Library Databases

Published: May 5, 2020
Last Updated: Jun 10, 2020
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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

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.

BCC Research Centre

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.

Publishes 250 reports annually that are complete with market intelligence, five-year forecasts, statistical and analytical data, key players, market share, industry structure and dynamics, and technological shifts and trends.

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.

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.

  • Gallery: a tour to show what the design of the future will look like. (23 October, 2019). ContentEngine LLC. Retrieved from ABI/INFORM Global.

      Business Source Ultimate

      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.

      Includes financial data, books, videos, company profiles, SWOT analyses, industry profiles, country reports, market research reports and case studies.  Also includes information on industry trends, forecasts, outlooks, competitors, how to run a specific business and much more.

      • Barnes Reports: Interior Design Services Industry (NAICS 54141). (2019). United States Interior Design Services Industry Report, 1–196. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=bsu&AN=132545454&s...

      • Home Furnishings Wholesale Industry (Naics 42322). (2017). United States Industry & Market Outlook, 83–84. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=bsu&AN=119868040&s...

      • Mainl, Lexi. This Decorating Technique Separates the Pros from the Amateurs. (12 October, 2019). Wall Street Journal (online edition). Retrieved from Business Source Complete database.

      • Suqi, Rima. Can an Utterly Blank Wall be Chic? (12 October, 2019). Wall Street Journal (online edition). Retrieved from Business Source Complete database.

      • Atmosphere: The Seven Elements of Great Design. (7 October, 2019). Publishers Weekly. Retrieved from Business Source Complete database.

      • Karnasiewicz, Sarah. Decorating with Color: A 4-Step Guide. (2019). Wall Street Journal (online edition). Retrieved from Business Source Complete database.

      Business Market Research Collection (Proquest)

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

      Business Market Research Collection brings together four sources to help students more easily conduct the research they need to produce business plans, marketing plans, startup plans, market growth analysis, and strategic and financial plans. Includes access to: Hoover's Company Profiles, OxResearch, Barnes Reports, and the older Snapshots Series, which includes market research overviews on over 40 industries and 40 countries to 2008.

      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.

      Marketresearch.com/Freedonia Focus

      How to access: Check your local public or academic library to see about access. If you are a UBC student, staff, faculty or in-person library visitor you can access this resource.

      While you can search this website only some Canadian libraries provide full-text access to the market research reports on industries and demographics for North American industries. They can range from 50 to 400+ pages in length, and contain charts, tables, and graphs, and key facts. Marketresearch.com has varied industry coverage and includes US and international information.

      Mergent Online

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

      Provides access to US and international public company data. This database also contains data on companies that were acquired, went bankrupt, liquidated or merged out of existence from 1995 forward. Users can compare companies and export data into programs like Excel.  

      WARC: World Advertising Research Center

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

      WARC has case studies from major companies and advertising agencies, as well as articles from leading advertising journals and unpublished papers. It also includes company profiles, advertising spending statistics, and demographic and economic data.

      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.

      Other Related Databases

      Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

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

      Created by the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia University, the index offers a comprehensive listing of journal articles published worldwide on architecture and design, archaeology, city planning, interior design, landscape architecture, and historic preservation.

      DAAI: Design and Applied Arts Index

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

      Articles, news items, and reviews published in design and applied arts periodicals from 1973 onwards. Information on designers, craftspeople, studios, workshops, firms etc.

      Wiley Online Library

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

      Wiley Online Library hosts the world's broadest and deepest multidisciplinary collection of online resources covering life, health and physical sciences, social science, and the humanities. It delivers seamless integrated access to over 6 million articles from over 1500 journals, over 16,000 online books, and hundreds of reference works, laboratory protocols and databases. Firmly established as the world's leading society publisher, Wiley offers an exceptional portfolio of over 6 million articles from over 1,500 journals.

      Includes access to relevant journal titles such as the Journal of Interior Design.