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Databases for MBA Essentials Participants

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This page includes resources for graduates of the Ross School of Business's MBA Essentials Program.

These are focused on entrepreneurial databases that are available to the entire University of Michigan population. These resources are available to program graduates who hold an appointment or are a student of the University of Michigan. Also visit the MBA Essentials blog with news and information for graduates of the program.

If you have questions, please contact the library at You may also contact either Laura Berdish or Corey Seeman directly.


[edit] General News and Business Databases

ABI/Inform Global (Proquest)

Why use this database?

  • Fantastic general resource
  • Great information on companies, especially private ones
  • Good for information from press releases
  • Find the Wall Street Journal in full text from 1984 to present
  • For older Wall Street Journal and New York Times use Proquest Historical Newspapers (From within the ABI/Inform Global Database, go to select database and choose Proquest Historical Newspapers)

LexisNexis Academic

Why use LexisNexis Academic?

  • Great general resource for company information
  • Use Company Dossier (Business tab under search) for information on public and private companies
  • Extensive source for company news
  • Find the New York Times in full text from 1980 to the present


Why use this?

  • Includes international, domestic, and Michigan-based news-related databases, including hundreds of US and international newspaper titles.
  • Great way to research smaller private companies that might have good local news coverage.

[edit] Company Databases

Business Insights Global

Why use this?

  • Fantastic resource for company and industry information
  • Good information on private companies
  • Use to find investment reports, written by analysts at investment firms, that can help identify strengths and weaknesses of a particular company
  • Contains company histories and rankings

Marketline Business Information Center

Why use this?

  • Source for Datamonitor Country and Industry reports which contain key competitors, news, stock lists, and SWOT reports.

Mergent Online

Why use Mergent Online?

  • Good resource for public company financials
  • Source for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings and annual reports

OneSource Global Business Browser: US and AsiaPac Editions

Why use OneSource?

  • Excellent company database for both public and private firms
  • Advanced searching lets you find and export company information based on size, industry, location, parent, ownerships, etc.


Why use Orbis?

  • Largest company database offered at Kresge
  • Includes information about European, US, Canadian, South and Central American, Japanese, Chinese, and African companies, as well as banks and insurance companies.

Standard and Poor's NetAdvantage

Why use NetAdvantage?

  • Online access to nine S&P publications covering stocks, bonds, dividends, earnings, industry surveys and additional company information.


Why use Zephyr?

  • Information about M&A, IPO, and venture capital deals, going back five years for international deals and back to 1997 for deals involving European and American companies.

[edit] Industry and Marketing Databases

Global Market Information Database

Why use this database?

  • Strong marketing reports on a variety of topics- especially consumer goods
  • Market and economic statistics
  • Worth searching but it probably would not replace ABI/Inform Global (Proquest)

IBIS World

Why use this?

  • Great for industry research
  • Focus on manufacturing and service industries
  • Can search by NAICS codes

ISI Emerging Markets

Why use this?

  • International news, economic statistics, market quotes and analyst reports on countries, companies, and industries. Academic

Why use this?

  • Great resource for marketing reports on a variety of topics from restaurants to art galleries
  • Contains demographic marketing reports
  • All reports can be downloaded to PDF

[edit] Cleantech Databases


Why use this?

  • Excellent resource for exploring green buildings and green energy.
  • Includes articles from Environmental Building News (1992 to the present), the GreenSpec building product database, High Performance Buildings Case Studies, and links to selected resources for environmentally sensitive design and construction.

Business Monitor Online

Why use this?

  • Excellent country-based market reports on a variety of industries
  • Useful for looking at tourism or energy in a specific country or region
  • Includes SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis for many industries


Why use this?

  • Excellent information on consumer activity.
  • Very relevant information on consumer acceptance and desire for cleantech or green products.

[edit] Bio Medical Databases

Business Monitor Online

Why use this?

  • Excellent country-based market reports on a variety of industries
  • Useful for looking at tourism or energy in a specific country or region
  • Includes SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis for many industries

Life Sciences Analytics

Why use this?

  • Competitor, deal, financial, and drug pipeline reports for over 2,500 pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and biomedical companies worldwide.
  • This resource includes reports of drug pipelines organized by therapy.

[edit] Hi Tech Databases

Business Monitor Online

Why use this?

  • Excellent country-based market reports on a variety of industries
  • Useful for looking at tourism or energy in a specific country or region
  • Includes SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis for many industries


Why use this?

  • Great coverage of the electronic resource market
  • Information on emerging technology
  • Research about the Internet including online advertising and more

Faulkner's Advisory for IT Studies

Why use Faulkner's?

  • Neat database that includes coverage of technology and technical companies
  • Able to find competitors and possible market opportunities


Why use this database?

  • Great coverage of technology
  • Some reports are not accessible through the library's subscription

Safari Tech Books Online

Why use Safari Tech Books Online?

  • Search hundreds of technology and business electronic books

[edit] Business Plans

See also the Business Plan Resources page on the Kresge Wiki

eBrary Why use this?

  • Use for business plan and entrepreneur electronic books

[edit] Industry Codes

Standard Industrial Classification (SIC)

  • For more information, see the wiki page on SIC

North American Industry Classification System NAICS)

  • For more information, see the wiki page on NAICS

[edit] Websites

America's Business Funding Directory

  • Why use this? Learn about the different types of small business financing (formerly

  • Why use this? Government resources for small businesses including taxes, licenses and permits, statistics, and more

Business Owners' Idea Cafe

  • Why use this? Interactive and creative small business website which includes message boards and articles on various entrepreneurial topics

CCH Business Owner's Toolkit

  • Why use this? Includes many important forms for human resources, government contracting, taxes, incorporation, and more

  • Why use this? Current articles, expert columns and networking resources; scroll down the page to view the "Channels" featured on the site, including information on franchising, business opportunities and starting and growing a business


  • Why use this? This is a website for "high-growth entrepreneurs" with articles on marketing and operations among others

Gaebler Ventures Resources for Entrepreneurs

  • Why use this? Detailed information on starting, funding, branding and marketing, working with VC firms and more

Inc. Magazine - Startup Resource Center

  • Why use this? Magazine features, expert opinions, how-to guides and resource lists related to business startups. Other resource centers to check out include the One Person Business, Franchises, Marketing, Sales and more

Minority Business Development Agency

  • Why use this? This website is published by the U.S. Department of Commerce for small businesses to learn about conferences and competitions and to apply for contracting opportunities

Office of Small Business Programs

  • Why use this? Published by the U.S. Department of Labor, the website contains information needed for retirement, healthcare, workers compensation, and laws essential for the small business owner.

Score (Service Corps of Retired Executives)

  • Why use this? A mentoring website which also includes data on disaster preparedness and quizzes about your business

Small Business Administration

  • Why use this? From the U.S. Government the Small Business Administration, this website has everything for starting a business and for existing small businesses.

U.S. Census Bureau

  • Why use this? Check out the Business and Industry category for business and economic statistics and use the American Fact Finder for demographic information

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

  • Why use this? Learn about patents, trademarks, and copyright. Search the patents database for related patents

Wall Street Journal Start-Up Journal

  • Why use this? In addition to business plan resources, calculate your start-up costs and cash flow