One way is to look in Mergent Online. It includes the last 20 years or more of financial statements for publicly-held U.S. companies in Excel format, depending on the age of the company. Companies that are going through bankruptcy or have been acquired by other companies are not included.
Mergent is listed on the Rod Library home page under Databases A-Z. It's also listed on the Rod Library Business Portal under Company Information Search Tools. To the right of the link to Mergent is a short video that shows how to get the 15 year run of financial statements. To summarize: go to Mergent, click Enter Mergent Online in upper left corner of Mergent screen, enter company name, and pick Company Financials tab when you reach the company entry.
There's a limit on how many people can use Mergent at the same time, so it's possible you'll get a "busy signal" if others are using it.
For older years and companies that no longer exist, Rod Library has a print source called Moody's Handbook (title changed to Mergent Handbook around 2001) that can be helpful in finding company financial data. It's located in the stacks, third floor of the library, at HG4905.M815. The 1997/97 volume of this title has an entry for Kmart, for example, and includes a table with key income statement figures for 1986-1995. If you look at a later year of the handbook, such as winter 2002/2003, you'll get the income statement figures for 1993-2002. So, in two lookups you'd get 1986-2002 annual revenue figues.
Historical financial statements for publicly-held companies also are available through their U.S. Securities & Exchange filings at the SEC, back to about 1993, and via LexisNexis Academic, Business tab/SEC filings, back to about 1987.
There are different ways to do this. Here are two:
1. Business journal databases like ABI/INFORM and Business Source Elite have a way to look for articles on a topic in specific journals. With Business Source Elite (access from Rod Library home page, Databases A-Z, or from Business Portal), enter the search like this on the form; the italicized words are what you would type:
"journal of marketing" or "journal of marketing research" in SO Publication Name
This says the search results must have Journal of Marketing or Journal of Marketing Research in the Publication Name field and they must also have the root word pharmaceutical. Puting the asterisk at the end of the word also gets pharmaceuticals.
If the database itself does not have the full text, look for the yellow Find It! button; it may be available in another database or in print at Rod Library.
The same type of search can be done in Advanced Search in ABI/INFORM and in Business & Company Resource Center. ABI/INFORM also has a Publications tab; there, you can pick a specific journal and then search for articles in it.
2. Using Panther Prowler, you can search several databases such as the above simultaneously, by picking Marketing or a related Field of Study.
Rod Library recently added access to ProQuest’s Historic New York Times, a database which provides cover-to-cover access to full page and article images from 1851 – 2003. This link, for example, shows the the front page reports on the "Black Thursday" stock crash in 1929.
It is accessible from the Databases A-Z menu that appears under the Journal and Magazine Articles (Panther Prowler) heading on the Library home page and through UNISTAR, the Library’s online catalog.
Let's say you want to find articles on cheating that appeared in the Journal of Business Ethics. There are different ways to do this; here's one approach:
1. find a database that indexes Journal of Business Ethics. Databases like ABI/INFORM and Business Source Elite index several thousand business journals and magazines.
2. Connect to ABI/INFORM. Click the Publications tab and enter Journal of Business Ethics in the Search box. You will get a page for this journal that lists available issues and includes a search box to enter terms.
3. Enter the term cheating in the search box to identify articles on this topic from this journal.
Another approach is to use the Advanced search form in databases like ABI/INFORM. In the Advanced multi-row search form, enter the name of the journal in the first row and use the drop-down to indicate the name must be the journal title field. In the second row of the form, enter the search term, like cheating. This can also be used to identify articles by a certain author in a certain journal.
Answer: Business students are probably looking for the ProQuest database called ABI/INFORM Global. (Rod Library subscribes to other ProQuest databases that cover fields like criminal justice, art, and music.) When you connect to ABI/INFORM, you'll see that ProQuest is in large letters.
Welcome! The purpose of the Rod Library BizBlog is to communicate with UNI College of Business Administration students, faculty, and others about library research tools, tips, and research news related to their major fields of study and research.
I will periodically post entries about new resources or new features of resources that have been around a while. If I notice the same questions being asked regularly, I may post entries that make suggestions or give tips on how to address the questions. Such postings are intended to point students in the right direction, not do the assignment for them. Students are responsible for making sure they understand their own assignments. Students and faculty are invited to contact me if they would like an entry on some particular topic or search technique.
The blogger, Stan Lyle, is a reference librarian and bibliographer at the Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa. He has reference and instruction responsibilities for business and economics and serves as bibliographer for accounting, economics, and finance.