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Business & Economics

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Theresa Rhodes is the Business & Economics Subject Librarian; she will be glad to answer your questions about research, instruction or the library's collections. You can contact Theresa by phone or e-mail, or visit her in person at the Tarver Library.

Need help citing sources? If you use APA, check out this guide from OWL at Purdue University; if you use Chicago Manual of Style,  OWL has a guide to that as well. You can also bring your reference list to the Ask Jack desk, and a librarian will check your citations.

Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics home page


General Databases

Regardless of the topic, the following databases will likely cover it to some extent.

Academic Search Complete (EBSCO) — Provides abstracts and indexing for over 3,800, as well as full text for over 3,200 scholarly journals and general magazines.

Research Library (ProQuest) — Provides abstracts and indexing for over 2,600, as well as full text for over 1,700 scholarly journals and general magazines. Research Library is an expansion of, and replacement for, the database titled Periodical Abstracts Research II.


Business Databases



ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest)
Provides in-depth information on business conditions and trends, corporate strategies and tactics, management techniques, competitive product information, and a wide variety of other business topics. Includes Dateline, covering about 170 full-text local, city, state, and regional business publications, magazines, daily newspapers, as well as business-oriented newswire services across the U.S. and Canada.

Asian Business and Reference (ProQuest) -- Information on companies, economies, markets, international trade, and overall business conditions throughout the Eastern Hemisphere.

Banking Information Source (ProQuest) -- Banking and financial services industry publications.

Business Source Complete Business Searching Interface (EBSCO)
This scholarly business database provides full text for over 2,345 journals covering all aspect of business, including disciplines such as marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics. In the advanced search interface, quick access is available to company profiles, country reports, industry profiles, market research reports, SWOT analyses, and articles.

Dissertations and Theses Full Text [Tarver Library] (ProQuest)
Dissertations and Theses Full Text is a multidisciplinary database which includes 2.4 million searchable citations to dissertations and theses from around the world from 1861 to the present day together with 1.2 million full text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works.

European Business (ProQuest) -- Provides information on specific economic and market conditions in countries and regions throughout Europe. Full-text, fully searchable articles are available from more than 110 leading titles, including The Economist, Fortune, and European Business Journal.

GeorgiaNet - Corporate Search (Records of Georgia Secretary of State)
Lists all organizations or individuals licensed for business by the Georgia Secretary of State.

Hoover's Company Profiles (ProQuest) -- Contains information about more than 40,000 public and non-public companies and 225,000 key executives. Hoover's provides company data, delivers in depth industry analyses, information on a company's location, summary financials, top competitors, top officers and more.

Hospitality and Tourism Complete (EBSCO) -- Scholarly research and industry news relating to all areas of hospitality and tourism. Hospitality & Tourism Index Complete contains full text for more than 200 journals, including over fifty that are not included in Business Source Complete.

LexisNexis Academic (Coverage varies with the publication)
Provides full-text documents from national and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, U.S. federal and state case law, codes, regulations, legal news, law reviews, and international legal information. Company information contains company financial reports, company profiles, and SEC filings and reports.

Mergent Online (Off-campus use requires password)
Provides access to extensive business and financial information on over 15,000 U.S. public companies and over 20,000 non-U.S. public companies from approximately 100 countries. The database also contains country profiles and industry reports.

Checkpoint/Tax Products (RIA)
RIA Checkpoint is a tool for tax and accounting research. It includes tax cases, codes and regulations, IRC publications and other tax documents and federal rulings and internal revenue bulletins. It also includes accounting standards and regulations from AICPA, FASB, GASB, IASB, PCAOB, the SEC reference library, the Federal Tax Coordinator, U.S. Tax Reporter, and Federal Tax Handbook, as well as state tax cases, rulings, and legislation.

Regional Business News [formerly Business Wire News] (EBSCO) — Provides comprehensive full-text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

Statistical Abstract of the United States (ProQuest) -- Includes authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States. Published annually by the Federal Government since 1878, ProQuest now updates and publishes this resource monthly

USA Trade Online
This database is the official source of current and cumulative U.S. export and import statistics. It provides more than 18,000 export commodities and 24,000 import commodities worldwide, using the Harmonized System (HS) and the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes. Access to the database is available only at documents workstation within the library. Password required (librarian will log in user).

Value Line Research Center
Provides on-line access to Value Line's leading publications covering stocks, mutual funds, options and convertible securities as well as special situation stocks. The Value Line Research Center includes:

  • The Value Line Investment Survey (1,700 equity issues from 100 industries)
  • The Value Line Investment Survey – Small and Mid-Cap Edition (1,800 additional equity issues)
  • The Value Line Mutual Fund Survey (1,900 funds plus summary data for 13,000)
  • The Value Line Daily Options Survey (daily evaluations and ranks on over 130,000 options)
  • The Value Line Special Situations Service (emerging companies )
  • The Value Line Convertibles Survey (analysis and evaluation of over 700 convertible issues)


Business and Economics Journals

Business and Economics Books

Search the library catalog to find books available in the Mercer University Libraries.  Before  getting the item from the shelves, please check the "location" column to be sure it is at your library.  If the item you need is at another location, view this guide on how to request it.   Items not available in the University Libraries may be requested via Interlibrary Loan.

Business books available in the Tarver Library on the 3rd floor include these Library of Congress classification numbers:

  • HA - Statistics
  • HB - Economic Theory. Demography
  • HC - Economic History & Conditions
  • HD - Industries. Land Use. Labor
  • HF - Commerce
  • HG - Finance
  • HJ - Public Finance

Also, see what's new in your subject area at Tarver Library by viewing New Acquisitions. If you don't see a title in the list or in the online catalog, suggest new or additional titles that the library should purchase.



Business & Economics Reference Sources in the Tarver Library

Almanac of Business and Industrial Financial Ratios Reference, HF5681 .R25 A45
Features NAICS data covering North America and provides 50 performance indicators on 192 industries. The data are based on actual IRS tax returns from 5 million U. S. and international corporations.

Business Statistics of the United States Reference, HC101 .A13122
Contains more than 2,000 data series including GDP, employment, production, prices, productivity, international trade, money supply, and interest rates.

Historical Statistics of the United States Reference, HA202 .H57 2006
offers a comprehensive overview of statistics from over 1,000 sources; contains new topics including American Indians, slavery, poverty, non-profit organizations and more; each chapter includes an extensive review of the quantitative history of its subject.

Industry Norms & Key Business Ratios Reference, HF5681.R25 I53
Provides key financial measures and business ratios on over 800 lines of business. It can be used to compare the financial performance of a company against its industry's financial average.

Georgia Statistical Abstract Reference, HA321 .G41
Features over 400 pages of tables on Georgia's economic resources such as business enterprise, labor, income and wealth manufactures, agriculture, and banking population and vital statistics, education, government, and law enforcement.

European Marketing Data & Statistics Reference, HA1107 .E87
Provides a wealth of detailed and up-to-date statistical information relevant to international market planning on the countries of Western and Eastern Europe.

International Marketing Data & Statistics Reference, HA42 .I56
Contains economic, demographic and lifestyle data relevant to international market planning for countries of the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania.

Mergent Bond Record Reference, HG4905.M78

The Outlook/Standard & Poor's Corporation Reference, HG4501.O8

RMA Annual Statement Studies: Financial Ratio Benchmarks Reference, HF5681. B2 R6
The only source of financial ratio benchmarks derived directly from more than 190,000 statements of financial institution borrowers and prospects. Includes nineteen classic financial statement ratios, common-size balance sheet, and income statement line items.

Security Owner's Stock Guide Reference, HC106.7 .S75

Standard & Poor's Industry Surveys Reference, HC106.6 .S74
Provides an overview of 52 U. S. industries. Each report includes a table of contents, narrative description, history, trends, financial and company information, glossary of terms.

Standard & Poor's Register of Corporations, Directors and Executives Reference, HG4057 .A4
This comprehensive directory includes profiles of over 75,000 corporations, the names and titles of 290,000 executives and 68,000 biographical sketches of top-level managers.

Standard & Poor's Statistical Service Reference, HC106.7.S75



Useful Business & Economics Web Sites


Books that shaped work in America (U.S. Department of Labor) -- an online exhibit created for the centennial of the Department of Labor.

American FactFinder
American FactFinder (AFF) is an online source that is used to find population, housing, economic, and geographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The key data programs include Decennial Census of Housing and Population, Economic Census, American Community Survey, and Population Estimates Program.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
BJS is the United States' primary source for criminal justice statistics. The website provides the statistical information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.

Business Terms Glossary (The Washington Post)

Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research (FRASER)
FRASER is a partnership program between GPO and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The documents included are limited to government documents focused on national banking and economic data, ranging from 1896-1955 Banking Statistics to 1948-2005 Economic Indicators.

Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED)
FRED is a database providing historical U. S. economic and financial data, including the categories of Banking, Business/Fiscal, Consumer Price Indexes (CPI), Employment & Population, Exchange Rates, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and Components, Interest Rates, Monetary Aggregates, Producer Price Indexes (PPI), Reserves and Monetary Base, U.S. Trade & International Transactions, U.S. Financial Data, and FRB-St. Louis District Data.

Google Finance
Google Finance offers an easy way to search for stocks, mutual funds, and public and private companies along with charts, news, and fundamental financial data.. It delivers a broad range of company news and information in order to deliver more relevant, unbiased results in a clean, uncluttered user interface. Specific Google Finance features include company search,interactive charts,news and blogs, company management team, and portfolios - which offers a fast, easy, and powerful way to create and maintain your portfolio of stocks and mutual funds.

SEC Filings & Forms (EDGAR)
EDGAR, the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system, provides free access to the full text of U. S. public corporation documents filed with the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including 10-K and 10-Q reports.

U. S. Census Bureau
The U.S. Census Bureau offers the most comprehensive demographic data for the United States. The site includes information and statistics on the nation's population, housing, business and manufacturing activity, international trade, farming, and state and local governments.

Yahoo Finance Market Data



Course-Specific/Other Guides

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