How can I create a competitors list for a private company?

Try LexisNexis Academic and Million Dollar Directory. This video will show you how.

Company Databases

I don’t know where to start my company research, can you help?

How can I find the latest news on my topic?

Is there a way to read today’s news online through the library databases?

Factiva News Pages

I need to find historical and current annual reports.

Use the Mason Libraries’ database Historical Annual Reports .  Locate historical annual reports (back to 1888) as well as current annual reports.

Other resources to try

I need to know which companies are in an industry.

Try NetAdvantage (Standard & Poor’s)   —  Click the “Industries” tab — select a report to display.  For company information, choose “Comparative Company Analysis.”  Global Industry Reports are also available for Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

You can also Create a company list by SIC code in Mergent online.

I need a business dictionary.

Mason Libraries has an ebook for that! A Dictionary of Business and Management (Oxford)

I need working papers and technical reports. Any ideas?

Try the Mason Libraries database Business Source Complete – choose Publications – choose Working Papers

Other resources to try

Where can I find Mason theses & dissertations? Other theses & dissertations?

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I’m interested in franchises.

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Search the Mason Libraries catalog for books, ebooks, media, and more. Use the subject headings Franchises (Retail trade)

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Try these selected Mason Libraries databases to get started

Need more help? Ask the Interim Business Librarian