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Top Company Databases

  • Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis Academic)

    Access over 6,000 news, business, and legal sources. These include regional, national, and international newspapers, news wires, broadcast transcripts, non-English language news sources, magazines, trade journals, business publications, SEC filings, law reviews, statutory, administrative and case law.

  • Hoover's Online

    Brief company descriptions and financials for over 10,000 companies and approximately 4,000 company profiles (company histories, strategies, market positions, major events, and other information) plus industry information.

  • Mergent Online

    Mergent provides global business and financial information. The database includes current and archival U.S. Company data, international data, full text annual reports, SEC filings and historical stock prices. Also includes executive biographies, competitive landscape data, global industry profiles, and equity research reports.

  • PrivCo

    Business and financial data on major, non-publicly traded corporations, including family-owned, private equity-owned, venture-backed, and international unlisted companies. Use PrivCo to find information on private investors, private M&A deals, and venture capital funding rounds. The advanced search feature allows you to identify companies and investors by industry, size, location, and more, and information can be exported to Excel.

    Requires registration with a USC email address.

  • Thomson One *must use Internet Explorer*

    *only works with Internet Explorer browser*

    Locate and analyze 20+ years of U.S. and international public company financial information, historical and current financial statements, stock prices, estimated earnings, deals, and analyst reports (formerly Investext). The Excel Add-In feature  includes pre-formatted templates for data analysis.

    To search for Investext analysts reports:  First choose the Research option from menu choices on left side of the page. This will display the most recent Investext reports for the selected company. To perform a search within Investext., use the Advanced Research Page link found upper right hand corner of the Research webpage.  This will allow you to search for reports by company, industry, country or keyword.

Top Industry Databases

  • IBISWorld

    IBISWorld Industry Market Research Reports cover the structure of each industry (e.g., barriers to entry, levels of government assistance, import penetration); statistics; external sensitivities (typically macroeconomic and demographic factors that are out of the control of companies within each industry); and success factors (those factors such as vertical integration that are controllable by companies). 

  • Passport

    Passport provides business intelligence on industries, market data & forecasts, and consumer lifestyles, as well as analysis of the economy, infrastructure, and business environment in over 200 countries. It also contains B2B (business-to-business) market data on the world’s 18 largest economies, splitting each into 177 industries.

     Use Passport to obtain historic and forecasted market sizes, distribution channel analysis, company and brand share data, company profiles, and country analysis.

    You will need to first accept the terms and conditions of use.

  • Hoover's Online

    Brief company descriptions and financials for over 10,000 companies and approximately 4,000 company profiles (company histories, strategies, market positions, major events, and other information) plus industry information.

  • Mintel

    Mintel offers market research reports covering US and International marketplaces. Each report combines data & analysis of the competitive landscape, market-share analysis and consumer profiles. Complex demographic issues are broken into easy-to-understand sections, explaining consumer behavior and demonstrating the structure of the market.

    Also includes Travel and Tourism reports for countries worldwide.

  • eStatement Studies (eSS) from RMA

    The online version of Annual Statement Studies is useful for comparing company performance within an industry, as well as for business valuations and benchmarking for business plans. The newly expanded content contains data to assess probability of default and critical analysis of cash flow. Data is derived directly from the financial statements of RMA member companies and is updated annually in November. Contains two publications:
    Financial Ratio Benchmarks
    •         Nineteen classic financial statement ratios for over 800 industries
    •         Common-size balance sheet and income statement
    •         Trend data available on the history tabs
    Industry Default Probabilities & Cash Flow Measures
    •         Data arrayed by asset and sales size for over 700 industries
    •         Probability of default estimates on a percentage scale, mapped to a .EDF bond rating scale
    •         Cash flow measures on a common-size percentage scale
    The online version allows for data aggregation on both the national and regional levels, and searching for industries may be by name or by NAICS code. Data may be downloaded into Excel, and the Client Comparison Worksheet is an available Excel tool that helps compare your financial data with the benchmarking data from eSS.

    This resource was acquired by University Libraries thanks to the Wells Fargo Business Library Endowment.

Additional Databases (alphabetical)

  • Ad$pender *one user at a time*

    Find total expenditures for advertising by company, industry, and brand/product category. Customized reports can easily be exported to spreadsheets and flowchart programs.

    Limited to one (1) user at a time. Click *Logout* in the top right corner when you are done with your session.

  • Business Monitor International

    Provides country risk; industry analysis and forecasts; and company information. Get detailed information on a country along with reports and data on industries and the economy.   Provides profiles of leading companies within the industry. 

  • Business Source Complete

    Full text articles and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals, dating back as far as 1886.

  • Corporate Affiliations Online

    Directory of public, private, American and foreign companies. Provides information about the parent companies and their worldwide divisions and subsidiaries. This resource was acquired by University Libraries thanks to the Wells Fargo Business Library Endowment.

  • Factiva

    Access to global news and business information, including local newspapers, same-day newswires, company reports, and media programs.  Some content is unavailable to academic accounts.

  • Gale Directory Library

    Our subscription is for: 

    • Encyclopedia of Associations-National Organizations of the U.S.
    • Gale Directory of Databases
    • Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media
    • Market Share Reporter
    • National Faculty Directory 
    • Research Centers Directory
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library

    Searchable collection of reference books and encyclopedias in electronic format. Titles cover arts, biography, business, environment, history, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, science, and social science.

  • Gartner

    The University of South Carolina has a site license through University Technology Services to Gartner which provides access for students, faculty and staff to IT [information technology] research.  After clicking the link for Gartner, Inc. from UTS' page, you will be prompted to enter your USC network username and password.

  • GreenFILE

    This freely accessible research database focuses on the relationship between human beings and the environment.

  • Hospitality and Tourism Complete

    Scholarly research and industry news relating to all areas of hospitality and tourism. U.S. and international sources.

  • Mergent Archives - Historical Annual Reports

    This database contains over 500,000 annual reports (1800s - present) covering international and domestic companies.  Search reports by company name, year, and location.  Fully searchable text in every document.  Continuously updates.

  • Mergent WebReports

    Provides access to 180,000 documents for over 100 countries and industries. Corporate Reports include annual reports, prospectuses, financial statements, annual summaries and more on over 30,000 companies worldwide. The Industry Reports section contains reports that describe the market environment, industry landscape and key market trends for companies, industries, countries and regions.

  • Red Books *five simultaneous users*

    Find both U.S. and international advertisers, advertising agencies, public relations firms, and media buying services.

    When you finish searching, do not just close the window, click SIGN-OFF, otherwise you stay logged in for 30 minutes.

  • Regional Business News

    This database provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications.

  • Sports Market Analytics

    Provides coverage of sporting goods, sports e-commerce, sport marketing, sport sponsorship, sport facilities and sport broadcasting.

  • ThomasNet [Thomas Register]

    Find companies and products manufactured in North America.  Search by: product or service, company name, or, brand name and limit by geographic location.

  • UniWorld

    Multinational business contact information.  Find American firms operating in other countries or foreign firms operating in the United States. You can screen companies by industry, geographic location, size, or keyword.