Welcome to the general guide for business sources at Carleton University. Guides on different streams of business are also available. Look for subject guides for Accounting, Arts Management, Company & Industry Data, Consumer Information, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Marketing, Organizational Behaviour & Management, Social Enterprise and Taxation.
Handbooks and encyclopedias often give a good overview of a subject area and provide relevant background information, as well as key terms that can be used when searching the databases. Search for them in the library's catalogue by Keyword.
- The Blackwell encyclopedia of management
12 volumes with each volume covering a different stream within business.
- The AMA dictionary of business and management
- The leadership skills handbook
Writing & Citing
For help with writing reports, do a subject search in the library catalogue for:
- Business report writing
- Report writing -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
- Purdue OWL - Geneneral Writing Resources
Explore section The Writing Process for tips on Creating a Thesis Statement, Developing an Outline and more
- AMA handbook of business writing HF5726 .A55 2010
- Wall Street Journal guide to information graphics: the dos and don'ts of presenting data, facts and figures - HF5718.22 .W65 2010
- Citation Guide Excellent guide to citing business sources in Chicago Style from Harvard Business School
- Chicago Manual of Style Online
- Purdue OWL - Research and Citation Resources
There are many free citation/document management systems available.
- Business Source Complete
Provides indexing and full-text to scholarly journals, business magazines and trade publications.
- Canadian Business & Current Affairs Database (previously CBCA Complete)
Canadian index to scholarly journals, business news sources and magazines.
- Emerald Management eJournals
Indexes over 100 scholarly journals on all streams of business.
Cited Reference Searching
- Bloomberg News
- Roubini Global Economics News Monitor service provides access to articles and reports on global economic issues.
- Canadian Business & Current Affairs Provides full text to Canadian business journals and magazines.
- Canadian Newsstand Access to over 280 Canadian news sources
- Eureka Fulltext Canadian French and English newspapers from Alberta, the Atlantic provinces, Québec and aboriginal communities. Includes fulltext transcripts radio and television broadcats from CBC, CTV and SRC.
- Factiva (Globe and Mail and the Wall Street Journal live here)
- PressReader PDFs to more than 2300 newspapers from 97 countries in over 55 languages.
- Wire Report The leading news service covering Canada's rapidly converging telecom and media sectors.
- Journalist's resource: research on today's news topics
The following titles are available online through the Library catalogue:
- Business Week
- Canadian Business
- The Economist
- Financial Times (London)
- The Globe and Mail (includes the Report on Business Magazine)
- National Post Online (includes the Financial Post section and the Financial Post Magazine)
- Wall Street Journal
Grey Literarture, Policy Reports, Think Tanks
Consult the library guide Searching for Grey Literature for sources and searching tips. Good databases for grey literature include:
- Business Source Complete (select publication type "Grey literature", also search market reports and company information)
- Dissertations and Theses Global
- IEEE Xplore Digital Library (narrow down to "conference publications")
- CURVE (Carleton University Repository Virtual Environment)
- Government Information (use our Google custom search engine)
- WorldCat (covers resources outside of Carleton's collection)
Policy Reports and Working Papers
- Canadian Public Policy Collection
Collection of publications from Canadian public policy institutes, government agencies, advocacy groups, think-tanks, university research centres and other public interest groups.
- Conference Board of Canada e-Library Covers broad areas of Economic Trends, Organizational Performance, and Public Policy.
- NBER (National Bureau of Economics Research) Working Papers)
- Canadian Health Research Collection
- PolicyFile (U.S. Policy)
Provides access to U.S. foreign and domestic policy papers and gray literature.
Think tanks are independent, nonpartisian, public policy research institutes that are often non-profit such as the C.D.Howe Institute, Conference Board of Canada, Macdonald-Laurier Institute, American Enterprise Institute, Brookings Institute, etc. They do not have an agenda as many NGOs have, but conduct research and analysis on current issues and topics. Hillwatch provides a listing of key Canadian and international think tanks and the Harvard Kennedy School provides a searchable database of over 600 listings.
Dissertations & Theses
- Dissertations and Theses Global Covers all the same theses from the former Dissertations & Theses Full Text (full-text of North American theses) and Dissertations & Theses: UK and Ireland (selected full-text, others may be found in the EThOS database listed below) plus it now adds more international coverage of some European and Chinese theses.
- Dissertations and Theses@Carleton (a subset of the full Dissertations and Theses database)
- EThOS The UK’s national thesis service, provides a record of all doctoral dissertations with a growing number of them in full-text
- Theses Canada / Thèses Canada
- Foreign Doctoral Dissertations
View the full list of our theses and dissertations databases.
Begin with the company's 10K or annual report - usually found on their web site or by doing a google search of company name and 10K or annual report. Read the Management Discussion and Analysis - (MD&A) section of the Annual Report or 10k. Read the letter to the shareholders from the CEO in the company's annual report.
- FP Advisor
Provides profiles and investment assessments for Canadian companies with assessments of 33 Canadian industry sectors.
Online Canadian business and manufacturing directory, searchable by company, product or brand name.
Online Canadian business and manufacturing directory of more than 115,000 companies and 210,000 executive contacts. Allows searching by geographic and demographic indicators, by products and by contact information indicators.
Global (includes Canadian data)
Global financial information network with access to access to current and historical financial information. See our help guides for instructions and tips.
1925 US stock database and CRSP historical indexes
- Mergent Online
- Passport Select Companies from the top tab and key in your company name. Select relevant segment and open the profile. Look in the table of contents for a SWOT analysis
- Business Source Complete Search for your company and limit to SWOT from filters listed below the search box.
- Business Source Complete - search your topic, product, company or industry. Under Refine your results choose Industry Overview and Industry Profile.
- Mergent Online - when connected, select the Report Search tab from the menu. Select industry of interest and then geographical region.
- Factiva - mouse over Companies/Markets from menu bar at top of page, select Industry. Select industry from the list provided. Published profiles are found under Analysis and Profiles from menu on left.
- Passport - Select Industries from the menu tab and narrow by country. Tip - choose the industry plus specific parts of industry as there is often more than one industry profile.
- Conference Board of Canada e-Library - Browse by topic -> Industry Sector Economics for industry profiles or enter industry name in the search box.
- HighBeam Business: Industry Reports Free industry reports from The Gale Group on US industries.
Specialized reports from reputable sources:
Look for valuable information and data from industry associations and NGOs
Lobbyists (industry associations) are the interface between government and business. They work for the best interests of the industry and try to persuade governments to support them on issues. They often provide information and data to the public. To find the relevant association(s) for your industry, search google for the industry + country + association. A few examples:
- Canadian Toy Association
- Retail Council of Canada
- American Apparel & Footwear Association
- Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)
- Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL)
Many non-governmental organizations are critics of industry. They act as a watchdog for the public and lobby governments to be diligent in overseeing activities of an industry. To find relevant NGOs, search google by keyword(s) + protection or organization. A few examples:
- Consumer Federation of America (CFA)
- Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN)
- Automobile Protection Association
- Canada - Statistics Canada CANSIM
- North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Canada 2012
- United States - Census Bureau - Industry Statistics Portal
The library offers many sources of data and statistics. Help is available at the following service points:
- Research Help Desk
- Data Services
- Government Information Reference
- Statistical Consulting is available for researchers using STATA and SPSS.
- Bloomberg Professional
Global financial information network with access to access to current and historical financial information.
1925 US stock database and CRSP historical indexes
Offers integrated access to internationally comparable statistics, market reports, insightful comment from expert industry and country analysts.
Provides global economic indicators and forecasting.
- IMD World competitiveness online
Analyzes and ranks the ability of nations to create and maintain an environment that sustains the competitiveness of enterprises. World competitiveness online provides access to the entire WCY database including 5 year time series
- Mergent Online
Global financial information
- Vivadata - formerly Print Measurement Bureau provides statistics on Canadian consumer preferences.
The publisher has recently changed the access. To see the reports do the following:
- Click on the link above to Vividata.
- From the Vividata home page type in your email address in the box under Support and press submit.
- Mouse over Resources at the top of the page and select Educational Resources. Click on the tab Products and Demographics.
If a password is requested it is the password you were given during the library presentation. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
Explore the categories on left hand side of page.
Many more sources are avalable through government departments and agencies as well as international organizations. Visit the government information reference desk on the basement level of the library,