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 main search box.
Business Source Premier
Search for periodical information on company name, industry, product, etc.
Search on company name in one box, and another word or concept in another box…. Concepts like “strategy” or “strategic” or some other words 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.
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.
IBIS provides Industry market research reports on over 1,300 U.S. industries, plus Canada Industries, China Industries, and Global Industries, Each IBISWorld report includes:
You can find reports easily by browsing by industry sector, by SIC or NAICS codes, or or simply searching by keyword. This will be your main source for industry overviews. Look for the many components of renewable energy, here are some examples:
Hydroelectric Power in the US
Wind Power in the US
Solar Power in the US
Electric Power Transmission in the US
OD4497 - Biomass Power in the US
OD4507 - Geothermal Electricity Plant Operation in the US
22111b - Nuclear Power in the US
33441c - Solar Panel Manufacturing in the US
33361b - Wind Turbine Manufacturing in the US
There may be other related industries you can search for in the IBIS World Reports database.
(See also the "I-Expert" reports for each of these, and similar reports from Canada, China, and global reports.)
Excellent source for 15 years of financials for public corporations, company financial ratios, annual reports and other financial data. Be sure to locate company annual reports and download the "Mergent Report" for your company. See the Compare Companies Video.
More excellent financial data on public companies, and make sure to look at current and archived Analyst Research in "Stock Analysis".
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 at the top of the screen. Look up the "Renewable Energy Expansion Opportunities for B2B Sectors" report.
Plunkett Research analyzes the top trends changing the industry, and provides in-depth industry statistics. In addition, this publication profiles the top 250 companies in the Solar Power, Wind Power & Renewable industry. Note the essay on trends at the beginning of this electronic book, in chapter one.
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 Times. Use ProQuest News to update the information you will find in your industry overviews.
Other Suggested Websites
The Wikipedia offers quick access to concepts and terminology while providing overviews that may be very
useful to a researcher working on a new topic. Keywords and interconnected relationships are easily discovered
here that are vital for working with our proprietary databases. Reading relevant Wikipedia articles can help you to do better research.
Use Google to find valuable information on Web sites.
How to Compare the Financials of One Company to Another:
NAICS Classification and NAICS Search
Comparing Companies -- Financial Ratios
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Citing Your Sources:
If you are writing a Report, you will need to cite your sources. This webpage provides examples in APA Style.