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Business Research Resources. Constance Adamson Business Liaison Librarian [email protected] September 2010. Business Information. Who uses it? Who produces it? What’s not available – secret/proprietary. Sources of Company Info. ▪ Web site ▪ Annual reports

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business research resources

Business Research Resources

Constance Adamson

Business Liaison Librarian

[email protected]

September 2010

business information
Business Information
  • Who uses it?
  • Who produces it?
  • What’s not available – secret/proprietary
sources of company info
Sources of Company Info
  • ▪ Web site
  • ▪Annual reports
  • ▪ Filings with regulators – OSC or SEC
  • (10K reports provide most detail)
  • RIMPotashApple

 ▪ Company directories/databases

D&B-Million Dollar Database

Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage

FP Advisor


Factiva(see companies/markets at top)

Canadian Social Investment Database

▪ Financial databases

Compustat, FP Advisor, Factiva

▪ Securities prices

TSX database, CRSP, Factiva

companies industries
Companies & Industries
  • Often your research starts with a company or an industry sector
  • Industries are made up of companies
  • Companies can operate in more than one sector

Find out who is in the industry

  • Learn more about these companies and a picture of the industry will emerge
  • We use many of the same sources for both Industry and Company research – they build on each other

▪ Business newspapers and industry magazines

  • ABI/Inform Global
  • Asian Business
  • European Business
  • Business Source Complete
  • CBCA (Cdn Business and Current Affairs)
  • Canadian Newsstand
  • Factiva
    • and see the Newspapers Guide
sources of industry info
Sources of Industry Info
  • Industry Studies
  • Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage
  • see ‘Industry Surveys’ under ‘Quick Links’
  • EIU Industry Briefing
  • key global industries by country
  • Gartner Research
  • IT, communications and technology research
  • And see Industries in the Business Guide
industry associations
Industry Associations
  • are organizations of companies and people in the industry
  • find them by web searching or see the directories at Stauffer’s Research Help Desk
  • useful for membership lists, statistics, press releases, industry trends
  • indicate how the industry is organizing itself
data statistics
Data & Statistics
  • Maps, Data & Government Information Centre (MADGIC)
  • geospatial, statistical and government information
  • includes Statistics Canada, Census, Industry Canada, the OECD, European Union, IMF, World Bank, UN . . .
  • Never pay for stats – check with the library first!
strategy for effective searching
Strategy for Effective Searching
  • Start your search with the obvious ‘keywords’ or search terms including personal and company names.
  • Look at the search results for other possible keywords and phrases. Also think of synonyms, alternate spellings, other terms or phrases to express the same concepts.
  • Keep a list of the search terms and combinations you’ve tried in the various databases.

aviation or airlines or airline industry or air transportation


forecast or trends or projection or growth or performance


mobile or wireless or cellular or handheld


merger or acquisition or takeover or divest*


Most research databases have direct links to full-text if we subscribe to the journal.

Use to follow links to the text of an article or to QCAT (the library catalogue).

In QCAT use the ‘Journal Title Exact’ option to check if Queen’s Libraries subscribes to the publication.

You can save, print or email your search results and articles.