Business Research Guide
Preview: Business Research Guide — Revised
Find articles on business
- ABI Inform business and management scholarly journals and trade publications
- ABI Trade & Industry periodicals and newsletters for industry and market research
- Business Source Premier journal, trade and news publications, company profiles and industry information
- IBISWorld industry reports and statistics
- Mergent Online company summaries including histories and financials
- Westlaw legal and business resources
Others to consider:
- Academic Search Premier (Ebsco) collection of scholarly, news and trade publications on a wide variety of topics appropriate for college-level research
- Academic Onefile collection of scholarly, news and trade publications on a wide variety of topics appropriate for college-level research
- Newsbank [California Newspapers] collection of newpapers from around the state, including the Monterey County Herald
Selected electronic serials
- Business History Review
- Business Strategy & the Environment
- Corporate Social Responsibility & Environmental Management
- Financial Management
- Harvard Business Review
- Human Resource Management Review
- Industrial Marketing Management
- Industry & Innovation
- International Business Review
- Journal of Business & Psychology
- Journal of Business Communication
- Journal of Business Ethics
- Journal of Business Research
- Journal of Business Strategies
- Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade
- Journal of Interactive Marketing
- New York Times
- Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
- Nonprofit Business Advisor
- Nonprofit Management & Leadership
- Psychology & Marketing
- Wall Street Journal
Books in the CSUMB Library
The CSUMB Library Catalog lists books and media in the CSUMB Library's collection.
Books at other libraries
- MOBAC Monterey Bay Regional Library Catalogs to search library catalogs in the Monterey Bay region.
- Melvyl to search library catalogs of the University of California.
- WorldCat to search library catalogs from around the world.
- CSUMB students, faculty and staff may use the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan Request Form to borrow books found using the catalogs above.
Selected reference books
Selected business websites
- Associations - Business and Economics from IPL2 (Internet Public Library)
- Bureau of Labor Statistics principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics
- BusinessUSA official business link to the U.S. Government
- California Business Portal from the Secretary of State's Office
- Census Reporter search for demographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau
- Consumer Price Indexes monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services
- County Business Patterns from the U.S. Census Bureau
- EDGAR SEC (U.S. Security and Exchange Commission) filings
- Foundation Center 990 Finder search for IRS 990 forms
- Minority Business Development Agency from the U.S. Department of Commerce
- National Center for Charitable Statistics national clearinghouse for the non-profit sector in the United States
- Occupational Outlook Handbook find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations
- Office of Women's Business Ownership from the U.S. Small Business Administration
- U.S. Census Bureau: Business and Industry economic data by industry sector, historic business data, statistics of U.S. businesses, labor force information
- USA.gov search for local, state, and federal government information
Finding Company Information
To locate financial information for a business, you first have to determine whether the company you are researching is publicly or privately held.
Hoovers Indepth Company Profiles. Available via the Westlaw database.
MarketLine Company Profiles. Accessed through the database Business Source Premier.
Plunkett Corporate Benchmarks Reports. Included within the ABI/INFORM database.
Company Snapshot Reports. From ABI/INFORM.
Publicly held companies trade stock on a stock exchange and are required to file financial reports with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). To search for a public company's financial reports, you can use the Mergent Online or the SEC EDGAR database.
Privately held companies are not required to file financial reports with the SEC, thus making it more difficult to find a company's financial information without paying a fee. One strategy to take is to search on the company's website for annual financial reports.
Similar to privately held companies, franchisees are not required to file financial reports with the SEC. One strategy to take is to search for the franchisee's franchise disclosure document (FDD). The FDD Exchange is a private company that provides access to FDDs. The Basic Explorer membership is free and will give you access to one FDD per day.
- First Research Industry Profiles (ABI/INFORM Complete) provides access to industry profiles through First Research. You can enter the industry terms in the search box and click on the Search button.
- IBISWorld Reports provides access to U.S. and California industry reports. You can search using the NAICS code or key words. There are also specialized reports for small or new industries.
- MarketLine Industry Profiles (Business Source Premier) provides access to MarketLine industry profiles. You can search by geography, industry type, and/or NAICS code.
- Mergent Industry Reports (Mergent Online) provides access to industry reports. On the Reports Search tab, select the industry in the Search by Industry section and the geographic location in the Search by Region section. Once you have made your selections, click on the Search button on the right-hand side of the page.
- American FactFinder Economic Census The Economic Census profiles American industries every 5 years, from the national down to the city level. Data includes the number of business establishments, number of employees, payroll, sales, receipts, value of shipments, and value of work done (from the U.S. Census Bureau).
- County Business Patterns Monthly, quarterly and annual industry statistical reports by county, ZIP code, or metropolitan area. Reports include numbers of employees and business establishments, payroll figures and comparisons between local (county, ZIP code or metro area) and national performance within the same industry sector (from the U.S. Census Bureau).
- Industries at a Glance Statistical profiles of 12 major industry sectors. Data within each sector include employment/unemployment rates, employment hours and earnings, productivity and costs and growth projections. Reports contain graphs and links to additional statistics (from the Bureau of Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor).
- Industry Economic Accounts Reports on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by industry, which include value-added, gross output, intermediate input and output and surveys of current industries (from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce).
- Industry Statistics Portal The Industry Statistics Portal provides access to economic data from various Census Bureau programs. The data can be searched by NAICS code or keyword (from the U.S. Census Bureau).
The North American Industry Classification System-NAICS-codes were developed jointly by the United States, Canada, and Mexico to group businesses into industries based on their primary activities.
Explanation of NAICS Codes The first five digits are generally the same in all three countries; the last digit designates national industries. The first two digits designate the largest business sector, and the third digit designates the subsector. For example, 33 is manufacturing; 334 represents computer and electronic equipment manufacturing. The fourth digit designates the industry group. For example, 3341 designates computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing. The fifth digit designates particular industries, and the last digit represents the United States industries. Although NAICS codes came into use in 1997, some business databases and reference sources still use SIC codes.
The NAICS Sectors are:
- 11 Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
- 21 Mining
- 22 Utilities
- 23 Construction
- 31-33 Manufacturing
- 42 Wholesale Trade
- 44-45 Retail Trade
- 48-49 Transportation and Warehousing
- 51 Information
- 52 Finance and Insurance
- 53 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
- 54 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
- 55 Management of Companies and Enterprises
- 56 Administrative and Support, Waste Management, and Remediation Services
- 61 Education Services
- 62 Health Care and Social Assistance
- 71 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
- 72 Accommodations and Food Services
- 81 Other Services, Except Public Administration
- 92 Public Administration
Automatic citation formatting
Many of the Library's databases offer automatic citation formatting tools for APA, MLA and other citation styles. Look for a link or icon labeled "cite," "citation tools," "export citation," or something similar.
In the library's books and articles search (on the library home page), formatted citations are provided on the right side of the page you see when you click the title of a book or article.
These formatting tools are not always 100% accurate, so check your results carefully. If you are in doubt, compare your results with examples from the most recent version of the appropriate style manual.
Already have a citation? Need to format it on-the-fly? Try the links below.Check your results carefully.
- Citation Machine for MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago
- Style Wizard MLA or APA
- KnightCite APA, MLA or Chicago
- NoodleBib APA, MLA, Chicago
APA style guide
APA (American Psychological Association)
- Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (CSUMB Reference Collection REF BF 76.7 .P83 2010)
- APA Style (APA's web site)
- APA Formatting and Style Guide (Purdue U. Online Writing Lab)
Citing Company or Industry Reports
- Here is one example of how to cite a Mergent or MarketLine report with no author listed:
- Publisher. (Date). Report Title. Retrieved from [Name of Database].
- Mergent. (2014, September). Apple, Inc. Full Company Report. Retrieved from Mergent Online database.
Citing an IRS Form 990
- Here is one example of how to cite an IRS Form 990:
- Government Agency. (Date). Form Title. Retrieved from [Name of Database].
- Internal Revenue Service. (2012). Form 990: Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax: Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz. Retrieved from the National Center for Charitable Statistics database.
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