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Kathryn A. Martin Library

ACCT 4505: International Accounting

Research Guide

Suggested Sources for Company and Financial 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 search box at the top of the page 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.  Also, search for the industries related to your companies. Search also for industries by country.


Global Edge
Your source for statistical data for 201 countries around the world. Find out more about their history, economy and political conditions.


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.

You can find reports 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. 

Mergent Online
Excellent source for 15 years of financial data, company financial ratios, annual reports and other financial data.   A great source for large public companies, including international corporations.  NOTE REGIONAL INDUSTRY OVERVIEWS!  NOTE ALSO, THEIR "COUNTRY INSIGHTS" TAB.   This will be your most important database for finding Financials, Ratios, Annual Reports, and more. This is a Key Source.  See the Compare Companies Video.  Locate subsidiaries and countries of operations.

More excellent financial data,  ratios, and make sure to look at current and archived "Stock Analysis".


Is a massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD. Using their form, you can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics with ease.


Excellent company information that complements Mergent Online.  And make sure to look at the broad industry overviews. This is a Key Source.


Passport 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 part of the screen.

ProQuest News
Our best source for newspaper information with archives going back over 20 years. This contains the full text of the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

Or, search these recommended titles directly:
New York Times
Wall Street Journal



Provides companies, business customers, research institutions, and the academic community with direct access to quantitative data on media, business, finance, politics, and a wide variety of other areas of interest or markets.


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

Country Overview Reports in EBSCO
Find excellent country overview reports from five different analyst sources.

Country Links A-Z
Over 10,000 country specific links arranged by country.


World Factbook
The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 250+ world entities.


How to Compare the Financials of One Company to Another

Comparing Companies


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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

Citing Your Sources:
If you are writing a Marketing Report, you will need to cite your sources.  This webpage provides examples in APA Style.  This is a Key Source. It is vital to list and document your research.


Last Update:  February 17, 2020


Key Reference Books


 Political Handbook of the World: REF JF 37 .P61X 2018-2019



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