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Databases for Researching the Economy
You can find reliable information about the economy of the United States in several of the library's databases. I'm listing these in order of preference! Different databases have different articles, so consider searching more than one.
Click the info icon to get helpful hints for searching that particular database.
For basic economic information, choose 'united states' in the 'Quick Links' drop box (2nd box on left side of page). Check out the links under 'Economic Overview' on the left side of the page (once you are on the United States page).
World Development Indicators
Provides current and historical Economic data from the World Bank for over 207 Countries
I always start with Mergent Intellect because it tells me whether it is a private or public company, whether or not I am looking at information on the headquarters, and finally, whether my company is a subsidiary or parent company.
Company information (private, public and international), industry analysis, demographics, and more. Coverage dates: Current
Unique feature is the ability to create a spreadsheet comparing financial aspects (of your choosing) of several companies. Info on Public companies only.
Morningstar Investment Research Center
Only allows 2 users at a time. The most analyst verbage of any company database we have.
Business Insights: Essentials
Has both public and private companies. Some global. Will give a product listing (although not always comprehensive) for companies.