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MKTG 4751 Retailing 

For Ahmed F. Maamoun,

Fall 2015      

Finding Books
Business Periodical Databases
Other Periodical Databases
Financial Databases
Marketing Databases
Statistical Databases
Other Databases
Search Engines
ref iconKey Business Reference Books



topFinding Books

umd catalog
UMD Catalog (Advanced)
Search for books, government documents, reference books, videos and periodicals by title using the Advanced Search of the UMD Online Catalog. We have over 380,000 books in our Library.

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.

This is the Best source for finding books and accessing them via Inter Library Loan.


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.

A Very good Source -- search full text of over ten million books. When you find a good book here, check our catalog to see if we have it, or access it via our Inter Library Loan System.


All-University Catalog Book Search
and 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 e-mail. 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!!

topBusiness Periodical Databases


Business Insights: Essentials
Company & industry news linked to electronic reference books. Contains histories, market shares, rankings, SWOT, industry surveys, and investment reports.  Note Company Histories, and rankings and industry overviews in the Advanced Search.


This is a Key Source for question 8.


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 "company profiles" tab, which will allow you to access over 5,000 MarketLine Company Profiles.

This is a Key Source question 8.


Contains the full text of newspaper articles from over 350 titles going back over 30 years. NewsStand provides our only source of electronic access to the Wall Street Journal.

This is a Key Source for general information.

Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal (Eastern Edition)
Contains the full-text Wall Street Journal which has extensive coverage of stock markets, finance, investments and business-oriented news. This database version from Proquest includes business news and analysis, company news, regular columns, special reports, articles on the national and world economy, editorials and opinion, interviews, and Reuters news stories. Excludes charts and free standing tabular data, such as stock tables and other exchange listings.
Full text coverage: Jan 2, 1984 - current

Lexis Nexis

Offers searching of court rules, statutes, regulations, administrative decisions, and U.S. Supreme Court briefs, among others. Search by keywords or browse by content, materials or topic.

WestlawNext also contains more than 4,900 News and business information publications.  This is a key source of news and trade publication information.

top Other Periodical Databases

Duluth News Tribune

Duluth News Tribune
A searchable archive of the Duluth News-Tribune, with complete full-text content of local and regional news, including community events, schools, politics, government policies, cultural activities, local businesses, business people, state industries, and economic issues.  You must have a Duluth Public Library user card to access. Or, consult your Business Librarian.

Covers 11/1995 - present.

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 UMD Library electronic holdings via "Find It."

This is a Key Source for general information in articles.


MasterFile Premier

MasterFile Premier
Contains popular and general interest magazines covering a broad range of disciplines. Many business topics can be researched here as well. Over 2600 titles are indexed, with over 1950 titles available in full text.


top Financial Databases

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. Includes company overviews, histories, financial ratios, and much more. Mergent Online IS OUR BEST SOURCE FOR COMPANY ANNUAL REPORTS.

This is a Key Source for Question 2.


Mergent/Moody's Manual Collection Mergent/Moody's Manual Collection
Mergent / Moody's Online Manuals Collection provides extensive historical and current information for public companies worldwide, including history, chronology, acquisitions, mergers, spinoffs, properties, joint ventures, subsidiaries, officers and directors, consolidated income and balance sheets, long term debit, options, and other financial data. Includes the following manuals:

* Industrial Manual since 1920
* OTC Industrial Manual since 1970
* OTC Unlisted Manual since 1986
* Bank & Finance Manual since 1928
* Public Utility Manual since 1914
* Transportation Manual since 1909

MorningStar MorningStar
Provides independent investment analysis of 1500 stocks and 2000 mutual funds. Includes current analyst reports for both particular companies and funds with an eye to what is happening in the industry. This is a highly regarded and unique source of financial information.

Contains large Industry Surveys (and overviews of markets) for leading companies in 52 industries. Search by company or industry. Standard & Poor’s stock analysis is available for public companies.

This is a Key Source:  note "Multiline" and "Specialty" retail reports in their Industry section.


Value Line

Value Line
Provides the current relative rating for performance and safety together with estimated yields, the latest earnings, dividends and p/e data, guidance on current investment policy, analysis and forecasts of the national economy and the stock market. Value Line offers views on the economy and the stock market as well as on stocks of special interest. This is a highly regarded and unique source of financial information.   NOW ONLINE.     (HOW TO READ A VALUE LINE REPORT)


top Marketing Databases

Global Marketing Information Database

Passport (formerly GMID)
An integrated on-line information system providing key business intelligence on countries, companies, markets, and consumers. Passport 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 Passport, click on "Browse Reports," and then click on "Company Profiles."

This is a VERY Key Source:  Look up companies by name.


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 a Key Source For Question 6.


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.  You can determine location of stores by geography.  This helps with Question 4.




topStatistical Databases

American FactFinder

American FactFinder
The U.S. Census Bureau's source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data drawn from the official United States Census. Great source for Demographic information.


topOther Databases

Hoover's Company Profiles 

contains information for more than 40,000 major public and private companies worldwide. It includes overviews and histories, strategies, financial and employment data, lists of products and key competitors, names of key officers, and contact information. These Profiles provide context of industries in which these companies operate.  This is a Key Information Source. It can assist with questions 1,2,5,7. and others.

Hoover's Company Profiles are available through our WestlawNext News database.
Wikipedia Wikipedia
A multilingual encyclopedia that is collaboratively edited and maintained by thousands of users via wiki software, and is hosted and supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. In addition to typical encyclopedia entries, Wikipedia includes information more often associated with almanacs, gazetteers, and specialist magazines, as well as coverage of current events. It has almost 3 million entries, and is constantly growing. Many articles are long, detailed, with sources and related links. Wikipedia has been controversial because of its open collaborative nature, however it has received good marks in recent scholarly journals. This may be a good place to get an overview of business related definitions, topics or issues.  Great source for footnote sources and links on companies

top Search Engines

The first place to go to search the web. One of four unique search engines
Bing Search
Microsoft's much improved Search Engine

Key Reference Book for Retailing

Plunkett's Retail Industry Almanac 2014

"Included are major statistical tables showing everything from retail sales by sector, to mall sales per square foot, to the advent of retail-based entertainment venues. Meanwhile, the corporate profiles section covers the Retail 500 Firms, giving you complete profiles of the leading, fastest growing retail chains around the world, both public and private. These profiles include corporate names, addresses, phone and fax numbers, web site addresses, growth plans, competitive advantage, financial histories and up to 27 executive contacts by title."

Available at UM DULUTH Martin Library Reserve Three Hour (HF5429.3 .P57 )

This is a Key Source


New Strategist Publications: Varies
Must-have sources of demographics and statistics to help discover Niche Markets.

This is a Key Source








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