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Research Guide: Retail Merchandising & Buying Methods

Introduction:  This guide is a selected list of resources that may be useful in locating information about Retail Merchandising. These resources include print materials that are located in the Stewart Library, and electronic resources which may only be available to students, faculty, and staff at Weber State University .   

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Reference Resources

Printed resources owned by the library may be located using the WSU catalog

  • International Directory of Company Histories - HD2721.I63  

Provides historical development of the world's most influential companies

  • Hoovers Handbook of Private Companies 2006 – HG4057.A1 H662

Contains helpful information on leading private companies, available at the Reference Desk

  • Market Share Reporter - HF5410.M35

    A compilation of market share reports to aid in competitive analysis, diversification planning, marketing research, and economic and policy analysis
  • LexisNexis Corporate Affiliations – HG4057.A219

    Includes public, private, and International corporate affiliations
  • Wards Business Directory – HG4057.A575

    A directory of US public and private companies

Online Resources

Accessing Online Databases

Online databases provide references, abstracts, and often full text articles from journals, newspapers, and other published literature. Do the following to access the article databases:

  • Start at the library website home page:
  • Go to the Quick Links part of the home page and click on the Database Finder Link
  • All business databases may be accessed by selecting Business & Economics from the Search By Subject dropdown and clicking on Search
  • If you know the name of the database, select the first letter of the database name from the Search by Title dropdown and click on Search

Online Databases

Mintel Market Reports

  • Market reports both US and international markets on a wide range of industries
  • Includes a section on internet and retailing
  • Requires creating a user profile

Mergent Online

  • Finding profiles of publicly traded companies, including company history, property, debt, income and more

Business Source Premier

  • This is a database covering a variety of business topics including economics, finance, accounting, and international business. Searching may be done by title, text, author, company, and geographic locations, in addition to the default fields, many articles are available in full text.

Business Source Premier – Enhanced Searching

  • Includes specific company profiles including company overview, description, officers, products and services, SWOT analysis, and competitors
  • Accessed from within Business Source Premier
    • Click on Choose Databases
    • Click on Enhanced Business Searching Interface

ABI Inform - Three separate databases that may be searched simultaneously

  • ABI/Inform Date Line
    • News for local and regional companies, smaller or private companies
  • ABI/Inform Global
    • News on larger global companies, with in depth periodicals
  • ABI/Inform Trade and Industry
    • Business and periodicals with a trade and industry focus

Proquest Newspapers

  • Provides full text of US as well as international newspapers including the Wall Street Journal


  • Provides access to stock and mutual fund information
  • Includes analyst research, ratings, ratios, financials, and sec filings

Value Line

  • Comprehensive source of information and advice
  • Divided into three parts:
    • Ratings and Reports - financial and stock price forecasts for the next 3 to 5 years
    • Summary and Index – up to date statistics about company performance
    • Selection and Opinion – latest economic and stock market forecast

Business Dateline

  • Information about business resources about regional business activities

LexisNexis Academic

  • Enables locating specific company information including profiles, SEC filings, financial reports, and company comparisons
  • Also allows searching for industry news
  • Includes Hoover 's Company Reports

Newspaper Source

  • Full text of many regional newspapers as well as international newspapers and news wires

Regional Business News

  • Full text coverage of regional business news from all metropolitan areas

Standard and Poor's NetAdvantage

  • Full text of industry surveys and stock and bond guides


If your database search returns a result that is not in full text and you are interested in the article, another database may contain it or it may be available in print. To determine if Weber State University has a copy of the journal you are looking for:

  • Click on EJournals from the Library Home Page
  • Enter the name of the journal
  • If the journal exists in the library system, the name will appear along with the dates that are available

Interlibrary Loan

If you find something that is not available in the library, you may request the item through Interlibrary Loan. Interlibrary Loan may be accessed by clicking on the ILLIad System link from the library home page. Make your requests in advance and allow a minimum of 7 days to fill the request.

Research Assistance and Contact Information


If you find something that is not available in the library, you may request the item through Interlibrary Loan. Requests should be made in advance and allow a minimum of 7 days to fill the request. If you need further assistance or have any questions you may:

  • Stop at the Reference Desk located on the middle level at the north end of the library
  • Call (801) 626-6415 or Toll free: 1-877-306-3140
  • Click on Live Assistant from the Library Home Page
  • Email the Reference Desk at


Or contact the Business & Economics Librarian

Updated June 17, 2010 . Please send comments to Ed Hahn
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