Business Research QuickStartThis guide was created on August 3rd, 2010 by Chad Boeninger
Modified on: January 19, 2016
Business research can be a complicated process, and there typically is not just one place to find the information that you need. However, if you’re looking for information on your topic quickly, then here are the top picks based on the type of material needed. Please be advised that the list below is not comprehensive. For more extensive research, please see the Guides or Databases links a the top of the page.
Need an article?
If you simply need an article about a business topic, company, or industry, Business Source Complete is your best bet. The database has magazines, newspapers, academic journals, company profiles, industry profiles, market research reports and more. For lack of a better analogy, it is the “Google” of business research. Regardless of your topic, you should be able to find an article there.
Need company or industry news?
If you are looking for company or industry news, one of the best places to look is Factiva. Factiva is a wonderful resource when looking for articles on a company, topic, industry, and more. The database provides full-text access to over 9,000 publications.
Need a Company Profile?
OneSource is an excellent database for company profiles, industry and market research reports, SWOT analyses, analyst reports, and more.
Need an Industry Research Report?
If you are researching a U.S. industry, IbisWorld is a great place to start. IBISWorld contains in-depth, regularly updated industry reports for over 700 United States NAICS-classified industries that include analysis, forecast, ratios, market share, and more. For international industries, look for industry profiles in Business Source Complete or for reports in Passport GMID.
Need a market research report or marketing statistics?
If you need a market research report or statistics for a consumer product or industry, take a look at Passport GMID. Passport GMID offers comprehensive coverage of international consumer markets, consumer lifestyles in other countries, economic statistics, demographic forecasting, and much more.