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How Do I Find Business Databases?

Guide to selecting and accessing business databases.

Some of the most popular databases for business research are listed on this page.  Click on a database name to access the resource.

Top Business Databases - A to Z

Database Name Description
McMaster Users Only Full-Text
Data
Business Monitor International Provides country risk, industry and competitive intelligence for 175 countries.
McMaster Users Only

Citations
Full-Text

DataVideos

Business Premium Collection 
[Includes ABI/INFORMAccounting, Tax & BankingAsian & European BusinessBusiness Video DatabaseBusiness Market ResearchEntrepreneurship and J.P. Morgan Research]
Provides full-text access and/or indexing to thousands of business sources, including scholarly journals, magazines, trade publications, newspapers, books, reports, videos and more.
McMaster Users Only Citations
Full-Text

Data
Business Source Premier Contains citations and full-text articles from thousands of sources, including academic journals, magazines, and trade publications. Also includes  worldwide company, country and industry reports.
McMaster Users Only

Citations
Full-Text

Canadian Business & Current Affairs Database (CBCA) Articles from key Canadian journals, magazines and newspapers. Multidisciplinary database with selected full-text.
McMaster Users Only Full-Text
Data
Canadian Business Database Brief profiles of 2.1 million companies in Canada, including privates. Search by company name, by industry code (SIC or NAICS), by geography, etc.
McMaster Users Only Citations
Full-Text
Canadian Periodicals Index Quarterly (CPI.Q) Articles from newspapers, magazines and journals. Multidisciplinary database with selected full-text. Emphasis on Canadian content.
McMaster Users Onlyopen access Data
Full-Text
CANSIM via CHASS (McMaster Users Only) & Data Tables (formerly CANSIM) via Statistics Canada (Open Access) Contains current and historical Canadian statistics on a wide variety of topics such as business, education, income, labour, manufacturing, population & demography, retail & wholesale and transportation.
McMaster Users Only Full-Text
Data

Videos
Conference Board of Canada e-Library Full-text database containing research publications and recorded conferences and webinars on economic trends, public policy issues and organizational performance.
McMaster Users Only Full-Text
Data
DBRS (Dominion Bond Rating Service) A Canadian rating agency providing independent evaluations of corporate and government issues. Includes rating reports on companies, countries and cities, as well as industry studies. Worldwide coverage with an emphasis on Canada. 
McMaster Users Only Full-Text
Data
EIU (Economist Intelligence Unit) Provides access to economic data and commentary on countries around the world.
McMaster Users Only Full-Text
Data
Factiva Provides full-text access to current and archived international news as well as corporate and financial data. 
McMaster Users Only Full-Text
Data
IBISWorld Contains U.S., Canadian, Ontario and global industry reports. Search by keyword(s) or by industry code (NAICS - North American Industry Classification System).
McMaster Users Only Full-Text Knotia: Accounting & Assurance and Taxation Provides full-text access to key accounting manuals such as the CPA Canada Standards and Guidance Collection (formerly known as the CICA Handbook) & Interntional Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
McMaster Users Only Videos LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) Contains thousands of instructional videos on a broad range of topics, including many relevant to business such as communication, data analysis, online marketing, project managment, programming and software. 
McMaster Users Only Full-Text
Data
MarketResearch.com Academic Contains hundreds of full-text market research reports. U.S. emphasis.
McMaster Users Only Data
Full-Text
Mergent Online - includes Investext Contains business and financial data on public (active & inactive) companies worldwide. Also includes country profiles, industry reports, equity reports, bond data and more. The Investext tab contains full-text research reports written by analysts at the world’s top investment banks, brokerage houses and research firms.
McMaster Users Only Full-Text
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Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis Academic) Provides full-text access and/or indexing to thousands of sources relevant to business research including international newspapers, company profiles, and legal materials.
McMaster Users Only Data ODESI (Ontario Data Documentation Extraction Service & Infrastructure) Includes data  files from Statistics Canada, Gallup Canada and other polling companies, public-domain files and selected files from the ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research). 
McMaster Users Only Full-Text
Data
OECD iLibrary  Provides full-text access to books, reports, working papers, periodicals and statistical data published by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development).
McMaster Users Only Full-Text
Data
Passport  A global market information database containing key business intelligence on countries, cities, companies, markets and consumers around the world.
open access Full-Text
Data
SEDAR (System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval) Contains annual reports, financial statements, press releases and other documents from Canadian public companies.
McMaster Users Only Data
Full-Text
 
Statista  Includes millions of statistics on  thousands of topics from a variety of sources. It also includes market forecasts, dossiers, industry reports, infographics, and more. Worldwide coverage.
McMaster Users Only Full-Text
Data
Thomson ONE 
NOTE:
Subscription expires December 31, 2019. Replaced by Investext via Mergent Online.
Contains corporate data and research reports written by analysts at the world’s top investment banks, brokerage houses and research firms.
McMaster Users Only Full-Text
Data
Value Line Investment Survey An investment advisory service that tracks approximately 1,700 companies in over 90 industries.
McMaster Users Only Citations Web of Science - Core Collection Indexes and abstracts articles from over 20,000 international scholarly journals in a variety of subject areas including business. Search by topic, cited works and more.
McMaster Users Only Data WRDS (Wharton Research Data Services)
[Includes Compustat, CRSP, I/B/E/S, and more]
WRDS is a web based interface providing access to recent and historical financial data. 

A list of our top business databases organized by source types (e.g., articles, data, reports, etc.). Click here or on the image below for the PDF guide.

Top business databases by source types