Major Research Tools

Hoover's Online


Profiles of public and private companies in the U.S. and other countries. Also includes financial and corporate directory information, business news, and stock quotes.

International Directory of Company Histories


Detailed histories of U.S. and international companies. Use the search box to find all company profiles available in electronic format. Older volumes are available in Skillman's print reference collection (HD2721 .I63)

Morningstar Investing Center

Data, Full-Text
Comprehensive stock database that includes company financial data and research reports, data and analyst reports on mutual, closed-end, and exchange-traded funds, and investment tools such as portfolio builders, savings calculators, and risk analyzers.

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage

Data, Full-Text

Database of business and investment information, including company profiles, financial data, and stock, bond, and mutual fund reports. Includes S&P's Industry Surveys and Register of Corporations.



Statistics and studies gathered by market researchers, trade organizations, scientific publications, and government sources on over 600 industries

Value Line Investment Survey (Standard Edition)

Data, Full-Text

Reports on 1700 stocks, including past performance, current status, and outlook. (Note that our subscription allows only two users from Lafayette to access the database simultaneously. If you see a message saying that the licensed number of users is already logged on, ignore the rest of the message and try again later.)

Wall Street Journal via ProQuest


Coverage: 1984-present

Full text of the Wall Street Journal. Includes limited images, charts and tables.

Other Suggested Research Tools

County Business Patterns


Annual reports of state and county-level economic data (business establishments, employees, and payroll) by industry, from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Dow Jones Barron's & MarketWatch


Website version of the magazine featuring investing analysis, global market insights, news briefs, and a market data center. [Note: users must register an account and then sign in at ]

Economic Census


Detailed data on U.S. businesses collected every five years.



Electronic filings to the Securities and Exchange Commission by domestic companies trading public shares. (Note: some annual 10K and 10KSB reports will be found, but annual reports to shareholders are provided on a voluntary basis only.) Lists

The Forbes 500 and other rankings of companies, people, and places.

Market Share Reporter

Coverage: 2011-2019

Compilation of comparative business statistics. Mostly covers top brands for various products (e.g. top coffee brands), but also includes things like leading firms in an industry and dollar value of product shipments. Foreign as well as U.S. data. See related publication, Market Share Reporter: Trends over Time (2012).

Wall Street Journal: Market Data


Current data on U.S. and international stocks, mutual funds, bonds, commodities, currencies, etc. A growing number of tables provide historical data back to 2007.

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

Coverage: 2010-2017

Directory and profiles of 100,000 U.S. companies. Can be searched by total sales, location, NAICS code, and more.