Databases

Entrepreneurship Database
Coverage:1900 to the present

Database combines theory with practice, covering a wide spectrum of resources useful to educators, researchers, students and practitioners. Content ranges from the scholarly - including journals, working papers and conference proceedings - to the practical - including books, video clips,  templates, forms, and sample business plans. Citations, abstracts and some full-text are provided for over 1,400 publications related to entrepreneurship. 

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Equifax Commercial Law Record
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NOTE: Subscription cancelled. Access will end November 30, 2017.
Searchable through Infomart. To access this resource, select Additional Databases in the FP Advisor module. The number of simultaneous accesses to this product is limited, so please make sure to LOGOUT when finished.
Contains information about commercial legal lawsuits and judgements from courts across Canada. Includes over 400,000 records, which are sorted into 4 searchable types: bankruptcy, receivership, legal and miscellaneous.
# of users:4
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Factiva
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Factiva will automatically timeout after 20 minutes of browser inactivity. This default is set by the database provider and cannot be changed. To prevent unintentional logouts, make sure you click somewhere in the browser to keep your session active or save/email document(s) to read off-line.

To disconnect from Factiva, click the gear icon (i.e., the Setting/Tools/Support menu) in the upper right corner and select LOGOUT. This will allow another user to access the database immediately. 

A multi-disciplinary database that provides access to current and archived news and business information worldwide. The database contains content from more than 31,000 sources from 200 countries in 26 languages. It includes:

  • more than 2,500 newspapers, with same-day and archival coverage (e.g., Financial Times [current month embargoed], Globe and Mail, Hamilton Spectator, New York Times, Wall Street Journal )
  • more than 1,000 newswires, including more than 400 that update continuously (e.g., The Associated Press, PR Newswire)
  • television and radio transcripts along with audio and video coverage (e.g., BBC, CNN, NPR)
  • Web and blog content from thousands of business and news sites worldwide
  • more than 5,000 business and industry publications (e.g., Economist, Far Eastern Economic Review, Forbes, Fortune, Newsweek)
  • over 40,000 company profiles for publicly traded companies wordwide
  • photographs from Reuters and other image sources
# of users:6
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Financial Performance Indicators for Canadian Business via ODESI (1997-2013)
Financial Performance Indicators for Canadian Business via DLI (1994-2011) - select Business and Finance > Financial Performance Indicators for Canadian Business (FPICB)
Coverage:1994 to 2013 (includes data from 1992/1994 to 2009/2011)
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Once connected, click on the Download Excel files link above the Abstract tab to access FPICB data.  It may be easier to view FPICB data using the CD-ROM program file which can be downloaded to your own computer from the link noted above. The file is delivered in zipped form. Unzip the file and run the setup file (setup.exe) to install the program.

Contains 15 key financial ratios by industry groupings compiled from the North AmericanIndustry Classification System. It is based on up-to-date, reliable and comprehensive data on Canadian businesses, derived from Statistics Canada databases of financial statements for three reference years. It can be used:

  • to compare an enterprise's performance to that of their industry and address issues such as profitability, efficiency and business risk 
  • for inter-industry comparisons

Comprised of three volumes:

  1. covers large enterprises in both the financial and non-financial sectors, at the national level, with annual operating revenue of $25 million or more.
  2. covers medium-sized enterprises in the non-financial sector, at the national level, with annual operating revenue of $5 million to less than $25 million.
  3. covers small enterprises in the non-financial sector, at the national, provincial, territorial, Atlantic region and Prairie region levels, with annual operating revenue of $30,000 to less than $5 million.
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First Resort (Lancaster House)
Coverage:1990s to the present
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The FirstResort interface changed in September 2017.
The Library does not subscribe to the Collective Agreements in Canada module in FirstResort.

First Resort is Lancaster House's database for Canadian labour, employment, and human rights law. McMaster's Library subscription consists of the resources noted below. Search all content at once or browse specific content by selecting an item listed under the Explore First Resort heading (on the left). 

  • e-Alert Databases, 1997 to current
    Contains articles that summarize and analyse key labour and employment law decisions across Canada. The articles are organized into twenty databases (or titles), each of which covers a different area of labour and employment law. Search or browse articles and obtain access to full-text decisions.
    • Collective Bargaining
    • College and University Employment Law
    • Disability & Accommodation
    • Discharge & Discipline
    • Education Employment Law
    • Employment Standards Law
    • Federal Labour & Employment Law
    • Firefighters/Fire Services Employment Law
    • Gender, Equity and Work-Life Balance
    • Health & Safety/Workers' Compensation Law
    • Health Care Employment Law
    • Human Rights and Workplace Privacy
    • Labour Arbitration
    • Labour Board Law
    • Labour Law
    • Municipal Employment Law
    • Pension & Benefit Law
    • Police Employment Law
    • Public Service & Crown Agency Employment Law
    • Wrongful Dismissal and Employment Law
       
  • Headlines, 2003 to the present 
    Lancaster House Headlines cover the latest, most significant developments in labour and employment law. Concise summaries include links to full-text decisions.  
     
  • Leading Cases on Labour Arbitration Online, 2nd edition
    Includes authoritative commentary on over 2,300 arbitration awards, court judgments and tribunal decisions, with links to case summaries and analysis, as well as full texts of decisions.
     
  • Wrongful Dismissal and Employment Law eText
    Provides access to Lancaster's collection of wrongful dismissal and employment law-related eAlerts, databases and cases, supplemented by up-to-date commentary and analysis of the law. Structured in textbook format and organized by subject matter and issue.
     
  • Supreme Court Decisions,1999 to the present
    Provides updates on labour and employment law cases that are pending before, or decided by, the Supreme Court of Canada.
     
  • Canadian Labour & Employment Law Journal, 1993 to the present
    Provides in-depth analysis of key issues in labour and employment law. It also provides timely commentary on major legislative and case law developments.
     
  • Labour Arbritration Yearbook, [1991-2012/13]
    Each volume of the Yearbook contains articles that reflect the diverse viewpoints in the labour arbitration community. Includes contributions by leading arbitrators and by advocates for unions and management.
     
  • Directory of Arbitrators
    A listing of over 350 qualified arbitrators in Canada. Entries for each arbitrator can include qualifications, background, case experience, contact information and availability. Browse a complete A-Z listing of all arbitrators, or search by last name or jurisdiction.
# of users:1 simultaneous user - please LOG OFF when finished. On campus users must sign in using their MAC ID credentials.
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Fixed Income
Coverage:1993 to current
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NOTE: Subscription cancelled. Access will end November 30, 2017.
Searchable through Infomart. The number of simultaneous accesses to this product is limited, so please make sure to LOGOUT when finished.

Includes information on Fixed Income including public offerings and private placements of Canadian companies. Updated daily.

# of users:4
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Free Management Library
Coverage:Current

This web site provides free resources on approximately 650 business and management topics. Each topic page usually includes information on the author, concise overviews of the subject, links to additional resources and recommended books. Useful for students and practitioners interested in personal, professional and organizational development. 

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Gale Virtual Reference Library

A database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

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Globe and Mail: Canada's Heritage from 1844 / Historical G&M
Coverage:May 8, 1844 to 3 years ago

Electronic full-page newspaper archive of The Globe from June 1844, current 4 years embargoed. Coverage includes all the stories, plus thousands of images, advertisements, classifieds, political cartoons, births and deaths from more than 1.4 million pages of Canada's National Newspaper, dating back to the pre-confederation era.

# of users:4 Concurrent Users
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Google Scholar
Google Scholar (with MAC ID login)

To get links to full-text from your Google Scholar results, set up your preferences in Google Scholar:

  1. from the Google Scholar home page, click Settings
  2. select Library links on the Scholar Settings page
  3. in the Library Links box, type mcmaster
  4. on the results list select McMaster University Library - get it @ Mac
  5. click Save

Your search results in Google Scholar will now have find it @ Mac and/or get it @ Mac links that you can click to get to the full-text in the library's electronic collection.

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. 

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Haver Analytics via the DSB Virtual Lab
Coverage:1940s to current, but varies by indicator
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  • Haver Analytics is fully funded by McMaster's DeGrooote School of Business (DSB) and is only available to DSB faculty, staff and students via the DSB Virtual Lab.
  • The DSB Virtual Lab is accessible both on and off-campus.
    • Logging into the DSB Virtual Lab: Guide for Windows | Guide for OSX
    • Once connected to the DSB Virtual Lab, select the Haver Analytics shortcut on the virtual desktop.

Contains current and historical time series data for Canada and the United States. Includes a variety of business, consumer, demographic, economic and social indicators.  A currency conversion database with foreign exchange rates is also provided. 

# of users:80 for DSB Virtual Lab
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HealthSTAR/Ovid Healthstar

Ovid Healthstar contains citations to the published literature on health services, technology, administration, and research. It focuses on both the clinical and non-clinical aspects of health care delivery.

The following topics are included: evaluation of patient outcomes; effectiveness of procedures, programs, products, services and processes; administration and planning of health facilities, services and manpower; health insurance; health policy; health services research; health economics and financial management; laws and regulation; personnel administration; quality assurance; licensure; and accreditation.

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Historical Reports
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NOTE: Subscription cancelled. Access will end November 30, 2017.
The number of simultaneous accesses to this product is limited, so please make sure to LOGOUT when finished.
Provides a detailed description and history of the top 450 publicly traded companies in Canada. Information such as mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, stock issues and redemptions can go back as far as the company's incorporation.
# of users:4
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Hoover's Company Records (via ProQuest Entrepreneurship)
Hoover's IPO Records (via ProQuest Entrepreneurship)
Hoover's Company & Industry Reports (via LexisNexis Academic)
Coverage:Current
Note:

The LexisNexis link searches all the Hoover's sources noted in the description below simultaneously. The Hoover's industry snapshots are only available in LexisNexis Academic. To limit your search to specific Hoover's sources ...

  1. go to LexisNexis Academic
  2. click the Find option next to the Source Directory (top right)
  3. type Hoovers in the Keyword box
  4. click the Find Sources button
  5. in the resulting list, tick the box next to the desired Hoover's source(s)
  6. click the OK-Continue button 
  7. Hoover's ...  should now appear as a source(s) below the Enter Search Terms box
  8. type in your search word(s) (i.e., company name) and click the Search button

Hoover's provides management and financial information on over 50,000 public and private companies in the United States and around the world. International coverage tends to focus on larger companies whose stock trades on a U.S. exchange or those that have extensive operations in the U.S.

  • Hoover's Company Records (basic & indepth) can include overviews and histories, up to 10 years of key financial and employment data, lists of products and key competitors, names of key officers, and more. 
  • Hoover's IPO Reports covers companies from the time they file their registration through their first year of being a public company. It includes filing date, expected IPO date, expected pricing range, number of shares offered, offering amount dollars, share price, company name, ticker symbol, company exchange, company description, top officer, contact information, lead underwriters, and aftermarket performance 
  • Hoover's Industry Snapshots include an industry overview, the top companies in the industry, associations and organizations, and key people. 
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IBISWorld
Coverage:Current
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The Library subscribes to the following modules in IBISWorld: U.S. Industry Reports (NAICS), U.S. Specialized Industry Reports, U.S. Industry iExpert Summaries, Canada Industry Reports (NAICS) & Global Industry Reports

 

Figures in IBISWorld reports are written in local currency. Canada industry report figures are in Canadian dollars; U.S. and Global industry report figures are in U.S. dollars.

 

Please be aware that by accessing this database, you accept these conditions.

  • IBISWorld copyright is acknowledged.
  • IBISWorld intellectual property is respected.
  • IBISWorld terms of use are respected.
  • IBISWorld reports are not to be distributed externally.
  • IBISWorld accepts no liability.

The Library's IBISWorld subscription provides access to over 1300 U.S., 425 Canadian and 73 global industry market research reports. Search for industries by keyword(s) or browse a list of industries defined according to the five digit NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) level. Each 30 to 40 page report typically includes:

  • an industry definition (e.g., NAICS code)
  • industry at a glance
  • industry performance (e.g., key external drivers, performance, etc.)
  • industry outlook
  • industry life cycle
  • products & markets (e.g., supply chain, demand determinants, major markets, international trade, business locations)
  • competitive landscape (e.g., market share, key success factors, cost structure benchmarks, basis of competition, barriers to entry, industry globalization)
  • major companies
  • operating conditions (e.g., structural risk index, investment requirements,  technology & systems, revenue volatility, regulation & policy, industry assistance, taxation issues)
  • key statistics (e.g., industry data, key ratios, industry financial ratios, etc.)
  • jargon & glossary
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IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences)
Coverage:1951 to the present

Covers social science and interdisciplinary research; includes nearly two million bibliographic references to journal articles, books, reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951. It is unique in its broad coverage of international material and incorporates over 100 languages and countries. Over 2,700 journals are regularly indexed and some 7,000 books included each year. Abstracts are provided for half of all current journal articles and full text availability is continually increasing.

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IEEE Xplore

Scientific and technical content published by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and its publishing partners. Includes journals, conference proceedings, and standards.

McMaster Libraries online subscription includes access to full text published since 1988 and select content published since 1913.

# of users:50 simultaneous users
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IMF (International Monetary Fund) Data
Coverage:Varies by dataset

The IMF provides open access to four key statistical databases -  International Financial Statistics (IFS), Balance of Payments Statistics (BPS), Government Finance Statistics (GFS) and Direction of Trade Statistics (DOT) - plus a selection of other datasets and free reports.

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Industry Reports
Coverage:2011 to current
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NOTE: Subscription cancelled. Access will end November 30, 2017.
The number of simultaneous accesses to this product is limited, so please make sure you LOGOUT when you are finished.
Covers 23 industries with information regarding top players, industry recommendations and industry data bank. The industry data bank is 7 year financial ratios divided into 5 groups: Screens (dividend yield), Safety (current ratio), Earning Quality (asset turnover), Profitability and Efficiency (operating margin), and other ratios. The database universe includes the top 900 publicly traded companies in Canada.
# of users:3
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Infomart - FP Advisor
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NOTE: Subscription cancelled. Access will end November 30, 2017.
As of March 2012, FPinfomart is now known as Infomart. The number of simultaneous accesses to this product is limited, so please make sure to LOGOUT when finished.

The Library subscribes to the FP Advisor module within Infomart.  It contains corporate and financial data for public and some private Canadian companies. Also includes investor reports, historical reports, industry reports, information on dividends, and an archive of new issues. Also included is a special Analyzer tool to help you interpret historical financial data.
# of users:4
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InfoSci-Books
Coverage:2000 to the present

InfoSci-Books is a fully searchable database providing access to chapters from every book and reference work IGI Global has published since the year 2000. IGI Global is a publisher of scholarly research on advanced computer science and information technology research with an especially strong focus on the role, impact, and effective use of technology across a variety of settings, including business, education, health care, government, and more. The database includes over 3,000 scholarly books, and includes major reference works. Individual titles can also be accessed through the library catalogue.

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International Abstracts in Operations Research
Coverage:1983 to the present

International Abstracts in Operations Research (or IAOR Online) is a bibliographic database that consists of 68,000 abstracts from over 1,200 international journals covering operations research and management science.  IAOR covering the years 1961 to 1988 is located in print at MILLS Library (3rd floor) ZQ 500.I59.

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International Financial Statistics (IMF)
Coverage:1950s to current

The International Financial Statistics (IFS) database contains approximately 61,000 time-series covering 194 countries and areas. It includes data on National Accounts, Indicators of Economic Activity, Labour Markets, Prices, Government and Public Sector Finance, Financial Indicators, Balance of Payments, International Investment Position, International Reserves, Fund Accounts, External Trade, Exchange Rates, and Population. IFS data are presented at monthly, quarterly, and annual frequency with coverage beginning from the 1950s for many IMF member countries.

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Investor Reports
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NOTE: Subscription cancelled. Access will end November 30, 2017.
The number of simultaneous accesses to this product is limited, so please make sure to LOGOUT when finished.
Provides daily updated corporate and financial information combined with buy/sell recommendations and industry standard ratios for the top 900 publicly traded companies in Canada.
# of users:4
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J.P. Morgan Research
Coverage:2011 to the present with a one week embargo

Database features thousands of analyst reports, securities research, and worldwide economic,company, product and industry information. Derived from Morgan Markets – which is J.P. Morgan’s exclusive information for key clients and investors – these reports are made available to academic users for education and research purposes. Lengthy reports cover equities and company performance, global and regional economics and financial strategy, foreign exchange, commodities, liquidity, and emerging markets.

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Journal Citation Reports (JCR)
Coverage:1997 to current
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  • Updated annually, usually in June.
  • Tables can be sorted by clicking column headings
  • To change the indicators that display in a table, select Customize Indicators
  • To see the calculations for Journal Impact Factor (and other metrics), click on the hyperlinked number in the table.

Provides citation data that helps evaluate and compare more than 11,800 scholarly journals in the areas of business, science, technology, and social sciences. Journals can be retrieved by title, subject area/category, country/territory or publisher and sorted by several criteria such as total cites and impact factor. JCR is comprised of two editions: Science (SCIE) and Social Sciences (SSCI).

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Journals @ Scholars Portal

The Scholars Portal e-journals database contains over 50 million articles from over 20,000 full text journals covering many disciplines. Allows you to

  • search and access full text articles from a range of academic publishers
  • browse journals by subject
  • subscribe to RSS feeds for journal updates
  • search for figures and tables within articles
  • link to cited and citing references
  • print, email and download records
  • save citations to bibliographic management software
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JSTOR
Coverage:Does not include the most recent 3-5 years for most titles
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McMaster does not have access to the Irish collection, Business III, or JSTOR's e-books.

JSTOR provides access to a digital archive of journals in the areas of Arts, Business, Economics, and Sciences. JSTOR includes the entire runs of these journals, from the very first issue to the volumes published a few years ago. With a small number of exceptions - the "Current Scholarship" titles - JSTOR is a backfile collection and excludes the most recent issues (as part of the terms of the agreement with the journal publishers).

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Key Business Ratios via CHASS (2001 to 2011)
Key Business Ratios via Mergent (2009 to current)
Coverage:2001 to the present

Industry norms juxtapose an individual company's balance sheet and income statement ratios against norms derived from the industry group to which the company belongs. This database provides a set of business ratios, measured as relationships between companies' balance sheet and income statement categories. Search for data by industry codes (SIC or NAICS), line of business, asset range and year. It also provides an interface to enter an individual company's financial data and compare its balance sheet with industry benchmarks

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LexisNexis Academic
Coverage:Coverage by date varies by publication. Some sources date back as far as the 1970s, but the majority of sources are indexed from the early 1990's to the present.
Note:
  • The default Academic Search on the home page does not search all content in LexisNexis. It searches a selection of newspapers (U.S. & international), law reviews, company profiles and U.S. federal & state cases. For a more comprehensive and/or precise search, click Search by Subject or Topic (just above the Academic Search box) and select from the resulting menu of sources/categories (e.g., All News). Once a category has been selected from the menu, click Advanced Options (appearing below the search box) to refine your search by date, segment, publication, source type, etc. (e.g., All News (English)).
  • When entering search terms in LexisNexis, try using an ! exclamation mark to replace endings (one or more letters, unlimited) and an * asterisk to replace one letter (or none).

LexisNexis provides access to over 5,000 sources covering a wide range of subject areas. Select SEARCH BY SUBJECT OR TOPIC (near the Academic Search box) to search the following categories: 

  • NEWS: Over 350 full text newspapers, including the Financial Times (back to 1982), the New York Times (back to 1980), the Observer (back to 1990), the Times / Sunday Times (back to 1985), the Hamilton Spectator (back to Oct. 7, 1991), Canada NewsWire (back to 1992), the Globe & Mail (back to 1977) and the Toronto Star (back to 1985).
  • LEGAL (U.S.): Includes federal & state cases, statutes, regulations, patents and other legal materials from the United States. 
  • INTERNATIONAL LEGAL:  Includes legal materials from Canada, the European Union, and other countries. 
  • COMPANIES: Includes public & private U.S., Canadian and international company profiles and industry reports. 
  • PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS: Includes biographical, consumer and country information.  

Use the SOURCE DIRECTORY (top of screen) to find or browse for titles within LexisNexis by name, publication type and/or topic. Once a source is located, click on the i icon to view coverage details.

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Libris Canadiana
Coverage:1867 to 1978, coverage varies by title
The Libris database provides word, title, author and subject access to material published in a number of Canadian periodicals of historical significance, including Maclean's Magazine, The Financial Post, The Monetary Times of Canada, Massey's Magazine, The Canadian Bookman, The Canadian Magazine, Saturday Night and The University Magazine.
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lynda.com - Only accessible to users affiliated with the DeGroote School of Business
Note:lynda.com is funded by the DeGroote School of Business.

lynda.com is an online training resource providing access to thousands of high-quality instructional videos on a broad range of topics in the areas of business, education, design, photography, programming, animation, video, audio and music. 

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MarketResearch.com Academic
Coverage:1994 to the present
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The default search is set to find reports published in the last 5 years (60 months). To search for all reports in this database, go to Advanced Search and select Any Date from the Published menu.

Includes the full-text of hundreds of market research reports from selected publishers including Kalorama Information, Packaged Facts, SBI Energy and Simba Information.

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Mergent BondViewer
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Click on the Enter BondViewer button on the top right of the landing page.

Access to this data is also available via Wharton Research Data Services (or WRDS)  as FISD (Fixed Income Securities Database).

Mergent's BondViewer contains US taxable and municipal fixed income and evaluation data. Includes a wide-range of bond data including both issuer and bond level terms and condition data, US taxable bonds, municipal bonds and retail notes. Data modules include:

  • Corporate Bonds
    • Ratings
    • Historical Pricing
    • Offering Documents
    • Portfolio Tracking
  • Municipal Bonds
    • Ratings
    • Historical Pricing
    • Portfolio Tracking
  • Retail Notes
    • Ratings
    • Historical Pricing
    • Offering Documents
    • Portfolio Tracking
# of users:10
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Mergent Online
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Mergent Online introduced a new interface July 2010.
Mergent Online enables in-depth business and financial research. Includes corporate and financial data for publicly traded companies worldwide. Includes reports on over 10,000 U.S. companies and over 15,000 international companies (including over 3,500 Canadian establishments). In addition to detailed financial information, government filings (SEC), annual reports and company profiles in a variety of formats can be downloaded.
# of users:3
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Mergers and Acquisitions
Coverage:1994 to current
Note:
NOTE: Subscription cancelled. Access will end November 30, 2017.
Searchable through Infomart. The number of simultaneous accesses to this product is limited, so please make sure to LOGOUT when finished.
Daily updated information on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures involving Canadian companies.
# of users:4
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National Film Board View films
National Film Board Register to create playlists

The National Film Board (NFB) Campus database features streaming videos of films, clips and trailers from the NFB collection, including NFB world-renowned documentaries, films that chronicle key moments in the lives of Canadians and works that take a stand on issues of global importance: the environment, human rights, international conflict and more. It also features acclaimed Canadian dramatic features, documentaries, animated films, and experimental works.

 

Register to activate your Campus account and gain access to:

  • Over 3,000 high-quality, trusted films  and Interactive Productions including award winners, new releases and exclusive content in English and in French
  • Educational descriptions by Canadian educators
  • A unique chaptering tool that allows you to customize films to meet your needs
  • A playlist tool that allows you to prepare for your class or presentation in advance
  • Educator’s Guides and Educational Resources

 

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National Post
Coverage:January 1, 2011 to present

Browse issues (images) of the National Post from January 1, 2011 to the present.

Other full text access to the National Post:

  • National Post (plain-text) via Factiva: December 1, 2001 to present
  • National Post/Financial Post (plain-text) via LexisNexis: January 12, 1985 to present
  • National Post/Financial Post (microfilm): MILLS 3rd floor cabinets; January  1918 to present
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Negotech

A Canadian labour relations database with a search and retrieval component providing:

  • Access to full collective agreement contract language
  • Settlement reports containing the highlights of important benefit changes including wage adjustments in recently signed collective agreements
  • Customized data searches
  • The latest information available (updated daily)
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New Issues
Coverage:January 1, 1993 to current
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NOTE: Subscription cancelled. Access will end November 30, 2017.
The number of simultaneous accesses to this product is limited, so please make sure to LOGOUT when finished.
Provides information on public offerings by Canadian companies, governments and agencies. Users can query the database by using criteria including type of offerings, security type, market, currency, exchange, status, accountants, lawyers, underwriters and date range. Updated daily.
# of users:4
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Nonprofit Explorer
Coverage:2001 to current, but varies by organization

Nonprofit Explorer is a free tool for researching the finances of over 600,000 nonprofit organizations. Most federal tax-exempt organizations in the United States must file an annual information return form with the Internal Revenue Service (i.e., IRS Form 990). These filings can be searched by name, keyword, city, state, nonprofit category (e.g., education, health, etc.) or organization type (e.g., 501(c)(3)).

Each entry includes an organization's total revenue, expenses, liabilities, and assets for a given year. Revenue is further divided into contributions, program services, investment income, and net inventory & sales. Expenses such as executive compensation, professional fundraising fees, and other salaries & wages can also be noted. A percentage reflects each item's contribution to total revenue or expenses. When possible, links to an organization's full IRS 990 forms (in PDF) are provided, with some dating back to 2001.

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North American Transportation Statistics Database

Presents information on transportation and transportation-related activities among Canada, the United States and Mexico, both within individual countries and between the countries. This database, presented in French, English, and Spanish is, accessible in table and time series formats, and covers twelve thematic areas, including transportation and the economy, transportation safety, transportation’s impact on energy and the environment, passenger and freight activity, and transportation and trade. 

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ODESI: a Voyage in Data Discovery

Provides university researchers with access to datasets in a web-based data extraction system, and allows the downloading of data into external statistical analysis packages. The odesi project targets Statistics Canada datasets, datafiles from Gallup Canada and other polling companies, public-domain files such as the Canadian National Election Surveys and selected files from the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). As of May 2008, content is still being added.

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OECD iLibrary
Coverage:McMaster does not subscribe to the IEA Statistics

The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) online library of books, reports, working papers, periodicals and statistical data covering a wide range of subjects including agriculture & food, development, economics, education, employment, energy, environment, finance & investment, governance, industry & services,  social issues, migration & health, taxation and transport.  Search by keyword(s) or browse by theme or by country name.

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OECD iLibrary - Statistics
Coverage:1998 to the present
Some databases provide data as far back as 1960.

The OECD iLibrary is the full-text online publications portal of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. McMaster University Libraries subscribe to all three components of the iLibrary - Books, Periodicals and Statistics. Contains international publications and statistics on a wide variety of subjects including agriculture, business, development, economics, education, employment, finance, investment, migration, science, technology, telecommunications and trade. The statistical databases allow you to build your own tables and have them exported to Excel, Beyond 20/20 and other formats.

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Open Access Theses and Dissertations
Coverage:1990s to current

The site indexes and provides access to over 1.6 million electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) freely available from over 800 institutions worldwide. Search for keywords from titles, author names, abstracts, subjects, university/publisher and more. Use More search options to limit searches to a particular field, language, and date range. The search results will include links to full-text theses/dissertations residing on the original hosting site, usually the institutional repository of the school that granted the degree.

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Outdoor Advertising Association of America Archives
Coverage:1885-1990s

Contains more than 16,000 images of outdoor advertisements (i.e., billboards, shelter ads, wall murals, posters, etc.) and other scenes from the Outdoor Advertising Association of America. Browse or search the collection by company name, product, date, place of coverage, subject, tone and medium.

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PAIS International
Coverage:PAIS Archive: 1915-1976; PAIS: 1972 to present

An index to the literature of public affairs, covering topical public and social issues and the making and evaluating of public policy. Contains references to more than 553,300 journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference reports, publications of international agencies, microfiche, Internet material, and more. Includes publications from over 120 countries throughout the world. In addition to English, some of the indexed materials are published in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Now includes access to PAIS Archive, a retrospective database which provides a historical perspective on many of the 20th century's public and social policies. Contains more than 850,000 references to monographs, periodical articles, notes and announcements, and analytics, covering the years 1915-1976.

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Passport

Passport is a global market research database providing statistics, analysis, reports, surveys and breaking news on industries, countries and consumers worldwide. 


The Library subscribes to the following modules in Passport:

  • Countries & Consumers - Provides in-depth analysis on trends impacting consumers and countries around the world. It delivers research and analysis on the evolving economy, business environment, population, and income and expenditure patterns in 210 countries worldwide.
  • Industries - Includes global statistics and analysis for 27 major consumer industries worldwide. Contains historic and forecast market sizes, distribution channel analysis, company and brand share data, company profiles, global industry reports, expert and breaking news & articles and more.
  • Cities - Provides socioeconomic data and analysis on 1,150 cities worldwide. 
  • Survey - Consists of online consumer survey data  from 16 countries covering consumer habits, attitudes, opinions, values, behaviours and motivations on a variety of topics.
  • Industrials (Canada) - Breaks down the Canadian economy into 177 different industry sectors from a B2B perspective. Data and analysis is provided for Agriculture, Forestry, Mining, Alcoholic Beverages and many other industries. 
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Penn World Tables via University of Toronto
Penn World Tables via University of Pennsylvania
Coverage:1950 to 2007

Provides purchasing power parity and national income accounts converted to international prices for over 180 countries for some or all of the years 1950-2007. The European Union or the OECD provide more detailed purchasing power and real product estimates for their countries and the World Bank makes current price estimates for most Penn World Table countries at the GDP level.

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