There are numerous databases that allow the user to search for articles on a given topic,
company, or industry. Even general-subject databases usually contain a large number
of articles on business topics. Here are a few examples of databases that are particularly
useful for the business researcher:
â€¢ ABI/INFORM is a database covering over a thousand business-related magazines
and journals. Search for articles about a topic, a company, or an industry. Many
articles are available full-text.
â€¢ Business Source Elite is another database that covers a huge number of business
magazines and journals, with many offered full-text.
â€¢ Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe provides access to articles in thousands of maga-
zines, journals, and newspapers. It also contains information from other types of
sources such as radio and television programs.
â€¢ The Publications Library in Factiva.com contains the full-text of thousands of busi-
ness magazines, trade journals, and news releases.
Appendix: Sources of Information About Companies and Industries
The federal government gathers huge amounts of data about the economy, trade, and
industry. Much of this information is now distributed freely on the Web. Here are a
â€¢ Economic Indicators includes the gross national product, consumer price indexes, un-
employment rates, interest rates, and many more commonly used economic statistics.
Find it on the Web at http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/eibrowse/broecind.html.
â€¢ The Federal Reserve Banks gather economic data about their various regions and
share the data through publications on their Web sites. A good example is FREDÂ®,
a database of economic information compiled by the Federal Reserve Bank of St.
Louis on the Web at http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred/.
â€¢ Survey of Current Business provides more detailed economic data, as well as arti-
cles about foreign investment, personal income, and other economic topics.
â€¢ The U.S. Census Bureau gathers huge amounts of data and offers it to the public at
their Web site at http://www.census.gov/. Note particularly the Economic Census,
where you can find data on individual industries at the national, state, or local level.
â€¢ Statistical Abstract of the United States gathers into one place the most frequently
requested statistics gathered by all the various departments and agencies of the
federal government. Find it on the Web at http://www.census.gov/prod/www/
Industry averages for a variety of ratios and other accounting measures are available in
RMA (formerly Robert Morris Associates) Annual Statement Studies, Dun & Bradstreetâ€™s
Industry Norms & Key Business Ratios, and Leo Troyâ€™s Almanac of Business and Indus-
trial Financial Ratios.