Business Resources A – Z

The business collection includes  books, business journals,  full text databases, and specialized databases accessible in the library only. We have prepared Guides to doing business research . We encourage you to visit our reference desk in the Bronfman Business Library, Room S237, Schulich School of Business, email our reference service use our IM chat reference service or phone us (416-736-5139) for research assistance.

Major Business Databases

The A-Z list is a comprehensive list of databases and web site resources used for business research.  For a quick overview and sub-set of these resources see the Quick Start Guide.

ABI/Inform Global : contains citations and abstracts for several thousand leading business and management publications, including scholarly, trade, popular and news titles. A very large majority of these titles is available in full-text or full-image, with some dating back as far as the 1920s. A wide range of business subjects is covered. This resource also incorporates industry, company and market-focused reports. This ABI Inform LibGuide will give you insight into the collection and strategies for using this resource effectively.

ABI/Inform Trade and Industry: This related database covers several thousand trade publications (mainly trade magazines and journals) with a large majority available in full-text format. A very useful source of information for current and historical trade and industry news and developments with coverage to current day and extending back to 1975. This ABI Inform LibGuide will give you insight into the collection and strategies for using this resource effectively.

ABI/Inform Global  and Trade & Industry are only two of the suite of databases provided by Proquest. Search ProQuest Business to select all five business databases.

Ad*Access  : This is a resource from Duke University which provides free access to over 7,000 U.S. and Canadian digitized advertisements in five product categories – radio, television, transportation, beauty & hygiene and World War II – dated between 1911 and 1957. The advertisements are primarily from newspapers and magazines and have been made available for use in research, teaching, and private study.

Bank of Canada Rates and Statistics provides tables of interest rates, bond rates, exchange rates for last ten years, as well as inflation calculator, price indexes etc. There is also a ten year currency converter which allows you to compare currencies between countries.

Bloomberg : Bloomberg is a real-time financial service that provides current and historical data, news and financial analysis of companies, stocks, bonds, and indices, descriptions of companies from various sources including Hoovers, etc. Economic statistics are also available. Restricted to the York University Community and available in the Bronfman Business Library.

This Online Manual developed by Bronfman staff members covers the common commands and basic instruction on how to navigate and get started with Bloomberg

Books 24X7 : E-book product with coverage of the following areas of relevance to business: BusinessPro, FinancePro, EngineeringPro, and ITPro. Especially useful for trade and practitioner book titles, with current coverage of many business trends and topics. In addition, lengthy summaries of key professional and popular business books are included in ExecSummaries. Includes some streaming videos on business-related themes and details about what they are and how to access them is available in this guide.

Brandchannel.com : sponsored by Interbrand, this online exchange resource provides a global perspective on brands and includes articles, papers, a brand directory, and links to marketing industry resources. It also includes national (including Canadian), regional and global reports on best brands which can be accessed by clicking on the “Interbrand” tab and then on the sub-tab “Branding Studies” within the “Knowledge” tab.

Business Monitor Online :  Provides country risk intelligence and forecast data. In addition to some company intelligence, this resource provides in-depth analysis and data on almost 25 industries with current and archived industry reports for countries all over the world, including Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Business Source Premier :  contains full text and/or abstracts for several thousand leading business journals including scholarly, trade, popular and news titles. Full-text coverage is typically back to 1965. This includes articles on myriad business topics. Other sources covered include company profiles, industry reports, market research reports, and SWOT analyses. Other features include a searchable cited reference option (back to 1998).

Canada Business Network:  is a collaborative arrangement among federal departments and agencies, provincial and territorial governments and not-for-profit entities. This site provides information on starting a business in Canada, including planning, grants and financing, as well as resources on managing and growing a business. A range of resources on registering a business, regulations, copyright and intellectual property, and taxation are also provided.

Canadean Reports via Investext Plus: Canadean publishes market research across the entire spectrum of the consumer value chain from suppliers, brand owners, and distribution channels to consumer insight. It provides global coverage of the following market sectors: Ingredients, Packaging, Retail, Health and Beauty, Foodservice, Food, Wines & Spirits and Beverages.  You must use IE as your browser to access Investext Plus and Canadean.  Canadean reports are also available via Proquest Business by selecting the Data & Reports link.

Canadian Business Patterns:   (1988-2011 /2013 -) Statistics Canada  Includes: tables at the 1,2,3 and 4-digit Standard Industrial Clasification 1980 levels; tables at the 2,3,4 and 6-digit North American Industrial Classification System (as of December 1998); eight employment size categories, including “indeterminate” (as of December 1998); and data produced on a semi-annual basis beginning with June 1990 for provincial, national data, December 1990 for census metropolitan areas data and December 1996 for census agglomeration, census division and census sub-division areas data. Data for 2013 onwards is at the provincial level only. Access restrictions:

DLI (Data liberation Initiative)

Requires Beyond 20/20 4.1+

CANSIM : Statistics Canada database containing over 10 milliontime series.  It is a detailed source of Canadian economic data collected by Statistics Canada and other agencies, including the Bank of Canada.  Data available includes but is not limited to the System of National Accounts, labour, manufacturing, finance, and agriculture.

There are two ways of accessing CANSIM data:

  • CANSIM via Statistics Canada :  The full CANSIM database, without any visualization features available.  Updated daily.
  • CANSIM via CHASS:  Based at the University of Toronto, and restricted to York University users and members of subscribing institutions only.  Use of the database is subject to the terms of the DLI license. Some visualization capabilities.  Updated daily.

CARDonline :  Canadian Advertising Rates and Data provides advertising rates and related data available on every significant medium in Canada and on selected international media. Includes newspapers, periodicals, radio stations and networks , television stations, online advertising, billboards, superboards, transit, mobile signage, sports venues, video displays, supermarkets, theatres, etc.

CBCA Complete :  Provides interdisciplinary coverage of Canadian topics including the areas of business and current affairs. Offers references, and many full text articles, from Canadian journals, magazines, newspapers, and newswires. Dates of coverage vary by title but some full-text titles are available back to the early or mid-1980s, while citations for many publications are available from the early 1970s onward.  Select ProQuest Business to search across all five Proquest Business databases simultaneously, including this one.

CFMRC – TSX: Canadian Financial Market Research Centre summary information database(or CFMRC TSX for short) historic  includes daily (back to 1975) and monthly (back to 1950) Toronto Stock Exchange trading data about specific securities as well as information on “price adjustments” such as dividends, stock splits, recapitalization etc.  The database also includes daily and monthly index data including information on daily and monthly index levels as well as selected other financial markets information.

CICA Standards & Guidance Collection: see CPA Canada Standards and Guidance Collection.

Cogmap:  This is a Wikipedia-style organization chart resource offering thousands of organizational charts for companies worldwide. May be searched alphabetically by company name, by geography or by industry. Some Canadian companies are included.

Communication Source: Merges Communication and Mass Media Complete with Communication Abstracts. Comprehensive international source for communication, media studies, linguistics, and radio and broadcast journalism. Should be especially useful to students in the Arts and Media Administration MBA program specialization.

Compustat: (Standard and Poors). is a database of U.S. and Canadian fundamental and market information on more than 30,000 active and inactive publicly held companies. It provides thousands of Income Statement, Balance Sheet, Statement of Cash Flows, and supplemental data items. It also contains information on indices, industry segments, banks, market prices, dividends, and earnings. (1950-present). Compustat is available to York University faculty, PhDs and master students enrolled in business related programs via WRDS. Contact Xuemei Li lixuemei@yorku.ca for more information.

CPA Canada Standards and Guidance Collection: (includes CPA Handbook – formerly known as CICA Standards & Guidance Collection)  Provides access to the CPA Canada Accounting Handbook, the CPA Canada Public Sector Accounting Handbook, the CPA Canada Handbook – Assurance, Management’s Discussion & Analysis, CICA Handbook – Archived Highlight Summaries, CICA Handbook – Archived Revisions Releases, the Risk Oversight and Governance Collection and more.

CRSP : Provides standard derived security data available from the NYSE/AMEX/Nasdaq/Arca daily and monthly security prices and other historical data related to over 29,000 companies.  The data is provided by the Centre for Research in Security Prices at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.    CRSP is also available to York University faculty, PhDs and master students enrolled in business related programs via WRDS.

Damordaran Online: website of Aswath Damodaran, Professor of Finance at the Stern School of Business at New York University. Contains updated tables of data related to the courses he teaches on valuation, portfolio management and applied corporate finance. Includes historical industry beta, along with a wealth of other data.

Datamonitor: see Marketline Advantage

Datastream: Worldwide equity coverage direct from the stock marketes, comprehensive market indices, economics data direct from national government sources as well as the OECD and IMF, fixed income securities and associated indexes, commodities, derivatives data. Fundamental data from Worldscope and added value data sets from respected sources such as MSCI, DJ Stoxx and FTSE All World. Restricted to the York University community and available in the Bronfman Business Library only.

Tutorial: Watch these online tutorials to learn how to search for data on Datastream(2:48, 1:20, 1:22 minutes)

DLI (Data Liberation Initiative): Selected Statistics Canada products are available via DLI. This service is supported by the Data Librarian, Walter Giesbrecht and the link leads to a description of DLI and the services available to the York University community.

Doing Business: Benchmarking Business Regulations provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement. The Doing Business indicators are comparable across 175 economies. They indicate the regulatory costs of business and can be used to analyze specific regulations that enhance or constrain investment, productivity, and growth. Published by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation

Data- Insight Web: (once on the Global Insight web site, click on the DataInsight-Web link on the left-side menu).  This database provides access to time series from numerous Global Insight databanks ( including International Financial Statistics) covering economic, financial, and demographic statistics.  Geographic coverage, date range, and periodicity vary by series and databank with some series dating back to the 1920s. Some forecasts can be found from this database too.  Also available to York University faculty, PhDs and master students enrolled in business related programs via WRDS.

EconLit : A comprehensive, indexed bibliography with selected abstracts of the world’s economic literature in the English language, produced by the American Economic Association. It includes coverage of over 400 major journals as well as articles in collective volumes (essays, proceedings, etc.), books, book reviews, dissertations, and working papers licensed from the Cambridge University Press Abstracts of Working Papers in Economics.

The Economist Historical Archive 1843-2010 : Provides access to the Economist online as a fully searchable digital collection where articles etc. are provided in PDF format. Includes news, analysis, commentary, editorials, statistics, demographics, letters to the editor, obituaries, and historical photograph, as well as special surveys and supplements on countries and industries.

EDGAR : The US Security and Exchange Commission’s database of public company information including 10k reports for public traded companies. Available via the Internet.

Euromonitor: see GMID (Global Market Information Database)

Europa World Plus : Online version of the Europa World Year Book and nine regional surveys. Contains news, information and selected data on countries worldwide.

ExecuComp – available to York University Faculty, PhDs and master students enrolled in business related programs via WRDS. Contact Xuemei Li for more information.

Factiva : Factiva is a reputable news source, offering full-text coverage of over 3,000 national, international and regional newspapers, including major titles such as The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the New York Times,  and the Guardian.  Also includes the full text of the Globe & Mail, Toronto Star and National Post. Other resources in Factiva include newswires, news web sites, blogs and podcasts, and many trade and popular magazines. May also be used as a company research tool with extensive coverage of public and private companies worldwide including corporate overviews, key executives, financial data, press releases, current news and a list of competitors. The Factiva LibGuide provides insight into this collection and links to live Webinars.

Tutorial: Watch these online tutorials to learn how to search Factiva. (2:00-3:00 minutes)

Helpsheet: This online guide guides you through how to search create effective free text searches.

Films on Demand: This database contains business and economics videos on a wide range of topics. It’s easy to access and view the films. You can search by title,browse by subject category, and also search within segments or transcripts.

finance.yahoo: In addition to news and general business information, this Web site contains US and Canadian company profiles, charts, historical data, performance reports, identifies competitors, etc.

Financial Performance Indicators: Contains key financial ratios and balance sheets for Canadian industries. Based on data for Canadian businesses, derived from Statistics Canada databases of financial statements. Data is divided into ratios for large, medium and small firms. This database is part of the Data Liberation Initiative and is available to members of the York Community for teaching and research purposes only. Available in the Bronfman Business Library.

Financial Times Historical Archive: This is a great source for studying public affairs and financial history of the last 120 years. Every item printed in the paper, from 1888-2010, can be searched and browsed article by article and page by page. Topics covered include industry, energy, international politics, management, personal finance and arts. See under “Help” for search tips.

Gartner Intraweb :Reports and news that provide a valuable source of global market knowledge for IT and telecom industries.  Please note that York University does not subscribe  to ALL Gartner’s research content, please follow the instructions helpguide on how to access the content that is covered in York University’s subscription to Gartner.

Global Economic Monitor : provides daily and monthly commentary on global economic conditions along with direct access to high frequency and forecast data from the World Bank.

Global Financial Database: Global Financial Database aka Global Financial Data primarily provides finance and economics data  with a deep historical backfile and coverage of 200 global markets. Note that individual registration is required. To register, click on the link to the database above, select “New Member”, then “Academic”. Only a first name, last name, and email address are required.

Global Financial Database is comprised of 10 databases as follows: (1) Asset Allocation Database with historical total return indices for stocks, bonds and bills for fifty countries, (2) Commodities database with historical data on 100 different commodities, (3) Economic Database   (4) Equity database  current and historical data series, (5) Fixed income including current and historical markets, (6) Exchange rates going back to 1590, (7) Development Database  with 50 years of data on non-economic variables  (8) Government and Debt  (9) International Trade and (10) National Accounts with extensive data, some going back to the 1800s on GDP and its components.

Global Insight : Includes World Markets and Data Insight-Web (formerly DRI).  Contains economic and financial data for countries worldwide. Provides country analysis, risk and forecasts for 196 countries. Political, economic, regulatory, tax, security and general business conditions are covered in the individual country reports. In addition macroeconomic forecasts are provided and country and sovereign risk ratings are included. Information is updated regularly.

Global New Issues: Available within – SDC Platinum – a Thomson Financials database. Global New Issues provides coverage of global equity issues, Eurobonds, U.S. private placements, etc. It is available to York community on a stand-alone workstation in the Bronfman Business Library, opposite to Bloomberg workstation.

GMID  (Global Market Information Database) : also known as Passport,  is a global market research database offering reports, analysis, statistics, and news on industries, countries, consumers, and companies worldwide. This includes market research reports covering many consumer goods and service categories, consumer lifestyle analysis, brand and market share data for myriad consumer products, and profiles and rankings of leading consumer goods companies. Also offers demographic, economics and marketing statistics for countries globally, and historic and forecast consumer lifestyle statistics. GMID is published by Euromonitor.

Google Finance In addition to news, this website provides a broad range of information about stocks, mutual funds, public and private companies, including quotes and charts.  Also available are valuation ratios that give you industry and sector comparisons for your company.  Search and display your company.  Then scroll down and click on “more from  Reuters” on the left side of screen, and then click on the Financials tab at the top of the screen.

Hoovers :  A database containing information on public and private enterprises worldwide. Private company information typically includes business description, news, competitors list, key people and contacts. Also provides information about the headquarters and branches where applicable. The Build a List function is very useful for creating competitors lists.

IBISWorld China : Includes industry reports for China.

IBISWorld : Includes Canadian and  U.S. Industry Reports (NAICS), Specialized U.S. Industry Reports, U.S. Industry iExpert Summaries, and Business Environment Profiles. Also offers China Industry Reports, and Global industry Reports. Note the Specialized Industry Reports include small, niche industries (more granular than NAICS codes), where information can be harder to find. Industry reports are comprehensive and include the following tabs: Industry at a glance, Performance, Outlook, Products & Markets, Competitive Landscape, Operating Conditions and Key Statistics.

IMF eLibrary: This International Monetary Fund database provides full text access to IMF periodicals, books, working papers, studies, and data and statistical tools on mainly economic and financial topics including macroeconomics, globalization, development, trade, and demographics.

Indiastat: Provides India-specific socio-economics and business statistical facts and figures culled from various secondary level authentic sources. NOTE: Once on the site, click on the “IP Login” button in the toolbar near the top of the page to access the statistics.

Industry Canada: This Canadian government website contains a range of useful resources including company directories, industry statistics and benchmarks, trade data, as well as resources on small business financing, incorporating a business, bankruptcy, IP and copyright and much more. Possible to browse by “All topics” or to filter to “Just for businesses” and “Just for consumers” categories.

Industry Statistics Database (UNIDO INDSTAT4): Industat was prepared by  the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. It is time series data from 1990 to 2009, it covers 134 countries, and 151 manufacturing categories and sub-categories.The codes used are the International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC).  Data included are: number of establishments, number of employees, wages and salaries, output, value added, gross fixed capital formation and number of female employees. Restricted to the York University community and available in the Bronfman Business Library only.

Interactive Advertising Bureau : is a nonprofit group comprised of leading media and technology companies which aims to educate marketers, agencies, media companies and the wider business community about the value of interactive advertising. Click on the Research tab  for statistics and reports. Many guideline and best practice reports are also for free from the “Guidelines and Best Practices” area of the site.

International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS): A joint offering of the CPA Canada and Ernst & Young Electronic Publishing Services Inc., Knotia.ca is the service available at York University Libraries to provide access to both the CPA Standards & Guidance collection (formerly known as the CICA Standards and Guidance Collection) and the IFRS infobase. This includes the full-text of the International Accounting Standards Boards International Financial Reporting Standards.

International Monetary Fund IMF data is available in Global Insight database.

Investext Plus :Contains full-text financial reports and forecasts prepared by the world’s leading investment banks and consulting and research firms. Provides access to financial analysis for over 11,000 companies. Useful for competitive analysis, researching industry trends, conducting market research and company studies. American, Canadian and International in scope. USE IE browser only. Please click in the upper right corner to Log Out once you have completed your research to allow others to access the database.  If you continue to have technical difficulties refer to this browser configuration document. Alternatively, if you are using Chrome or Firefox there is an extension IE Tab you can download that enables you to read reports in these browsers.

Tutorial: This video walks you through how to find  Analysts Reports in Investext Plus.

IPO Data : a database created by Jay Ritter, University of Florida, that contains tables of data on IPOs plus his article ” Some factoids about the 2008 IPO market“.

Jantzi Social Index see Sustainalytics

In January 2000, Jantzi Research, now Sustainalytics launched the Jantzi Social Index®, partnered with Dow Jones Indexes. The JSI, a socially screened, market capitalization-weighted common stock index modeled on the S&P/TSX 60 consists of 60 Canadian companies that pass a set of broadly based environmental, social, and governance rating criteria. The JSI has begun to generate the first definitive data on the effects of social screening on financial performance in Canada.

The methodology provides transparency on the process for selecting and updating the JSI universe of companies.

Key Business Ratios (KBR): Allows research of industry benchmarks from D&B’s database of public and private companies, featuring 14 key business ratios including solvency, efficiency and profitability. Users choose  a one-year or three-year set of ratios for public and private companies in 800 lines of business. They are broken down  into median figures, with upper and lower quartiles. Coverage is mainly of U.S. companies, though coverage of Canadian companies is growing. Browsing using Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes is recommended.  Steston University  has developed a useful Libguide with step-by-step instructions on how to effectively  access ratios in KBR.

Lexis-Nexis Academic :  makes available thousands of news, business, and legal information sources. Included are current international newspapers, as well as news magazines, newswires, broadcast transcripts, and newsletters. Business information includes business and financial news, U.S. and international company financial information from government or private sources, market research, industry reports, and actual SEC filings. The Company Dossier service covers over 30 million public and private companies worldwide.  Also offers access to case law, statutes and regulations, as well as secondary sources such as law reviews and legal news.

Lexis-Nexis Academic user guide.

Library Data Services : This Web Site provides links to available data on a wide variety of subjects .  Some of the data is restricted to use by the York University community only.

Marketline AdvantageFormerly Datamonitor 360, includes industry (Datamonitor) reports, country information, company analysis, case studies and financial deals. It provides SWOT analyses for over 2500 public and private enterprises worldwide, and offers fast and reliable insights of thousands of industry sectors including market value, volume and segmentation data and Porter’s Five Forces analysis, as well as offering PESTLE analyses for some 150 countries. Recent additions include the company financial analysis tools – financial deals tracker, company report generator, company prospector and investment and advisory prospector.

Video Tutorials: Marketline  offers a range of tutorials which walk you through how to access Company, Industry, Country and Financial Information and data.

Market Share Reporter and World Market Share Reporter – available via Lexis-Nexis

MaRs Library: Created by the experts at MaRs Market Intelligence, the MaRs Library is a collection of highly vetted resources that will enable entrepreurs to answer common market research questions.

Mergers & Acquisitions: Available within SDC Platinum – a Thomson Reuters Database -  It is available to York community on a stand-alone workstation in the Bronfman Business Library, opposite to Bloomberg workstation.

Mergent Archives: Provides annual reports and other filings information back to the early 1900s with Canadian, U.S. and international coverage. Also includes Mergent’s full collection of digitized manuals dating back to the first manual published in 1909 which includes information extracted from annual reports. Also includes digitized versions of the D&B Industry Norms/Key Business Ratios books back to 1979, as well as digitized D&B Million Dollar Directory Data Books (covering U.S. public and privately held companies) dating back to 1959. Also provides the option to search current and historical U.S. industry reports.

Mergent Online  Provides company information and annual reports for Canadian, International, and US companies. Also includes industry reports covering current environment, sector performance, market trends, outlook, etc. for over 20 industries. Earnings Estimates and Long-term debt data included. In addition, the Horizon tab provides data on the relationships between a comapny’s major customers and suppliers and partners.

Helpsheet: This online guide guides you through how to search Mergent Online.   Mergent Horizon can be access via a tab on the  interface as illustrated on this guide.

Mergent WebReports : Full-text annual reports are available for companies globally back to the late 1990s in most cases. Select the “Annual Report Search” tab. Deep historic company information extracted from corporate reports is available for U.S. and Canadian companies dating back to the early 1900s. Select “Corporate Manual Search” to retrieve historic company information and financials. Also provides the option to search current and historical U.S. industry reports.

Morningstar Direct: Multi-currency research platform that provides performance and holdings analysis of investments. Includes data on closed-end funds, equity ownership, exchange traded funds, hedge funds, market indexes, money market funds, offshore funds, open-end mutual funds, pension/life insurance, stocks and 529 plans. Restricted to the York University Community and available in the Bronfman Business Library.

National Occupation Classification (NOC):  This is a highly regarded research source for occupations in Canada from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. It organizes over 40,000 job titles into 500 occupational group descriptions. It can be used to compile, analyze and communicate information about occupations, and to understand the jobs found throughout Canada’s labour market. It is possible to search for an occupation or to browse occupation classes by code.

Negotech: This database is part of Ministry of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. It provides access to Canadian collective agreements.

NetAdvantage: Standard & Poor’s database provides comprehensive information on business and investment information, offering on-line access to popular Standard & Poor’s research products such as Industry Surveys, Stock Reports, Corporation Records, The Register of Corporations, Directors and Executives, The Outlook, Mutual Fund Reports, etc.

Helpsheet: This online guide walks you through how to use NetAdvantage.

OECD iLibrary: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development e-library offering access to all OECD books, reports, annuals, periodicals, working papers and statistics.

Option Metrics : Historical prices of options & their associated underlying instruments, implied volatilities, & option sensitivities. Contains data on all US exchange-listed & NASDAQ equities & market indices, as well as all US listed index & equity options. January 1996+. Option Metrics is available to York University faculty, PhDs and master students enrolled in business related programs via WRDS. Contact Xuemei Li lixuemei@yorku.ca for more information.

Oxford Language Dictionaries Online Choose from Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish dictionaries to translate to and from English. Also included are useful phrases, a calendar of holidays and festivals, hints about the language and other useful information. Sometimes sample sentences using the terminology you selected are included.

Print Measurement Bureau (PMB) Use to retrieve data on Canadian consumer patterns and media habits. Coverage includes media activity, groceries, travel, apparel, home electronics, leisure, snacks, children’s products, and more.

Gives demographic information by province and key cities for individual product/service/activity categories, e.g. answers questions such as which age groups of Canadians are most likely to drink tea?

To access data and report generation options, click on the link to Lifestyle/attitudes. The Demographics link provides all historical information including PMB 2014- Spring. York University Libraries do not subscribe to 2008 and earlier studies.

Note this product is compatible with Firefox, IE 8 and earlier versions. Cannot be used with more recent editions of IE or Chrome.

PrivCo : Business and financial data on major, non-publicly traded corporations, including family owned, private equity owned, venture backed, and international unlisted companies. PrivCo also provides information on private investors, private M&A deals, and venture capital funding rounds. Note:  Users will have to create an account and log-in to Privco if they wish to go into an actual company, investor or  deal profile, or download or export information.

ProQuest Business :  This link allows you to access the 5 preselected ProQuest business databases: ABI/Inform Global, ABI/Inform Trade and Industry, CBCA Complete, ProQuest Asian Business and Reference, and ProQuest European Business. This database contains citations and abstracts for thousands of leading business and management publications, including scholarly, trade, popular and news titles. A very large majority of these titles is available in full-text or full-image, with some dating back as far as the 1920s. A wide range of business subjects is covered. This resource also incorporates industry, company and market-focused reports. This ABI Inform LibGuide will give you insight into strategies for using this database platform effectively.

Proquest Asian Business and Reference: Provides full-text coverage of Asian business and financial information from key international publications including Far Eastern Economic Review, Asiaweek, and many more. Includes information on companies, economies, markets, and overall business conditions in Asian countries.

Proquest European Business : Provides full-text, coverage of more than 110 leading titles, including The Economist, Fortune, and European Business Journal.

PsycINFO :  Produced by the American Psychological Association, PsycINFO indexes journal articles, dissertations, reports, books, book chapters, and other scholarly documents. While a primary resource for the discipline of psychology, this database offers coverage of the related topics of human resource management and organizational behaviour.

ReBrand.com : This is a brand transformation and rebranding resource offering access to articles, interviews, videos and more . It also features information on award winning rebranding campaigns – the global REBRAND awards –  spanning a period of almost ten years .

Scholars Portal Journals:  Provides a single point of full-text access to thousands of peer-reviewed scholarly journals from a broad range of disciplines. Journals covered include reputable publishers, e.g,  Academic Press , Berkely Electronic Press, Cambridge University Press, Emerald Publishing, Elsevier Science, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Oxford University Press, Project MUSE, Springer, and John Wiley & Sons.

Scopus :  A database supporting cited reference searching with coverage in all subject areas with particular strength in the sciences. Coverage is back to 1996. Effective for finding post-1996 cited references for articles.

Helpsheet: This online guide walks you through how to use Scopus.

SEDAR: is a publicly available database which provides access to full-text Canadian public securities filings.

SimplyMap: A web-based mapping database that lets users easily create professional looking thematic maps and reports using demographic (Statistics Canada), business and marketing data (Environics) for Canadian geographic areas. In addition Simply Map offers psychographics providing insights into behaviour and mindset of consumers via PRIZM C2 Segmentation. Consult the PRIZM C2 Marketers Handbook for the description and psychographic details of each segment.

You will need to create your own login the first time you use this database.

Tutorial: Consult our guide to using SimplyMap which features five scenarios illustrating common marketing and business planning research tasks.

SNL Metals and Mining (Can only be used in Internet Explorer and Chrome): Provides detailed information on global mining projects and their various stages, companies, commodities, and mining in specific geographies. Users can search preexisting reports or create custom reports that compare multiple companies or projects. M&A information for the global mining industry is also available from 1995 to the present and users have access to international global mining news sources, as well as proprietary news articles written by SNL Metals and Mining analysts. Users can export data using the Excel Add-in and can use the interactive Mine Maps function to visualize global mining data. When using for the first time, users must create a login using an @yorku.ca or @schulich.yorku.ca email address. This database is restricted to current York University community members and can be used on and off-campus; however, users must sign-in to the database using their unique login. The Excel Add-in will only work for the following operating systems: Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

SourceOECD : see OECD iLibrary

Standard and Poor’s NetAdvantage – see link under NetAdvantage

Statistics Canada : For a description of products and support services visit the Library Data Services Web site. Click on tutorials for online guides to help you search the Statistics Canada website.

Statistics Canada Publications: York University Libraries are a depository library which entitles members of the York University community free access to many Statistics Canada publications. Use this link, do not go directly to the Statistics Canada Website.

Sustainalytics : This database rates companies on environmental, social and governance performance and contains both quantitative and qualitative analysis. It provides research on approximately 2,900 companies around the world from all the major indices that Sustainalytics covers. This includes: 1591 companies on the Developed Markets index, 807 companies on the Emerging Markets index, 241 companies on the TSX Composite Index, and 1013 companies on the US Top 1000. It’s also possible to generate comparative reports to compare company ESG ratings. Historical data are also available upon request – contact angiean@yorku.ca.   Sustainalytics data is now available via Bloomberg, review this document for details on how to access and download this data.

TaxFind : The Canadian Tax Foundation’s electronic search service. Contains the full text of the Annual Conference Reports, Corporate Management Reports, Canadian Tax Journal/Revue fiscal canadienne, and regional conferences starting with 1991 publications.

Tax Notes : Tax Notes features in-depth articles, special reports and commentary analyzing proposed and enacted tax legislation, court decisions, regulations and other administrative guidance and new trends in the United States.

Tax Notes International : provides updates on statutes, regulations, new rulings, and court decisions from around the world.

Thomson One Private Equity (Internet Explorer must be used) : The database is no longer supported within the SDC Plantinum platform. Please click in the upper right corner to Log Out once you have completed your research to allow others to access the database. The database provides data on IRR, residual value etc for various fund types as well as fund performance by vintage year. Individual funds are not identified. It is available to current York University community.

Thomson Reuters SDC Platinum databases – see entries under Global New Issues and Mergers & Acqusitions. VentureXpert is now Thomson One Private Equity (Internet Explorer must be used to access this database) as it is no longer supported within the SDC Plantinum platform. Please click in the upper right corner to Log Out once you have completed your research to allow others to access the database.

Toronto Demographics : Provides demographic information for the city of Toronto including ward and council profiles, neighbourhood profiles, and the Toronto Social Atlas.  Census data is an important source of information, including the most recent census of 2011, and the two previous censuses of 2006 and 2001.

Toronto Stock Exchange CFMRC – TSX : Standard and Poor’s Toronto Stock Exchange database provides current and historical data on stocks traded on the TSX.

Ullmann’s Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry :  Provides information on manufacturing and industrial processes.

UT/DLS: Microdata Analysis and Subsetting (aka SDA): Data and documentation are available for most Statistics Canada public-use microdata files, as well as a number of foreign and international datasets.

VentureXpert : is now Thomson One Private Equity (Internet Explorer must be used to access this database)  It is no longer supported within the SDC Plantinum platform. Please click in the upper right corner to Log Out once you have completed your research to allow others to access the database. The database provides data on IRR, residual value etc for various fund types as well as fund performance by vintage year. Individual funds are not identified. It is available to current York University community.

Wall St Journal  Online : Full-text articles available via ABI/Inform Global and Business Source Premier .

Ward’s Business Directory : includes directories for 2003 to 2006. Directory listings for US public and private companies.

World Advertising Research Database (WARC) : Provides information on marketing, advertising, branding, media and communications. This includes case studies, journal and news articles, videos, and research papers. Includes consumer trends and analysis, specific marketing, advertising and branding focused industry studies and more. Also offers best practice guides and statistical information (mainly advertising expenditures and media costs).

Web of Science (ISI):  A database supporting cited reference searching. Includes Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index and Arts & Humanities Citation Index.

World Bank Data : An extensive World Bank open access data source, browsable by country, topic or indicator type. A searchable data catalogue is also offered, as well as a microdata library.

World Competitiveness Yearbook supports comparative analysis of the competitiveness performance of some 60 different countries including economic performance, government efficiency, business efficiency and infrastructure.

World Development Indicators : A database of the World Bank’s annual compilation of development data.Includes over 800 indicators covering a wide range of topics including health, education, environment, income, finance and economic conditions.  Coverage is from 1960 – present.

World Markets :WMRC provides country analysis, risk and forecasts for 196 countries. See entry under Global Insight.

WRDS: Wharton Research Data Service. The following databases are currently available via WRDS: Compustat Global, CRSP, Standard and Poor’s DRI, Dow Jones Averages, ExecuComp, Philadelphia Stock Exchange, and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. WRDS is available to York University Faculty, PhDs and master students enrolled in business related programs. Contact Xuemei Li lixuemei@yorku.ca for more information

Yahoo Finance : Offers current and historical company information for companies listed on the major US and Canadian stock exchanges. Includes stock data, charting capabilities, performance, financial ratios (including beta), and comparable companies. Available via the Internet.

Guides to Researching Information in the BG Library

Researching Information on Companies

Researching Information on Industries

We welcome comments and suggestions for additional entries. Please send them to Xuemei Li, Acting Head of the Peter F. Bronfman Business Library.