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.
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
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.
Create a list of companies based on size, industry or sales.
You can also search these general databases for articles in business and economics.