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Business Insights Global: Powerful search, broad resource

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Business Insights Global can assist business students research, analyze, interpret and understand today’s complex industries. The comprehensive content and powerful analytical tools available in this database enables the researcher to understand the increasing global nature of today’s business world. This new database is easy to use and comes with powerful search capabilities. Interactive charting tools make it easy to analyze statistical data.

It offers access to full-text articles from academic journals, business magazines, newswires, global histories, SWOT reports, Thomson Reuters company financials and investment reports, market share reports, industry research essays, United Nations recognized country profiles, international case studies and executive video interviews and lessons for deeper insight into issues and decision-making.

Business Insights Global equips students to research business topics, compare economies and industries by using up to date news and reports.

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By Janet Reid, business research librarian

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ReferenceUSA seen as strong replacement for Hoover’s database for business info

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A highly anticipated new company database has been added to the library collection.  ReferenceUSA is a strong replacement for the Hoover’s database.

ReferenceUSA is a good tool to use when conducting company research, creating a business plan or locating competitors or new customers. It is a valuable resource when you need to fill in the pieces of a corporate family tree.

ReferenceUSA contains information on 54 million U.S. businesses,158 million U.S. residents, Canadian businesses, U.S. new businesses, U.S. White Page, Canadian White Pages, 228 Million U.S. historical businesses; U.S. jobs/internships; U.S. healthcare (physicians & dentist); U.S. consumers/ lifestyles and U.S. movers/new homeowners.  This database is exceptionally useful when you need to locate information on a small, local or new company.

You can search by name, subject, location, NAICS/SIC codes, number of employees, sales volume and more. There are special segments for new businesses, healthcare and new homeowners. There is also a database of historical directory information for those looking for a company no longer in business.

The U.S. Consumers/Lifestyles segment of the database identifies consumers based on geography, home value or income, and personal interests such as apparel, cooking, pets, etc. This information can be useful for identifying potential customers when developing a business plan, for example.

ReferenceUSA also includes data visualization capabilities that allow the user to create a heat map from their search results, or various types of charts.

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By Janet Reid, business research librarian

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Access World News: New shortcuts

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Access World News has added two shortcuts: Access Business News and America’s News Magazines. These shortcuts will help you find information on small and private companies as well as niche products. This is a useful resource to consider if you think you have exhausted all the options.

Access Business News

Access Business News is good resource for regional and local business news regarding industries, markets, companies and products via business journals, news weeklies and law journals in the United States. This resource can be especially useful for business research on hard-to-find news and stories on small private companies and niche markets from local news services. Access Business News allows users to search by headline, keyword, location, company name, source and date.

America’s News Magazines

Provides access to 3,000 full-text news sources for information on people, issues and events.  This resource contains authoritative, staff written coverage of unique local news from around the country as well as national topics, specific articles, statistics, video clips, quotations, facts and analysis.  America’s News Magazines will help the business researcher locate local and regional information on new and specialized products and businesses.

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By Janet Reid, business research librarian

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Uniworld Online: Global company information

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Did you know that the Uniworld database is useful for budding entrepreneurs and locating details on business competitors, career opportunities and foreign internships?  This database covers multinational companies with headquarters in over 200 countries and 20,000 industries.

Uniworld is a basic and effective resource for locating company information.  The power of this database can be found in the combination of keyword searching and the following 13 search filters:  company parent, subsidiary or division name, product description, headquarters country, subsidiaries country, public, private, companies with career postings, zip code, industry code, revenue and employees.

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By Janet Reid, business research librarian