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University of Minnesota

Kathryn A. Martin Library

MGTS 4481: Strategic Management for Geoffrey Bell

Spring 2022, 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 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. 


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.


IBIS World Industry Reports

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:

  • An overview of the industry structure
  • The current industry performance and key external drivers
  • The industry outlook and lifecycle
  • Products and markets, including the supply chain, major markets and international trade
  • Competitive landscape and market share
  • Major companies
  • Key statistics and data.
  • Contains information to derive Porter's Forces and PESTEL type analysis

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.)

Mergent Online
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". 


Important information on public corporations, look up company by name.


Plunkett's Solar Power, Wind Power & Renewable Energy Industry Almanac 2020 

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
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.

Or, search directly, these three titles:

New York Times

Wall Street Journal


During the month of February, we have a trial of the Statista database!!

Search Statista for industry statistics. (wind power, wind energy etc..) Ends Feb 28th.


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

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.

Sustainable Energy --  Wikipedia

Renewable Energy Industry --  Wikipedia

Renewable Energy in the United States -- Wikipedia

Wind Power Industry -- Wikipedia

Solar Power in the United States -- Wikipedia

Wind Power in the United States -- Wikipedia

List of Renewable Energy Companies by Stock Exchange -- Wikipedia

List of Wind Turbine Manufacturers -- Wikipedia

List of Renewable Energy Organizations -- Wikipedia

List of Photovoltaic Companies -- Wikipedia

Clean Energy Trends -- Wikipedia


Examples from Google Searches

Use Google to find valuable information on Web sites.

Energy Facts Explained -- US-EIA
Renewable Forecast -- US-EIA
S&P Outlook 2020
Guardian Article
EIA Outlook 2019



American Nuclear Society

American Solar Energy Society

American Wind Energy Association

Geo-Energy Org

National Hydropower Association

Nuclear Energy Institute

Solar Energy Industries Association


Company Information

Company Annual Reports

Company Histories

Company Overview Reports


How to Compare the Financials of One Company to Another:

 Comparing Companies


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

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.