Finding Articles (Suggested Databases):
If you are off campus, please login through Blackboard and click through to the Libraries of the USF System homepage. Under the tab “Resources,” click on “Databases by Title/Subject,” to search for databases of interest. If you have any questions, please contact the Nelson Poynter Library Reference Desk at 727-873-4124.
Selected Databases: General business and management
This is a premier business database which provides access to a wide variety of business literature, covering nearly 1800 business periodicals and scholarly journals, as well as the Wall Street Journal. Much of the database is full-text.
Business and Company Resource Center (Thomson Gale)
Search by company, by industry, or within a collection of full-text articles on business and industry. Includes investment reports, rankings, and market share data, when available. Industry information is also available by SIC or NAICS codes and from specialized business encyclopedias.
Business Source Premier (EBSCO)
A key scholarly database in the field of business, BSP provides full-text articles from over 2,300 journals. Full text articles (PDF) from the Harvard Business Review date back to 1922. BSP also includes market research, industry, and country reports from Datamonitor, EIU and other sources.
Research from the Conference Board includes annual reports on compensation and corporate governance and research studies of Fortune 500 companies on business trends, leadership, ethics and other top issues. Economic research includes the Consumer Confidence and the Help Wanted Indexes.
LexisNexis is a premier database for business and legal research. Under the top level “Search” tab, select the “business” sub-tab to search by and for company information. Sources include Hoover’s directories, Disclosure (financials), and Investext reports. To search business publications, select the top level “Sources” tab, then browse “by news & business topics” or by “industry”.
Selected Databases: Business directories
This resource provides company directory information, including executive contacts and some minimal financial information, for both public and privately-held companies. Also useful for finding the ultimate parent of a given company. Use the “advanced search” feature to search by over 35 criteria. See also the “Key Business Ratios” database from D&B for business and industry ratios.
This resource provides directory information as well as a company profile — including a brief corporate history, key competitors, unique products, etc. Privately-held and non-U.S. companies, as well as non-profit organizations, are also included. Use the “advanced” or “more search options” tab to search by ticker symbol, type of organization, etc.
Directory of U.S. businesses allows searching by company name, geographic area, business type, SIC code, yellow page listing, number of employees, and other criteria. Entries include address, phone number, corporate affiliation, officer names and titles, and business type. Useful for identifying all branch locations of a company within a specific geographic area.
Selected Databases: Financial and company
EDGAR is the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Use to retrieve public company financial filings such as 10Ks, 10Qs and proxy statements – directly from the SEC.
Extensive financial information for U.S. and international companies, including SEC filings, annual reports, company profiles, industry reports, and country reports. Allows screening across numerous financial and other criteria; data may be downloaded into Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. (Begin by clicking “enter mergent online” at opening screen.)
Financial data for publicly-held companies; news and information on the S&P indexes and the financial markets. Search by company, industry, or mutual fund. Includes the Security Dealers of North America directory; the collection of S&P Industry Surveys; and a “learning center” with basic guides to investing.
Selected Databases: Regional Business News
“Local and regional business news coverage of large corporations, privately held companies, local start-ups, executive profiles, marketing, finance, and industry news. Provides access to business information not typically found in national news sources.”
Includes over 600 U.S. and 500 international newspapers and wire services. Search these resources for diverse perspectives on local, regional, national, and global issues and entities.
Selected Databases: Trade and Industry
Full-text coverage of over 700 trade and industry publications such as Automotive News, Communications Today, International Construction, and Modern Machine Shop.
Covers over 600 trade and business sources, many full-text. Search by keyword and use drop-down menus to refine searches by industry, SIC code, marketing terms, etc.
Selected Periodicals: Management
To locate additional related journals (print or electronic), search or browse the Libraries of the USF System catalog. To specifically locate only electronic journals, select “E-Journals by Title.” Please note that this information changes often.
Finding Books (USF Online Catalog):
Books on management are generally classified in HD28 – HD69 under the LC classification system. Finance books are generally found in HG1-9999; personnel management is classified in HF5549-5549.5; and some general business titles may be found in HF5001-6182. Searching the catalog will identify e-books to read online as well as books on the shelves. Reference books are on the first floor of the Poynter Library; books in the circulating collection (A-HN) are on the second floor; and HQ-Z is on the third floor.
Selected Reference Books: (Poynter Library, first floor)
The Blackwell encyclopedia of management (REF HD30.15 .B455 2005)
A multi-volume encyclopedia by management topic, such as Accounting (vol. 1); Business Ethics (vol. 2); and Organizational Behavior (vol. 12), etc.
Business rankings annual (REF HG4057.A156)
Rankings for companies, products and services, with citations for locating original sources. (Also available in “Business and Company Resource Center” database.)
Business Statistics on the Web (REF HF1016.B47 2003)
A handy resource for locating organizations that provides statistics via the Internet. The book also has a useful chapter on basic statistical methodologies.
Florida Statistical Abstract (REF HC107.F6 F58)
Detailed statistics on Florida’s population, housing, business, education, etc. Many tables are broken down by county. Annual volumes available since 1971.
International directory of company histories (REF HD2721.I63)
This multi-volume directory set includes several-page historical profiles of the world’s largest companies and non-profit organizations. (Also available in “Business and Company Resource Center” database.)
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) (REF HF1042.N6 2002)
Or available online at: http://www.census.gov/epcd/www/naics.html
Complete listing of classification codes used by North American governments to classify and compare industries.
RMA annual statement studies – Financial ratio benchmarks (REF HF5681.B2 R6)
Published annually, this publication “contains composite financial data on manufacturing, wholesaling, retailing, service, and contracting lines of business”. By industry NAICS codes, it presents financial statement ratios and common-size balance sheet and income statement items. Trend data and data by asset and sales size available.
Statistical Abstract of the United States (REF HA202 .U5)
Or available online at: http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/
Published by the U.S. Census Bureau, this resource has long been the standard for finding key summaries of U.S. statistics relating to population, housing, education, business, etc.
Thomas Register of American Manufacturers (REF T12. T45)
Or available online at http://www.thomasnet.com
ThomasNet.com is considered “the most comprehensive resource for industrial information, products, services, CAD drawings, and more…”
Selected Web sites:
There are many business and management-related Web sites. Some of the more useful sites that I have bookmarked can be located at http://del.icio.us/marcylibrarian/business:management. (This list changes often!) A few selected sites are noted below:
This site from the U.S. Census Bureau provides access to a wealth of statistical data about the U.S. – including population, housing, income, and education. Mapping features also available. An online tutorial is available through the USF Nelson Poynter Library Reference Services page: http://www.nelson.usf.edu/ref/
“Best of the Best Business Web sites”, from BRASS-Business Reference and Services Section (RUSA, ALA/American Library Association) (http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/rusa/sections/brass/brassprotools/bestofthebestbus/bestbestbusiness.cfm)
A list of Web sites by business category and selected by a group of reference librarians.
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (http://www.uspto.gov/)
Search for U.S. patents and trademarks. Also provides news, information, and useful guides on patents, trademarks, and copyright law.
Remember, you may contact a Reference Librarian in person, by phone (727/873-4124), or via chat (from the Ask a Librarian link on the Libraries of the USF System web site).
Gary L. Austin