Welcome to the Business Subject Guide.

Be sure to see related guides for Accounting and Economics.

Also, more specialized guides for Finance, Global Business, and Marketing


Subject Guides

Multisearch & Essential Business Article Databases


Discover articles and books from many of our databases.


 Includes abstracts and indexing to articles from over 1,000 worldwide business periodicals. Includes Wall Street Journal.

The industry's most popular business research database, features the full text for more than 2,100 journals. Includes Harvard Business Review. 

Multi-disciplinary database providing the complete content from six of Wilson's full-text databases, including Business Full Text.
Other Business Article Databases

Indexed bibliography with selected abstracts of the world's economic literature (over 300...

Essential economic data coupled with superior business management research and insights from the...

Online service providing full-text access to the journal resources of a management library....

Academic OneFile indexes nearly 13,000 academic journals, magazines, newspapers, and reference...

This scholarly collection offers full-text coverage of information in many areas of academic...


Local, National, and International Newspapers

Provides access to full text of many top interantionl, national, and regional news sources. Includes New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and San Jose Mercury News

Use this resource to find full-text of many California news sources. Includes Contra Costa Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and smaller local newspapers. 
Case Studies

Case studies are an important part of business education.Sometimes they are published as articles in trade and scholarly journals. To find these, simply do a keyword search for your topic, and add “case studies” as a second term.

For example:
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The best databases to use for finding business case studies are

IMPORTANT NOTE: While very similar in content and style to articles, case studies are not always found in journals. Many times, case studies are seperate publications available from institutes or scholarly presses via special subscriptions. A specific case study you are looking for may not available at the library. Always check with your instructor or a librarian.

Harvard Business Review Case Studies

Due to license restrictions in place by Harvard Business Publishing, libraries are not allowed to purchase or lend the popular Harvard Business Review case studies. Access is limited to individual purchase ($7 each), or via institutional copyright clearance.

Faculty: if you are interested in including a HBR case study in your course, contact SEBA staff for information on the possibility of purchasing the rights to do so. The Library will not be able to purchase the study for the collection.

Students: If you have been assigned a case study, check with your professor for information about accessing the content. The Library, unfortunately, will not be able to provide you with the content.

Note: One case study- typically featuring a fictitous company- is published each month in the Harvard Business Review magazine. These cases are accessible like all other HBR articles via the print edition or the online content in the Business Source Complete database. However, due to Harvard Business Publishing's license agreement, they may not be able to be downloaded or printed, and may not be included in course reserves. 

Other Resources

CasePlace, a project of the Aspen Institute's Center for Business Education, provides a search engine for finding cases. The search only connects you to abstracts and providers. You will most likely need to purchase the cases.

Some of the better known individual institutes and schools that publish case studies online, free or for a charge, are

Like the Harvard Business Review case studies, those cases available for a fee can only be purchased by individuals and can not be acquired by libraries.

Company Information

In-Depth Profiles, Histories, and Financials

Covers over 15,000 U.S. public companies (active and inactive) listed on the NYSE, AMEX and NASDAQ exchanges, and 20,000 non-U.S. companies (active and inactive).

Additional access to data, industry news, and more for private and public U.S and international businesses.


Includes brief company profiles for over 10,500 companies, plus detailed stock reports and vital financial statistics for over 4,000 publicly traded companies. 

(follow the "Search by Content" option, and select "Company Profiles," or "Dossier."

(See OneSource for in-depth company information and financials for US and international companies) 


International Directory of Company Histories

EDGAR: Repository of registration statements, periodic reports, and other forms submitted to the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission. 


Directories and Brief Entires

(See "U.S. Businesses / Employers USA" for brief information)


Private Companies

For private companies, the information and data can be limited.

The best bet for private company research, Intellect includes financial data and other company details for many large private companies and firms. 

Lexis-Nexis is also a a good option. Follow the "Search by Content" option, and select "Company Profiles," or "Dossier." (Company Profiles will bring up a variety of sources, including Hoover's Company Profiles, a key resource for private companies. The Dossier option for is better for financial data, when available, and current news about a company.)


Non-Profit Organizations 

National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS): Another free resource collecting non-profit organizations tax records. (Form 990s ARE available)

Nonprofit Explorer : This free resource collects the financial filings of over 600,000 tax-exempt organizations. (Currently, can not provide access to Form 990s)

Industry Information


Almanac of Business and Industrial Financial Ratios. In print only. Reference Room, call # 338 T759. Includes 22 financial and operating ratios for over 160 industries. 

Reports 14 ratios for more than 800 SIC categories.

This source includes RMA Annual Statements. To access them, select "One File" from Available Databases, and search for the industry of interest.


See a short video on using these resources to find ratios: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkqATkemOo4


Surveys, Analysis, and Data

Top quality industry market research, industry risk ratings, company research, global industry research, and economic and demographic data.

Data, information, and analysis on more than 600 Industry Segments.

Includes popular S&P Industry Surveys for over 55 top industries, as well as "Sub-Industry Reports" for other more specific products and services.

Features news and analysis on various product, service, and supply industries. Includes detailed consumer data for the US and 205 other countries. 

In-depth market analysis and industry statistics on nearly 30 of the top industries.


Mintel reports analyze market sizes and trends, market segmentation, and consumer attitudes and purchasing habits, as well as assessing the future of the market.  (Users need to create a login before using for the first time)

Lexis-Nexis includes news, surveys, and forecasts from a variety of sources. To access, select the "Companies" link, and then choose "Company Dossier." View the "Industry" tab and enter an SIC code or key term (or browse the industry hierarchy).

Use to track stock returns for the last 5 day, year, and 5 years in a given industry. (see "Industries" under the "Markets" heading)
Investment & Stock Market Information

Morningstar is an investment resource offering detailed data and proprietary analysis for individual stocks, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds.  

 Standard & Poor's Stock Reports are the industry standard in equity analysis, covering over 4,000 publicly traded companies listed on the New York, American, NASDAQ and regional stock exchanges. Stock Reports include S&P 's price-volume chart, statistical measures, and fundamental analytics.

Useful for consumer-end investment research, and valued for proprietary rankings, ratings, and analysis on 3,500 common individual stocks and 101 industries. About 135 stocks are analyzed each week. Use "Stock Screenings" option to find stocks based on your criteria.This resource is limited to 3 simultaneous online users; if you receive an error message, try later or contact a librarian


Morningstar Direct

The Library can provide access to the full Morningstar Direct data and analysis tool on the PC workstations in the Library. Please see a librarian for log-in credentials. 

Four web-accessible tools will also be available at the following URLs:

Again, for these tools, please contact a librarian for access information.  (Note: If you have trouble reaching the sign-in screen for the Fundamental Analysis or Portfolio Analysis, click on Asset Allocation and log in from there. Then you will be authenticated to enter the Fundamental Analysis and Portfolio Analysis links. )

Consumer and Statistical Information

Be sure to see the Marketing subpage of this Subject Guide for more direction



Mintel reports analyze market sizes and trends, market segmentation, and consumer attitudes and purchasing habits, as well as assessing the future of the market.  Important note: The Mintel resource requires you to create your own individual log-in. You must create a log-in yourself before your first use. The log-in does not need to be your SMC email, but of course can be. Continue to use that log-in each time you use the resource.

Features news and analysis on various product, service, and supply industries. Includes detailed consumer data for the US and 205 other countries. 

Organized in nearly 30 Industry Research Centers including: Advertising, Branding &...


Search the series of books from New Strategist Press for detailed spending breakdowns and consumer demographics. (Available via our subscription to EBSCO eBook Business Collection).



ProQuest Statistical DataSets is a Web-based research solutions tool that provides fast and easy...


US Bureau of the Census - includes information on the Census Bureau as well as parts of their publications, including graphs and statistics from their many demographic surveys. This includes Latest Economic Indicator, the latest Population Estimates and Current Industrial Reports. See also our subscription to Statistical Abstract of the United States and Historical statistics of the United States.

Business Statistics of the United States. In print only. Reference Room, call# 330.0182 Un3a

Bureau of Economic Analysis - A great source for U.S. economic data

Bureau of Labor Statistics - This site has connections to many of the Bureau’s databases of labor statistics compiled by the Federal Government. Includes current and historicalconsumer price indexes.

Fedstats - "The gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies."

Cost-of-Living Calculator - Uses the historical Consumer Price Index for urban consumers (CPI-U) to convert dollar values between any two years to adjust for inflation. Has data from 1914 to the present.

State and Local

RAND State Statistics is an online source of 200 data series for all states, and over 150...

California Economic Statistics and Indicators - This site has county profiles and economic indicators.

Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) - Projections, highlighting statistics for San Francisco Bay Area cities and counties is published every other year; the most recent report is not available online. (Ref 317.946 As78).  Go here for Census 2000 statistics.



OffStats - "Official Statistics on the Web." Browse by country, region, or topic. From the University of Auckland Library in New Zealand.

Statistical Sites on the World Wide Web - From the US Department of Labor, both national and international statistical sites. Browse by country. 

Statistics Finland - Another helpful, comprehensive  portal to international statistic and tables sites.  

Find Books and Videos

Albert Search

Search Albert to find books, movies, etc..


Advanced Search


Reference and e-Book Collections

This collection includes over 9,400 e-books encompassing a variety of business topics such as...

Business Expert Press's Digital Libraries are filled with practical, concise books covering...

Ebrary Academic Complete is a highly interactive eBook database from ebrary that covers all...


A database of reference encyclopedias and handbooks published by SAGE covering the social...

Provides searchable full-text e-book versions of many reference works, including multi-volume...


Streaming Video Collections

Includes over 640 Business & Economics videos. Topics range from marketing strategy, entrepreneurship, international busines, and much more. 

Includes over 1,600 full-length videos, as well as shorter clips in the area of Business & Economics. Topics include business education, business technology, business ethics and law, accounting and taxation, economics, management, and marketing. 

Kanopy is a leading distributor of tertiary educational videos. Titles available in this...

Business Periodicals

(See a short tutorial on finding specific articles, including those in the Harvard Business Review on our YouTube channel)

Some select Business periodicals to browse:  



Also see key local, state, and national newspapers for business news:

Full online access to The New York Times is now available to the Saint Mary’s College of California community. Create an account using this link: www.NYTimes.com/GroupPass

Use your stmarys-ca.edu email address.  (Unfortunately, NYTimes.com cannot use SMC passwords, as symbols aren’t allowed.)

If we don't have immediate access to an article you need, you can always request it through Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) for electronic delievery in 3-4 business days.

Government Agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations, and Research Institutes

Government Agencies

Search USA.gov to find reports and documents about issues of international, national, and regional importance from various applicable government agencies. 

For more specific searching, trying searching for your interests in Google, and add "site:gov" to your search (without the quotation marks) to limit your results to only those from US government agencies. You can limit to state by adding the state abbreviate, as well (example: "site:ca.gov").

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Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

An increasing power on the World's stage is the non-governmental organization. The US alone is home to over 1.5 million NGOs. See the searchable directory to find NGOs on any given topic:

World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO)

Research Institutes ("Think Tanks")

"Think tanks" are policy Institutes that research contemporary and important social and economic issues. Often housed by universities or afflicated with political action groups, think tanks are a wealth of great data and analysis, though not without bias. Research the background of think tanks to know more about their positions. 

Below are some of the more well known think tanks related to business and economics:

Brookings Institution

Cato Institute

Conference Board

Heritage Foundation

The Hoover Institution

National Bureau of Economic Research


Public Policy Institute of California 

Also see the comprehensive guide to think tanks from the Library of Harvard's Kennedy School. Use the customized Google search they developed to search for your topic in hundreds of known think tanks. 

Professional and Trade Associations

Encyclopedia of Associations - Available from Gale Directory Library

To find organizations specific to your interests or career aspirations, search Google for " <area of interest > professional association." For example:

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Citing and Writing


The accepted format for citing sources in the social sciences is the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. The School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA) at Saint Mary’s College, too, emphasizes the use of APA in SEBA course work. For help citing sources use the Library's APA Format Guide

APA Style Guide for Business - A supplement to the regular APA Style Guide highlighting common, hard to cite data-focused resources.

The full manual is available in the Library. Also use the APA Style Guide to Electronic References.

Other helpful resources

See our short animated tutorials on APA citation on our YouTube channel.


Writing Assistance

Questions about grammar and structure? Don't forget to refer back to your ENGL 3, 4 and 5 writing manuals. We have a couple of copies on Reserve if you need to quickly refer back to rules on commas, noun/pronoun agreement, structuring your paper, or other issues.


The Writing Center

Having trouble putting it all together? The SMC Center for Writing Across the Curriculum (or, "The Writing Center") offers peer-to-peer advising sessions for both undergraduate and graduate students. You can call or stop by to make an appointment, or can also drop in and do a session immediately, if an adviser is available. See their website for more information, or stop by 1st floor De La Salle, or call them at 925.631.4684

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