Library Databases

Published: Jun 9, 2016
Last Updated: Mar 21, 2019
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The Expensive World Of Business Information

Believe it or not, you cannot find everything in Google! Have you ever done an online search and found the perfect industry report only to find that it costs over 5K? Did you know that libraries pay for many expensive databases that could be helpful in your secondary market research? Search engines like Google can only provide direct access to freely available information. Most of the web, including business information, lives in databases behind expensive paywalls. This paywall protected section of the internet is known as the deep web. Fortunately, some libraries pay to subscribe to databases so they can provide free access to their patrons - and many business databases can contain useful information such as articles, market research, and company reports.

There are several strategies you can use to access relevant business information on the deep web. First, we urge you to look up what business resources your local public or academic library can provide access to. Each database has its own arrangement, with unique interfaces and search features. It helps to know the structure and search terms of the specific database you are working with in order to retrieve effective results. Also, it is important to know that library databases are restricted by specific usage agreements. It can help to consult with a librarian if you have trouble navigating a specific database. They may also be able to help you find comparable information elsewhere. Libraries with robust business collections might also have useful e-books, directories and trade journals. As you conduct your secondary market research you will likely need to consult both free and deep web resources.

For more information about how and why to use business databases, check out our video tutorial, Module Four: Conducting Your Industry Research.

Business Resources at Academic Libraries 

Colleges and Universities with business programs will have useful business collections you may be able to get access to through their academic library. Often these academic libraries can provide the general public with access to their collections, which include electronic resources like databases and e-books. For example, they could have alumni or community cards, and can provide temporary "guest" passes in certain situations. Contact your local college or university library to see what they can provide. Please note: you probably will not get access to their electronic resources with remote access.

Databases For Industry Research

Try searching for "furniture industry & trade" and phrases like "industry wide conditions" or "business conditions" and terms like "strengths" or "statistics" to narrow your search.

IBISWorld Industry Reports
IBISWorld research is an independent, professional publisher of high-quality market research reports. These reports analyze the underlying structure and external forces that drive an industry. UBC Library subscribes to specific IBISworld modules. Contact your local public or academic to determine if you can get access. UBC affiliates and in-person library visitors can learn more about this resource and how to access it here.

ABI/INFORM Collection

How to access: If you are a UBC student, staff, faculty or in-person library visitor you can access this resource.

Created by ProQuest this database contains full-text articles from over 1,000 business magazines and journals that track business conditions, trends, management techniques, corporate strategies, and industry-specific topics.

  • Case, S. (2013). Furnishing the future. The American City & County.

A look at the environmental requirements of indoor furniture manufacturing in Canada.

  • Hatch, C. J. (2013). Competitiveness by design: An institutionalist perspective on the resurgence of a 'mature' industry in a high wage economy.

"Examines the learning dynamics underpinning the resurgence of Canada's office furniture manufacturing sector, which underwent dramatic growth following its near collapse in the wake of the North American trade liberalization beginning in the late 1980s. It investigates the role that design and quality have played in prompting a move up-market and enhancing the sector's competitiveness."

  • Drayse, M. H. (2011). Globalization and innovation in a mature industry: Furniture manufacturing in canada. Regional Studies, 45(3), 299.

"Canadian furniture manufacturers have been relatively successful in responding to the competitive challenges of more open continental and global economies. The industry has followed a highroad development path based on innovation in products, processes, and business practices, and exploitation of export markets in the United States."

Business Source Complete / Business Source Premier
Created by Ebsco, this database contains quarterly reports on major industries in 175 countries, including Canada. Includes Datamoniter company profiles, market research reports, 5-year forecasts and SWOT analyses, as well as information on industry trends, forecasts, outlooks, competitors, how to run a specific business, and much more. Contact your local public or academic to determine if you can get access. UBC affiliates and in-person library visitors can learn more about this resource and how to access it here.

  • Office Furniture Manufacturing Industry NAICS 33721. (2016). United States Office Furniture Manufacturing Industry Report, 1-217.

"An industry report of the office furniture manufacturing industry in the U.S. during 2015-2017 is presented from publisher Barnes Reports, with topics including estimated sales, estimated number of employees, and estimated number of establishments."

  • Household & Institutional Furniture Mfg. Industry (NAICS 33712). (2014). United States Household & Institutional Furniture Manufacturing Industry Report, 1-191.

"This article presents an outlook for the U.S. household and institutional furniture manufacturing industry in 2014. It discusses its sub-industries, industry establishments, sales and employment trends, the estimated industry sales in 2013, the performance of the U.S. economy, the performance of non-durable and durable goods manufacturing sectors, and forecasts on economic indicators."

Canadian Business and Current Affairs (CBCA)

How to access: If you are a UBC student, staff, faculty or in-person library visitor you can access this resource. Otherwise, contact your local library to see if they provide access.

Canadian Business and Current Affairs (CBCA)

Provides access to general and specialized business information, current events, and reference materials, including popular and academic journals. Excellent for tracking trends for your specific product or industry.

  • Sanderson, V. (2013, Jan 05). Made in canada, eh. Toronto Star.

"While Lockhart can talk trends with the best of them, she's a staunch advocate of timeless furniture that has staying power. She also contends that consumers should have access to well-designed, sturdily built furniture that doesn't break the bank."

  • Lindzon, J. (2013, Nov 12). Craftsmen shape reclaimed wood into furniture. Toronto Star.

"Their upscale furniture line, all of which is handcrafted by the pair from antique reclaimed wood, is sold exclusively through their e-commerce store, JMandSons.com. This opens access to a wide audience, and because they're able to conduct business out of a small woodworking shop they rent in Toronto, Ayotte and Duncan save overhead costs on a traditional storefront."

UBC Library Business Databases

How to access: If you are a UBC student, staff, faculty or in-person library visitor you may have access to business databases through the David Lam Management Research Library and Canaccord Learning Commons through the links below.

Full Listing By Title or Full Listing By Subject

There are two different ways to identify databases, use 'by title' if you already know the name. Otherwise, you can use the list 'by subject' to find starting places for doing market research, finding articles or researching companies. To learn more about how you can access library resources if you are a community user or temporary visitor check out the UBC Library Community Users & Visitors Guide. Community users and temporary visitors may have additional access restrictions to specific databases because of license agreements.

Provincial Library Database Partners

How to access:Check out the database list and note the License Participants to find out which institutions have access. Otherwise, contact your local post-secondary library to see what they offer.

BC Electronic Library Network (ELN) Research Databases

ELN licenses databases with partner academic libraries. These include LexisNexis, Canadian Newstand, Hoovers, CBCA Business, ABI/INFORM Complete and others that may be of interest to business researchers.

Canadian Newsstream

How to access: If you are a UBC student, staff, faculty or in-person library visitor you can access this resource. Otherwise, contact your local library to see if they provide access.

Canadian Newsstream

Provides full-text access to many Canadian national and regional newspapers. Content is updated daily, following a two-day embargo period. Some content dates back to 1985. You can easily set up an article alert service and receive email updates on your search results. All you need to do is complete your search and click on the Save search/alert link near the top of your results. Provide your email address and then set the notification frequency and you're good to go! Try searching your industry, track information on your competitors or any other topic of your choice.

  • Arrais, P. (2011, July 30). Demand for multi-purpose furniture increases; Trend results from aging populace, downsized living spaces. The Times - Transcript, H.6.

"An aging population combined with the spectre of rising costs are behind the trend toward downsized living areas, and the greatest challenge involved is how to do more with less. In many homes, a dining room chair is moved to another room - to a home office, for example - to serve as an occasional chair until needed for large dinner parties."

  • Cox, J. (2016, Feb 13). Furniture trends; proportions, materials, designs are evolving to reflect contemporary homes, condos. Montreal Gazette.

"Popular furniture pieces include sofas that convert into beds, and chairs that become ottomans or can act as a chaise when placed next to a sofa."

First Research Industry Profiles

How to access: If you are UBC student, staff, or faculty you can access many of these reports through ABI/INFORM.

Covers over 900 industry segments. Updated on a quarterly basis, these industry profiles contain critical analysis, statistics and forecasts to help you engage key prospects, coach key clients, and deepen customer relationships. You can search for reports by NAICS, SIC or keyword or browse by category.

IBISWorld Industry Reports

How to access: If you are a UBC student, staff, faculty or in-person library visitor you can access this resource.

IBISWorld research is an independent, professional publisher of high-quality market research reports. These reports analyze the underlying structure and external forces that drive an industry.

Newspapers and News Sources - UBC Library Research Guide

How to access: The guide can be viewed through the link below. Individual resources and databases will have different access requirements.

UBC Library has an excellent collection of current and historical newspapers from B.C., Canada, and around the world. UBC affiliates will have access to these resources.