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Virtual Research Guide:
Business & Finance

Resources in this research guide include databases, digital reference books, and Internet sites covering the subjects of business, economics, finance, investments, entrepreneurship, and careers. The materials included in this guide would be generally classified in the 330s and the 650s of the Dewey Decimal System.

 

Featured Databases
InvestorEdge from Mergent provides information on over 5,200 U.S. and international companies, including easy-to-understand ratings, Buy, Hold & Sell recommendations and contact information. Updated weekly, this database also provides the user with bond and industry reports, and downloadable annual reports.
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Morningstar Library Edition: An investing resource from Morningstar, a highly respected national financial and investing publisher. Provides detailed financial information on all stocks traded on the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, and American Stock Exchange as well as thousands of mutual funds. Also, provides tools for the evaluation of investments and investment portfolios.
ReferenceUSA: A powerful online directory providing information on over 17 million U.S. businesses and over 200 million U.S. households. The residential information comes primarily from the telephone white pages. The business information is gathered from not only the white pages and the yellow pages of the nation's telephone directories, but also from government data, trade publications, the Internet, and local newspapers. Millions of telephone calls are made by ReferenceUSA annually to verify the accuracy of the information contained in their database. This is a useful tool for anyone doing market research, conducting job searches, creating customer lists, or seeking contact information for a specific person or business.
Value Line Investment Survey: This database is a unique source of financial information designed to help investors make informed investment decisions. It includes business descriptions, financial data, statistics, analysis, and evaluations of select companies and industries. The same 3,500 stocks that are included in the print versions of the Value Line Investment Survey - Standard Edition and the Value Line Investment Survey - Small & Mid-Cap Edition are covered in this database.
*Value Line is brought to you by a contribution from The Friends of the Library*
Digital Reference Collections
GVRL (Gale Virtual Reference Library): Business
Digital Reference Book Titles
21st Century Management: Emphasizes key research on the topic and emerging trends. Considers globalization, new information technologies, as well as ethical and ecological issues. Addresses security and crisis management issues; offers insights into 21st century business issues such as excessive work and outsourcing; discusses diversity; and includes issues of managing nonprofit arts, medical, sports, and philanthropic organizations in the 21st century.
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Business Plans Handbook: A collection of actual business plans compiled by entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses throughout North America. Each volume presents approximately 25 sample plans taken from businesses in the manufacturing, retail, and service industries--only company names and addresses have been changed. Includes a sample business plan template and two fictional plans, a glossary of small business terms, and a directory section containing various listings of interest to entrepreneurs and consultants specializing in small business advice and planning.

Encyclopedia of American Industries: Provides detailed, comprehensive information on a wide range of industries in every realm of American business.
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Encyclopedia of Business and Finance, 2nd ed.. Burton Kaliski, Ed. 2nd ed. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007. 791 pp. 2 vols.

Designed for the nonspecialist, the Encyclopedia of Business and Finance is a two-volume complete reference covering five general areas: finance and banking; accounting; marketing; management; and information systems. Drawing on practical professional expertise as well as that of noted scholars, the contributors include executives, government administrators and scholars from leading business programs from around the United States.

Florida Electronic Library
General Business File ASAP: Contains reports and articles about business, industry, management, economics, and politics in full-text format. Many articles also contain images.
Small Business Collection: Provides insights, tips, strategies and success stories. Users will find hundreds of full text subject-appropriate periodicals.
Small Business Resource Center: This resource is an unmatched source of information for the entrepreneurial community that covers all major aspects of starting, managing, financing, marketing, and operating a small business. It contains full-text books and journal articles that will be of interest to an existing or aspiring small business owner as well as hundreds of sample business plans.
Suggested Internet Resources

Allbusiness.com
ALA Best Business Websites
American Stock Exchange
Business Research Guides from IU Library
CNNMoney
Edgar: SEC Filings & Forms
FDIC: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Internal Revenue Service
LOC Business Reference Services
MarketWatch from Dow Jones
Morningstar.com
Motley Fool: Finance and Folly
Nasdaq Stock Market
NYSE Group
Small Business Administration
SmartMoney.com
ThomasNet
Wall Street Executive Library
Yahoo! Finance