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Business Resources

Recommended Resources

In addition to the research resources listed below, Mount Union offers a number of recommended resources that will have additional information in your field of study.

Business and EABA Research Databases

Bureau of Labor Statistics

This resource offers information about different statistics by region, state, and time frame. Also includes information about the economy.

Business and Economics Periodicals

Business Abstracts with Full Text

Business Abstracts with Full Text™ offers a multitude of business magazines and scholarly journals: this comprehensive database contains the full text of articles from more than 510 key publications dating back to 1995, and provides access to product evaluations, interviews, biographical sketches, corporate profiles, obituaries, surveys, statistical rankings, book reviews and reports from associations, societies, trade shows, conferences and more.

Business Source Complete

Business Source Complete is the world's definitive scholarly business database, providing the leading collection of bibliographic and full text content. As part of the comprehensive coverage offered by this database, indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals back as far as 1886 are included. In addition, searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,300 journals.

Census Bureau

The Census Bureau is the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy.

Entrepreneurial Studies Source

Entrepreneurial Studies Source provides the latest insight into topics relevant to entrepreneurship and small business. This database offers users full text for more than 125 key periodicals, 135 reference books, case studies, thousands of company profiles and over 600 videos with transcripts and related articles from the Harvard Faculty Series and Vator.TV.

Human Resources Abstracts

Human Resources Abstracts includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to human resources, including human resource management, employee assistance, organizational behavior, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. The index contains more than 112,000 records, which are carefully selected from the most important sources within the discipline.

Income Distribution

This resource offers the nation's income distribution from 1947-1998.

Office of the United States Trade Representative

This resource provides trade press releases, fact sheets, speeches and remarks and reports from the Executive Office of the President. Information on the Executive Orders and press releases from the U.S. President, including Trade Agreements and other issues.

Risk Management Reference Center  

Risk Management Reference Center is a full-text database for risk management professionals, strategic planners and business students. It provides books, journals, reports and summaries covering all types of risk, including credit, liquidity, operational, event and market risk.

Small Business Reference Center

This resource offers exclusive full text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as tools to address many small business topics. It includes business videos, a help and advice section, and details on how to create business plans.

Treaty Documents  

U.S. Department of Labor Website

This resource offers information about the Department of Labor, including statistics, policies, and other issues concerning workers' rights.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

This site offers resources and news relating to federal anti-discrimination laws relating to employment.

Vente et Gestion

This resource is an essential tool for both academic and professional researchers, Vente et Gestion provides full-text access to a wide variety of content relevant to business and related subjects, sourced from top French language business journals.

Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal is a U.S. business-focused, English-language international daily newspaper based in New York City. The Journal, along with its Asian and European editions, is published six days a week by Dow Jones & Company, a division of News Corp.

Company and Industry Information

Annual Report Service/Public Register is the oldest and largest free annual report service. Providing fast online access to a company's financial information. Currently, the directory lists over 5,000 annual reports and 10-K Filings for online viewing. Additional companies are added daily. is a FREE internet service. Registration is required.

PRARS, The Public Register's Annual Report Service

Information on public companies is considerably easier to locate than information on privately-held companies. In the United States, much of the information you want to access will be readily available on various Internet sites or accessible through a local library with a little effort. The most obvious place to begin is those basic sources mentioned in the directories section of this guide. However, they often don't have the depth that is needed, so there are other places to look. I have included only a small list of sources for information on public companies - there are many to choose from. The directions below are geared to finding information on US public companies, foreign company research is treated as its own topic later in this guide.


BizMiner provides access to industry financial analysis and marketing research reports.

IBIS World

IBISWorld’s Industry Research Reports provide strategic insight and analysis on over 1,300 US industries. Comprehensive, neutral and digestible, IBISWorld research keeps you up-to-date on US industries and economic factors to help you make better decisions, faster.

Mergent Online

Covering 1989 to the present, this source provides fully searchable data on more than 10,000 NYSE, AMEX, and Nasdaq exchange companies, including all SEC (EDGAR®) filings. All financials are "as reported." This source is updated weekly.

  • Global company financials
  • Global equity pricing
  • Global company data
  • Global annual reports
  • News and web content
  • Ownership data
  • Executive profiles
  • SEC and SEDAR filings
  • Mergent macroeconomic database Library Edition

Access is limited to three users. Please remember to logout so others may have access. Get comprehensive financial information on New York Stock Exchange, American Stock Exchange, and NASDAQ stocks. Find comprehensive financial information on thousands of mutual funds, including the Morningstar star rating. See financial information on hundreds of exchange-traded funds with up-to-date information on returns, reports and Morningstar ratings. Get return information on various investment indexes, types, sectors, and styles. Test drive the robust yet easy-to-use portfolio tools and calculators to determine what your asset mix should be, how your investments are working together, and more.

Small Business Association Market Research

Market research helps you find customers for your business. Competitive analysis helps you make your business unique. Combine them to find a competitive advantage for your small business.

Standard and Poor's Net Advantage  

Provides information on companies, industries, the stock market, the economy, and long- and short-term prospects for equities, bonds, funds and industries. Entirely full text.

Statistical Resources

USA Trade Online 

Provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, USA Trade Online is a dynamic data tool that gives users access to current and cumulative U.S. export and import data.  With multiple data sets and capabilities, USA Trade Online can assist different types of customers from a wide range of industries and fields.  Manufacturers and other businesses wishing to expand their business globally can utilize USA Trade Online to identify new markets, evaluate existing markets, and perform other market research tasks. The data available through this tool can also support economists in interpreting economic news and performing academic research, as well assist governments and federal agencies in analyzing domestic and international trade policies. Users may have to register to create an account.

This source provides free access. Users may have to register to create an account.

The World Bank

Political and Geographical Resources


Columbia International Affairs Online provides access to journals, working papers, economic indicators, policy briefs, books, maps, and country data.


CountryWatch covers demographic, political, economic, business, cultural and environmental subject matter.  Key publications produced by CountryWatch include the CountryReviews TM, an up-to-date series of publications for each country including demographic, political, economic, business, cultural and environmental information, and the CountryWireTM ,which provides daily news coverage for every country in the world and a significant news archive made up of the compendium of regional news carriers.