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 Bank of Canada 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
BMI Research (formerly 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.
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 : ( see BMI Research )
Business Source Complete: Offers premium content including peer-reviewed and business-related journals, magazines and newspapers, including scholary, trade, and popular titles. Included as part of the comprehensive coverage offered are indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals, dating back as far as 1886. In addition, searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,300 journals. Other content includes business e-books, case studies, company profiles, country economic reports, faculty seminar videos, industry reports, executive and analyst interviews, market research reports, SWOT analyses, and working paper collections.
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 reports. Use the following guide to configure your IE 11 browser to download PDF reports. Canadean reports are also available via Proquest Business by selecting the Data & Reports link. Use this help guide for step-by-step instructions on how to retrieve Canadean reports.
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:
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 Reference & Current Events : Business : 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 markets, 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. Advanced searching of Edgar filings available via Lexis Nexis Securities Mosaic.
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.
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 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 Data : Developed by Industry Canada, “provides access to more than 1000 industries across Canada, including more than 30 performance benchmarks to help small businesses determine how they measure up to their competitors.”
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. For searching or Browsing assistance refer to this helpguide.
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 yorku.ca email address are required. When doing a keyword search, choose ‘Search My File Permissions’, else you will get results from the database that our subscription is not eligible to access.
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 (see the listing for Passport)
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.
The Greenleaf Online Library (GOL) provides access to individually searchable chapters, case studies and journal papers drawn from numerous books and selected journals. Greenleaf Publishing, the provider behind GOL, is a specialist publisher in the field of CSR research. The books in GOL cover a variety of subject areas such as: sustainability, social responsibility, corporate governance, development economics and the environment. View here for search tips for this database.
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.
Industrials Canada via Passport (formerly GMID) : This is a subcomponent within the Passport (fomerly GMID) database. It breaks down the Canadian economy into over 150 different industry sectors from a B2B perspective. Coverage includes both data and analysis for sectors covered. To access Industrials Canada within the Passport database, select the Economies tab, and then the Industrial subtab. It is possible to specify search criteria in different ways. Alternatively search for ISIC using the main search box in the top right corner of the database to see the reports on Canadian industries.
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.
Innovation, Science & Economic Development Canada (formerly 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.
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 [Thomson One] :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 Internet Explorer as your browser, this database does not work with Microsoft Edge. 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 have difficulties downloading PDFs, refer to this IE 11 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 Securities Mosaic : Is a comprehensive collection of United States and Canadian corporate public disclosure documents. For example view filings associated with IPOs such as prospectus and pricing supplements. Examine 10-K and 8-K items with regard to executive compensation, MD&A, financial statements and much more. Review this video on how to search Lexis Nexis Securities Mosaic to get started.
Marketline Advantage : Formerly 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 Intellect : Intellect, a Mergent product, covers millions of publicly-traded and private companies around the globe (over 130 countries are included). Company records are sourced from a combination of the Hoovers and Dun and Bradstreet Million Dollar Directories. Other business information includes executive contacts, a job search tool, and a global corporate family tree feature, industry news, industry reports (First Research), and access to U.S. census data and demographic reports. Intellect also offers access to Key Business Ratios (KBR) for competitive benchmarking data.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
Passport: Passport (formerly GMID) from Euromonitor is a global market research database providing reports, analysis, statistics, surveys, and breaking news on industries, countries, consumers and companies worldwide. Included are reports focused on consumer goods and services industries, consumer lifestyle analysis, and brand and market share data. The Industrials (Canada) component offers reports on over 150 industry sectors from a B2B perspective. Profiles of leading consumer goods companies are also included. Also offers demographic, economics, and marketing statistics for countries and cities globally, and historic and forecast consumer lifestyle statistics. The Library subscribes to the following modules in Passport: Consumers, Industries, Economies, and Companies.
Helpsheet: This online guide guides you through how to navigate Passport.
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.
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 and PRIZM5 Segmentation. Consult the PRIZM C2 Marketers Handbook and the PRIZM5 Handbook for the description and psychographic details of each segment.
You will need to create your own login the first time you use Simply Map.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Sustainalytics data is now available via Bloomberg, review this document for details on how to access and download this data.
Target Snapshot ( formerly Vividata): This product recently replaced Vividata and offers enhanced data visualization tools and exporting features. Data available is for Q2 2016 (from Vividata) includes data on consumer attitudes, behaviours, spending patterns and media habits. Coverage also includes many consumer goods and services.
The older product Vividata is still available via the Education Resources link. Survey data is available for the period 2009 to 2015 (choose the “Change Survey” link in top left area of screen to choose year). Data reports can be generated to display demographic information by province and key cities for individual product/service/activity categories. On entering the product, three options display showing the type of data available. Select either the Products & Demographics or Media, Lifestyle & Products categories for the fullest display of data. Note Use Chrome as your browser.
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. NOTE: First time users must create a personal login using their @yorku.ca or @schulich.yorku.ca email. When creating your personal login, you must be on-campus. After creating your login, you can access this resource off-campus.
Tax Notes International : provides updates on statutes, regulations, new rulings, and court decisions from around the world. NOTE: First time users must create a personal login using their @yorku.ca or @schulich.yorku.ca email. When creating your personal login, you must be on-campus. After creating your login, you can access this resource off-campus.
Thomson One / Investext Plus [for Analysts’ Reports] -see Investext Plus for full content description.
Thomson One Private Equity (Internet Explorer must be used) : Database of venture capital and private equity information.
Thomson Reuters SDC Platinum databases – see entries under Global New Issues, Mergers & Acqusitions and VentureXpert .
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 provides comprehensive information on venture, buyouts, funds, private equity, firsm, executives, portfolio companies and limited partners. Access this database via Thomson Reteurs SDC Platinum. Training videos from Thomson Reuters.
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) available via the Data menu item at the top of the interface.
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 email@example.com 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.
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