Business Databases

These resources are for academic use only and may not be used to benefit employers, companies or any other commercial interests. 

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Articles from ProQuest's collection including ABI/INFORM Global, ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry, and ABI/INFORM Dateline. The database features thousands of full-text journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals such as The Economist and Sloan Management Review, country-and industry-focused reports, and major news sources like the Wall Street Journal.

AtoZ World Business
Global trade tools and import/export, taxation, compliance and business culture information for the world's top 100 economies.

BCC Research
Provides detailed market research reports for industries such as biotechnology, chemicals, consumer, energy, engineering, environment, finance, food/beverage, fuel cell/battery technology, healthcare, IT, instrumentation, manufacturing, medical devices, nanotechnology and pharmaceuticals. Instructions: Go to 'Member Login' at upper right and click 'IP Authenticate' to search.  ​​​​​

Users can access Bloomberg terminals at the Gaughan & Tiberti Business Library. non-Marshall students must request a daily guest password from the Circulation desk.

Provides TOC's from business, accounting and marketing scholarly journals of major publishers. Allows users to click directly to the source and arrange a Bookshelf and reading list to more easily browse, research, and monitor articles. Users may also email, download, send articles to a citation manager, and share via social media.

Business Abstracts with Full Text (H.W. Wilson)
Provides full-text articles from more than 420 publications, and indexing and abstracts for more than 900 publications dating back to 1981. Product evaluations, interviews, biographical sketches, corporate profiles, obituaries, surveys, statistical rankings, book reviews and reports covering a full range of business-related topics including finance, management, international business, human resources and marketing. 

Business Periodicals Index Retrospective: 1913-1982 (H.W. Wilson)
A valuable resource for business history research, Business Periodicals Index Retrospective: 1913-1982 is an archive index covering nearly 70 years of business scholarship. Indexing and citations include scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines and the complete files of Industrial Arts Index (1913-1957).

Capital IQ
Used by researchers and investors worldwide as a tool for awareness and analysis of public companies, investable industries and financial markets. Contains financial news, market insights, company performance and industry data. Use the screener to search its large database for companies, equities, business developments, people, and other criteria. Instructions: Register with your USC email under 'New User' at upper right.  

If you receive an error message that your User Account is expired, email and cc: 

Capital IQ Pro
Provides data, news and analysis on industries such as Banking; Insurance; Real Estate; Energy/Utilities; Metals/Mining; Technology/Media/Telecommunications (TMT); Consumer; Healthcare; and Industrials. USC subscribes to its TMT product (formerly known as SNL Financial/SNL Kagan), which covers Technology; Broadcast; Film & TV Programming; Global Multichannel; Internet & OTT; Mobile, TV Networks; US Multichannel and US MediaCensus reports.  We also subscribe to its ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) product which provides company scores as well as data visualization and analytical features. Instructions: Sign up with your USC email address by going to 'New User Sign Up/S&P Capital IQ Pro New User Sign Up'. TMT has its own tab and ESG data is under the Sustainability tab. 

If you do not see these tabs, click on the Profile icon (top right) > User Profile & Display Information > under Profile Information, set Profile Specialization to Generalist.

Online access to primary law and CCH analysis on Antitrust and Competition; Banking; Energy; Government Contracts; Healthcare; Human Resources; Intellectual Property; Labor Law; Securities and more.

Conference Board
Research reports on the latest issues in business management and US and global economics. The Conference Board is a non-profit business membership and research group organization. It counts over 1,000 public and private companies and other organizations as members, encompassing 60 countries.

Data Axle 
Offers accurate data on 64 million business and 307 million consumers. Find jobs by skills, location, and industry; find business opportunities; locate companies nationwide; research business executives; view historical market trends; and find addresses and phone numbers.

Global financial database which contains current and historical data on stocks, indices, bonds, funds, futures, options, interest rates, commodities, and economic indicators. It is available for Marshall Faculty and PhD research and provided through LSEG Workspace.

Statistical datasets that allow users to create tables, maps, and figures from areas such as agriculture, energy, health statistics, business, labor, natural resources, consumption and COL, banking, education, government, housing, defense, population and transportation. 

EBSCO Business Source Complete
Articles from over 2,000 business-related periodicals including Harvard Business Review, McKinsey Quarterly, Journal of Marketing and many others.

EBSCO eBook Collection
eBooks on a variety of disciplines, including titles on marketing, finance and other topics related to business and economics.

EIU (Economist Intelligence Unit) 
Our subscription to the EIU covers two products. EIU Viewpoint combines political insights, policy analysis and economic assessments with cutting edge forecasts and extensive data for approximately 200 countries.  Which MBA? provides information and advice on the world's best MBAs. Content includes customizable rankings of the top 100 MBAs in the world, features on how to choose and finance an MBA, and advice from leading MBA experts.

Emerald Insight
Scholarly articles, books and case studies from key journals in the fields of management, marketing, human resources, economics, operations, engineering, production, education, and health.

Provides data and analysis for 168 emerging markets from trusted global and local sources. Includes coverage of countries, industries and companies in the emerging economies of Africa, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Europe and Central Asia.

The EMIS Knowledge Portal provides videos on how to use the platform, including screening, navigation and searching.

Provides articles from over 32,000 major global newspapers, newswires, industry publications, magazines, reports and other sources. Although its focus is business news, it can be used to locate information on a variety of topics, including politics, current events, trends and government data.

Financial markets data platform that provides global company and industry data, analytical tools and data feeds.  It is used by financial professionals worldwide. Request an account with your USC email at the link above. ​​Within 7-10 business days you will receive an email with directions to setup your account.

FactSet Web is issued by default for all undergraduate students. Graduate students and those involved with the Marshall Student Investment Fund can have access to the desktop application if needed. All other desktop requests are determined by FactSet on a case-by-case basis.

FactSet offers five certifications which allow you to take a deeper dive into different parts of the platform. See login instructions here.

Reports, insights, models and tools on technology as it relates to various industries, from this consultancy and market research company.

Frost & Sullivan
Market research reports covering the following industries: aerospace & defense; agriculture and nutrition; banking & finance; chemicals; cybersecurity; electronics; energy; environment; healthcare; industrial; information and communication; investor services; media; metals; mobility; oil & gas; PPE; technology; telecom; test and measurement instrumentation; and transportation. Analyzes from these seven perspectives: Competitive Intensity, Customer Dynamics, Industry Convergence, Disruptive Technologies, Global Mega Trends, New Business Models, and Emerging Markets. 

Gale Business Insights 
Global company research with detailed profiles including fundamentals, histories, SWOT, investment reports, and market share. Research industries by market share reports and industry rankings. Find business case studies for decision-making strategies.  Create comparison charts of companies, countries and industries.

Gale Directory Library
Directories and encyclopedias including Ward's Business Directory, Encyclopedia of Governmental Advisory Organizations, Directory of Special Libraries and Information Centers, Directory of Databases, Information Industry Directory, Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media, Encyclopedia of Associations, National Faculty Directory and the Research Centers Directory.

Gale eBooks 
Encyclopedias and reference works on a variety of subjects, including business. Contains updated editions for Business Plans Handbook, International Directory of Company Histories and Small Business Sourcebook. 

Gale OneFile Business
Full-text articles from 4000 journals covering all business disciplines including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management, and strategy, as well as business theory and practice.

Gale Primary Sources: The Making of the Modern World
Covers the history of Western trade, encompassing the coal, iron, and steel industries, the railway industry, the cotton industry, banking and finance, and the emergence of the modern corporation.

Gartner ​​​​​​
Information technology market research, analysis and data, including forecasts, vendor ratings, case studies, competitive landscapes and market share.  Our subscription is limited but does include Magic Quadrants and Hype Cycles. 

Global Commodities: Trade, Exploration and Cultural Exchange
Brings together manuscript, printed and visual primary source materials for the study of global commodities in world history.

Global Road Warrior
Background information and country data for global travel. Culture, history, language, customs and travel essentials for most countries in the world.

Hoovers Company Profiles
Pulling from ProQuest's Business Market Research Collection, search for information on 40,000 global public and non-public companies including location, summary financials, competitors, officers, and SWOT analysis from GlobalData.

IBFD Tax Research Platform
Comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of international tax information from the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation, organized at different levels of detail and with an archive of historical versions. Includes primary sources, case law and treaties.

Market research reports for US, Mexican, and Canadian industries that follow the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).  Also contains US Industry State Reports and US State Economic Profiles, and some China and global industry reports.

iG Library
This database hosts the eBooks in the Business Expert Press (BEP) collection, covering topics such as Big Data, Business Analytics and Smart Technology; Business Career Development; Business Ethics and Corporate Citizenship; Business Law; Corporate Communication; Corporate Governance; Social Media Marketing; Economics and Public Policy; and Entrepreneurship.

IMF (International Monetary Fund) eLibrary
Organization of 190 countries working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world. Their eLibrary provides direct access to IMF’s periodicals, books, working papers and studies, and data and statistical tools. You will find data and analysis on macroeconomics, globalization, development, trade and aid, technical assistance, demographics, emerging markets, policy advice, poverty reduction, and more.

Focuses on impact investing, i.e. investing in business with social and environmental value such as sustainable finance, ESG (environmental, social and governance) and entrepreneurship that accelerates a just, equitable, and sustainable world. InstructionsSelect 'USC Marshall' then 'Register' to create a login. 

Journals, magazines and other publications from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, the largest global association for operations research, analytics, management science, economics, behavioral science, statistics, artificial intelligence, data science, applied mathematics, and more.

Insider Intelligence
Provides insights and trends related to digital marketing, media, and e-commerce. Analysis, data and statistics in marketing/advertising, financial services, health, technology and other industries. Find ad spending, consumer behavior, forecasts and more.

Journal Citation Reports (Web of Science)
Source of Impact Factors, commonly used to evaluate the relative importance of a journal within its field and to measure the frequency with which the “average article” in a journal has been cited in a particular time period.

J.P. Morgan Research
Analyst reports covering over 3,000 global companies and all industries. Coverage is 2011 to current with a one week embargo. Instructions: Enter your search term(s), then navigate to the All source types tab/Reports/Apply. On the left, filter results to Publication title/J.P. Morgan Equities Research Reports. Once the filter is applied, you can alter terms in the search bar and continue searching only JPM reports.

Full text collection of core social science, humanities, and science journals and books. Financial Times content up to the last three years.

Los Angeles Times (website)
As part of USC’s sponsorship of the LA Times Festival of Books, all students, faculty and staff are eligible for a free subscription to the Los Angeles Times. The trial offer includes unlimited access to, as well as the LA Times app for mobile and tablet.

LSEG Workspace (formerly Refinitiv)
Provides financial data, news, analytics and productivity tools, as well as investment research reports from most major brokers/investment banks.  Access is by self-registration and is limited to Marshall students, faculty and staff. Academic
Market research report aggregator covering industries such as food & beverage; technology & media; heavy industry; life science; consumer goods; service industries, demographics and public sector. Publishers include Packaged Facts, Mind Commerce and Freedonia Focus.  

Market Research and American Business, 1935-1965
Provides a unique insight into the American consumer boom of the mid-20th century through access to the complete market research reports of Ernest Dichter, the era’s foremost consumer analyst, market research pioneer and widely-recognized ‘father’ of Motivational Research.

Mergent Archives
Includes over 1 million historical annual company reports (US, Canada, and International) going back over 100 years, a rich source of information for scholars in business, economics, and history. 

The archives also include Mergent/Moody's Corporate Manuals, giving you access to corporate history, business descriptions and detailed financial information compiled from annual reports, 10-K reports, and news releases on US public companies, from 1909 to 2022.  These encompass the Industrial Manual, Bank & Financial Manual, International Manual, OTC Industrial Manual, OTC Unlisted Manual, Public Utilities Manual, and Transportation Manual.

Municipal & Government Manuals include approximately 16,500 issuers of municipal securities. The bond descriptions detail such information as maturity date, first interest payment, call features, etc. Special features include municipal bond yield averages, comparative yields on municipals, treasury bonds and corporate bonds, and state bonds compared with US treasuries. Coverage is from 1918-2022.

Mergent Intellect
Detailed information on over 280 million public and private companies, including subsidiaries, executives, and corporate family tree; and consumer data for more than 98% of US households - contacts, demographics and census data.  Also access First Research reports and key business ratios.

Mergent Online
Offers key information on public companies such as financials, executives, equity pricing, annual reports, subsidiaries, competitors and more. 

Global market research reports based on their analysis of consumers (including surveys), markets, new products and competitive landscapes. Covers Automotive, Beauty & Personal Care, Drinks, Financial Services, Food, Foodservice, Health & Nutrition, Household, Marketing, Pet, Retail & Apparel, Technology & Media, and Travel & Leisure. 

Moody's Academic
Free service providing users in academia with limited access to some of Moody’s products, including: CreditView - access to any 5 research documents, including issuer, deal or industry research (after that limit Moody's can permission you for another 5 at no charge); Global Credit Ratings - press release coverage of Moody’s rating actions; Credit Research - think pieces including the weekly Credit Outlook and All Structured Finance Quick Check; Rating Methodologies - which describe Moody’s approach to assigning ratings; Monthly Default Report (MDR) - includes exhibits with trailing twelve month default rates, default rate forecasts, historical default and recovery experience, and rating changes. Access expires six months after registration but may be renewed the next semester.

NBER Working Papers
New research by affiliates of the National Bureau of Economic Research, circulated for discussion and comment. The NBER distributes more than 1,200 working papers each year. These papers have not been peer reviewed. Papers issued more than 18 months ago are open access.

New York Times (website)
Complimentary access provided by USC's graduate and undergraduate student governments.

Consolidates current and archived information from thousands of newspapers, newswires, websites, blogs, videos, broadcast transcripts, business journals, periodicals, government documents and other publications. 

Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis)
Search academic research from more than 17,000 news, business, and legal sources.

Nikkei Telecom 21
Provides an article search for 4 Nikkei newspapers (Nikkei, Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun, Nikkei Ryutsu Shimbun MJ, Nikkei Finance Shimbun). Includes data for approximately 30,000 companies by Nikkei company profile; a Nikkei Who's Who and economic statistical data.

OECD iLibrary
Online library of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, featuring its books, papers and statistics and is the gateway to OECD's analysis and data. Presents all content so users can find and cite tables, databases, articles and chapters in any format. Every year around 300 new titles are published, associated with Agriculture & Food; Development; Economics; Education; Employment; Energy; Environment; Finance and Investment; Governance; Industry and Services; Nuclear Energy; Science and Technology; Social Issues; Taxation; Trade; Transport; and Urban, Rural and Regional Development.

Key company information on international and US public and private companies such as profile, financials, competitors, ratings, earnings estimates, debt, corporate ownership, and news. Includes 10 years of historical financial information per company.

Key company information on international and US public companies only - listed, unlisted and delisted. Included are company financials, ratings, SEC filings, corporate actions, earnings estimates, investor reports, EIU country profiles and outlooks, directors, annual reports, stock data and corporate structures, market research, M&A deals, and news. Includes 20 years of historical financial information per company.

Global market research reports and statistics on consumer product and service industries such as Alcohol; Apparel and Footwear; Beauty and Personal Care; Consumer Appliances, Electronics, Health, Finance and Foodservice; Eyewear; Fresh Food; Health and Wellness; Home and Garden; Home Care; Hot Drinks; Luxury Goods; Packaged Food; Pharmaceuticals; Personal Accessories; Pet Care; Soft Drinks; Tissue and Hygiene; Tobacco; Toys and Games; Retailing; Travel; Ingredients and Packaging.  Search by country, industry and company.

Pitchbook tracks every aspect of the public and private equity markets, including venture capital, private equity and M&A. Access detailed data on companies, deals investors, funds and professionals.

  • Exporting and printing is limited to 10 daily/25 monthly rows of company, deal, fund and people data per user (Faculty or student)
  • One tabled search result of company, deal, fund, or person entities exported into Excel (regardless of columns) represents one download. 

If you are accessing off campus, you must install and use the VPN application for Windows or Mac (the web VPN will not work with Pitchbook).  

If on campus, use Secure Wireless (not Guest) and the VPN; if you experience issues, 'forget' the Secure connection in your wireless settings and then reconnect.

Profiles on more than 750,000 private US companies. Find ownership, deals, revenue, EBITDA, valuations, and growth metrics, using PrivCo's proprietary mapping algorithms and human engineering to vet the data. Instructions: Create an account with your USC email address to login.

A division of IBISWorld, ProcurementIQ offers a comprehensive library of data and analysis on over 1,000 categories of procurement research. Access pricing data, supplier intelligence and contract strategies necessary to make purchasing decisions. 

Literature database for arts, business, humanities, social sciences and science. Find dissertations, theses, eBooks, newspapers, periodicals, historical collections, governmental archives, cultural archives, and other aggregated databases.

Proquest Business
Full-text articles from Proquest's business databases - ABI/INFORM; Accounting, Tax & Banking Collection; Asian & European Business Collection; Business Market Research Collection; Canadian Business & Current Affairs Database; EconLit; Los Angeles Times; New York Times; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global and ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Wall Street Journal.

ProQuest Historical Annual Reports
Annual reports from public companies between 1916 and 2009. 

ProQuest Statistical Insight
Provides abstracts, indexes, and full text for publications from hundreds of public domain and licensed sources, including US Federal statistical publications; state government and business statistical reports (Statistics Reference Index); and international statistical publications from the UN, OECD, and EU (Index to International Statistics). 

RAND State Statistics
Contains nearly 200 Social Science databases covering all 50 U.S. states. The California collection adds 80 detailed databases on California, and the Texas collection adds 60 detailed databases on Texas. Find socioeconomic data such as demographics, healthcare, business and economics, education and public finance.

RMA Statement Studies
Comparative industry benchmark data on small and medium-sized companies with data coming directly from Risk Management Association's member institutions. Includes financial ratio benchmarks and data on industry default probabilities and cash flow measures.  

Roper Center Public Opinion Archives (with iPOLL)
Provided by the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell University, Roper iPoll is the largest collection of public opinion poll data, with results from 1935 to the present. It contains nearly 800,000 questions and over 23,000 datasets from both U.S. and international polling firms. Surveys cover topics including business, social issues, politics, international affairs, the environment, and more.

SAGE Business Cases
More than 5,500 case studies from over 120 countries on subjects such as entrepreneurship, accounting, healthcare management, leadership, social enterprise, and more.

SAGE Research Methods
Includes books, articles, encyclopedias, and videos covering social science research design and methods, including case studies outlining the research methods used in real research projects.

SAGE Skills: Business
Practice and master real-world business and professional skills to transition from campus to the workplace. Topics include Data Analytics; Entrepreneurship; Leadership; Organizational Communication and Professionalism.

SBRnet (Sports Business Research Network) 
US sports business, sports marketing and sports marketing analytics, using syndicated custom and proprietary research for professional and college sports, consumer research, industry reports, and licensed industry articles. Research reports covering sports participation, the fan market and behaviors, venues, sponsorships, and expenditure on sporting goods, brand preference, and more. 

SDC Platinum
Historical financial transactions database that provides detailed data on new issues, M&A, bonds, syndicated loans, private equity, project finance, poison pills and more. Limited to Marshall students and faculty.

Research public companies' financial information and operations by reviewing the filings the company makes with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  You can also research information provided by mutual funds, ETF's and variable annuities.

Mapping, analytics, and data visualization application used to create interactive maps and reports using thousands of demographic, business, and marketing data points from a variety of sources, including the US Census, Consumer Expenditure data, ZIP and County Business Patterns data, Uniform Crime Reports data, and detailed weather data from NOAA. Instructions: Sign in as a guest or create an account using your USC email address.

Social Explorer
Explore and visually display over 500,000 data indicators and over 220 years of data for the US from 1790 to present, including all Decennial Censuses, American Community Surveys and many other datasets.

Advertising rates and profile information on media properties (print and broadcast), plus audience market analysis from Standard Rate and Data Service.

SSRN (Social Science Research Network)
Repository for research papers in 70 social science disciplines including Accounting, Economics, Global Investment, Management and Marketing. This link takes you to the USC Marshall School of Business Research Paper Series, over 900 research papers from almost 1000 authors from MSB.

S&P NetAdvantage
A comprehensive source of business and investment information, offering access to Standard & Poor's independent research, data and commentary on stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.  It is most well-known for Industry Surveys from CFRA, which contain information such as industry trends, how the industry operates, key industry ratios and statistics, how to analyze a company in that industry, comparative company analysis, and more. For Industry Surveys, go to the Markets tab, then Research/Industry Surveys. Or within the record of each company you are researching, go to Research/Industry Surveys. 

Statistical data and trend, consumer, industry, brand and country reports on over 80,000 topics from more than 22,500 sources.  Covers industries such as advertising/marketing; agriculture; chemicals, construction; consumer goods; e-commerce; politics; energy; finance; health/ pharmaceuticals /medical technology; internet; lifestyle; media; metals; real estate; retail; society; sports; technology; transportation and travel/tourism.

Statistical Insight
Statistical information produced by U.S. federal agencies, states, private organizations, and major intergovernmental organizations, to provide insight on long-term national trends and implications. Spans millions of full-text reports and more than 1 million published tables on thousands of different topics.

U.S. Trade Data ( 
Access official U.S. international trade statistics with two tools: TradeStats Express, which generates tables and graphics detailing annual and quarterly year-to-date U.S. goods trade data from 2002 to the most recently available quarter; and Trade Policy Information System (TPIS), which generates tables and charts detailing historical trade by U.S. top trade partners or products.

Wall Street Journal (website)
New users are required to create an individual user account using their USC email address, and will have access through graduation. 

Global advertising and marketing trends including ad spend, rankings, consumer insight and case studies.

Web of Science
Interdisciplinary collection of journal articles, conference proceedings, and books. Collection of seven online databases: Conference Proceedings Citation Index, Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Index Chemicus, Current Chemical Reactions, and Book Citation Index. Coverage is 1900-present.

Detailed information on US and international advertising agencies and advertisers.  Quickly identify key decision-makers at brands/companies, agencies, and ad-tech companies; provides the agency/client relationship, including which aspects of the budget (digital, OOH, print) that each agency controls; shows what the advertising budget for each client is, broken across media format and which quarter the ad spend occurred in.

World Bank Databank
Analysis and visualization tool that contains collections of time series data on a variety of topics, such as national statistical systems of developing countries; education statistics; gender statistics; and health nutrition/population statistics. World Development Indicators (WDI) is the primary World Bank collection of development indicators, compiled from officially recognized international sources. It presents the most current and accurate global development data available, and includes national, regional and global estimates.

Collection of databases designed for standardized quantitative analysis.  Available datasets include Audit Analytics, BoardEx, COMPUSTAT, CRSP, IBES, IRI, OTC Market, TAQ, and more.  Grad students and Faculty are eligible to register for personal accounts here, which allows for saving data on the WRDS server. All other users may have a Day Pass by entering their USC email under 'Connect to WRDS'.  Please note: WRDS suspends access for all students during summer.

Powered by its sister database Orbis (see above), Zephyr includes comprehensive M&A datasets integrated with detailed company information.