Blackwell Library

 

Holloway Hall

Subject Guide: Business Databases

Business Home | Topic Guides | Course Guides

This guide is an alphabetical listing of databases useful to business researchers.

For further information & assistance in using any of the sources listed, please contact our reference staff:

  • In person, at the Reference Desk on the 1st Floor of the Blackwell Library


  • By phone @ 410-548-5988

  • Through e-mail, using Ask-a-Librarian


How to access the databases listed below:

I. On campus - Via the links through the 'general/multidisciplinary' or 'business & law' section from the library's database page (no sign on required, for most databases, while on campus).

Databases marked by an * are only available in the Blackwell Library.  Ask a reference librarian for access.

II.  Off campus
-  Via the database links below or directly through

  • Sign in using your Gull Card barcode and last name.
  • Choose Salisbury University as the campus and then click the log in button.

Links below connect directly to 

ABI/Inform  (Proquest)
Most widely-known business periodical database indexing over 1600 business media titles most of which are full-text. Coverage is from 1971 to the present; varies by title.

Berkeley Electronic Press
Full-text peer-reviewed electronic journals in the areas of macroeconomics, theoretical economics, law, legal scholarship, political science, engineering and biological science.  Coverage is from 2000 to the present.

Buckmaster Annual Stockholder Reports
On campus access only.  The database provides SEC 10-K reports, annual reports, and current stock quotes, stock charts & news for Fortune 500 companies.

Business and Industry (Gale)

Access provided in the Blackwell Library via FirstSearch.  Please ask the reference librarian for assistance. Provides important facts, figures, and key events for international public and private companies, industries, products, and markets for manufacturing & service industries.  Indexes over 1,360 sources from leading trade magazines, newsletters, and the general press to international business dailies.  Please search ABI Inform, Business Source Premiere, & Lexis-Nexis first as much of the information will be duplicated.   

Business and Management Practices (Gale)
Access provided in the Blackwell Library via FirstSearch.  Please ask the reference librarian for assistance. Provides online articles about the practical aspects of business management from over 795 sources.  Provides real-world know-how that focuses on how organizations make and implement decisions, develop and launch new strategies, and plan for change.  Includes case studies & how-to articles.  Please search ABI Inform, Business Source Premiere, & Lexis-Nexis first as much of the information will be duplicated.

Business Organizations, Agencies & Publications Directory (Gale) 

Access provided in the Blackwell Library via FirstSearch.  Please ask the reference librarian for assistance.  Provides current directory listings for over 40,000 organizations that serve business & industry.  Includes abstracts in most records describing the organization's products and services and giving other information about the organization, such as founding date, membership size, and publications.  Please check the printed title 'Encyclopedia of Associations' first.

Business Source Premier  (Ebsco) 

Full text for over 3,000 scholarly journals and business media covering management, economics, finance, accounting, international business, etc.  Coverage is from 1965 to the present; coverage varies by title.

Columbia International Affairs Online  (Columbia University Press) 
Full-text & abstracts covering a wide range of scholarship including working papers from research institutes, occasional paper series from NGOS, policy briefs, cases studies, conference proceedings & papers, course packs, book chapters, and journal articles.  Coverage is from 1991 to the present.

Consumers Index (The Pierian Press, Inc.) 

Access provided in the Blackwell Library via FirstSearch.  Please ask the reference librarian for assistance.  Indexes over 170 sources providing consumer information.  Provides access to information about evaluations, tests, alerts, warnings, and recalls of specific products, services, and facilities.  Abstracts articles on all aspects of consumerism and consumer protection.  Coverage is from 1986 to the present and the database is updated quarterly.

Dissertation Abstracts Online 

Access provided in the Blackwell Library via FirstSearch.  Please ask the reference librarian for assistance.  Provides indexing & abstracts for over 1.5 million dissertations & theses from institutions in the North America and Europe.  This database is updated monthly and covers titles from 1861 to the present.  Abstracts are provides beginning in 1980 and thesis abstracts beginning in 1988.

EconLit (EBSCO) 
EconLit is a reliable source of citations & abstracts to economic research in over 400 books, journals, dissertations, and working papers.  Provides comprehensive information on accounting, capital markets, econometrics, economic forecasting, government regulations, labor economics, monetary theory, and urban economics.  Coverage is from 1969 to the present.

(Gale) Business Insights: Essentials
Business Insights: Essentials brings together in a single database company profiles, company brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies, and periodicals. Search this database to find detailed company and industry news and information. Coverage is from 1980 to the present.   

Historical Wall Street Journal (Proquest) 
Provides full-text and full-image articles from the Wall Street Journal.  The collection includes digital reproductions of every page from every issue--cover to cover--in downloadable PDF files.  Coverage is from 1889 to 1988.

Hoover's Company Records (in LEXIS-NEXIS)
Provides full-text information about companies, industries, and the people who lead them.  Coverage includes more than 40,000 companies, 225,000 key executives, and more than 600 industries. NOTE:In the Lexis-Nexis version of Hoovers, type in search box: CO open/closed parentheses around the company name   ie. CO(Boeing)

JSTOR (Arts & Sciences I, II, and III)
Provides access to PDF images of 26 Finance & Economics scholary journals.  The complete archives of these core scholarly journals have been digitized, starting with the very first issues, many of which date from the 1800s. Current journals are not included (from 2-5 years) because of agreements made with publishers.

Lexis-Nexis Academic  
Full-text database that offers a wide range of news, political, legal, business, and reference information.  Coverage of sources varies according to publication title.  See, Research 101, a help guide provided by LEXIS-NEXIS Academic.

Mergent Online 
Formerly known as Moody's Financial Information Service, Mergent Online provides full-text business descriptions, corporate histories and detailed financial data for over 10,000 public U.S. and 17,000 non-U.S. public companies.  Provides access to the EDGAR database for SEC Filings.

Morningstar [2 seats]
Morningstar's data reports cover more than 20,000 securities with historical data back to 1996.  Off-campus, sign in using your Gull Card barcode and last name.  Choose Salisbury University as the campus and then click the log in button. 

Ebsco eBooks database   
A collection of 4,522 electronic texts (digital full-text versions of books which exactly match hardback content) covering topics specifically chosen by Maryland Academic Libraries.  Collection strengths include computer science, business, international relations, education, environmental science, psychology, and civil rights law & history.

Regional Business News (EBSCO)
This database provides comprehensive full-text for 50+ regional business publications (including titles from Crain Communications).  Coverage is from 1990; varies with publication title.

Research Insight (Standard & Poor's)

This database is available on library & lab computers on campus.  It is a well-known powerful financial analysis software & database program combined.  RI provides a rolling 20 years of annual data, 12 years of quarterly data, 7 years of business & geographic segment data, and 240 months of stock prices and dividend data for approximately 16,000 active and inactive companies.  First time users should consult help guides before use.

Science Direct (Elsevier) 
Broad science coverage with particular emphasis on life sciences, engineering, earth sciences and pharmacology.  Also includes coverage in the areas of business, management and accounting; economics, econometrics and finance; decision sciences and computer sciences.

SPIN  (InfoEd International)
*This database is only available through on campus access.  SPIN (Sponsored Programs Information Network) is a funding opportunities database designed to provide up-to-date information on current federal, non-federal, and international funding opportunities including fellowships, research grants, publication support, sabbatical support, RFAs (NIH Guide), Curriculum Development, Conference Support, & RFPs (Commerce Business Daily).  Indexes more than 11,000 separate funding opportunities from more than 2,500 sponsoring agencies.

STAT-USA (Globus & NTDB) Database

This database is only available in the Blackwell Library Reference Area.  Ask the reference librarian for access.  STAT-USA provides access to widely used government publications focused on international trade, country analysis, and economic data.  For more information, refer to STAT-USA section of Dr. Hoffman's course guide.

USA Trade Online
This database is only available in the Blackwell Library Reference Area as part of the STAT-USA Database subscription.  Ask the reference librarian for access.  It provides U.S. export & import information on more than 18,000 commodities worldwide.  For more information, refer to STAT-USA section of Dr. Hoffman's course guide.

Wall Street Journal (Proquest) 
Part of the National Newspapers database, indexes, abstracts, and provides full-text for the Wall Street Journal newspaper.  Section C data is available but is indexed by article title.  (Browse the publication by date and look for section C articles by title) Indexing & abstracting are from 1/5/82 and full-text coverage is from 1/2/84.

WorldCat (FirstSearch) 
This database is the OCLC Online Union Catalog.  This catalog provides a single interface so that users can search worldwide library holdings with descriptions.  It provides an electronic index to more than 49 million records for books, journals, and other multimedia sources.  Coverage is from 1501 to the present.

Worldscope (Thomson Financial) 

Access provided in the Blackwell Library via FirstSearch.  Please ask the reference librarian for assistance.  Provides the latest basic financial information on public companies worldwide.  Includes information from a variety of sources and documents such as annual reports, disclosure statements, newspapers, & wire services.  Updated weekly.  Please check other financial databases such as Mergent/FIS Online first.

back to top