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Business Research Guide: Getting Started

A guide to Accounting, Management, and Marketing

Wall Street Journal Full Text

Use Wall Street Journal from ProQuest to access today's paper and archives going back to 2010. You can also search for individual articles by title in OneSearch.

Instruction Assessment

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Past Course Handouts

Company Profile Databases

Mergent OnlineMergent offers basic company information including financials, filings, annual reports, owner details and much more. Mergent allows you to build customized reports for companies of interest and their competitors and download them as spreadsheets.

Business Insights: Essentials: An easy-to-navigate company profile database that also offers news and some market and industry information. Good for research on nonprofits as well. 

ReferenceUSAA directory of public & private companies. Searches can produce results from most small businesses and include information on income, number of employees and location. Learn more about locating companies in ReferenceUSA.

Article Databases

Business Source Complete: An EBSCO database with all subject areas related to business. Contains Marketline (Datamonitor) industry profiles.

LexisNexis Academic: Select the "business" tab. Has information on larger companies and many articles from trade journals and publications including Financial Times. Includes newsletters, magazines, trade journals, wire services, broadcast transcripts as well as directories, corporate profiles, SEC Filings, business, industry and market news

FactivaSearch for full-text Wall Street Journal Articles through this database.

Business Insights: EssentialsGood for information on industry and some companies. Provides indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals in addition to popular and trade magazines and newsletters. The database also includes other sources of full text information such as financial data, books, monographs, major reference works, conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, industry reports, market research reports, country reports, company profiles, SWOT analyses, faculty seminars (videos), and more.

Wiley-Blackwell EjournalsFull-text articles from many subject areas including business, economics finance and accounting.

Financial Databases

Financial Industry Databases allow you to search stock market and financial information. These databases work best with public companies.

BNA Premier: A source of legal, regulatory, and business information for professionals. Coverage spans the full range of legal practice areas, including tax & accounting, labor & employment, intellectual property, banking & securities, employee benefits, health care, privacy & data security, human resources, and environment, health & safety. Access provided by the UM Law School.

CCH Tax Research Network: Documents related to taxation in the United States. Access limited to 35 concurrent users.

Edgar: The SEC database for financial reports from public companies.

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage: Business analysis including Industry Surveys, Stock Reports, Mutual Fund Reports, Bond Reports, Corporation Records, a Register of Corporations, and an index of Directors and Executives.

Tax Management PortfoliosResource on tax law for domestic and foreign income, includes source documents.

Misc. Databases

Thomas Register of Manufacturers: Research information on manufacturers.

Value Line Research Center: Financial information about large and mid-cap U.S. public companies: historical, forecasts, market performance, analyst consensus, beta, key ratios, business description, and commentary.

WISERTrade: Focus on analytics and comprehensive data on international trade from 107 countries. 


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Subjects:Business, Marketing

Privately Held Companies

How do databases get information on privately held companies?
They look at government sources:

They look at news reports:

And search company websites and blogs.


The material presented here is based in large part on the work done by members of the BRASS Education Committee