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This guide contains information on how to do research in the field of business.
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Business Research Methods

Most-Used Electronic Business Resources

The following databases allow for the broadest, most comprehensive, and most easily-accessible coverage of Business topics.

  • Business Source Complete
    Covers management, economics, finance, accounting, international business, and more. Indexes articles from scholarly journals, trade publications, business magazines, and business newspapers with many available as full-text. Includes Datamonitor Industry Profiles, Datamonitor Company Profiles, and SWOT analyses.
  • Factiva
    Indexes over 9,000 business news sources including newspapers, journals, magazines, newswires, and company press releases. Coverage is regional, national, and international. Also includes company and stock information.
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Includes searchable, full-text of many general regional, national, and international newspapers, as well as many specifically devoted to business. Also includes a section on company dossiers (which includes the ability to produce lists of companies sharing certain characteristics), company profiles, SEC filings, accounting publications, and country profiles.
  • Mergent Online
    Information on U.S. and International Public and Private companies, including annual reports, history, financials, and more. Also includes industry information and country profiles.
  • Mintel Oxygen
    More than 600 report titles dealing with consumer and market reports covering U.K., European, U.S. and international consumer markets are added to Mintel Oxygen every year. Also includes daily news articles on corporate, product and advertising activity; market share and drivers; forecasts; and leading company information. Note: In order to use, you must create an account using your UK email address.

New Databases

The following Business database has been recently added by the University of Kentucky Libraries.

  • IMF eLibrary Data (International Monetary Fund)
    Predefined data reports or "build your own query" reports by country, topic, or data source, as well as queries within both the International Financial Statistics (IFS) and Trade and Investment. Also includes the IMF Data Mapper which allows you to plot, compare, and import data from countries and regions. Data is drawn from:

    •International Financial Statistics – international and domestic finance, with history to 1948.
    •Direction of Trade - value of exports and imports between countries and their trading partners, with history to 1980.
    •Balance of Payments - international economic transactions data and International Investment Position, with history to 1960.
    •Government Finance Statistics - budgetary and extra-budgetary financial operations data of governments, with history to 1990.
  • Mergent Online
    "Economic Data" Tab recently added. Located on the far left side of the page, this tab contains economic time series data collected from primary sources and updated daily with content across hundreds of key economic series in daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly frequencies.
  • Mergent Archives (Corporate, Municipal and Government Manual Collections)
    Indexed collection of corporate and industry manuals. UK Libraries provides access to:

    Mergent's Full Collection of Digitized Manuals Begins with the first Moody's Manual published in 1909. Includes linked tables of contents for every manual.

    Includes the following manuals:

    •Bank and Finance
    •OTC Industrial
    •Public Utility
    •OTC Unlisted
  • First Research Industry Intelligence
    Provides access to:

    •Over 900 Industry Segments, updated regularly with monthly statistics and indicators as well as quarterly trend updates.
    •Call Prep Sheets for preparation for sales calls when time is limited.
    •State Profiles to monitor monthly employment, business and real estate trends in each of the 50 US states.
    Also includes Industry Profiles, State & Province Profiles, Country Profiles, and Industry Prospector (which sorts and ranks industries based on economic and financial metrics).
  • Mergent BondViewer
    Resource for U.S. taxable and municipal fixed income and evaluation data, from pre-sale through defeasance. Includes both issuer and bond level terms and condition data, U.S. taxable bonds, municipal bonds and retail notes.

    UK Libraries' subscription includes the following modules:

    •Corporate Bonds
    ◦Offering Documents
    ◦Portfolio Tracking
    •Municipal Bonds
    ◦Historical Pricing
    ◦Portfolio Tracking

Current Database Trials


PrivCo covers business and financial research on non-publicly traded corporations, including family-owned, private equity-owned, venture-backed and international unlisted companies. Includes profiles for over 240,000 firms, with new information and analysis added daily. Useful for company, investor, M&A, venture capital funding, or private equity research. Find investors that have invested in specific, niche industries.

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What's New

Database Upgrade
We have upgraded our subscription of Business Source Premier to Business Source Complete, while also dropping ABI/Inform Global.

Business Source Complete, from EBSCOhost, is a major upgrade from Business Source Premier, giving us access to a far greater amount of content in all areas of business, including full-text coverage of academic journals, trade publications, and business magazines.  It also includes many other features, including company profiles, industry profiles, country economic reports, market research reports, working papers, case studies, conference proceedings, entire books, and more.  The ease of use and familiarity which mark all EBSCO products make it a plus as well.


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