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Business: Databases for Business & Economics: Choosing a Database

Choosing a Database

  Business databases may contain journal articles, economic data, corporate financials, investment advice, or specialize only in accounting, economics, or another subject. 

   Business Source Complete, for example, is a general database with articles from magazines and journals in many fields of business.  The databases IBISWorld and Mergent Online are more specialized.  IBISWorld contains industry surveys; Mergent Online has corporate financial data.

   To select a database most likely to contain the material you need, try one of these options:

1.  Look at the Business Databases by Subject tab above to see what databases are the best choices to find information in over two dozen subject categories.  Read the database descriptions for additional tips.

2.  Look at Other Business Research Guides tab above for more suggestions of which databases are best to find a particular type of  information.