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Overview of Business Research: Intro to Library Resources

A sampling of resources available for business research.

Starting your Business Research

Doing business research?  Searching for company info?  Looking for financial statements?  The SHU Library has almost everything you need to do even the most complex and involved business research.  There are a number of databases that you can use to retrieve business and economics information on everything from stock reports to scholarly journal articles in management, economics, or marketing.  The PowerPoint file below will help you get started.

Cabell's Online Directory

Public or Private - Which one is your company?

Before beginning your quest for company research, you need to find out if the company you are researching is public or is privately held. The amount of information you find, and where you will look for it, will be based on your company’s designation:

  • public - traded on a major stock exchange

  • private - not traded on a major stock exchange

  • international - a non-U.S. corporation

From a research perspective, you will find that a public company’s information is easier to find. Public companies in the U.S. must "disclose" meaning they must make financial data and other information available. In contrast a private company does not need to release this information.

To determine a company's status, do a search on the company name in the  Hoover's Company Capsules & Profiles database. Look at the screenshot below.  Note the stock exchange: NYSE and the Company’s ticker symbol: JCG. Public companies offer their securities to the general public typically through an exchange.

Navigating Your Way through the Library's resources

Business Databases

Interlibrary Loan

What is an Interlibrary Loan?

  • Interlibrary Loan is a service that makes it possible for library materials not owned by Ryan-Matura Library to be obtained from other libraries. Sacred Heart University students, faculty, and staff are eligible to use the service. A request form is available below.


Request an Interlibrary Loan:  Click ILLiad : Resources from other libraries to make a request.


Please note:

  • You must be currently registered at the Ryan-Matura Library as a faculty member, student or staff to request an Interlibrary Loan.

  • Before requesting an article, a book chapter or book through the library Interlibrary Loan service, please search the Ryan-Matura Library's catalog and Research Databases, our A to Z Listing, making sure the library does NOT own the resource.