transcripts and newsletters), business literature, industry and company information. Use this source for law reviews and cases
    • EconLit with Full Text  
      Covering the world’s economic literature, this basic research tool provides citations and abstracts and limited full text in all fields of economics.
    • Wall Street Journal
      Fulltext coverage of the national and international leading financial newspaper
    • Seattle Times (Newsbank : Jan. 1, 1985 - present)
      Full text.
    • Puget Sound Business Journal
      Use the search feature to find open access articles on local firms and nonprofits. Premium content is restricted to subscribers. Check the library's weekly print edition on the 5th floor for full articles from this publication. Publisher of the PSBJ annual BOOK of LISTS.HF5065.W2 P84 shelved in the Reference area on the 2nd fl
    • Regional business news
      Regional Business News incorporates 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

    Company& Industry/Financial

    For more information, check the following LibGuides: Business: Company Information,  Business: Industry Information and the Tutorial for Business Research. Company/financial databases provide useful pictures of a companies operations - including comparative financial data for top competitors and general industry information. Typically an industry report will cover industry conditions, competitive landscape, market share and outlook.  Each of the industry databases has a different focus. Although there may be some overlap, consider looking at more than one source.


    • OneSource Global Business Browser
      Contains public and private company and industry information on 3 million companies worldwide.
    • Key Business Ratios (Dun and Bradstreet)
      Covers solvency, efficiency, and profitability of public and private companies, broken down by Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code. Provides 14 financial ratios for 800 products and services.
    • Passport GMID  
      Formerly Global Market Information Database (GMID)
      The GMID contains information on key business intelligence on countries, companies, markets and consumers for over 350 markets and 207 countries.
    • Standard & Poors Net Advantage  
      A comprehensive financial database which is a gateway for industry analysis, investment research and company information. In addition to the Industry Surveys, this online investor information database also contains S&P's Corporation Records, Stock Guide, Stock Reports, Bond Guide, Dividend Record, Register of Corporations, Directors and Executives, Earnings Guide and The Outlook.
    • First Research Industry Profiles
      First Research (Dun & Bradstreet’s/Hoovers) reports covering over 300 industry segments. Updated quarterly, each First Research profile (via Proquest ABI/Inform) is a 10-15 page analysis of trends, opportunities, industry benchmarks for small company data (including ratios). statistics and forecasts.
    • IBISWorld  
      A comprehensive collection of Industry Market Research Reports.Tabs include industry outlook, competitive landscape, operating conditions, major companies and key statistics. Key statistics can include selected industry ratios.
    • Foundation Directory Online Professional  
      For grantseekers, current information on grantmakers and their grants. Database provides access to over 250,000 990s, 80,000 grants as well as news, requests for proposals, key staff affiliations, printable color charts illustrating grant distributions, and more. (Seattle U's licensing agreement for this database allows for use by the general public. Guests may access the content using designated computers on the second floor.)
    • Mergent online  
      Mergentonline offer a wealth of detail on items including business description, history, property, subsidiaries, officers and directors, long-term debt and capital stock. Financial statements are presented in "as-reported" form and in native currencies, maintaining the full integrity of this critical information.
    • SEC's EDGAR  
      The SEC’s EDGAR database provides free public access to corporate information. You can research a company’s financial information and operations by reviewing registration statements, prospectuses and periodic reports filed on Forms 10-K and 10-Q. You also can find information about recent corporate events reported on Form 8-K but that a company does not have to disclose to investors.

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    Interdisciplinary Databases

    You can also search these general databases for articles in business and economics.

    • Academic Search Complete
      Search over 7000 full-text periodicals, including nearly 6000 peer-reviewed scholarly journals.
    • JSTOR
      Search scholarly journals for articles in the areas of business, economics, education, history, psychology, religion, science and more.
    • ProQuest Research Library
      From business and political science to literature and psychology, ProQuest Research Library™ provides one-stop access to a wide range of popular academic subjects. The database includes more than 4,000 titles—nearly 2,800 in full text—from 1971 forward. It features a highly-respected, diversified mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and newspapers.

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