Research Guide -- Business


Below is a listing of selected reference sources related to the School of Business and Economics. It is by no means comprehensive, but it may help to get you started. Included in the listing are indexes to periodicals, including full-text sources, important print and CD resources available in Feinberg Library, and major WWW based sources. Look for the icons to identify the format of the resource:
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Subscription Databases

ABI/Inform Global
Search 1000 premier worldwide business periodicals for full-text information on advertising, marketing, economics, human resources, finance, taxation, computers, and more. Also, information on 60,000+ companies.

Business & Company Resource Center
Includes articles, corporate hierarchical structures, investment reports, company histories, product information, industry and company rankings, financial and industry overviews, and human resources law case digests.

Business News
Part of the Lexis-Nexis family of full-text databases. Provides up-to-date information on corporations in the news. (full-text)

Edgar   (via Mergent Online)
The official reporting service of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Edgar contains data from public companies required to file with the SEC. These reports include 10K and 10Q filings. (full-text)

Industry & Market News
Another of the Lexis-Nexis databases. Details industry forcasts, trends, and the forces that shape an industry.
(full-text) 

Mergent Online
Full-text access to U.S. company financial reports. Also includes SEC EDGAR filings.

 


Company Information


EDGAR > www.sec.gov/edgarhp.htm
The official reporting service of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Edgar contains data from public companies required to file with the SEC. These reports include 10K and 10Q filings.

Yahoo Finance >http://finance.yahoo.com/?u
Type your company's name in the search bar. Also try Yahoo's Stock Quote service.

Hoover's Online > www.hoovers.com
Hoover's provides detailed analysis and statistics on publicly traded companies.

BigCharts > www.bigcharts.com
Provides a variety of stock reporting services for stocks listed on the NYSE, NASDAQ, and AMEX exchanges. Also offers historical trade information, just enter the date and the stock and it will retrieve the closing price.

The Thomas Register > www.thomasregister.com
Find out which companies sell various categories of industrial products.

Switchboard > www.switchboard.com
Find the telephone number to contact your company

Standard & Poor's Register of Corporations, Directors, and Executives> Ref. HG 4057.A4
A directory to major, mostly U.S. companies. Includes the names of key executives, sales, number of employees, and SIC codes for thier business segments.

ValueLine> Ref. HG 4501. V26
ValueLine provides basic stock information and analysis on major corporations. Primarily intended for investors, ValueLine offers opinions on the prospects for companies.

Moody's Industrial, Bank & Finance, Transportation, Public Utility,
and OTC Industrial
> Ref. HG
A family of publications that offer financial reports on U.S. corporations and other publicly traded securities.

Industry Information



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Business & Industry Index > newfirstsearch.oclc.org/dbname=BusIndustry;FSIP
A major source for access to trade publications. Trade pubs. are highly specialized resources focusing on one particular industry. They provide an "insiders" view of an industry and can be very useful sources.

Industry & Market News > web.lexis-nexis.com/universe/form/academic/s_indnews.html?>
Another of the Lexis-Nexis databases. Details industry forcasts, trends, and the forces that shape an industry.

U.S. Industry and Trade Outlook> Ref. HC 106.5. A18
Produced by the U.S. government, and formerly known as the Industrial Outlook, this work contains the official projections for major U.S. industries.

Standard & Poor's Industry Surveys> Ref. HG 4057.A37
Published quarterly, this source provides an overview of the major players in a variety of industries. Is a useful resource for comaprative studies, market analysis, and industry trends.

Manufacturing USA> Ref. HD 9721.M364
Provides detailed information on market segmentation and regional participation in manufacturing industries.

Dun's Industry Norms and Key Business Ratios> Ref. HF 5681 R25 I525
This source provides basic financial averages and ratios for major industries.

RMA Annual Statement Studies> Ref. HF 5681 B2 R6
Similar to Dun's in the information presented although fewer industries are represented. It does, however, provide historical statistics as well as current figures, and it breaks down information by the size of the company.



New York Stock Exchange > www.nyse.com
The major exchange for larger companies. Includes links to get information on listed companies, and tracking of the market as a whole.

American Stock Exchange > www.amex.com
Another important exchange for mid-size companies.

New York Stock Exchange > www.nasdaq.com
The exchange of the National Association of Securities . Features smaller to mid-cap stocks and many technology companies.

SEDAR--Canadian Stock Markets > www.sedar.com
Canadian equivilent of the EDGAR database.

World Stock Markets > www.stocksmart.com/foreign.html
Foreign stock quotes from Stocksmart.

Directory of Stock Markets >www.yahoo.com/Business_and_Economy/Finance_and_Investment/Exchanges/Stock_Exchanges/">
Yahoo's directory of stock markets. Includes U.S. and International markets.

International Currency Converter > www.oanda.com/cgi-bin/ncc
Olsen and Associates currency converter.




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ABI/Inform Global
Search 1000 premier worldwide business periodicals for full-text information on advertising, marketing, economics, human resources, finance, taxation, computers, and more. Also, information on 60,000+ companies.

Country Commercial Guides
From the U.S. Department of State. Contains sections by country covering economic trends and outlooks, marketing U.S. products and services, trade regulations and standards, and investment climate.

Country Profiles > web.lexis-nexis.com/universe/form/academic/s_country.html?
A Lexis-Nexis full-text database that provides in-depth information on the countries of the world.

Investest Plus
Search this database to find investment, company and industry reports from over 500 brokers in North America, Europe, Asia/Pacific, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

Industry & Market News > web.lexis-nexis.com/universe/form/academic/s_indnews.html?
Another of the Lexis-Nexis databases. Details industry forcasts, trends, and the forces that shape an industry including the international perspective.

U.S. Code > web.lexis-nexis.com/universe/form/academic/s_uscode.html?
Another of the Lexis-Nexis databases. Includes official regulations including those related to international business.

General Country Information


The World Factbook > www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html
The World Factbook > Ref. G122 U56a
Produced by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, contains sections by country covering: flags and maps, geography, people, government , economics, transportations, communications, and defense.

International Marketing Data & Statistics > Ref. Desk HA42 I56
European Marketing Data & Statistics > Ref. Desk HA1107 E87
These two sources provide complementary coverage of marketing information for the countries of the world.

Europa World Yearbook Factbook > Ref. Desk JN1 E85
Published annually, this source provides up-to-date information on each country's political and economic structure. Includes important economic statistics and a detailed directory.

Background Notes > http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/
From the U.S. Department of State. Includes sections by country covering: economics, history, political conditions, trade, agriculture, and foreign relations

Statistical Abstract of the World > Ref. Desk HA155 S73
Detailed statistical analysis of the world.

International Financial Statistics > Ref. HG 3881. I626
Published monthly and cumulated annually, this source provides key economic statistics for the countries of the world.

Business Practices


 

Doing Business In . . . (series) > Ref. H's (various call numbers)
Produced by Price-Waterhouse, this series includes issues for nearly 100 countries from Antigua to Western Samoa.

International Business Kiosk > www.calintel.org/kiosk/
A wide ranging, commercially sponsored, website with a variety of information related to the international economy.

Yahoo! - Global Economy > dir.yahoo.com/Business_and_Economy/Global_Economy/.
Directory to web resources related to the international economy.

U.S. Business Advisor - International Trade > www.business.gov/busadv/maincat.cfm?catid=94
Targeted at businesses interested in expanding into international markets. Sponsored by the Department of Commerce.

Regional Organizations & Economic Blocks


These International Organizations provide
a variety of information on international
trading blocks and free trade.

International Organizations and Economic Blocks
  • World Trade Organization
  • European Union > europa.eu.int/index-en.htm
    Major European economies
  • G7/G8 >www.g7.utoronto.ca/
    Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, U.S., U.K.
  • NATO >www.nato.int
    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
  • CEPAL > www.eclac.org
    Comision Economica para American Latina y el Caribe.
  • IADB >www.iadb.org
    Inter-American Development Bank
  • NAFTA >www.nafta-sec-alena.org/
    North American FreeTrade Agreement .
  • OAS >www.sice.oas.org
    Organization of American States



Dictionaries and Encyclopedias


Business Glossary > www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/business/longterm/glossary/glossary.htm
A compilation of common business terms. Provided by the Washington Post.

Financial Toolbox > www.duke.edu/~charvey/fintb.htm
Provided by a Finance Professor at Duke University, this site offers two dictionaries of finance, among other sources.

International Encyclopedia of Business and Management > Ref. HF 1001 I53
This six volume encyclopedia provides valuable background information on business and mangement topics.

AICPA Glossary > http://www.aicpa.org/members/glossary/o.htm
A dictionary of tax and accounting terms.

MoneyWords > www.moneywords.com/
A glossary of banking, finance, real estate, and general business terms.

New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics > Ref. HB 61 N49
Palgrave's is the standard economics encyclopedia.

Quicken.com Glossary > www.quicken.com/glossary/
A glossary of business and accounting terms from the makers of the popular personal book-keeping software.

Statistical Sources


Economic and Demographic Characteristics of 16 New York State Counties > Ref. HA 547 W2
Produced locally, this series provides information on Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Greene, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, Montogomery, Oneida, Oswego, St. Lawrence, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington counties.

Economic Indicators > Ref. HC 101 A186
Official U.S. Government publication on the status of the U.S. economy. Published monthly.

FactSearch > newfirstsearch.oclc.org/dbname=FactSearch;FSIP
Provided by FirstSearch, this source allows you search the full-text of periodical articles for the facts and statistics you need.

Survey of Current Business > Ref. HC 101 A13
Published monthly by the Department of Commerce this source provides statistics on the U.S. business climate.

U.S. Census Bureau Publications > www.census.gov
The Census Bureau offers a broad array of statistical resources. Of particular interest may be:
The Statistical Abstract of the United States
The County and City Databook
Census Bureau Datamap

Other Sources


Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Codes > www.osha.gov/oshstats/sicser.html
A searchable index of the SIC codes. SIC codes are gradually being replaced. See the following entry.

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) > www.census.gov/epcd/www/naics.html
The successor to the SIC codes NAICS have yet to achieve broad implementation.

Interest Rates > www.interest.com
An interest rate calculator from Mortage Market Information Services Inc.

RIA Federal Tax Coordinator > Feinberg Reference Room
A CD based federal tax service, that provides access to the tax code, tax cases, and interpretation and opinion.


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  • Accounting, Auditing, & Tax > web.lexis-nexis.com/universe/form/academic/s_accounting.html?

    Law Reviews > web.lexis-nexis.com/universe/form/academic/s_lawrev.html?

    Federal Case Law > web.lexis-nexis.com/universe/form/academic/s_fedcase.html?

    U.S. Code > web.lexis-nexis.com/universe/form/academic/s_uscode.html?

    State Legal Research > web.lexis-nexis.com/universe/form/academic/code_states.html?

    EconLit > newfirstsearch.oclc.org/dbname=EconLit;FSIP




Trade Organizations provide important contacts and statistics for their industries

Trade Organizations > dir.yahoo.com/Business_and_Economy/Trade/
Directory of various trade organizations and industry groups.

Encyclopedia of Associations > Ref Desk HS 17 G334
A comprehensive directory of both U.S. and International organizations and associations.

Academy of Management > www.aom.pace.edu

American Management Association > www.amanet.org

American Marketing Association > www.ama.org

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants > www.aicpa.org

American Economic Association > www.vanderbilt.edu/AEA




The U.S. Government maintains numerous websites that provide important business information

The White House > www.whitehouse.gov

U.S. Cabinet Level Departments > www.whitehouse.gov/government/cabinet.html

U.S. Independent Agencies > www.whitehouse.gov/government/independent-agencies.html

U.S. Legislative Branch > www.whitehouse.gov/government/legi.html

United States Census Bureau > www.census.gov

Small Business Administration > www.sbaonline.sba.gov

U.S. Business Advisor > www.business.gov

Small Business Development Centers > www.smallbiz.suny.edu

Internal Revenue Service > http://www.irs.ustreas.gov/




These additional websites may prove useful in your search for the information you need

Rutgers Accounting Web > accounting.rutgers.edu Rutger's University sponsors this site which provides a variety of information and links for accountants and students.

YAHOO-Business > yahoo.com/business
A comprehensive directory to business resources.



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