Business & Industry Research

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McCartney Library provides the following resources to support company and industry research. Please don't hesitate to contact the reference librarian if you have further questions.

Online Databases - Books - Selected Web sites

Online Databases

Business Source Complete (EBSCOhost)

This database provides access to full-text journal articles from business journals and magazines. Industry profiles, market research reports, SWOT analyses, and company profiles are also available in this extensive collection of business-related information. These sources are most easily found by searching for a business under the link to "Company Information" at the top of the page.

Business Book Summaries (EBSCOhost) Explore recent business books through in-depth summaries of key their concepts. The summaries include the table of contents and are often available in audio as well as text.

WestLaw Next News and legal information, including news reports from Reuters with categories for browsing such as U.S. Business News and Investor Briefs.


Recommended books in the McCartney Library reference collection with industry statistics and other numbers:

  • Almanac of business and industrial financial ratios
    • HF5681.R25 T68 REF
    • The most recent two volumes are available.
  • North American industry classification system
    • HF1041.5 .N674 2007 REF
  • RMA annual statement studies
    • HF5681.B2 R6 REF
    • The most recent two volumes are available.
    • Contains composite financial data on manufacturing, wholesaling, retailing, service, and contracting lines of business. Arranged by SIC code, this work makes it possible to compare one company's performance relative to other companies in the same line of business.
  • Statistical abstract of the United States
    • HA202 REF

Find more books by searching the library catalog at Geneva or search WorldCat for books at other libraries and request that we borrow them for you through interlibrary loan.

Selected Web sites

Economic census reports from U.S. Census Bureau

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes from the U.S. Census Bureau

Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes from the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration

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