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MGTS 4481: Strategic Management for Geoffrey Bell

Spring 2018, for Geoffrey Bell

Research Guide

​Suggested Sources for Company and Industrial Analysis 

Business Insights: Essentials
This is an excellent source for information in periodicals and it has a number on electronic business reference sources as well. Look up companies by name, see periodicals, company histories, company rankings, market share, some financials, company lines of business that are connected to excellent industry overviews.  Use the Advanced Search option to find company histories, company rankings, market share, and industry overviews. Be sure to search by company name in the upper right search box.

Business Source Premier
Search for periodical information on company name, industry, product, etc.
In our various business periodical indexes, search on company name in one box, and another word or concept in another box…. Concepts like “strategy” or “strategic” or some other word related to your research interests. Business Source Premier is the best place to search and browse popular, trade, and scholarly academic journals. Use the "company profiles" option to search for useful MarketLine reports by company name.  Be sure to find the industry overview for you topic in this database. They will include the Porter's Five Forces.


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."   This is your first best place to search for scholarly journal articles.  Look up industries, and related sub-topics,  products, or company names.


Hoover's Company Profiles
Hoover's delivers concise and current information on a company's location, summary financials, top competitors, top officers, strategy, and more. This database covers more than 40,000 public and non-public companies, as well as 225,000 key executives.


Mergent Online
Excellent source for 15 years of financial data, company financial ratios, annual reports and other financial data.  Be sure to local company annual reports and download the "Mergent Report" for your company.  See the Compare Companies Video.


More excellent financial data, and make sure to look at current and archived Analyst Research. 


Proquest News
Proquest News is our best source for newspaper information with archives going back over 30 years. This contains the full text of the Wall Street Journal and the New York TimesUse Proquest News to update the information you will find in your industry overviews.


New York Times

Wall Street Journal


Passport (GMID) from Euromonitor
This is our best source for international marketing information. Here are narrative reports and statistics on consumer products, consumer lifestyles, and retailing structures of 50-60 major nations, including the United States. 4,000 international company reports can be found here too. Use the keyword “Text” search option located on the upper left corner of the screen.  Search for companies, products, and industries.


Good company information, and be sure to look at the broad "industry overviews."  These are excellent.


WestLaw News
Westlaw News contains more than 4,900 News and business information publications.  This is a key source for news and trade publications.

Other Suggested Websites

Software and Information Technology
Hundreds of useful free websites related to the software industry.


Software Industry -- Wikipedia
Provides concise overview with useful links.


Mobile Apps Industry Profile -- United States -- A MarketLine Report

Global Software Industry Profile -- A MarketLine Report

Software Industry Profile -- North America -- A MarketLine Report

Games Software Industry Profile -- United States -- A MarketLine Report

Software Industry Profile -- the United States -- A MarketLine Report



Company Information

Company Annual Reports

Company Histories

Company Information

Company Overview Reports


How to Compare the Financials of One Company to Another:

 Comparing Companies


And, note these Business Reference FAQ's:

Industry Information

Industry Overviews (Reports)


NAICS Classification and NAICS Search

What is NAICS?

How to search for NAICS Numbers?


SWOT Analysis

How to find SWOT Analysis


Comparing Companies -- Financial Ratios

Sources of Ratios

And, consult books in our Reference Collection like these:


Manufacturing and Distribution USA 
[Electronic Version 2006, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017]

Search Manufacturing & Distribution USA most recent year (and older issues, if you need historical data).  Search by keywords of your industry to find four page snapshots of each industry.  This is a great source!



If you are giving classroom presentations, note the useful information you will find in:

Presentation Skills


Citing Your Sources:
If you are writing a Report, you will need to cite your sources.  This webpage provides examples in APA Style.