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Journal, Magazine, and Newspaper Articles

Internet Resources

Business Source Premier (EBSCO)(Rensselaer at Hartford login ID and password required)
Full text from scholarly business journals on management, economics, finance, accounting, and international business.

Emerald Fulltext (Rensselaer at Hartford login ID and password required)
Full text articles from journals covering the major management disciplines, including marketing, human resources and organizational development, library and information management, quality, and operations management.

LexisNexis Academic (Rensselaer at Hartford login ID and password required)
Full text articles from news, trade, legal and business publications.

ProQuest Direct (Rensselaer at Hartford login ID and password required)
Full text articles from business and management journals and from national and regional newspapers.

Print Resources

Wall Street Journal Index
Article citations from both Barron's and the Wall Street Journal, from 1979 through the present.
Location: near microfiche reader/printer

New York Times Index
Access article citations, from 1987 through 2000.
Location: near microfiche reader/printer

Business Periodicals Index
Access historical article citations, from 1967 through 1995.
Location: Print Index Area

PAIS International in Print (Public Affairs Information Service)
Access article citations from periodicals, books and government documents in political science, international relations, economics, trade, finance and other public administration areas, from 1987 through 2000.
Location: Print Index Area

Research Tips

Be sure to check the library's Full-Text Journals A-Z to see if we own the journals you need.

To obtain specific articles or books not available in the Cole Library's collection, use our Interlibrary Loan service. You can fill out your request form online!

Use Rensselaer Libraries' Catalog to search for books in our collection.

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Company Profiles, History and Financials

Internet Resources

Business & Company Resource Center from iCONN, the Connecticut Digital Library
Search for private company profiles.
Special Directions: select "Business & Company Resource Center" from the main menu. If you are working from outside the Rensselaer at Hartford building, then you will need the library barcode on your Rensselaer at Hartford ID card to use this web site.

CorpTech (Rensselaer at Hartford login ID and password required)
Profiles of over 95,000+ private and public technology companies and their business units, as well as units of foreign companies, government labs, and non-profits. Includes pharmaceutical, medical, biotech and software companies.

Hoover's (Rensselaer at Hartford login ID and password required)
Information for major public and private companies worldwide.

LexisNexis Academic (Rensselaer at Hartford login ID and password required)
Search for private company profiles.
Special Directions: select "Business" from Lexis' main menu, select "Company Financial," and change the source to "US Private Companies."

Mergent Online (Rensselaer at Hartford login ID and password required)
Detailed company information, financial data, financial ratios and corporate histories for US and non-US public companies. Equity Portraits section analyzes financial health of US companies and provides in-depth look at industries. Allows comparisons of companies with their industry peers.

Standard & Poor's Net Advantage (Rensselaer at Hartford login ID and password required)
Company profiles, financials, ratios and analysis, as well as stock guides, bond guides, dividend guides and industry analysis. Includes public and private companies.

Thomas Register of American Manufacturers
Search this well-known directory of manufacturing companies. Free registration required.

Value Line Research Center (Rensselaer at Hartford login ID and password required)
Access to Value Line's leading publications on stocks, mutual funds, options, convertible securities, and special situation stocks. Current issue online; historical issues in the library in print (see below).

Print Resources

Value Line Investment Survey
One-page investment analysis, including statistics, projections and overview, for selected public companies. Current and historical issues in print. Current issue online (see above).
Location: Business Reference Area

Research Tips

See the guide to Company & Industry Research for more detailed assistance on researching a company.

For help finding more specific financial information, visit our Finance & Investment Subject Guide. Includes company financials, stock quotes and analysis, stock markets and market indices, mutual funds, and bonds.

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Industry Profiles, Ratios, Financials and Analysis

Internet Resources

Standard & Poor's Industry Surveys (Rensselaer at Hartford login ID and password required)
Substantial overview (about 30 pages), statistics and outlook for over fifty industries. Includes comparative analysis of statistics for industry's major players. Current issue online; historical issues in the library in print (see below).
Special Directions: select "Industry" from the horizontal blue menu bar at the top of S & P's home page.

Value Line Research Center (Rensselaer at Hartford login ID and password required)
Access to Value Line's leading publications covering stocks, mutual funds, options and convertible securities as well as special situation stocks. Current issue online; historical issues in the library in print (see below).

Current Industrial Reports from US Census Bureau
Statistics for the manufacturing industries of industrial products.

Manufacturing, Mining, and Construction Statistics from US Census Bureau
Economic census and other publications for these three industries.

Print Resources Standard & Poor's Industry Surveys
Substantial overview (about 30 pages), statistics and outlook for over fifty industries. Includes a comparative analysis of statistics for the industry's major players. Current and historical issues in print. Current issue online (see above).
Location: REF HC 106.6 .S74

Value Line Research Center
One page overview and forecast for over 90 industries, as well as some industry statistics. Current and historical issues in print. Current issue online (see above).
Location: Business Reference Area

US Industry & Trade Outlook
Overviews and forecasts for many industries. Current and historical issues available.
Location: REF HC 101 .U54

RMA Annual Statement Studies
Industry ratios. Search by SIC code. Current and historical issues available.
Location: REF HF 5681 .B2 R6

Research Tips

See library's guide to Company & Industry Research for more detailed assistance on researching an industry.

Use the library's Industry Data Finder for resources specific to over 25 industries, from aerospace to transportation. >

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Patents and Trade Names

Internet Resources

LexisNexis Academic (Rensselaer at Hartford login ID and password required)
Search all US patents from 1971 to the present.
Special Directions: select "Legal Research" from Lexis' main menu; then select "Patents."

US Patent and Trademark Office
Full text of patents issued from 1976 to the present. (Patents issued between 1790 and 1976 are searchable by patent number and current US classifications only.) Federal trademark searches available.

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Economic Statistics

Internet Resources

US Statistics

FedStats
Elusive statistics from US federal agencies.

Statistical Abstract of the United States
Annual statistical factbook on the social, political, and economic aspects of the American life.

US Bureau of Economic Analysis
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and income data.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics
Inflation, prices, Consumer Price Index (CPI), Producer Price Index (PPI) and employment.

US Census Bureau
Demographic statistics on people, business and the economy. Browse online publications.

Federal Reserve Board
Foreign exchange rates, interest rates, monetary data and bank data.

International Statistics

SourceOECD (Rensselaer at Hartford login ID and password required)
OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development) publications, including country guides and statistics.

Statistical Abstract of the United States
See Section 30, Comparative International Statistics.

Federal Reserve Board
Foreign exchange rates.

International Monetary Fund (IMF)
International monetary information.

World Bank
International statistics.

International Statistical Agencies
Links to international and country specific statistical agencies.

Print Resources

Statistical Abstract of the United States
Location: REF HA 202 .U65

Economic Indicators Handbook
Location: REF HC 103 .E26

Federal Reserve Bulletin
Location: Periodicals

Monthly Labor Review
Location: Periodicals

Survey of Current Business
Location: Periodicals

Research Tips

The library's Economic Indicators Subject Guide offers resources and advice for locating the Consumer Price Index, Producer Price Index, Gross Domestic Product, Unemployment and Housing figures and other data.

The library's International Business Statistics Subject Guide offers resources on Exchange Rates, Trade Statistics, Prices, Demographics and other statistics from the countries of the world.

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Definitions

Internet Resources

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Glossary

Quicken Glossary

Washington Post Business Glossary

Print Resources

The New Palgrave Dictionary of Money and Finance
Location: Business Reference Area

The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics
Location: Business Reference Area

The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and the Law
Location: Business Reference Area

Handbook of Modern Finance
Find definitions, equations and methods, economic and financial theories, applications and examples.
Location: Business Reference Area

Dictionary of Banking Terms
Location: REF HG 151 .F57 1990

Dictionary of Business and Management
Location: REF HF 1001 .R79 1993

Dictionary of Investing
Location: REF HG 4513 .R67 1993

The Fortune Encyclopedia of Economics
Location: REF HB 61 .F67 1993

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Business Plans

Business Plan Pro
This software will guide you step-by-step through the business planning, market analysis and market planning process.
Location: HD 30.28 .B87 1998

Business Plans Handbook
Find a compilation of actual business plans developed by US businesses.
Location: REF HD 62.7 .B865

Mission Statement Book
Browse a compilation of sample mission statements.
Location: REF HD 30.285 .A27

Research Tips

See the Business Planning section of the library's Small Business & Entrepreneurship Subject Guide.

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General Business News and Resources

BizLink
Browse an annotated index to business resources on the Internet.

Brint
Find business and technology news and resources.

Financial Times
Obtain US and international news.

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Updated: 2009-04-23, 14:23