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Subject Guides

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

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


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)


Citing and Writing


The accepted format for citing soures 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 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