Company & Industry Research
Choosing a topic
When choosing a topic for your research paper, think about the following:
- Unless your instructor assigns a topic, try to select a topic that interests you.
- Make sure your topic is not too broad, or too narrow. You will find too much information when searching for a broad topic; and not enough information when searching for a narrow topic.
- If you already have a general topic, try searching the library's catalog or the library's databases for ideas on how to narrow that topic down.
- Visit the library's Reference Desk and request to view the following book: 10,000 ideas for term papers, projects, reports and speeches: Intriguing, original research topics for every student's need.
- For current events and issues in the news, try searching the library's database: CQ Researcher.
- For debatable or controversial issues, ask one of the librarians about the Opposing Viewpoints Series, the Taking Sides Series, Issues in Focus Series and/or the Current Controversies Series.
- Visit the Social Issues Research Guide. There you will find a list of current social issues to choose from.
Books will provide an excellent starting point for your research in the field of Company & Industry Research. Reference books often give you background information and a general overview on your topic so that you can proceed with greater understanding to a more detailed treatment of your subject in other books and periodicals. Reference books may include specialized dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, almanacs, atlases and/or statistical reports. The librarian at the Reference Desk can help in locating an appropriate source. Listed below are the titles and call numbers of some of the Company & Industry Research books in the library's reference collection. The reference collection is located on the main level of the library. Books with a location of Reference cannot be checked out of the library. The Circulating Collection is on the second floor of the library. Books with a location of Circulating may be checked out.
To search the Catalog for a book, click on it's callnumber below.
Directories of Companies
|American Manufacturers Directory||Reference||HD9723 .A12 2000|
|International Directory of Company Histories||Reference||HD 2721.I63|
|World Business Directory||Reference||HF 54 .U5 W667|
|Business Plans Handbook||Reference||HD 62.7 .B865|
|Information, Finance, and Services USA||Reference||HD 9999 .I493 U625 2001|
|Infrastructure Industries USA||Reference||HD 9506.U5 A64|
|Manufacturing and Distribution USA||Reference||HD 9721 .M3495|
|Market Share Reporter||Reference||HF1040.9 .G2|
|Standard and Poor's Industry Surveys||Reference||HC 106.6 .S74|
To Find SIC or NAICS Industry Codes
|NAICS Desk Reference||Reference||HF 1041.5 .N35 2000|
|Standard Industrial Classification Manual||Reference||HF 1041 .U613 1987|
The library catalog is used to locate books both at RVCC, as well as from other libraries in the Somerset County Library System. Books will provide in-depth information not found in reference sources.
- Start with a Keyword search. Once you find one or two books about your topic, check the book's record to see what Subjects are being used. Once you find the appropriate Subject Heading, repeat your search using those headings. Generally, the results from a Subject search will always be more accurate than the results from a Keyword search.
- If you know the title of the book you are looking for, do a Title search.
- If you are looking for a book with a specific author, do an Author search (last name first).
Suggested Subject Headings for Company & Industry Research:
Click a subject heading below to use it as the search term for a Subject Search in the catalog.
- Automobile industry and trade
- Business Enterprises
- Clothing trade
- Corporation Reports
- Financial services industry
- High technology industries
- Hospitality Industry
- Industries -- Social aspects
- Industries -- United States
- Industries -- United States -- History
- Mineral industries
- Service industries
Consult with the reference librarian to find the term best suited to your needs.
Browse the Collection:
Most of the books can be found in the following areas:
- HD -- Industries. Land Use. Labor
- HD2321–2346 -- Industry (Industrialization)
- HD2350.8-2356 -- Large industry. Factory System. Big Business
- HD2709-2930.7 -- Corporations
- HD8039 -- By industry or trade
- HD9000-9999 -- Special industries and trades
- HF -- Commerce
All of the library's circulating books are located on the upper level of the library.
For additional library catalogs, including libraries in Hunterdon and Middlesex counties, consult the Additional Library Catalogs page. If you find a book in one of these catalogs that the library does not own, request the book using the library's Interlibrary Loan Service.
Research Databases - Finding Articles
The Evelyn S. Field Library has access to thousands of periodicals. (Periodicals can be magazines, scholarly journals, or newspapers.) Some periodicals are in the library's print (or hard copy) collection. However, the majority of periodicals are available in the Research Databases. These databases provide access to articles. This information is generally more current than material found in books.
Search for periodical articles on Company & Industry Research using the databases listed below. They can be accessed from the Library Database Page. (If you are using these databases from an off-campus location, you will be asked to identify yourself by logging in with your Username and Password. This is the same login you use on campus. The Research Databases are available only to registered RVCC students.)
- ABI/Inform Complete
"Search 1000 premier worldwide business periodicals for information on advertising, marketing,economics, human resources, finance, taxation, computers, and more. Also, information on 60,000+ companies." Drawn from the vendor's website.
- 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.
- LexisNexis Academic
LEXIS-NEXIS® Academic Universe provides access to a wide range of news, business, legal, and reference information, including news from over 18,000 newspapers, magazines and news wires and company financial information.
After finding an article on your research topic, the database will either provide a citation and summary of the article, or it will provide the full-text (the complete article). If you are only given a citation and summary of the article, you can check the Periodical Locator to determine if the periodical you are looking for is available in another database. (The Periodical Locator is an alphabetical list of all the journals the library has access to. Feel free to talk with a librarian for assistance.) If the article is not available in any of the library's research databases, request the article using the library's Interlibrary Loan Service.
If, for your assignment, you are required to have sources from scholarly journals, use the Identifying Scholarly Articles guide to help you determine if your source is a magazine article or a scholarly article.
- Associations on the Net
Source: Internet Public Library -- a guide to websites of prominent organizations and associations, organized by broad fields.
- Gateway to Associations Directory
Source: American Society of Association Executives -- search for associations by name, keyword, organization type, and geographic location.
- Annual Reports Gallery
Source: IR Solutions -- A searchable listing of annual reports on the Internet; allows you to find multiple annual reports without having to go to individual company websites.
Source: MarketWatch -- a comprehensive investment research Web site, providing access to professional-level research tools such as interactive charts, quotes, industry analysis and intraday stock screeners, as well as market news and commentary.
Source: U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission -- Financial information for all U.S. foreign and domestic public companies.
Source: Philanthropic Research, Inc. -- Information about nonprofits.
- Industry Research Desk
Source: Polson Enterprises -- Business research tools and links for researching industries, markets, and companies.
- Market Research, Industry Research, Business Research
Source: Polson Enterprises -- Provides a step-by-step process for learning about an industry or company with useful links for each step of the process; start at any step to find valuable resources for company and industry research.
- Online Annual Report Service
Source: Bay Tact Corporation -- Directory of over 4,500 annual reports and 10-K filings available online.
- Rutgers University Libraries Gateway: Company Research
Source: Roberta Tipton and Ka-Neng Au, Rutgers Business Librarians -- A research guide for Company Research including links for public, private, and international companies.
Source: Thomas Publishing Company -- Online version of Thomas Register, the classic tool for finding manufacturers of a desired product. May provide financial information, years in business and number of employees, depending on the company.
- Call or visit the Reference Desk to speak to one of the librarians. The Reference Desk is located on the main floor of the library. The phone number is 908-526-1200 x8350.
- Email your question to one of the librarians using the Ask-A-Librarian Service.
- For further information about this guide, please contact Megan Dempsey
Last Updated - 22 September 2008