industry research Archive

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Be prepared: Take a look inside Vault.

Getting ready for interviews? Researching internships? Thinking about business school or law school?

The Pomerantz Business Library has a great resource to help you: Vault.

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Vault has an abundance of good info for the job or internship seeker. It also has rankings and reviews of law schools, business schools, and undergraduate institutions. To get a fuller picture of Vault’s capabilities, take a look at our recent profile of the site.

In addition, if you need more detailed company information (financials, corporate structure, executive profiles, etc.) to prepare for an interview, take a look at our Company Information guide. Or, perhaps you’re considering jobs or internships with companies in unfamiliar industries? If so, take a look at our Industry Information guide. This guide will help you find industry profiles, key industry players, financial ratios, and much more.

Get up to date with the latest company and industry news: take a look at one of our article databases such as Business Source Complete or Factiva and search for companies and industries of interest.

Have questions or need help? Email Jim or Kim. Or call 319-335-3077.

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Database of the Week: Vault

Each week we will highlight one of the many databases we have here at the Pomerantz Business Library.

The database: Vault Vault

Where to find it: You can find it here, and under V in the databases A-Z list.

Use it to find:

  • Internship information
  • Company info, rankings and reviews – includes info such as: geographic reach, operations, sales and marketing, financial performance, strategy, competitors, and company news
  • Information on Industries and Professions. Industry info includes: overview of the industry, background, structure, outlook, and resources and associations.
  • Resume, Interviewing, Cover letter, Networking tips and advice

Tips for searching:

  • Use the search bar on the top right
  • Select Companies at the top to see a list of companies by industry or search for a specif company
  • Select Internships at the top to search for internships and see lists of internships
  • Select Schools at the top to see rankings of Undergraduate, Business Schools or Law Schools, or to search for a specific school.

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Want help using the Vault? Contact Willow or Kim and set up an appointment.

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Database of the Week: RMA Annual Statement Studies

Each week we will highlight one of the many databases we have here at the Pomerantz Business Library.

The database: RMA Annual Statement Studies/eStatements Online RMA

Where to find it: You can find it here, and under R in the databases A-Z list.
For over 95 years, RMA’s Annual Statement Studies® has been the industry standard for comparison financial data. Material contained in today’s Annual Statement Studies was first published in the March 1919 issue of the Federal Reserve Bulletin. In the days before computers, the Annual Statement Studies data was recorded in pencil on yellow ledger paper! Today, it features data for over 778 industries.

Use it to find:

  • Industry Financial Ratio Benchmarks
  • Industry Default Probabilities
  • Cash Flow Measures
  • Data definitions

Tips for searching:

  • Use the Basic Search
    • Browse by industry title (alphabetical)
    • Browse by NAICS
    • Browse by sector
    • Search for an industry by keyword or NAICS
  • Use the Advanced Search to specify: data group, year, region, range, and type of data.
  • Export data into Excel RMA_data

Want help using RMA Statement Studies? Contact Willow or Kim and set up an appointment.

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China Data Online – Trial ends 17 June 2015

China Data Online includes China Statistical Databases, China Census Databases, and China Spatial Data Service (China Geo-Explorer). It provides easy access to the various statistical yearbooks published by the National Bureau of Statistics of China, comprehensive statistics, and Census data of economy and population at national, provincial, city, county, and even township levels.

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Database of the Week: Key Business Ratios

Each week we will highlight one of the many databases we have here at the Pomerantz Business Library.

The database: D&B Key Business Ratios

Where to find it: You can find it here, and under K in the databases A-Z list.

From their website”Key Business Ratios on the Web (KBR) provides immediate online access to competitive benchmarking data. This powerful tool lets researchers examine industry benchmarks compiled from D&B®’s database of public and private companies, featuring 14 key business ratios (users choose a one-year or three-year set of ratios) for public and private companies in 800 lines of business.” KBR

Use it to find:

  • Industry ratios
  • Company information
  • Solvency Ratios
  • Efficiency Ratios
  • Profitability Ratios

Tips for searching:

  • To search for industry ratios – type an industry code (SIC or NAICs)
  • To display company information – click to company sub-tab of the reports section, sort by company name, SIC, line of Business, DUNS number, NAIC, MSA, City, Sate or Country.
  • You can also perform a comparative analysis
  • Use the Ratios tab to calculate key business ratios (solvency, efficiency and profitability)
  • Use the Help Guides – top right corner

Want help using Key Business Ratios? Contact Willow or Kim and set up an appointment.

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Database of the Week: RKMA Market Research Reports

Each week we will highlight one of the many databases we have here at the Pomerantz Business Library.

The database: Richard K. Miller & Associates Market Research ReportsRKMA

Where to find it: You can find it here, and under R in the databases A-Z list.

From their website: “Richard K. Miller & Associates (RKMA) market research handbooks focus on various consumer-related markets. Each of these comprehensive assessments includes market forecasts, sector trends, and statistics. In addition to in-depth analyses, handbooks include links to hundreds of websites for additional information. ”

Use it to find:

  • Reports on:Business-to-Business Marketing; Casinos, Gaming & Wagering; Consumer Behavior; Consumer Marketing; Entertainment, Media & Advertising; Healthcare Business; International Consumer Markets; Leisure Market; Restaurant, Food & Beverage Market; Retail Business Market Research; Sports Marketing; and Travel & Tourism
  • Market forecasts
  • Sector trends
  • Statistics

Tips for searching:

  • Browse the main screen for the newest reports
  • Click the bottom link to view archived reports
  • Once in a report review the Table of Contents

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Want help using RKMA Market Research Reports? Contact Willow or Kim and set up an appointment.

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Database of the Week: Freedonia

Each week we will highlight one of the many databases we have here at the Pomerantz Business Library.

The database: Freedonia Focus Portal Freedonia

Where to find it: You can find it here, and under F in the databases A-Z list.

Freedonia Focus portal is a collection of over 550 industry market research reports, covering 18 industry sectors.

Use it to find:

  • Industry market research reports
  • Market size, historical and forecasted demand by product and markets, and profiles of the market leading companies
  • Industry sectors include: Automotive and Other Transportation; Chemicals; Construction; Consumer Goods; Electronics; Energy and Power; Food, Agriculture, Tobacco; Industrial Components; Life Sciences (Pharmaceuticals/Medical); Machinery; Metals and Minerals; Miscellaneous and Service Industries; Packaging; Paper, Printing and Publishing; Plastics; Rubber; Textiles, Apparel and Leather; and Wood, Furniture and Fixtures

Tips for searching:

  • Use the quick search bar, or the advanced search
  • Browse by Country or Region
  • Once you have picked a region, browse by industry sector

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Want help using Freedonia? Contact Willow or Kim and set up an appointment.

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Database of the Week: Small Business Reference Center

Each week we will highlight one of the many databases we have here at the Pomerantz Business Library.

The database: Small Business Reference CenterSmall_Business

Where to find it: You can find it here, and under S in the databases A-Z list.

Use it to find:

  • Full-text periodicals
  • Full-text reference books
  • Business videos
  • State-specific resources
  • Business Basics
  • Start-up Kits & Business Plans
  • Industry Information by Small Business Type

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Tips for searching:

  • Use the search bar at the top to search by keyword
  • Browse by: Business Ares, Industry Information by Small Business Type, Business Basics, Start-up Kits & Business Plans
  • Check out the popular sources along the bottom
  • Browse start-up information by state in the bottom right-hand box
  • Take a look at small business videos by clicking on the top right-hand box

 

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Want help using Small Business Reference Center ? Contact Willow or Kim and set up an appointment.

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Database of the Week: Mergent Online

Each week we will highlight one of the many databases we have here at the Pomerantz Business Library.

The database: Mergent OnlineMergent

Where to find it: You can find it here, and under M in the databases A-Z list.

Use it to find:

  • Company information on both public and big private companies
  • Business summary information – history, properties, subsidiaries, long-term debt, capital stock, business segments
  • Executive information
  • Ownership information
  • Equity pricing and reports
  • Access to company news
  • List of company competitors
  • Quick access to Annual Reports and other SEC filings
  • Industry reports: automotive, banking, food & beverage, heavy construction, insurance, media, , pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, healthcare, oil & gas, retail, etc.
  • Company News

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Tips for searching:

  • Search by company name or ticker symbol
  • Use the “Advanced Search” to search fro companies by: state, city, zip code, year incorporated, number of employees, number of shareholders, auditor, etc.
  • Use the tabs across the top to do a: executive search, government filings search, report search, ownership search or bond search

Take a look at our tutorials below:

Want help using Mergent ? Contact Willow or Kim and set up an appointment.