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What are our main business databases?

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.

Business Source Complete

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

Gale Business Collection

Good 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.

CCH Tax Research Network

Documents related to taxation in the United States. Access limited to 35 concurrent users.


The SEC database for financial reports from public companies.

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

Mergent Online

 Mergent Online offers research and analysis for more than 10,000 U.S. companies, including annual reports and executive biographies.


 A directory of Public & Private Companies. Searches can produce results from most small businesses and include information on income, number of employees and location.

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.

S&P 500

The S&P 500® has been widely regarded as the best single gauge of the large cap U.S. equities market since the index was first published in 1957.  The index has over US$ 5.58 trillion benchmarked, with index assets comprising approximately US$ 1.31 trillion of this total. The index includes 500 leading companies in leading industries of the U.S. economy, capturing 75% coverage of U.S. equities.

S&P /TSX Composite

The S&P/TSX Composite is the headline index for the Canadian equity market. It is the broadest in the S&P/TSX family and is the basis for multiple sub-indices including but not limited to equity indices, Income Trust Indices, Capped Indices, GICS Indices and market cap based indices. The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) serves as the distributor of both real-time and historical data for this index.

Tax Management Portfolios

Resource on tax law for domestic and foreign income, includes source documents.

Thomas Register of Manufacturers

Limited to 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.

The Wall Street Journal articles can be found through Factiva.

Wiley-Blackwell Ejournals

Full-text articles from many subject areas including business, economics finance and accounting.

Provides analytics and comprehensive data on international trade from 107 countries.

Montana Manufacturers Information System

The University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research, along with Montana State University’s Montana Manufacturing Extension Center and the Montana Department of Commerce , have built the Montana Manufacturers Information System (MMIS) to address the geographic disadvantages Montana manufacturers face. The MMIS brings Montana Manufacturers closer to each other electronically, if not physically, by providing detailed and up-to-date information about each manufacturer's products, processes, and capabilities in one free easily accessible website.

Morningstar - free site

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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