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Research Guide: BA 3500-Introduction to Business Research 
Scope:  This guide is a selected list of secondary data sources, many of which will be useful in completing the secondary data gathering exercise.  These resources include print materials available in the Stewart Library, and electronic resources, some of which may be available only to WSU students, faculty, and staff.  

Table of Contents:



Article Databases

The following databases are excellent sources for articles covering a variety of business periodicals. Thes include scholarly (academic) business journals, trade publications, popular magazines, and newspapers.

  • ABI/Inform - Divided into three separate databases:
    • ABI/Inform Global
      Nearly 1800 worldwide business periodicals with in-depth coverage of business and economic conditions, practice of business, advertising, marketing, economics, human resources, finance, taxation, computers, and more. Expanded international coverage.   Fulltext.
    • ABI/Inform Dateline
      Hard-to-find local and regional business news coverage of large corporations, privately held companies, local start-ups, executive profiles, marketing, finance, and industry news.   Fulltext.
    • ABI/Inform Trade and industry
      Search more than 750 business periodicals and newsletters with a trade or industry focus. Provides users with the latest industry news, product and competitive information, marketing trends, and a wide variety of other topics. Fulltext.

      Click on Search Multiple Databases link to search all three at once.  Also, see detailed tips on how to find articles on accounting topics that focus on a particular country in the 'Research Assistance' section below. 
  • Business Source Premier
    Similar to the ABI/Inform databases, Business Source Premier covers business, eceonomics, marketing, management, and more. There is a wide range academic journals, popular magazines, and trade publications.
    • Enhanced Business Searching Interface

    Provides enhanced searching and browsing capabilities for Companies Profiles, Country Reports, Industry Profiles, and Market Research. Searching may be by keyword, author, company, publication, industry, and subject.

    Enhanced Business Searching Interface may be accessed by clicking on the link above or from within Business Source Premier by:

    Click on Choose Databases from the main page

    At the bottom of the database description, there is a link for Enhanced Searching Interface.

    Click on the link and the home page for enhanced searching appears.

Contains full text access to leading national and international newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, and Washington Post

Statistics & Demographics

Statistical and demographic sources will provide a variety of information about a specific population, including income distribution, age level, ethnic groups, etc.  The level of coverage (state, county, city, etc.) will vary depending on the source you use. 

  • U.S. Census
    A good source for finding national and local statistics. This includes population, housing, income, health insurance, education, and much more.

Statistical survey conducted every 5 years of business activity in the United States. Information includes Reports by States, Reports by sectors, Zip code statistics, Survey of Business Owners, and more. The next Economic Census will be conducted at the end of 2007.

Conducts demographic and socioeconomic studies from around the world. Much of the information focuses on populations, and health for various countries. 

  • American Fact Finder                                                                     
    Contains Census data about the population, industry and economic conditions, community information, and the annual community survey. Information is available down to the city and county level.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States
    Comprehensive summary of statistics covering population by states, age, and sex, business and economic conditions, health care, education, and much more. The data may be viewed in PDF form as well as downloaded into Excel Spreadsheets. A printed copy is available at the Reference desk at the Stewart Library in Ogden. 
  • State and Metropolitan Area Data Book
    Local supplement to the Statistical Abstracts of the United States. It serves as a statistical reference for social and economic conditions in the states and metropolitan areas within the United States. Each table within the publication contains references to other publications and sources.
  • County and City Data Book
    Contains city and county statistical information including personal income, population, education, crime, and more.

Contains large amounts of statistical information concerning labor. Information includes the Consumer Price Index, Productivity information, Demographic Characteristics of the Labor Force, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, and much more.

  • American Demographics
    Full text market research information in the ABI/Inform Global database from 1986 - 2004.

  • Demographics USA (County Edition) Reference Table 5B - HC110.c6.s8472

Contains state and county statistical information covering areas such as population, income, retails sales, employment, and much more.

  • State Profiles: The Population and Economy of each U.S. State

Provides state-by-state view of the United States including population by ages, sex, employment, and other economic activity.


International Demographics & Statistics

  • Consumer International   Reference Table 6  HC79.C6C636
  • Consumer Europe   Reference Table 6  HD7022.C68
  • The World Economic Factbook   Reference Table 6  HC59.15 .W67
  • International marketing data and statistics   Reference Table 6  HA42.I56
    Provides "trade and economic indicators for about 150 non-European countries of the world"

Provides profiles and statistical information of countries around the world, printed copy available in the Stewart Library on Table 5b

Market Share

  • Market Share Reporter  Reference Table 6   
    An "annual compilation of market share reports from periodical literature" with over 2,000 entries arranged by 511 SIC codes. Each entry includes the source of the data (worth taking a look at if you need more information). Provides indexes by brand name, company, product/services, place names, and source. 
  • Stat-USA
    Includes international market research reports.  Sections of this database are password-protected.  For password, ask at reference desk.

Utah Information


For a complete list of Utah Government Agencies, go the Agency List page.

Library Books on Statistics

  • Understanding and Using Advanced Statistics   HA29.G75 2006
  • Applying Contemporary Statistical Techniques   QA276.W477 2003
  • Statistics with Common Sense   QA276.12.K38 2003
  • Complete Business Statistics   HF1017.A26 2002
  • Statistics in Plain English   QA276.12.U75 2001
  • Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics   HA29.S2365 2000
  • How to Think About Statistics   HA29.P517 2000

Research Assistance

If you can't find what you are looking for or you have further questions...

  • Come to the Reference Desk located on the middle level at the north end of the library
  • Call the Reference Desk at (801) 626-6415 or Toll free (877) 306-3140
  • Click on Live Assistant from the Library Home Page during library hours
  • Email the Reference Desk at

Or contact the Business & Economics Librarian



Updated March 10, 2009 . Please send comments to Ed Hahn
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