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FAQs: Frequently Asked (Business Research) Questions

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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 160 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
Access World News
APA Citation Examples
American Community Survey
Analyst Research
Annual Statement Studies
Annual 10-K Reports
B2B Marketing Books
Brands and Branding
Bureau of Economic Analysis Information
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Business Analyst Online
Business Databases
Business Directories
Business Ethics
Business Insights: Essentials
Business Plans Handbook
Business Research Launch Pad
Business Source Premier
Business Statistics of the United States
Can I access the databases after graduation?
Case Studies
Census Information
Center for Economic Development - transitioning to Northeast Minnesota Small Business Development Center
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
Craighead's International Business, Travel, and Relocation Guide to 90 Countries
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)
Duluth Area Media & Publications
Duluth News Tribune
Economic Census of the United States
EDGAR Database
Electronic Commerce
Emerald Online
Empirical Scholarly Articles
Encyclopedia of Sports Management and Marketing
Exchange Rates & Currency Converters
Financial Ratios
Find Information in Books
Find Information in Periodical Articles
Find a Video
Franchise Information
Geography, Area or Radius

Global New Products Database (from Mintel) NEW!
Google Scholar
Guide to starting a Business in Minnesota
Helpful Resources For Calculating Carbon Emissions
Hoover's Company Profiles (from WestlawNext News)
Human Resources in Foreign Countries
IBIS World Industry Reports NEW!
Industry Essays from Gale
Industry Overviews (Reports)
Industry Overviews from Gale
Industry Overviews from Mergent Online
Interlibrary Loan
International Business
International Financial Statistics (Online)
Investment Reports
Job Postings on ReferenceUSA
Job Search with Library Databases
Laws and Regulations
"Leadership" (as a topic example)
Library Hours, Locations & Services
Local Colleges and Universities
Management Theory
Manufacturing & DistributionUSA
Marketing Books
Marketing Scales Handbooks NEW!
MarketLine Reports
Market Share & Company Rankings
MasterFile Premier
Merchandising, Display, and Stores: Books
Mergent Online
Mergent/Moody's Manual Collection
Milgram Experiment
Mintel Reports
MRI-Simmons Insights
NBER: National Bureau of Economic Research
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)
Northland Connection
Occupational Outlook Handbook
OECD iLibrary
Office Hours

Peer Reviewed Journals
Periodicals, Locating
PEST & PESTEL Analysis
Pew Research Center

Plunketts Reports
Plunkett’s Sports Industry Almanac
Political Handbook of the World 2018-19
Porter's Five Forces
Presentation Skills
Private Companies
ProQuest News
Quality Improvement -- Continuous Improvement
Questionnaires, Surveys, and Focus Groups
Reference USA
Regional Business News

Research GuidesGuides designed for specific UMD LSBE courses.
RIA Checkpoint - Tax Research

RKMA Marketing Handbooks
Sports Market Analytics
Science Direct
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
SEC Reports
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
Selling Books
SIC & NAICS codes
Social Proof
Soft Skills
Sources of Supply
Sports Marketing

Standard Industrial Classification
Starting a Business in Minnesota
Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds
Strategic Goals of a Company
Strauss's Handbook of Business Information
SWOT Analysis
TOWS Matrix
Tax Research

Trade Associations
Trade Publications
Trade Shows
Trust (in Business Transactions)
Value Chain Analysis
Value Line
Wall Street Journal
Ward's Automotive Yearbook

Westlaw News
World Development Indicators (Online)

World Factbook
Zip Codes


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