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Finding Books
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Library Catalog
Search for books, government documents, reference books, videos and periodicals available in our Duluth campus library using MNCAT Discovery. 
First Search - WorldCat
Find over 300 million books, government documents, videos found in
thousands of libraries. THIS IS OUR BEST SOURCE FOR FINDING AND ORDERING MATERIALS THROUGH OUR FREE INTERLIBRARY LOAN SERVICE. Interlibrary Loans often require 1-3 weeks or more to fulfill.
Google Book Search

Google Book Search
With this exciting and very new service, search for any keywords and discover which books are highly ranked for them. You may be able to find and read a few pages of the the scanned book in context.

Amazon Books
Find new and used books available for sale, often with brief reviews and ratings.
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All-University Catalog Book Search
Search all U of MN campuses just as you would our campus. You can mark "Get-It" for any circulating book held at any campus, including UMD, and it will be pulled and held for you at our Circulation desk. You will be notified by email. UMD requests are usually filled within one day and requests from other campuses can take 2 to 4 working days. This is faster than Inter Library Loan as there is no intermediary processing your request. This is available for faculty, staff and students. FREE! All University of Minnesota book resources are now at your finger tips!!

Periodical Databases
Business and Company Resource Center
Business Insights: Essentials
Company & industry news linked to electronic reference books. Contains histories, market shares, rankings, industry surveys, and investment reports.
Business Source Premier
Business Source Premier
Full text of over 3,400 business periodicals. This is our largest business database. It provides our best access to scholarly journals. It also has special reports, including "SWOT" analysis. Note the green "company profiles" tab, which will allow you to access over 5,000 MarketLine Company Profiles.
Emerald Online
A smaller business database with full text of scholarly journals in English, many of which are based in Europe.
Google Scholar
Google Scholar
Indexes scholarly literature. Strong in the areas of medicine, engineering, the sciences, and business. Provides relevancy rankings based on the citation patterns of the articles.  Sources are linked to Library electronic holdings via "Find It."
ProQuest News
Contains the full text of newspaper articles from over 350 titles. Provides our only source of electronic access to the Wall Street Journal.
Regional Business News
Regional Business News
Regional Business News is a collection of full text newswires that incorporates news information from all over the world. Often news about regional business events, companies, products, and services are found here.  Included in this database are A&G Information, Africa News Service, Inter Press Service, Resource News International, South American Business, M2 Communications, PR Newswire, Business Newswire, Canadian Corporate News, News Bytes News Network and Phillips Business Information Highlights. Information provided by these sources covers business, political, economic and other diverse, international news events. In order to maintain the most current collection of news, this database contains the most recent 30 days of information from each of these wire sources. Several hundred articles are added to Business Wire News database each day.

Ulrich's Periodical Database
Ulrich's Periodical Database
Ulrichs Periodical Directory contains nearly a quarter-million serial records, including: academic and scholarly publications, consumer magazines, electronic publications, monographic series, newsletters, newspapers, trade publications, 'zines, and many other types of serial publications. Contact information and advertising rates are also provided.

Industry Analysis Databases

BizMiner offers industry financial analysis benchmarks for over 5,000 lines of business and industry market trends on thousands more. Their market analysis reports are available at the national and local levels down to the zip code. Bizminer is a great resource to use when developing business plans, or for any sort of entrepreneurship initiatives where you need to measure peer performance in an industry. Types of reports:

-Industry Financial Profiles
- U.S.  & Local Market Research Reports (includes business failure rates)
- Area Demographic Profiles
- Sole Proprietor/Startup Profit & Loss
- Local Market Vitality Profiles


Passport GMID
Passport: Global Marketing Information Database (Passport GMID)
An integrated on-line information system providing key business intelligence on countries, companies, markets, and consumers. The GMID contains over a million demographic, economic, and marketing statistics for 205 countries worldwide. The database also contains 6-year historic market size data for more than 330 consumer products in 52 countries, plus 5-year forecasts. To access thousands of international company profiles in the GMID, click on "Browse Reports," and then click on "Company Profiles."

Mergent Online
Mergent Online
Provides business and financial information for 23,000 U.S. and international companies. Financials for 15 years, balance sheets, income statements "as reported" and can be downloaded to spreadsheet company overview, financial ratios, and IS OUR BEST SOURCE FOR COMPANY ANNUAL REPORTS.
Mintel Reports

Mintel Reports
Database containing over 600 consumer product and service marketing reports. Most are US and UK based. They are full of amazing detail and analysis. This is one of our better sources of consumer psychographic information. Note that first time users will have to create a free account. See also our New Strategist Publications collection.

MorningStar Investment Research Center
Provides independent investment analysis of 1500 stocks and 2000 mutual funds. Includes current analyst reports for both particular companies with an eye to what is happening in the industry.
Contain large Industry Surveys (and overviews of markets) for leading companies in 52 industries. Search by company or industry.
Reference USA
Reference USA
Directory of U.S. business. Lists size of company, year established, type of business, credit rating, top personnel, yearly sales and more. Data can be searched by name of company, name of officers, geographic area, SIC, size, revenue or any combination.
SBRnet (Sports Business Research Network)
SBRnet (Sports Business Research Network)  provides resources related to the business of sports including industry-developed market research, government statistics, facility reports and news, international market publications, customized research, and directories.

Government Census and Statistics

American FactFinder
The U.S. Census Bureau's source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data drawn from the official census.

Annual Survey of Manufacturers (ASM)
The ASM provides sample estimates of statistics for all manufacturing establishments with one or more paid employee. The U.S. Census Bureau conducts the ASM in each of the 4 years between the economic census which is collected for years ending in 2 and 7. Among the statistics included in this survey are employment, payroll, value added by manufacture, cost of materials consumed, value of shipments, detailed capital expenditures, supplemental labor costs, fuels and electric energy used, and inventories by stage of fabrication.

County Business Patterns 1
County Business Patterns is an annual series that provides subnational economic data by industry. The series is useful for studying the economic activity of small areas; analyzing economic changes over time; and as a benchmark for statistical series, surveys, and databases between economic censuses. Businesses use the data for analyzing market potential, measuring the effectiveness of sales and advertising programs, setting sales quotas, and developing budgets. Government agencies use the data for administration and planning.

Current Industrial Reports by Subject Title
Manufacturing, Mining, and construction statistics gathered by the Census Bureau during the Economic Census.

Economic Census
Detailed reports from the 2002 Economic Census and links to previous profiles the US economy, from the national to the local level.

FedStats Search
FedStats is the new window on the full range of official statistical information available to the public from the Federal Government. Use the Internet's powerful linking and searching capabilities to track economic and population trends, education, health care costs, aviation safety, foreign trade, energy use, farm production, and more. Access official statistics collected and published by more than 100 Federal agencies without having to know in advance which agency produces them.

Industries at a Glance BLS

Industry Economic Accounts
Data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis within the U.S. Department of Commerice focusing on annual industry accounts, gross domestic product by industry, benchmark input-output accounts, capital flow, and travel and tourism and transportation reports.

Industry Research Using the Economic Census REF HC 101.B594 2004
"Many business researchers, from novice to expert, have been amazed to find that the answers to their questions could be found in the Economic Censuses provided by the U.S. government. Until now, there have been no comprehensive guides to this valuable resource. Industry Research Using the Economic Census explains Census concepts, methods, terminology, and data sources in an understandable manner, and assists Census users in locating needed Census data. Designed as a working handbook, it does not duplicate the data from the census, but introduces users to the features, uses, and formats of the data. This guidebook also discusses the important changes that the 1997 and 2002 Economic Censuses introduced from previous versions."

Industry, Trade, and the Economy: Data and Analysis
A collection of industry sector data compiled by Export.gov using statistics from the Annual Survey of Manufactures published by the Census Bureau. The data are presented according to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), which replaced the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC)system in 1997.

Industry Economic Accounts Information Guide
The Current Industry Analysis Division and the Industry Benchmark Division at the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) prepare and publish a variety of economic statistics on industries. Specifically, they prepare the input-output accounts, the gross-domestic-product-by-industry accounts, and travel and tourism satellite accounts. As outlined below, the data are published in the Survey of Current Business (SCB) or other publications.

Local Area Personal Income
The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) prepares annual estimates of personal income for local areas (counties, metropolitan areas, and the Bureau’s BEA economic areas). Local area personal income is the only detailed, broadly inclusive economic time series for local areas that is available annually.

Regional Economic Accounts
Data gathered by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) detailing state and local personal income, gross state product, regional input-output modelling systems, BEA's Regional FACT sheets (BEARFACTS), and BEA Economic areas.

Search Engines
The first place to go to search the web. One of four unique search engines

Google Scholar Google Scholar
Indexes scholarly literature. Strong in the areas of medicine, engineering, the sciences, and business. Provides relevancy rankings based on the citation patterns of the articles.  Sources are linked to Library electronic holdings via "Find It."

MSN Bing
One of four unique search engines

Key Reference Books for Industry Analysis
Almanac of Business and Industrial Financial Ratios
Almanac of Business and Industrial Financial Ratios: REF HF 5681 .R25 T68x 2011
Annual Statement Studies
Annual Statement Studies: REF HF 5681 .B2 R6 2010/2011
Business Statistics Studies
Business Statistics of the United States: REF HC 101 .A13122 2011
CRB Commodity Yearbook CRB Commodity Yearbook:  REF. HF 1041 .C56 2010
Encyclopedia of American Industries
Encyclopedia of American Industries: REF HC 102 .E53 2008 (2 vols)
(Also in Business Insights: Essentials *)
Encyclopedia of Emerging Industries
Encyclopedia of Emerging Industries: REF HD 2324 .E528 2007
(Also in Business Insights: Essentials*)
Encyclopedia of Global Industries
Encyclopedia of Global Industries: REF HD 2324 .E53 2007
(Also in Business Insights: Essentials*)
Industry Research Using the Economic Census
Industry Research Using the Economic Census: REF HC 101.B594 2004
Information, Finance, and Services USA
Information, Finance, and Services USA: REF HD 9999 .I493 U625 2001
Infrastructure Industries USA
Infrastructure Industries USA: REF HD 9506 .U5 A64 2001
International Yearbook of Industrial Statistics International Yearbook of Industrial Statistics 2006: REF HC 10 .I673
key management ratios Key Management Ratios: REF HF 5681 .R25 W347 2002
Manufacturing and Distribution USA
Manufacturing and Distribution USA: REF HD 9721 .M364 2006 (3 vols.)
Electronic Version
Market Share Distribution USA
Market Share Reporter: REF HF 5410 .M35 2008 (2 vols.)
(Also in Business Insights: Essentials*)
New Strategist Publication
New Strategist Publications: Varies
Must-have sources of demographics and statistics to help discover Niche Markets.
North American Industry Classification System: REF HF 1041.5 .N674 2007
Standard Industrial Classification Manual
Standard Industrial Classification Manual: REF HF 1042 .A55 1987x
Standard & Poor's Industry Surveys
Standard & Poor's Industry Surveys: REF HC 106 .S74
Now updated by the more current NetAdvantage.

Industry Web Sites
Alibaba.com is the world's largest marketplace for global trade and the leading provider of online marketing services for importers and exporters. It is the place for buyers and sellers to find trade opportunities and promote their businesses online. Alibaba.com is not a trading company but rather an online business platform, where you can search or post information to find potential business partners.

Bureau of Economic Analysis
Annual Industry Accounts
Benchmark Input-Output Accounts
Travel and Tourism
Canadian Industry Statistics
Economic Census 2012 and below
Industry Links

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Last Update: May 2, 2018


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