Business and Accounting

Electronic Databases

Many of the databases listed below are for use by UW-Platteville students, faculty and staff only. For information on using databases from off campus, please see the Guide for Off-campus users or Service to Distance Education Students.

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  • ABI/Inform Complete 
    A collection of three unique databases to national and international business information: ABI/INFORM Global; ABI/INFORM Dateline; and ABI/INFORM Trade and Industry.
  • Buckmaster Annual Stockholder Reports 
    Annual reports from Fortune 500 companies.
  • Business Abstracts with Full Text
    "Contains the full text of articles from more than 510 key publications dating back to 1995, and provides access to product evaluations, interviews, biographical sketches, corporate profiles, obituaries, surveys, statistical rankings, book reviews and reports from associations, societies, trade shows, conferences and more. Additional content includes quality indexing and abstracts for more than 900 publications dating back to 1982, as well as over 600,000 corporate names with cross references to specific industries and countries."
  • Business Journals 
    The UW system subscribes to 40+ American city business journals. Access includes exact digital replicas of the weekly business journals; digital Book of Lists and 10+ years of archived business journal articles.
  • Business Source Premier 
    Indexes and abstracts more than 2,300 business periodicals and newspapers.
  • Disclosure Reports - see LexisNexis Financial reports on publicly owned companies. In Lexis-Nexis, use the Get Company Info search box. Search for the Company, then click on Financial information.
  • Hoover's Company Records 
    "Find up to date proprietary editorial content covering more than 40,000 public and non-public companies and 225,000 key executives. Hoover's, widely recognized as a leading provider of corporate data, delivers in depth industry analyses, information on a company's location, summary financials, top competitors, top officers, and more. "
  • International Financial Statistics 
    The IFS database contains approx. 32,000 time series covering more than 200 countries and areas and includes all series appearing on the IFS country pages; exchange rate series for all Fund member countries, plus Aruba and the Netherland Antilles: major Fund account series; and most other world, area, and country series from the IFS world tables.
  • International Journal of Project Management 
    This journal offers wide ranging and comprehensive coverage of all facets of project management.
  • LexisNexis Academic 
    Provides access to 6,000 news, business, legal and reference information. Some full text.
  • Regional Business News 
    Full text newswire database incorporates business wires from all over the world.
  • SAGE Journals Online 
    SAGE publishes over 470 journals in Business, Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Technology and Medicine. 
    Full-Text is available for articles that have been published SINCE 1999.
  • WestlawNext 
    Provides access to a comprehensive collection of news and business information and law-related resources.  Free training on how to use this resource located at the West e-learning center.
  • General Electronic Databases

Electronic Journals

  • Business Week Online version of publication. The most recent paper issue is shelved in the Current Periodicals Reading Area (1st floor). Older paper issues are shelved alphabetically by title on the 1st floor, until microfilm arrives.


  • Better Business Bureau Includes full text of published booklets, directory of BBB branches in the U.S. and Canada. News Center warns of recent scams. Also maintains a database of reported complaints against companies nation wide. The Philanthropic Advisory Service provides information on non-profitable organization and charities.
  • @Brint Premier network for Business, Technology and Knowledge Management
  • CNN Financial News Current business, financial and management news as well as information on commodities, currencies, interest rates, U.S. and world markets. Searchable archive.
  • Ethics resource center This site offers commentary and research on ethical behavior in both the private and public sector.
  • International Business Information Directory Online compilation of URLs found in the book International Business Information on the Web: Searcher magazine's guide to sites and strategies for global business research. GEN HF 54.56.L364 2001
  • NAICS--North American Industry Classification System This government site provides a history information and conversion tables between NAICS and SIC codes. Also has the ability to search for NAICS codes for specific industries. Also in print: REF DESK HF1042.N6
  • Standard Industrial Classification Search Site that enables searching for SIC codes by keyword.
  • BusinessUSA (formerly known as the U.S. Business Advisor/ "Provides businesses with one-stop access to federal government information, services and transactions."
  • U.S. Census Bureau


  • AICPA Online Association for CPA's in the United States. Provides career information, professional software reviews and links to pages that contain the board requirements and local chapter information per state.
  • Public Company Accounting Oversight Board The PCAOB's mission is to protect investors and the public by overseeing the audits of public companies.
  • Tax Information for Businesses Federal government site, contains forms, publications, etc. in regards to business taxes.
  • Tax and Accounting Sites Directory A "comprehensive index of web-based tax and accounting resources. The directory is designed to be a starting point for people who are searching for tax and accounting information and services. The site is maintained by Dennis Schmidt, a Professor of Accounting at the University of Northern Iowa."
  • WI Department of Revenue

Company Information

  • See Buckmaster's Annual Reports in the "Electronic Databases" section above.
  • Hoover's Online Database includes 500,000+ public and private U.S. companies, listing contact information, latest stock prices, financial data and news. Also in print:
    • Hoover's Handbook of World Business REF HG4009.H66
    • Hoover's Handbook of Emerging Companies REF HG4057.A2861
    • Hoover's Handbook of American Business REF HG4057.A28617
    • Hoover's Handbook of Private Companies REF HG4057.H668
  • Securities & Exchange Commission Read financial reports (10-K's) that companies on the stock exchange must file annually with the SEC. Must use the EDGAR database.

Industry Profiles

  • Current Industrial Reports "Since 1904, the Current Industrial Report (CIR) program has been providing monthly, quarterly, and annual measures of industrial activity. These surveys measure manufacturing activity in important commodity areas."
  • Industry Economic Accounts The Industry Economics Division (IED) of the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) prepares and publishes a variety of economic statistics on industries.
  • International Industry Profiles The International Trade Data System (ITDS) is a federal government information technology initiative (Initiative IT06) of the National Performance Review.
  • Yahoo! Industry News

Marketing and Advertising

  • Ad*Access "The Ad*Access Project, funded by the Duke Endowment "Library 2000" Fund, presents images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. Ad*Access concentrates on five main subject areas: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II, providing a coherent view of a number of major campaigns and companies through images preserved in one particular advertising collection available at Duke University.
  • The Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850 - 1920 "Presents over 9,000 images, relating to the early history of advertising in the United States. The materials, drawn from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University, provide a significant and informative perspective on the early evolution of this most ubiquitous feature of modern American business and culture."
  • Marketing Virtual Library Annotated guide to marketing resources. Areas covered include advertising, starting and running a business, careers and employment, consumer issues, legal information, electronic commerce, public relations, and selling & sales management. Additionally database, direct, international, and Internet marketing are covered as well as market research. A comprehensive and current resource.


  • North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) classify businesses by what they produce or what services they offer.   North American Industry Classification System is located in the Reference collection with the call number: Ref HF1042 .N6

Government Information



  • WI Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection "...inspect and license more than 100,000 businesses and individuals, analyze millions of laboratory samples, conduct hundreds of hearings and investigations, educate businesses and consumers about best practices, adopt rules that have the force of law, and promote Wisconsin agriculture at home and abroad."
  • Wisconsin Department of Commerce The state's primary agency for delivery of integrated services to businesses.
  • WI Labor & Industry Review Commission An independent administrative agency which decides appeals in cases involving Unemployment Insurance, Worker's Compensation, and Equal Rights.


  • New York Stock Exchange Latest stock news, quotes, market activity and links to investor resources.
  • Chicago Board of Trade The world's oldest futures and futures-options exchange. Its site offers information about the exchange, quotes on the options and futures traded, market information, calendars, and information on its electronic trading platform.
  • Chicago Mercantile Exchange "The Chicago Mercantile Exchange has links to current exchange rates of agricultural commodities, foreign currencies, interest rates, indices, and special options offerings. Time and Sales data is available on a daily basis for the previous day's trades."
  • InvestorWords Glossary of financial terms.
  • Morningstar Online Chicago-based Morningstar is the leading provider of mutual fund, stock, and variable-insurance investment information. An independent company, Morningstar does not own, operate, or hold any interest in mutual funds, stocks, or insurance products, thereby providing unbiased data, analysis, and candid editorial commentary.

Small Business Resources

  • EntrepreNet The Edward Lowe Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to championing the entrepreneurial spirit. The Foundation provides services and peer-learning opportunities for emerging-growth entrepreneurs and all who serve them.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration Created by Congress in 1953 to help America's entrepreneurs form successful small enterprises. Today, offices in every state offer financing, training and advocacy for small firms.

Consumer Information

  • Aimed at providing one-stop shopping for consumer information. The U.S. Consumer Gateway provides relevant government information in the categories of food; product safety; health; home and community; transportation; children; careers and education; and technology. Consumer Sentinel provides information on frauds and a place to report them. Provided by many U.S. Government Agencies.
  • Consumer Price Index "The Consumer Price Indexes program produces monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services."
  • Consumer Protection From the Bureau of Consumer Protection of the Federal Trade Commission, (FTC), this site is designed to protect consumers from unfair practices. To this end, it provides many helpful guides, tips, alerts, and warnings on a variety of issues, ranging from advertising to tobacco. It is possible to search this site for your particular topic. Some articles are in Spanish. All articles include an address to write to for more help and information.

International Resources

  • Business Daily Part of the World News Network, it provides an overview of current business and economic news around the globe. Searchable in 35 languages and has archived since 2003.
  • International Trade Administration Site was developed to assist users with international trade development, particularly exporting. Provides basic information on exporting, tariffs and taxes, trade statistics, and compliance with foreign trade regulations.
  • Business culture, customs and etiquette Local customs and proper business manners around the world. Learn how to dress appropriately, entertain, choose gifts, etc.

For News and company information on an international level, search LexisNexis AcademicABI/Inform Complete and Business Source Premier.

For books on the culture and customs of a country, go to Search@UW. (The library owns several books from the Culture Shock series that describe the customs and culture of a specific country.)

Related Sites at UW-Platteville/Karrmann Library

Business and Accounting at UW-Platteville

  • The Business and Accounting Office is located in 1100 Ullsvik. For a listing of courses or for more information on this program, call 608.342.1660. Jessica Donahoe is the Karrmann Library's liaison to the Business and Accounting program. Contact Jessica at 608.342.1348 for individualized consultations and/or library instruction sessions in Business and Accounting. Her E-mail address is

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