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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!
Not specific to the consulting industry, but you can find consulting companies here, as well as data on venture capital funding, mergers and acquisitions, and private company financial data.Each user must create a login with a UR email address.
Yes – you CAN get financial data for private companies! Also very useful for creating lists of companies by geography, industry – with more granular detail than by NAICS or SIC, although those are available as well – rate of growth in revenue or employees, and whether or not the companies are PE/VC backed or not. Useful for career searches or entrepreneurial searches (who else makes this product? How many [x] are located within 50 miles of [place]? Etc.)
Another choice for private company and investor information: deals, financing, M&As. Search by funding round or amount, location, name, industry, etc. Covers more, smaller companies than PrivCo, but only provides VC-type financials, not balance sheet/income statement information. Each user must create a login using a UR email address.
20M+ companies, US/int’l; financials, SWOT analysis, analyst reports, news articles. Search by region, sector, business size, more
The databases here are listed in order by how focused on the IT industry they are - from Gartner (devoted to IT) to Frost & Sullivan (good portion on tech/IT), to IBISWorld and MarketLine, which cover the whole range of industries (including IT).
Includes Industry (reports by country), Company, and Country reports, plus Company News, Financial Deals, and Case Studies. Market size, segmentation, competition, forecasts.
Additional modules within MarketLine: Financial Deals Tracker: Track market activity with MarketLine's database of global mergers and acquisitions (M&A), private equity deals, venture finance deals, private placements, IPOs, and partnerships. Company Prospector: Screen companies and build lists of potential business partners, clients, and investment targets in industries and countries of interest. Investment & Advisory Prospector: Identify advisory & investment firms operating in specific industries, and gain insight into the investment and inorganic strategy of companies. Company Report Generator: Generate fresh custom company reports featuring analytical text and charts which draw on MarketLine's company datasets. Example sections include company overview, history, SWOT analysis, M&A, partnerships and agreements, news and product information.
If you are a Mac user or are having trouble accessing ThomsonOne, in a pinch, try OneSource: look up your company, and see if there is a link for "Analysts Reports" in the left panel. Not nearly as many as Thomson, but - SO much easier to use.
The following databases are good places to go for finding articles on computers and information systems from a business point of view:
Identifies articles in clinical and basic biomedical research as well as in psychology, many with links to full text.
PubMed® comprises more than 30 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites. Includes access to molecular and bioinformatic databases from the NCBI system (previous Entrez). Automatically expands (explodes) subject headings. Truncation turns off this automatic expansion of the hierarchical subject headings.
US and international statistics. Includes full text statistical tables and abstracts of additional statistical sources.
Covers material in American Statistics Index (ASI), Index to International Statistics (IIS) and Statistical Reference Index (SRI). Googling for material not in full text in the database works quite well.
Supplies quick statistics, facts, and market data in a wide range of topic areas. (These are "one chart wonders" - not in-depth reports - but topics are very topical and interesting).
Downloadable in JPG, XLS, and PPTP.
This is just a sampling - get in touch with me for information on the other statistical databases available to you.
The resources provided here are my "best guess" for what you might need. It probably looks like an overwhelming list already - but this is a very wide-ranging course; I can't anticipate every resource that might be useful. If there's something else you need, please let me know, and together we will improve this resource guide!
The resources in this guide are a tiny sampling of what is available through library subscriptions. My Business Resources Guide arranges the whole gamut of business resources available to you into lists by type of information (articles, market research, companies, etc.) and by topic (Finance, Entrepreneurship, etc.) . Try these or simply get in touch and let me know what you need.