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ACCT 3701: SBI Accounting Project

Fall 2019, for Loren Erickson

My Remote Contact Information

  • Phone: 218-726-6157 (is forwarded)
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  • Virtual meetings via Zoom or Google Hangouts for one on one, screen sharing, and group meetings. Please contact me for coordination.

Research Guide

Suggested Sources for Company and Industrial Analysis

student group meeting with a business

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.

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.


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.  Use it to find industry information, trends, case studies, and examples of problems and solutions.


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, (This is a Key Source For Industry Overviews.) 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.

You can find reports easily by browsing by industry sector, by SIC or NAICS codes, or or simply searching by keyword.

How IBIS Reports can help Accountants:

Mergent Online

Excellent source for 15 years of financial data, company financial ratios, annual reports and other financial data. (This is a Key Source for Financial Ratios)



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. (This is a Key Source for Financial Ratios.)


Proquest News

Proquest News is our best source for newspaper information with archives going back almost 30 years. This contains the full text of the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and hundreds of national and regional newspapers.


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.

ReferenceUSA FAQ and Tutorials



Good company information, and make 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 information.


NAICS Classification and NAICS Search:

What is NAICS?

How to search for NAICS Numbers?


Comparing Companies -- Financial Ratios:

Sources of Ratios


Our featured Financial Ratio Database:

BizMiner (this is a KEY source)   BizMiner

BizMiner offers industry financial analysis benchmarks for over 5,000 lines of business and industry market trends on thousands more. Their market analysis reports are available at the national and local levels down to the zip code. BizMiner is a great resource to use when developing business plans, or for any sort of entrepreneurship initiatives where you need to measure peer performance in an industry. Types of reports:

  • Industry Financial Profiles
  • U.S.  & Local Market Research Reports (includes business failure rates)
  • Area Demographic Profiles
  • Sole Proprietor/Startup Profit & Loss
  • Local Market Vitality Profile


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Updated September 5, 2019.