Welcome to the Finance Subject Guide!

Be sure to see the general Business Administration guide, as well as the related guides for Accounting and Economics.

Also, more specialized guides for FinanceGlobal Business, and Marketing

Subject Guides

Company and Competitor 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).

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 "Companies" link for Hoover's and Company Dossier for US and and some international companies)

 (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)

 

Non-Profit and Private Companies

Nonprofit Explorer : This free resource collects the financial filings of over 600,000 tax-exempt organizations.

PrivCo: Private Company Financial Intelligence is source for business and financial data on major, non-publicly traded corporations, including family owned, private equity owned, venture backed, and international unlisted companies. This is the free version; not all reports will be available.

Hoover's Handbook of Private Companies.   In print only. Reference Room, call # 338.74 H769p. 

Industry Data

Ratios

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.

 

Surveys and Reports

Includes popular S&P Indutsry 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).

Best used for reports on the investment climate in a given industry. Under Investment Survey Plus, "Look up industry" for industry ranking and investment data and news. 

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

Articles from academic/scholarly journals, trade publications, popular press, and newspapers can be found in the following databases:

Includes 

 
Citation

The standard style guide used in the School of Economics and Business Adminstration is APA

Some helpful business database-specific hints

To cite reports, data files, and other financial information from an online database, consider them "gray literature," and adapt the citation based on the rules in 7.03 of the APA Manual with as much information as you have.

  • Author: if no author, use the organization's name (i.e., Mergent, Value Line)
  • Date: if no date, use (n.d.)
  • Title of the document: Name the page you are on as < company, name of section >. This section of the citation should be in italics.
  • Source: "Retrieved from < name of the database >"

Examples:

Mergent. (n.d.). Netflix Inc, Balance Sheet: 2010-2012. Retrieved from Mergent Online database.

Mergent. (n.d.) International Business Machines Corporation, Competitors. Retrieved from Mergent Online database. 

Standard & Poors. (2013, September). AT&T Inc: Company Profile. Retrieved from Standard & Poors NetAdvantage database

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