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Basic Catalogs

TOPCAT Library Catalog Online catalog for titles of print and microform books and journals at WKU.
TDnet Electronic Journal Finder Accesses electronic journals, magazines, and newspapers at WKU and their TOC which are updated weekly. Individualized current awareness alerts for journal titles and keywords.
WKU Libraries One-Search Box (available on Libraries Homepage)

WKU Libraries offers a one-stop search to find research materials, such as books, journal articles, and digital objects. This search gives users results across nearly all library collections with a relevant-ranked list similar to a Google search.

Electronic Databases



ABI/Inform (ProQuest)

Index with abstracts of over 550,000 articles in nearly 1500 global business periodicals; 700 full text titles with coverage back to 1991/92 and indexing back to 1971.

Business Source Premier (EBSCOhost)

Index with full text for more than 2300 global business journals, including full text for more than 1100 peer-reviewed titles.

(requires password)

Tax accounting news and research materials from RIA Group for accounting industry. Requires ID and password for access. Ask at the Helm Reference Desk for assistance.

Disclosure Reports
(LexisNexis Academic Business Company Profiles)

Financial/management information from SEC reports for over 10,000 publicly owned companies; selection of companies by multiple features.

EDGAR Corporate Filings (Available from Securities & Exchange Commission or LexisNexis Academic)

Company annual reports on Form 10K or 10-KSB and other forms filed with the Securities and Exchange commission, since 1-1994.

Hoover's Company and Industry Reports (LexisNexis Academic Business Company Profiles)

In-depth historical/financial coverage of 40,000 public and private companies.

Mergent Online

Global company data, including business and financial information, company news, and SEC filings.

ProQuest Computing

Information on computer software, hardware, e-commerce, Web site development, systems design, technology including product reviews.

PsycInfo (EBSCOhost)

American Psychological Association’s index/abstracting database for over 1,000,000 articles in 1500 global journals, as well as dissertations, books.

Standard & Poor's Corporate Descriptions +Daily News (LexisNexis Academic Business Company Profiles)

Profiles and news on more than 9300 U.S. public companies.

Standard & Poor's Research Insight (Not an online database; only available on selected computers)

Index to financial data, including 20 years of annual data, extracted from over 11,300 U.S. and Canadian public companies; over 80 predefined report formats. Minor installation on individual computers necessary.


Access to Federal Government’s information on U.S. economy, trade, international market research, country analysis, including National Trade Data Bank.

U.S. Census Bureau

Links to 2000 Census demographic and economic statistics, including population and housing, statistics on agriculture, service industries, and manufacturing; maps; 1878-current Statistical Abstracts.


Weekly stock and industry analysis for 1,700 companies in about 96 industries. Other financial information.

Wall Street Journal Full-Text
(ProQuest ABI/INFORM Global)

Wall Street journal articles, Eastern edition, 1984-Current. Subject/date/other indexing.

WorldScope International Company Profiles (LexisNexis Academic Business Company Profiles)

Financial profiles of over 28,000 active and inactive companies in 54 countries; selection of companies by multiple features.

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Print Sources

Basic Sources & Facts




Encyclopedia of Business Information Sources

Lists information sources including online databases, publications, trade associations, research centers, related to detailed business topics.

Helm Reference Business Alcove
Ref HF5035.E52

U.S. Statistical Sources




North American Industry Classification System: United States

Federal statistical standards for classifying establishments in an industry.

Helm Reference Desk
Ref Govt. Fed. HF1042.N34x

U.S. Industry & Trade Outlook

U.S. Department of Commerce/International Trade Association overview of the U.S. economy, by industry.2000 is last print edition; future editions will be on ITA web site.

Helm Reference Desk
Ref HC 101.U54

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Industry Statistics




Annual Statement Studies (Robert Morris Associates)

Financial and operating ratios for about 710 NAICS-coded industries based on information from RMA member banks

Helm Reference Business Alcove
Ref HF 5681.B2 R6

Almanac of Business and Industrial Financial Ratios (Leo Troy)

Financial and operating ratios for almost 200 NAICS-coded industries including banks based on IRS tax return data.

Helm Reference
Business Alcove
Ref HF 5681.R25 A4

Company Directories




World Business Directory

Detailed information on nearly 140,000 businesses involved in global trade.

Helm Reference Business Alcove
Ref HF 54.U5 W667

International Directory of Company Histories 1988-Present

Historical development of over 8,650 of the world’s most important companies.

Helm Reference
Business Alcove
Ref HD2721.I63

Standard & Poor’s Register of Corporations, Directors and Executives

Two-volume set lists over 75,000 corporation profiles, alphabetically, by executives and directors with brief biographies, and companies by NAICS code and geographically.

Helm Reference Desk
Ref HG4057 A4bx

Kentucky Business Directory

Lists 172,000 businesses by city, yellow page category, major employers, and manufacturers by city and SIC code. Similar for Tennessee.

Helm Reference Desk
Ref HF5065.K4 K46x

Kentucky Manufacturers Register

Profiles 6412 Kentucky manufacturing, processing, and wholesale distribution establishments, indexed by product, alphabetically, geographically, by SIC code, parent company, and Kentucky counties.

Helm Reference Desk
Ref T12.3.K4 K46

D & B Million Dollar Directory: America’s Leading Public & Private  Companies

Five-volume set of top 160,000 public and private companies in U.S. and territories, indexed alphabetically, by SIC code, and geographical cross references.

Helm Reference Business Alcove
Ref HC102.M6x

Ward’s Business Directory of U.S. Private and Public Companies

Guide to over 112,000 private and public companies indexed alphabetically, geographically, by sales ranking within SIC/NAICS-coded industry, state rankings by sales.   

Helm Reference Business Alcove
Ref HG4009.W35x

Who Owns Whom. North American Edition

Lists 500.000 North and South American corporate groups in alphabetical order by ultimate parent company, and by subsidiary company.

Helm Reference Business Alcove
Ref HG4538.W423

D & B Principal International Businesses

Top 50,000 global company listings alphabetically by country, cross referenced alphabetically and by SIC code.         

Helm Reference Business Alcove
Ref HF54.U5.P74x

Advertising Red Books: Agencies-Advertiser, Geographic, Advertiser, Business Classifications (LexisNexis)

Directory of global advertising agencies/branch offices; over 16,300 advertisers indexed by geographical location and by business categories.

Helm Reference Business Alcove
Ref HF805.S7x

Brands and Their Companies

Alphabetical listing of over 390,000 consumer brands section, over 120,000 companies section.

Helm Reference Business Alcove
Ref T233.V4 A25

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Directories with Investment Information:




Standard & Poor’s  Industry Surveys

Valuable source for industry analysis and financial comparisons of leading 1200 companies in 52 domestic industries, by quarter.

Helm Reference Business Alcove
Ref HC106.6.S74

D & B Business Rankings

Ranked list of 25,000 public and private companies by sales and employee size, by state, and by SIC code, nationally, and by public or private/foreign owned designation.

Helm Reference Business Alcove
Ref HG4057.A237

Standard Corporation Descriptions/Records (Standard & Poor’s Corporation)

Financial service covering companies listed alphabetically. The Records with Daily News update the Descriptions.

Helm Reference Business Alcove
Ref HG4501 S7663-4

Daily Stock Price Record: NYSE/ASE//NASDAQ

Major technical indicators of the stock market; daily and weekly action for NYSE, ASE, and NASDAQ stocks.

Helm Reference Business Alcove
Ref HG4915.S664
Ref HG4915.S66
Ref HG4915. S675x

Standard & Poor’s Stock Reports (NYSE, ASE, NASDAQ combined)

Comprehensive two-page reports on 3000 companies traded on NYSE, ASE, and NASDAQ.  

Helm Reference Business Alcove
Ref HG4905.S45x

Mergent (Annual) Bond Record

Bond issues-corporates, convertibles, governments, and municipals-call price, interest dates, yield to maturity, and Moody’s ratings.

Helm Reference Business Alcove
Ref HG4509.M8x

Hoover’s Handbook of American Business

Historical/financial profiles of 750 of the largest U.S. companies, arranged alphabetically, by industry, headquarters, executives. Companion volumes for world business, private companies, emerging companies.   

Helm Reference Business Alcove
Ref HG4057.A2862

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