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Structured entry point to all the business databases available at the University of Rochester.

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Business Librarian

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Outreach, Learning and Research Services; Rush Rhees Library, 500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd. Rochester NY 14627

Resources by TYPE OF INFORMATION Provided

The tabs in this box provide lists of databases by the type of information they provide: so if you want to look up a company or create a list of companies in a particular line of business, try the databases on the Companies tab; if you need to know more about an Industry or you need market research, try the resources on that tab, etc.

The tabs are arranged (roughly! ;) by frequency of use: Company and Industry/Market Research information are usually what people are looking for most frequently; when more information is needed in either of those areas your next step should be to look for news or articles... etc. Make sense? If you have suggestions, please let me know!

Best databases for creating Target Lists (as well as regular company research):

Capital IQ - from S&P; data on public and private companies, M&A/financing transactions, public offerings, corporate executives, and more. Includes tools for fundamental financial statement analysis at the company and industry level.  AVAILABLE ONLY AT DESIGNATED WORKSTATIONS!  There are Capital IQ workstations in the Simon School Career Research Center (4th floor Schlegel),  in the Simon School IT Lab, and in the Simon PhD lab.

 


Additional databases to try for profiles of specific companies:

American and Foreign Companies with Global Operations (Uniworld)

Search for foreign firms operating in the U.S and American firms operating in foreign countries.Contains American companies that have substantial overseas operations and non-U.S. firms that have substantial U.S. operations. Search by country, industry codes or industry size.

Public Records Sites and Sources (for court records, business filings, etc.)

PACER

Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) allows you to obtain case and docket information online from federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts.  It hosts millions of case file documents and docket information for all district, bankruptcy, and appellate courts. These are available immediately after they have been electronically filed.  

ORBIS 

Orbis includes (209 million) global companies’ financial accounts, credit scores from a number of independent providers, directorships, ownership structures, PEPs and sanctions information and details of mergers and acquisitions activity. Over 99% of the companies on Orbis are private. Private company information is more difficult to obtain as the legal obligation to file account varies widely from country to country

E-Secretary of State.com 

Often when you cannot find data on smaller companies from major sites and databases, you can glean some information by searching and reviewing the filings that all companies must file in the state they operate in. Within states, the office that requires and maintains these filings is called the "Secretary of State," and this site provides a listing and links to each of their Web sites as well as a direct link to the "entity search" page where you can search for the target companies.


Company Directories of particular interest to Entrepreneurs: 

(See also  PrivCo, listed above)

Best Databases for Industry Research

The first group here cover a wide spectrum of industries, and are keyword searchable:

Profound

Pinpoint sought after very niche company, industry and market data (eg market size, value etc.) included in thousands of market research reports published by hundreds of leading market research providers. SPECIAL NOTE: While you may freely conduct searches of Profound to discover if what you need is in a report, you must obtain prior authorization to actually download/view the data. Contact Business Librarian Robert Berkman at rberkman@library.rochester.edu to request authorization.

 

Next: multi-industry resources, but you must pick-from-a-set-list (not keyword searchable).

The following databases are more focussed on specific industries:

Best databases for Market - consumer - research:

A related resource - information on Advertising Spending:
 


If you can't find a nice pre-packaged report... then it's off to the article databases for you! Seriously, the article databases are your best bet for picking up anything that's been mentioned in trade publications, news, etc. about [your topic]. Go back to the resources listed under the first tab, "Business News & Articles."

Databases that provide News - newspaper articles, press releases, and similar:


Databases that provide Articles - arranged by the amount of popular vs. scholarly content they offer.

(i.e. ABI/Inform offers the greatest mix of contents: news wires, popular magazines, trade journals, reports, and some scholarly journals. ScienceDirect and the  Web of Science contain only articles from scholarly, highly-researched, peer-reviewed journals. Strangely enough, they still fall in alphabetical order. )

 

LOOKING FOR ACCESS TO THE FULL TEXT OF THE WALL STREET JOURNAL?

You've come to the right spot. We have a digital subscription to the full Wall Street Journal (www.wsj.com). In order to use this, you will need a special login--please contact me directly for the log in information.

(You can also browse recent headlines by clicking on the "Read the WSJ Online-free!" tab in the "Tips and Tricks" box below)

For Local Business News--Sometimes the best stuff, especially on private companies that play a major role in a particular community can be found by reviewing what's been published in local business journals. You can find some of the best Rochester focused business news by searching the Rochester Business Journal; you can also search dozens of other cities' local business journals simultaneously too by searching the collection of American City Business Journals.


Databases that provide Working Papers, Case Studies  (and other different kinds of documents):

For Case Studies, check out The Case Center which provides scores of free business case studies from leading business schools ranging from Stanford, to MIT to Copenhagen and more. Browse its free studies here.

Google Patents Patents and patent applications from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Has a thumbnail viewer for drawings.

FreePatentsOnline Full text and images of U.S. patents from 1974+, U.S. patent applications from 2001+, and European patents 2000+.

USPTO Patent Database Full text and images of U.S. patents.

Espacenet Identifies patents from many countries, some with page images.

Japan Platform for Patent Information

English machine translations of Japanese patents. Search using links under "Patent & Utility Model".

NEW: Innovation Q Plus! Innovation Q Plus is a patent search tool that rapidly sifts through data and uses advanced technologies to quickly and efficiently pinpoint relevant patents, applications, and non-patent literature from IEEE. There are visualizations, advanced features, and the ability to locate "similar" patents to the target one.
Users are encouraged to sign up for individual accounts to access certain advanced functionality.

"Hot Topics" data/stats:

US Demographic and business stats:
 

For historical census data (pre 1990), click here https://www.census.gov/population/www/censusdata/hiscendata.html

Gallup Analytics

This database contains primary economic, well-being, and political data at the country, state and U.S. city levels. It allows users to view data by demographic categories, compare results across geographies to develop and report findings.

International Data and Statistics, including Import/Export data

Once you have:

Then you're ready to write a business plan. Here are some sources for Sample Business Plans:

You'll need to create a budget and financial projections for your plan, so it might help to look at the financials for other, similar companies (that might represent "what you want to be when you grow up"), find out what the typical ratios are for your line of business, and then explore which Angel Investors or Venture Capital firms might be appropriate to approach with your plan:

 

Financial Ratios

Who is funding the current start-ups and private companies?
 

Subscription database resources: (Use these to find high quality *analysis* rather than just stock quotes; in order by number/quality of reports)

Annual Reports and other SEC Filings

Free web resources:  (charts, quotes - material companies are willing to give away for free)

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Tips and Tricks

Here are a few tips to for researching:

  • Google often isn't helpful. The best business information is not free.  However, the library does subscribe to numerous resources.
  • When using these databases, adjust your search terms if you're not getting the results you hoped for--try synonyms and scour article titles, abstracts, and subject headings in your search results for likely search terms to use.  Sometimes a thesaurus or encyclopedia come in handy when brainstorming search terms.
  • Use double quotes to search multiple words as a phrase (e.g. "new age" finds these terms in exact order).
  • Use an asterisk to substitute for letters at the end of a word (e.g. crit* finds critic, criticism, critique etc.).
  • If you can't find what you're looking for, schedule an appointment!

LOOKING FOR ACCESS TO THE FULL TEXT OF THE WALL STREET JOURNAL?

You've come to the right spot. We have a digital subscription to the full Wall Street Journal. Here are the instructions on how to access it:

Link to: http://www.wsj.com

For User Name, enter: edegroff@library.rochester.edu;

Password: meliora2

"Navigation" videos:


Tip sheets for various databases:

  1. Cite your sources!
  2. Special notes regarding use of resources during summer internships

If you use any data or text from any of the databases in a report or project - Cite The Source, that is, indicate where the information came from. In the text of your report, or if you use an image or graph from a report, something as simple as:

IBISWorld Industry Report OD4302

is fine. In your list of "Sources" at the end of the paper/PPT/whatever, the full citation might look like this:

Petrillo, Nick. "Craft Beer Production in the US." IBISWorld Industry Report OD4302, September 2014.

Why is this important?

  1. It's the right (honest, legal, appropriate) thing to do, but also
  2. It makes your work more credible: it makes you look smart.

If you want a formal set of guidelines, consult the Harvard Business School Citation Guide. But anything is better than nothing (just be consistent).


 

Use of Licensed Databases While on Paid Summer Internships

Vendors sell the University of Rochester Libraries access to their databases at rates that reflect a deep discount compared to what a commercial enterprise would pay. Information providers sell us this content on our contractual guarantee that we will use the data strictly for academic or research purposes. If you are working on as a paid intern over the summer, we are sorry, but you are not supposed to use any of the library databases to conduct research on behalf of the company for which you are working.

During the academic terms, please keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • In your written communication with colleagues outside of the University, you may excerpt only insignificant portions of reports, articles, and other documents for distribution to company employees or anyone else (i.e., do not email data, entire documents, or reports to anyone outside the University of Rochester).
  • Never allow others direct access to Rush Rhees Library resources (i.e., do not share your NetID credentials with anyone).
  • Always attribute accurately and completely all data and excerpts you include in your reports (see notes above).

Capital IQ is an exception to the above guidelines. Capital IQ does not allow its database to be used at all with outside organizations, and cuts off MBA access to the database in the summer.

WRDS also cuts off access to MBA accounts during the summer.

     -Text adapted with thanks to the Harvard Business School Baker Library.

 

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Resources for Entrepreneurial Research

Are you looking for technical and business information on engineering, optics, medical devices IT etc. to help your explore a new business venture or product you are working on? We have lots of resources there too-click on the link below to get to our LibGuide on Resources for Entrepreneurs!

Library Resources and Services

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Citation Tracking: Finding articles by citation

Once you have one (or more) useful article on a topic, use the references at the end of article to find more sources on your topic using our Citation Search tool.  This helps you see what was written previous to your current article, often called citing backward.

Use Google Scholar to see who has cited your article after it was published.  This helps you see what has been written after your article was published, citing forward.