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Library Research Guide: Business


General Business Research

Trinity Library owns and subscribes to several resources that will help you in your business-related research.


The following are databases that the Trinity Library subscribes to and are great for gaining in-depth perspectives from scholarly publications.

  • ABI/Inform Complete – is a specialized database containing full-text articles and citations from hundreds of business periodicals (Library Barcode log-in required for off-campus access).
  • Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe – provides full-text of many newspapers as well as full-text of legal and business information (Library Barcode log-in required for off-campus access).
  • Academic Search Premier – “This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,600 journals, including full text for nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles,” including many business and financial topics (Library Barcode log-in required for off-campus access).
  • JSTOR – offers full-text access to archival and current issues of over 1,400 scholarly journal titles in more than 50 subject areas, including over 200 titles in Business, Finance, and Marketing (Library Barcode log-in required for off-campus access).

Magazines and Periodicals

Magazines and periodicals are a great way to keep up with current business news and trends. You can find these items in hardcopy in the library. Current and recent issues are kept out for use. These items are non-circulating, meaning that you cannot check them out.

  • Advertising Age– Serial focusing on marketing and media, also covers the advertising industry and issues annual rankings and reports on advertising agencies and firms.
  • Bloomberg Businessweek– weekly magazine covering all aspects of business, including international
  • The Economist- weekly publication in print since 1843, providing an authoritative perspective on global economic, business, and political issues.
  • Forbes- published biweekly covering a wide spectrum of business-related topics including industry-specific news, general finance, and investing. Forbes is also famous for its lists and rankings, such as “World’s Most Powerful People” and “Global 2000 Leading Companies”
  • Washington Business Journal- an offshoot of American City Business Journals offering a local take on business developments in the greater Washington area.

Web Resources

  • Business Wire the Business Wire newsfeed provides up-to-the-minute news developments in business and provides access to press releases from various companies.
  • Investopedia an online education resource covering wide-ranging business topics such as investing, personal finance, wealth management, etc. and is especially valuable for its dictionary of finance terms.
  • Kiplinger business resource specializing in business forecasts is a great resource for information on personal finance.
  • New York Times-  the New York Times “Business Day” section provides current business news.

Federal Government Agencies

The federal government has several agencies, sub-agencies, and other entities which deal with business related matters. While most of the agencies deal with business on some level, this list contains agencies whose primary focus is on business, finance, and the economy.


Accounting & Taxation

  • American Accounting Association- a leading professional association for those in the accounting field. Provides educations resources for the accounting professional, academic, and student.
  • CPA Journal- an industry publication that concentrates on issues that affect accountants, such as auditing, finance, and professional ethics.
  • Internal Revenue Service- Official website of the tax collecting branch of the U.S. Treasury. Included are tax forms, instructions, news releases, and more.
  • NYSSCPA Accounting Terminology Guide- a comprehensive guide to common accounting terms and concepts compiled by the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
  • U.S. Tax Code Online- This document allows you to access the complete text of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Full text search or searching by the table of contents is enabled.

Human Resources

  • Employee Benefit Research Institute- EBRI is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that concentrates solely on providing high-quality research and data about employee benefits. The bulk of their research is available freely on their website. Use their “Research” tab to find information organized by benefit type.
  • Knowledge@Wharton- the online business journal of Wharton containing a Human Resources section that covers HR-related news and research.
  • Society for Human Resource Management- One of the largest associations for HR professionals in the country providing , much of it freely available for download on their website. Use their “Research & Methods” section to find a variety of polls and surveys.
  • U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission- Federal government entity that enforces compliance to labor laws that ensure that employees and potential hires are protected from discrimination. In addition to detailing the process for an individual to file a claim of discrimination with the Commission, this website also offers fact sheets on various employment laws and employment statistics.
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (U.S. Department of Labor)- OSHA is the federal government entity that ensure safe and healthy workplaces for employees by enacting policies and setting standards for workplace safety. Use their “Data & Statistics” tab to find inspection data and safety-related statistics.
  • U.S. Department of Labor’s List of State Labor Agencies- a directory of state government level labor agencies.


For research concerning the hospitality industry, look into specific sectors for relevant information- i.e. restaurants, hotels, travel, etc.

  • American Hotel & Lodging Association- National organization that represents those who work in the hotel and lodging industry. A good resource for current trends and news from the lodging area of hospitality, although some content is member-only.
  • HotelExecutive- a weekly online resource that provides top-level news and trends in the hotel industry as well as white papers of best practices.
  • National Restaurant Association- the premiere foodservice trade association that provides advocacy for those in the restaurant industry as well as research and news and trends. Some content on this website is member-only.
  • United Nations World Tourism Organization- the United Nations entity that promotes responsible and sustainable global tourism through education, training, and establishing policies to enhance inclusive development of tourism in all countries.
  • U.S. Travel Association- the national association for the travel industry in the U.S., they provide industry trends and travel forecast information. Some research is available freely, other content is member-only.

International Business

  • Economic Freedom of the World Reports- annual report that evaluates economic freedom in numerous countries. Data sets for each year are also available for download.
  • globalEDGE Global Insights- an open online resource from the University of Michigan’s Broad College of Business  with business profiles for most countries in the world that include statistics, political climate background, and risk assessments in addition to other pertinent data.
  • HLB International “Doing Business In” Booklets- Over 60 pamphlets prepared by an global-reaching network of accounting firms designed to give snapshots of business culture and opportunities in different countries. Pamphlets are mostly current- the oldest booklets are dated 2008.
  • KPMG Competitive Alternatives Report- A biannual report issued by KPMG (a major Dutch professional services company) that compares the costs of doing business in over 100 cities in 10 different countries.
  • Outsourcing Center- Open online resource for research and thought leadership in the area of outsourcing.
  • World Bank Open Knowledge Repository- The World Bank’s Open Knowledge Repository is a significant open resource for international development and business news. The World Bank Documents & Reports collection is another good international business resource.


  • ABI Inform Company Reports can be found by selecting “Company/Org” from the drop-down list to the right of the search box and typing a specific company name. Within the search results, the tab for “Reference/Reports” can be selected to view only those items related to company reports (Library Barcode log-in required for off-campus access).
  • American Marketing Association- prestigious professional association which aims to set best practices for the marketing industry and propel innovative thought in the field.
  • Ad Access (Advertising history) “funded by the Duke Endowment “Library 2000″ Fund, presents images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. Ad*Access concentrates on five main subject areas: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II, providing a coherent view of a number of major campaigns and companies through images preserved in one particular advertising collection available at Duke University.”
  • American Memory: Advertising Collection of advertisements (print, film, and poster) from various collections at The Library of Congress including “Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920,” “Coca-Cola Advertising 1951-1999,” and “Edison Companies.”
  • Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920 presents over 9,000 images, with database information, relating to the early history of advertising in the United States. The materials, drawn from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University, provide a significant and informative perspective on the early evolution of this most ubiquitous feature of modern American business and culture.
  • EDGAR Plus EDGAR, the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system, performs automated collection, validation, indexing, acceptance, and forwarding of submissions by companies and others who are required by law to file forms with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
  • Lexis Nexis Academic Universe The Get Company Info section on the main search page allows you to get a company profile by entering a Company Name or a Ticker Symbol. Company Profiles include Hoover’s Company Records, LexisNexis Corporate Affiliations, Standard & Poors Corporate Descriptions, and Nelson’s Analyst Company Coverage to name a few. To do more in-depth Business research, navigate to the “Companies” section on the left navigation bar or click on the “Company Dossier” link provided at the bottom of the “Get Company Info” section.

Small Business

  • America’s Small Business Development Centers- National association of small business development centers which provides information on centers all across the country, as well as providing a centralized online resource for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Use their eLearning option under “Resources” to access free online courses.
  • DC Public Library’s Starting a New Business Guide- Resource guide created by the DC Public Library featuring information pertaining specifically to those who wish to start a business in the local area.
  • Fosterly- an online community similar to MeetUp whose membership is focused on entrepreneurs and small business owners.
  • Kauffman Foundation- a foundation that supports education and entrepreneurial causes, developing programs and resources for these two areas. Use their “Key Issues” section for blogs and data on the state of entrepreneurship in the U.S.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration- an independent federal agency that focuses on advocating and providing resources for small businesses across the country. The SBA website has a trove of valuable guides and tutorials for those looking to start, maintain, and grown their small business, including information on writing business plans, how to secure loans, and business taxes. They also have several free online courses for entrepreneurs to learn more about how to open and operate businesses.

Banking Information

  • FDIC Federal Regulations “actions of FDIC-insured banks and savings associations are governed by laws enacted by Congress and by regulations and rules established by the FDIC and other Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) regulatory agencies.” Features laws, regulations and related acts. Searchable or browsable by category.
  • FDIC: Bank Data & Statistics Use searchable databases to find information on specific banks, their branches, and the industry. Includes reports on the financial and structural information about FDIC insured institutions and statistics on banking and economic conditions.
  • FDIC: Industry Analysis Access FDIC policy research and analysis of regional and national banking trends. One can read historical studies of deposit insurance from the 1930s, including research on the extraordinary number of bank failures in the 1980s & early 1990s and also access current perspectives of emerging banking & economic trends.
  • Bank for International Settlements: Central Bank Websites Provides links to the central banks of numerous countries where information such as financial stability, international regulations, statistics, and news for the respective countries.

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