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MBA Program Orientation: Resources

Business News Sources

Free internet resources

  • Crain's Chicago Business

    Local Chicago publication, limited free content. Get full text from 1996-present via the library's subscription to MasterFILE Premier.

  • Wall Street Journal

    Limited free content. Get full text via the library's subscription to ProQuest Newsstand.

Databases & Print Resources with company information

  • Company Histories, vols. 1 - 67, R338.74 I61
  • Encyclopedia of Consumer Brands R658.8343 E56 Three volumes, Describes brand origins, product importance, marketing strategies, litigation, etc.
  • Hoovers' Handbook of Private Companies ~Rare source for privately-owned company information R338.7 H789P
  • Lexis-Nexis AcademicProvides full text access to over 15,000 news, business, legal, medical and reference sources. Includes wire services, case law, broadcast transcripts, SEC filings, federal regulations and company and industry information.

Business Journal Article resources and case histories

There are full-text case study sources in the Business Source Premier database; if you try searching for the company in one box, use the keywords "case," "case*," (asterisk searches all endings of the word "case"), or "case studies" and the name of a company in the second box.

Harvard Business Review

Harvard Business Publishing restricts access to Harvard Business Review's 500 most popular articles to "read-only" in Business Source Premier (one of our EBSCO databases). The full text of the HBR 500 articles can be accessed but cannot be saved, printed, or linked to/from a permalink. Harvard Business Publishing does not allow the use of the HBR 500 articles in electronic reserves, electronic course packs, persistent linking from syllabi or by any other means of incorporating the content into course resources. Users of these articles must search for individual Harvard Business Review articles in Business Source Premier directly

Briefly, the HBR 500 articles:

  • May be read online in Business Source Premier but not downloaded or saved
  • May not be linked from Blackboard

Click here for the list of HBR 500 Article Titles (list is from 2013, so most likely has changed significantly).

When you search in Business Source Premier & you come across one of the HBR 500 Articles you may view the full text.  However, when you try and print the full text you cannot edit, print or copy this document.

You will not know what articles are part of the HBR 500 until you click on the detailed citation for the individual articles. You will see this:

When you try to print the PDF full text, the Print button will not function. You may be able to download the file, but even as a downloaded file, printing is disabled. 

Please ask a librarian if you have questions about obtaining these articles.

Finding Company websites and competitors

  • Make sure you know if the company has a parent company or not.

  • Use the most precise name for the company (ex., "gap inc" instead of "the gap" or gap).  This helps eliminate "garbage results".

  • Spelling counts.

WARNING: Keep in mind that all of the information that you want may not be found at the company web site. Big corporations pay fancy consultants lots of money to complete market research; often, companies aren't willing to share the information that has cost so much to obtain.

Trade Associations are a good way to find competitor websites. 
Most of them have public member lists. 

Using Google, search "trade association" and the words from the NAICS codes.


Use these resources to find information relating to local, state, national, and international demographics.


  • The Lifestyle Market Analyst (SRDS) tells you what the range of interests of a given market demographic are; R 658.834 L 723

  • The Who's Buying Series are based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics Expenditure Survey, and cover a range of consumer products and services; R 381.0973 W628 in print; editions are also available online in Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Online resources:

Citation Linker

If you have a journal or book citation and you want to see if we have the full-text in print or electronic versions, click on the CitationLinker link (also available on the Elmhurst College home page).

On this screen, enter as much of the citation infomation as you can...if we have the book or journal in our collection, you'll be given a link to that item. 

Note- if we do not have the article, you can always order it via Interlibary Loan Form.


Elmhurst I-Share Catalog

The catalog of the A.C. Buehler Library. Use this resource to find books, ebooks, journal titles, movies, and music owned by Elmhurst College, and information about items located in over 80 academic and research libraries in Illinois.