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FAQs: Frequently Asked (Business Research) Questions

FAQs for Business Research Rocket

Over the years, I have noticed that certain business research questions tend to be asked again, and again. On this page, I have attempted to list these questions around their key concepts, e.g., Financial Ratios, Industry Overviews, Company Overviews, Sarbanes-Oxley, and etc. Over 70 such concepts are listed below, and in the web pages connected to these concepts, I have provided annotated links to sources that have this information. So, the terms or concepts you see below are to be viewed in the form of questions like:

Please look over these FAQs to see if what you need is to be found here. Depending on how you proceed with your work, you may want to access information that is beyond the scope of these links. If that is the case, feel free to contact me for additional help.

Academic One File
Academic Search Premier
Accounting and Business Law
APA Citation Examples
American Community Survey
American FactFinder
Analyst Research
Annual 10-K Reports
Brands and Branding
Bureau of Economic Analysis Information
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Business Analyst Online
Business Databases
Business Ethics
Business Insights: Essentials
Business Research Launch Pad
Business Source Premier
Business Statistics
Can I access the databases after graduation?
Census Information
Center for Economic Development
Citing Business Resources
Company Annual Reports
Company Histories
Company Information
Company Overview Reports
Comparing Companies
Consumer Demographics
County, Metro Area, and Zip Code Business Patterns
Country Commercial Guide
Country Overview Reports
Country Overview Reports in EBSCO
Country, Zip Code, and Metro Business Patterns
Course Guides
  Library research guides designed for specific UMD LSBE courses.
Cross Disciplinary Research

CRSP U.S. Stock Database
Current Population Survey

Data-Planet Statistical Datasets
Data Sets for Economics and Business
Designated Market Area (DMA)
Economic Census of the United States
EDGAR Database
Electronic Commerce
Emerald Online
Empirical Scholarly Articles
Exchange Rates & Currency Converters
Experian Simmons Oneview Database
Financial Ratios
Find Information in Books
Find Information in Periodical Articles
Find Information in Reference Books
Find a Video
FMIS: Finance and Mangement Information Sciences
Franchise Information
Geography, Area or Radius
Google Scholar
Global Marketing Information Database (GMID)
Health Care Management
Health Care Management Regulations
Hoover's Company Profiles (from WestlawNext News)
Human Resources in Foreign Countries
Industry Information
Industry Overviews (Reports)
Initial Public Offering (IPO)
Inter-Library Loan
International Business
International Regional Reports
International Financial Statistics (Online)
International Trade
Investment Reports
Job Postings on ReferenceUSA
Job Search with Library Databases
Job Searching and Careers
Laws and Regulations
"Leadership" (as a topic example)
Lexis-Nexis replaced by WestLawNext
Library Hours, Locations & Services
Local Market Audience Analyst
Management Theory
Management and Human Resources
MarketLine Reports
Market Research Library
Market Share & Company Rankings
Marketing Ideas
Marketing Plans & Small Business Start-Up Business Plans
MasterFile Premier
Mergent Online
Mergent/Moody's Manual Collection
Milgram Experiment
Mintel Reports
NBER: National Bureau of Economic Research
New Products
OECD iLibrary
Office Hours

Online Business Reference Sources
Passport GMID
Peer Reviewed Journals
Periodicals, Locating
PEST & PESTEL Analysis
Pew Research Center
Porter's Five Forces
Presentation Skills
Private Companies
Quality Improvement -- Continuous Improvement
Questionnaires, Surveys, and Focus Groups
Reference USA
Reference USA Consumer/Lifestyles
Regional Business News
Research Insight
RIA Checkpoint - Tax Research
Science Direct
Search Engines for the Web
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
SEC Reports
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
SIC & NAICS codes
Small Business & Entrepreneurship
Social Networking
Social Proof
Soft Skills
Sources of Supply
Sports Marketing
SRDS Media Solutions
Stock Reports
Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds
Strategic Goals of a Company
SWOT Analysis
TOWS Matrix
Tax Research
Trade Associations
Trade Publications
Trade Shows
Trust (in Business Transactions)
Ulrich's Periodicals Directory
Value Chain Analysis
Value Line
Wall Street Journal
Web 2.0 Marketing

What Are Your Office Hours?
World Development Indicators (Online)


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