Library Research Guide: Business & Economics
Databases (Scholarly Articles)
- ABI/Inform Complete – is a specialized database available to students, faculty, and staff. It contains 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).
Accounting & Taxation
- Internal Revenue Service – Official website of the tax collecting branch of the U.S. Treasury. Included are tax forms, instructions, news releases, and more.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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).
- 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.
Marketing & Advertising
- 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 advertisments (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.
National Economic Statistics
- American Factfinder – Contains searchable data gathered by the U.S. Census Bureau. Data can be searched by topic, geographic area, population group, or industry. To search for Business related material, click the “Topics” link and then click “Business and Industry” to view the wide range of Business statistics.
- United States Depart of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics – The principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. Comprehensive, searchable site with information on consumer spending, wages and earnings, productivity, economic information at-a-glance, research papers, and much more.
- FedStats.gov – provides access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal Government without having to know in advance which Federal agency produces which particular statistic. With convenient searching and linking capablilties to more than 100 agencies that provide data and trend information on such topics as economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more, FedStats is your one location for access to the full breadth of Federal statistical information. Searchable by state or by subject: Economics, Income, and Labor in particular.
- Federal Reserve Economic Statistics (FRED) – FRED® is a database of over 20,000 U.S. economic time series. It allows users to download, graph, and track data on a variety of economic subjects including exchange rates, U.S. regional information, interest rates, trade transactions, and many more.
- Economic Report of the President – The Economic Report of the President is an annual report written by the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors. It overviews the nation’s economic progress using text and extensive data. It is searchable by keyword or one can browse the “List of Statistical Tables.” It contains information on national income, production & business activity, employment, wages, credit & finance, etc.
- Bureau of Economic Analysis: National Economic Accounts– BEA’s national economic statistics provide a comprehensive view of U.S. production, consumption, investment, exports and imports, and income and saving. These statistics are best known by summary measures such as gross domestic product (GDP), corporate profits, personal income and spending, and personal saving. The site also contains Regional Data which tell us about the geographic distribution of U.S. economic activity and growth. The estimates of gross domestic product by state and state and local area personal income, and the accompanying detail, provide a consistent framework for analyzing and comparing individual state and local area economies.
International Economic Statistics
- U.S. Census Bureau: International Statistics Agencies – Provides links to the official Statistics Bureau’s of numerous countries.
- International Monetary Fund: Data & Statistics – The IMF publishes a range of time series data on IMF lending, exchange rates and other economic and financial indicators. Economic outlooks, exchange rate data, oil prices, etc. are listed.
- The World Bank: Data – The World Bank provides free and open access to a comprehensive set of data about development in countries around the globe. Data is searchable by country, topic (including agriculture, health, financial sector, poverty, economic policy and debt, among others), or indicators. Included is information on national debts.
- Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD): Statistics – The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The statistics page provides economic statsitics for numerous countries as well as information on the amount of aid various countries have received (food aid, HIV/AIDS, debt relief).
- OANDA Currency Converter – Offers current and historical exchange rates for travelers, investors, and businesses.
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