Business Source Premier (subscription database)

Business Source Premier is the industry’s most used business research database, providing full text for more than 2,300 journals, including full text for more than 1,100 peer-reviewed titles. Business Source Premier is superior to the competition in full text coverage in all disciplines of business, including company profiles, marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics.

Business Index ASAP (subscription database)

Management issues, economic indicators and business theories and practices, as well as on the activities of companies and industries worldwide.

Business Insights: Global (subscription database)

Statistical data sources, news articles, academic journals and topical reference materials organized by country, company and industry.

Euromonitor International – PASSPORT

Business intelligence on countries, consumers, and industries. Integrated access to industry statistics, market reports, and company profiles. Industry in 80 countries are covered, including the US.

Gale Virtual Reference Center

A database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research, including country research


Source for statistical data for almost 200 countries around the world. In addition to statistics, historical, economic, and political conditions are available

Doing Business – World Bank Group

Provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 183 countries and selected cities at the national and regional level

BBC – Country Profiles

BBC country profiles “provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries, territories, and international organizations. Provides related news reports, a chronology of key events, leaders and media.

U.S Central Intelligence Agency – The World Factbook

The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

Global Gateway: World Culture and Resources

Electronic resources on the nations of the world selected by Library of Congress subject experts

World Desk Reference – Prentice Hall

A complete overview of the modern world: physical, political, historical and economic The World Desk Reference is packed with facts and statistics, maps, illustrations and diagrams. Each of the world’s nations is analyzed in up to 19 subject areas, from Climate to Chronology, from Aid to Transportation, from Politics to Economics.

U.S. Census Bureau – International Data Base

Find tabular data for countries and regions as well as demographic indicators, population pyramids and source information for countries.

Handbook of Latin American Studies

Subject: South America; Caribbean; North America–Central America. Full text journals and databases

Inside Europe

Maps, timelines, country profiles, institutional profiles, and much more relating to the European Union.

U.S. Census Bureau – County  Business  Patterns

Business Source Premier (subscription database)

Company profiles, marketing reports, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance , and economics.

Regional Business News (subscription database)

Comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications, incorporating 75 business news magazines, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States, including Orange County and San Diego county business periodicals.

Business Insights: Global  (subscription database) – Gale/Infotrac

Materials organized by country, company and industry. Statistical data sources, news articles, case studies, academic journals, and topical reference materials.

Business Index (subscription database) – Gale/Infotrac

Research on activities of companies and industries worldwide, management issues, and economic indicators.

General Business File (subscription database) – Gale/Infotrac

Analyze company performance and activity, industry events and trends as well as the latest in management, economics and politics. Access to a combination of broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals and company directory listings with full text and images available.

U.S. Census Bureau –  County  Business  Patterns

County Business Patterns (CBP) is an annual series that provides subnational economic data by industry. This series includes the number of establishments, employment during the week of March 12, first quarter payroll, and annual payroll.

ZIP Code Business Patterns data are available shortly after the release of County Business Patterns. It provides the number of establishments by employment-size classes by detailed industry in the U.S.

Local Information:  San Diego Source Book

Search through San Diego’s top business lists, find executives and contact information, compare company sales and sizes,  and competitors information.

Local Information: San Diego Business Journal

Economic news, demographics and lifestyle profiles,  in-depth analysis of the San Diego community’s business and economic scene, including article and data on local companies and industries.

Local Information:  City-Data

Data from numerous sources to create  complete profiles of all U.S. cities, including  local business profiles.

Annual Reports – EDGAR – Security & Exchanges Commission

All publicly traded companies are required to file registration statements, periodic reports, and other forms electronically through EDGAR. Anyone can access and download this information for free through this web page.

2012  California Manufacturers Register (print source)

SSU Library Catalog:   T12 .D48 2012

LegalTrac – Gale Infotrac

LegalTrac® provides indexing for more than 1,400 titles including major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals and international legal journals.  LegalTrac® also contains law-related articles from over 1,000 additional business and general interest titles.

Criminal Justice Collection – Gale Infotrac

Access to more than 700 journals, including American  Criminal Law Review, Legal Times, Criminal Justice, and others.


ProQuest contains more than 200 scholarly and trade periodicals on topics related to legal research and business law, including Journal of Legal Economics,  American Business Law Journal, American Journal of International Law, Finance Law Review, Contemporary Legal and Economic Issues, and others.

Business Source Premier

More than 700 periodicals with information and analysis relevant to legal research, including  major law reviews and leading  scholarly journals.  The database contains legal services industry profiles.  Local sources, such as San Diego Law Review and California Law Review, are also available in the Business Source Premier database.

Regional Business News

Access to the Business Law Report and some regional business law journals.


More than 200 full-text books on law and legislation are available in the eBrary database (Business & Economics collection).  In ALL SUBJECTS on the top bar select LAW.


Resources and links for both state and federal laws,  including resources pertaining to constitutions, statutes, and cases.

Cornell Legal Information Institute: Business and Financial Laws Locator

Links to state statutes which correspond to Uniform Laws in the subject areas of business and finance.

Small Business Administration: Business Law and Regulations

Laws and legal regulations for businesses and business owners.

NOLO. com

Business law information for the non-lawyers: types of business entities, ownership structure options for different businesses, resources for writing a business plan and starting a business

Guide to Law Online – California

Extensive research resources on Federal and State laws and regulations, including San Diego and Orange County.

Official California Legislative Information

California law and legislative publications

The State Bar of California

Information about legal forms and legal services in California

Library of  Congress: Find Legal Resources

A broad range of e-resources by topic, including banking and finance, privacy rights and ownership, Government systems, etc.

Justia. com – Business Operations

Free case law, codes, regulations, legal articles, and legal blog

Low and Technology Resources for Legal Professionals (LLRX. com)

A comprehensive, continually updated guide to free and low cost sites and sources focused on multidisciplinary competitive intelligence research; free database of links to federal and state court rules, forms and dockets.

PRINT SOURCES available in the library:

Huber, W., McGrath, W, & Tyler, K. (2014). California business law: Traditional & online contracts.  Covina, CA: Educational Textbook Company.

KFC225. H83 2014 

Kubasek, N.K., Brennan, B.A., & Browne, M.N. (2009). The legal environment of business: A critical thinking approach. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

KF1600 .K83 2009

SSU subscription databases with large number of marketing sources and reports:

Gale Virtual Reference Library           LIRN – Infotrac

Business Insights: Global                        LIRN – Infotrac

4,544 market research reports, 970 market share reports

ProQuest Research Library – Business        LIRN

In Document Type, limit your search results to Market Reports or Market Research

ProQuest – Data & Reports                        LIRN

Restrict your search results using specific options in Data/report type to include. For example, you can select All Market Research. 

First Research industry profiles and other types of industry reports available in the ProQuest databases  include detailed market overview.

Business Source Premier

Thousands of MarketLine Reports  and Datamonitor reports by are available in this database.

Example of search query: use the company name or industry description key words  AND MarketLine Report  as search terms.


Make your search result more effective by focusing your search on Market Research, Industrial Marketing, Internet Marketing, or Export Marketing (check mark specific boxes on the main search page).

Print source 

Hair, J. F. , Bush, R. P, & Ortinau, D.J. (2009). Marketing research in a digital information environment (4th ed). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.           

To make your search more effective, you need to know the company’s SIC code and/or  the NAICS code. Using these codes will help you to retrieve more relevant information.

Market Share Analysis is searchable in several SSU subscriptions:

Business Source Premier database

In the first search box, type in the company name. Select “Company Entity” in the field box to the right of the search box (pull down menu).
In the second search box, type in “market n8 share”

(n8″ finds market and share within 8 words of one another)

 ProQuest – ABI/ Inform databases  

In the first search box, type in the company name.   Select“Company/Org.” in the field box to the right of the search box  (pull down menu).

In the second search box, type in the words “market w/8 share”. Select “Document Text” in the field box to the right of the search box (pull down menu).
(“w/8″ finds those two words within 8 words of one another).

Full-text case studies are available in many subscription databases. The best three sources, with thousands of case studies in business and economics are Business Source Premier, ProQuest, and Business Insights: Global  databases.



– Open the Business Source Premier database using the login information listed on Moodle
– Formulate your query  (use 2-4 key words that reflect the idea of your topic, combine these words in your query using Boolean operators).
– In Search Options, limit your results:
Full Text (make sure that you mark the box)
Document  type:  find Case Study in the pull down menu and HIGHLIGHT it.
Publication dates: you can  limit your search results to specific dates of publications.
Number of Pages: if your instructor asks you to find case studies with specific number of pages (for example, not less than 5 pages long), open the pull down menu and choose the option: “greater than” and insert a specific number. For example, if you choose 20, the system will retrieve only case studies which are more than 20 pages long.
– Click “Search”
The system will retrieve relevant sources from the database (your search results). You will still need to evaluate retrieved materials and make a decision what sources to use in your research paper.



Key Word Search Option:
– Open the LIRN Consortium using access code 11477
– Open the ProQuest database (“Connect to”)
– To open the advanced search option, click on the “Advanced”  icon.
In the advanced search interface, click on “More search options” on the bottom of the screen
Now you can limit your search results:
Document type:  find Case Study in the menu
– Limit results to Full-text documents only
– You can also limit your search results to specific dates of publication.
Formulate you query in the search box/boxes on the top of the screen (use key words that reflect the idea of your topic) and click “Search”

Publication Title Search Option:
We have full text case study periodicals in our Online subscriptions. To find case study journals in the ProQuest database, click on Publications tab and type in some key words in the search box, such as “case studies”.
Examples are:
Journal of Case Research in Business and Economics
Journal of Management Case Studies
Journal of Business Case Studies
International Journal of Case Studies in Management
Thunderbird Case Collection (The Garvin School of International Management)


– Open the LIRN Consortium using access code 11477
– Open Infotrac and find Business Insights: Global in the list of individual Gale /Infotrac databases
– To access  the advanced search interface, click on the Advanced Search activated link
– In the advanced search interface, use Enter Search Terms field to type key words relevant to your topic
– Use  Select Limiters to limit your search results:
Content type:  find Case Studies in the menu
You can  limit your search results to specific dates of publication, but you cannot specify the number of pages in this database
– Click “Search”


The Harvard Business Review publishes one case study per issue. Some Harvard Business Review  case studies are available through the Business Source Premier database (free access).

Students may purchase case studies at the Harvard Business Publishing site (this site contains thousands of archived case studies).  Harvard Business Publishing does not sell HBS case studies directly to libraries. You can order them directly from HBS  for a small fee: around $7 each study .
How to find case studies:

– Open Harvard Business Review Web Store:

– Search by company name, or choose a topic of interest. Examples: “General Motors”, “management”, “wireless industry”.  Formulate your query in the search box (use  2-4 key words). You can usually get access to the abstracts before you make a decision to buy access to the full text.


Case Studies Published In the Open Online Sources (Free Sources)

Case Place
An initiative of the Aspen Institute’s Center for Business Education which provides cases that focus on mainstream business issues and incorporate ethical, social, environmental, values-based and governance issues.
The Times 100 Case Studies

Fee-Based Case Studies Published Online

Ivey Publishing Case Studies
The Richard Ivey School of Business, the University of Western Ontario, is the second largest producer of business case studies and the largest producer of Asian cases in the world.
Kellogg Case Collection
Asia Case Research Center
ICMR Center for Management Research, India
Darden Business Publishing
Stanford Graduate School of Business

SWOT Analysis consists of analyzing a company or industry based on four criterion:

  • Strengths- characteristics of the business or company that give it an advantage over others in the industry
  • Weaknesses -are characteristics that place the firm at a disadvantage relative to others
  • Opportunities -external chances to make greater sales, profits or achieve greater market share or dominance given the environment
  • Threats -external elements in the environment that could cause problems for the company or business.

Business Source Premier

There are several ways to search for SWOT in the Bsuiness Source Premier.

–  On top of  the search page, choose Company Profiles. There are hundreds company and industry reports published by Datamonitor which have SWOT analysis. If you do not find your company, find a company that is in the same industry. The Opportunities and Threat sections of the analysis should be helpful.  You may also want to look at the Industry Profiles (arranged by industry and then by geographic region/country)

  – In the search box, type in the name of your company.

  • Pull down on the field on the right hand side  to select “CO Company Entity” and press SEARCH.
  • Look at the column to the left of your search results called “Narrow Results By”
  • Select SWOT analysis under Source Types
  • If there is no SWOT analysis in the list of source types, that means that Business Source Premier does not have a SWOT analysis for your company. They don’t create a SWOT analysis for EVERY company,  so you may have to pick another company, if possible.

Business Insights: Global

Business Insights: Global includes company profiles, histories, lists of products, and other useful company information. To access SWOT reports, click on advanced search, select SWOT Reports under Content Type, and enter the company name.

ProQuest – ABI Inform Complete

To find SWOT analysis,  search all three ABI/Inform databases together  or search one at a time. ABI/INFORM Complete provides full-text articles from over 2,800 business and management journals, including hundreds of titles from outside the U.S.  The database covers finance, management, marketing, operations, accounting, business conditions, sports and business, entertainment, and case studies.

Watch a video tutorial with step-by-step instructions on finding SWOT analysis in ABI/Inform databases:

ProQuest Training Video:



Other resources for finding a SWOT Analysis:

Proctor Library at Flagler College: How to Find a SWOT Analysis

Business Source Premier (subscription database)

Business Source Premier is the industry’s most used business research database, providing full text for more than 2,300 journals, including full text for more than 1,100 peer-reviewed titles. Full text coverage in all disciplines of business, including industry and company profiles, marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics.

Business Insights: Global  (subscription database) – Gale/Infotrac

Statistical data sources, news articles, academic journals and topical reference materials organized by country, company and industry.

Business Index (subscription database) – Gale/Infotrac

Management issues, economic indicators and business theories and practices, as well companies and industries worldwide.

General Business File (subscription database) – Gale/Infotrac

Industry events and trends. Access to a combination of broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals and company directory listings with full text and images available.

ABI/Inform Complete (subscription databases) – ProQuest

Full-text journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals such as the Economist, country-and industry-focused reports, and downloadable data. International coverage: industry, company information and business trends around the world.

ProQuest Research Library: Business Module (subscription database)

Economic conditions,  strategies, business trends, latest financial and business information

GlobalEDGE – Insights by Industry

International business-related resources, statistics, and risk assessments.

Alacra Industry Spotlights

Detailed proprietary reviews and commentary on the best web-based sources of industry specific content.

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)

Industry codes

Economic Census: Industry & Local Business Statistics

Selected statistics about industries and local business communities

U.S. Census Bureau – Business & Industry

The Economic Census by industry and region, economic indicators, and economic programs

American FactFinder – Annual Economic Surveys

The U.S. Census Bureau conducts more than 100 economic surveys covering annual, quarterly, and monthly time periods for various sectors of the economy. These surveys measure a wide variety of economic activities, from capital expenditures for food manufacturing companies to annual auto dealership sales.

American FactFinder – County Business Patterns

Industry information by county and Zip code

US Chamber of Commerce:
Economic data at
Business Statistics and Financial Ratios:
Business cycle information:
Forms of Business Ownership:
Sample Business Plans:
Business Planning Financials (video tutorial):
Finance and Accounting:
Accounting Dictionary:
Conducting an Industry Analysis:
Industry by Sector:
Global Trade Portal:
Independent Contractor or Employee:
Standard & Poor’s:
Government Data:
Strategic Planning:
Corporate Finance:
California Demographic Information:
Mission Statements:
Mission Statements:
SWOT analysis:
NAICS code for your business:
Competitive Advantage:
National Bureau of Economic Research:
SCORE Small Business Resource Links:
Hoovers Lead Builders:
Center for Business Planning:
Hoovers Online:
Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Sales forecasting and Modeling:
California Taxes:
Business Permits on CalGold:
Thomas Register:
Monthly Retail Trade Survey:
Thomas Regional:
Valuation Resources:
Thomas Global Register:
Bureau of Economic Analysis:
Local Marketing: Zip code look-up:
How to Write a Mission Statement:
Strategic Planning:
Publication 946 – Depreciation:
Forbes Investment Encyclopedia:
Small Business Taxes:
California Corporate Tax Rates: