Databases

ABI/INFORM Collection
Coverage:1855 to the present; varies by database

The ABI/INFORM Collection is comprised of the following business research databases:

  • ABI/INFORM Global (1855 to current): Provides in-depth coverage of all business topics including management, human resources, marketing, accounting, finance and more . Includes over 4,400 business publications, most of which are available in full-text. Emphasis is on scholarly journal literature. 
  • ABI/INFORM Trade and Industry (1916 to current): Provides in-depth coverage of companies, products, executives and trends in a variety of industries. Includes over 4,100 business sources that include reports, magazines, newspapers, videos and journals. Emphasis is on practitioner and trade literature.
  • ABI/INFORM Dateline (1971 to current): Provides coverage of local and regional business information with news and analysis of local companies and markets, primarily in the United States. Includes approximately 400 sources which include major business tabloids, magazines, daily newspapers, wire services and area business publications. 

Together, the ABI/INFORM Collection provides citations, abstracts and some full-text content for almost 8,800 business publications.

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Academic OneFile
Coverage:1980 to the present, but varies by title. Updated daily.

A good general-purpose article index to scholarly journals and popular magazines. Provides coverage of over 60 million articles from over 12,000 scholarly, trade, and general-interest periodicals, newspapers, newswire services and magazines. Designed primarily to support undergraduate-level research, the database is useful to anyone seeking information on topics in the areas of current events, general sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, and humanities. Contains a mix of citations, abstracts, and full-text articles. Database size as of April 1/09: 31,287,432 articles. 

Also contains:

  • Audio versions of every NPR broadcast since 1990 with transcripts
  • Podcasts and transcripts from major news sources
  • Full audio versions of all major medical journals
  • Links to hundreds of live surgeries
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Accounting & Assurance
Coverage:Current

Provides full-text access to the following accounting resources:

  • CPA Canada Standards and Guidance Collection (CPACHB) (formerly CICA Handbook)
    • Provides up-to-date information on the changes to the accounting and assurance standards, and the transition to IFRS, Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises, as well as the new Canadian Auditing Standards.
  • Financial Reporting in Canada under IFRS (FRICIFRS)
    • Comprehensive library of CICA official pronouncements and financial reporting resources, including the CICA Standards and Guidance Collection, Financial Reporting in Canada under IFRS, Guide to Accounting Pronouncements & Sources, and Guide to Canadian Financial Reporting.
  • International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
    • Complete set of International Financial Reporting Standards incorporating International Accounting Standards and Interpretations.
  • The Canadian Business Compliance Manual (CBCM) - formerly the Accountant's Manual
    • A comprehensive non-technical overview and discussion of the legal requirements and associated administrative and compliance information being used in Canadian business today.
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Accounting, Tax & Banking Collection
Coverage:1902 to the present
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This collection brings together two formerly separate databases - Accounting & Tax and Banking Information Source (February 2017). 

The Accounting, Tax & Banking Collection provides citations, abstracts and some full-text content for approximatley 1,300 publications. Includes trade publications, journals, reports, magazines, and other documents which cover accounting, tax, auditing, financial services, banking and other related issues. Geographical coverage is international in scope, with an emphasis on the United States.

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ArticleFirst
Coverage:1990 to the present

The ArticleFirst database contains over 14.3 million bibliographic citations that describe items listed on the table of contents pages of more than 12,000 journals in science, technology, medicine, social science, business, the humanities, and other popular culture. Each record describes one article, news story, letter, or other item. Records contain OCLC library holdings, and many include abstracts.
 

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Asian & European Business Collection
Coverage:1967 to the present

Database provides information pertinent to the study of business and finance topics across Asia and Europe. Provides citations, abstracts, and some full-text content for approximately 630 publications including scholarly journals, magazines, reports, newswires, and more. Find information on companies, countries, markets, international trade, and overall business conditions and practices throughout these regions.

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Business Expert Press
Coverage:2008-2014
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The acquisition of the Business Expert Press collection was made possible through a gift from the TD Bank Group to support the TD Learning Commons at the Ron Joyce Centre.

Business Expert Press contains over 300 practical, concise, full-text ebooks covering specific areas of business, including supply and operations management, international business, entrepreneurship, finance, accounting, leadership, public relations, consumer behaviour, marketing, and strategy. Written and edited by professors and academic thought leaders, the titles are specifically designed for studies in advanced business and management. Each title in the BEP collection can also be accessed via McMaster's library catalogue

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Business Premium Collection (formerly ProQuest Business Collection)
Coverage:1850s to the present; varies by database

ProQuest's Premium Business Collection consists of the following suite of databases: 

The collection contains thousands of full-text scholarly journals, dissertations, conference proceedings, working papers, newspapers, trade publications, industry reports, and books. Popular titles includes the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and Economist. Strong U.S. and international coverage in business and the social sciences.

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Business Source Complete (Business Searching Interface - Recommended)
Business Source Complete (Standard EBSCOhost Interface)
Coverage:1886 to the present; varies by title
Note:

NOTES
In January 2018, the Library's subscription to Business Source Complete will switch to Business Source Premier, resulting in the reduction of some content. To see the content changes, review the title lists of Business Source Complete and Business Source Premier.
On August 1, 2013, five hundred Harvard Business Review articles became read-only (i.e, the full-text cannot be printed or saved). 

Business Source Complete provides selected full text from 11,200 sources, including more than 1,100 scholarly business journals. Covers all areas of business, including accounting, economics, finance, management, management information systems, marketing and international business. Additional full text, non-journal content includes financial data, books, monographs, major reference works, book digests, conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, industry reports (by Datamonitor/Marketline), market research reports, country reports, company profiles, SWOT analyses and more. Also includes a Company Information section, a company directory of more than a million public and private companies worldwide. Entries include address, revenue, top executives, subsidiaries, NAICS & SIC codes, and more.

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Canada's Information Resource Centre
Coverage:Current

Canada's Information Resource Centre integrates the content of 7 directories into a single online Canadian resource. Provides access to over 100,000 Canadian organizations, contacts, facts and figures.  The database includes the following titles: 

  • Associations Canada
  • Canadian Almanac & Directory
  • Canadian Environmental Resource Guide
  • Financial Services Canada
  • Governments Canada
  • Major Canadian Cities Compared and Ranked
  • Career & Employment Canada 

 

# of users:1
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Canadian Business Database
Coverage:Current

An online directory containing over 1.9 million Canadian businesses (public & private). Can be searched by company name, type of business (including SIC or NAICS codes), location, employee size, sales ranges and more. Each company entry includes location information, industry profile (i.e., industry codes), photo, map & directions, business demographics (e.g., number of employees, sales volume, credit rating score), management directory, nearby businesses and competitors report. 

# of users:3
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Canadian Public Policy Collection Scholars Portal

This is a collection of monograph publications from Canadian public policy institutes, government agencies, advocacy groups, think-tanks, university research centres and other public interest groups. The organizations included in this collection represent the leading edge of primary research and opinion in all areas of Canadian public policy. Their publications are vital to the understanding of developing issues in every arena of Canadian public life.

In many cases, titles are also freely available on the Internet.

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Canadian Research Index
Coverage:1982 to the present

Includes publications produced by Canadian governments (federal, provincial, territorial & municipal), government agencies & departments, research institutes and government laboratories. Index to Microlog microfiche collection.  Contains over 200,000 records, including some from Statistics Canada and Canadian theses & dissertations.

 

NOTE: To view the fullt--text of an item included in the Canadian Research Index, take note of the Microlog number included in the record(s)(e.g., Microlog 104-05853). The item(s) will be located in the Microlog microfiche collection housed in MILLS Government Publications (2nd floor)(CA7MC-M31). Earlier coverage available under previous titles: ProFile Index (1973-78) Urban Canada (1977-78) and Publicat Index (1977-78).

# of users:4
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Canadian Trade Index Open Access

An online directory for buyers and suppliers of industrial products and services (manufacturers, exporters, distribution and service companies) in Canada. Includes detailed product and service information from Canadian industrial and manufacturing companies of all sizes. 

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CANSIM via CHASS
CANSIM via Statistics Canada

CANSIM (Canadian Socio-Economic Information Management System) is Statistics Canada's database of time series (sequences of values of a variable measured over time, spaced apart at uniform time intervals) covering a wide variety of social and economic aspects of Canadian life. Topics include the system of national accounts, labour, manufacturing, construction, trade, agriculture and finance. As well, selected demographic and social data, such as population estimates and vital statistics, are available. There is no charge for data via this interface. Geographic area: Canada (national and sub-national), some United States, some international. Time span of data coverage: varies by series.

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CFMRC TSX @ CHASS
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Updated annually, usually in April or May of each year.

Includes daily and monthly Toronto Stock Exchange trading information about specific securities; information on price adjustments such as dividends, stock splits, recapitalizations, etc.; information on daily and monthly index levels; as well as selected other financial markets information. The database is divided into two parts: common equities and preferred equities.

# of users:14
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Charities Listings (Canada Revenue Agency)
Coverage:2000 to current, but varies by organization

The Charities Listings is a searchable list of Canadian charities maintained by the Canada Revenue Agency. It can confirm if a charity is registered under the Income Tax Act and therefore eligible to issue official donation receipts. It also provides a charity's contact information and annual Registered Charity Information Return Form T3010, which includes financial information and activities.

 

Search by charity name, charity status (e.g., Canadian Registered Charities, Revoked Charities for Cause), charity type (e.g, education, health), geography (e.g., city, province, country) and more. A quick view and full view of a registered or revoked charity's activities, revenues, and expenditures are provided. Links to an organization's previous T3010 Returns are also included, some dating back to 2000. 

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Conference Board of Canada e-Library
Coverage:1998 to the present
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Archived webinars become available in the Library's Conference Board of Canada subscription 60 days after the webinar is held.

Provides full-text access to Conference Board of Canada reports. Research areas covered include:

  • Economic Trends
    • Canadian (Long & Short Term Forecasts)
    • Provincial (Long & Short Term Forecasts)
    • Metropolitan (includes 27 Canadian cities)
    • Industry Sector Economics
    • Consumer and Business Confidence 
    • Travel and Tourism Sector Trends
  • Organizational Performance
    • Human Resources Management
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Learning and Development
    • Health and Wellness
    • Governance
    • Organizational Excellence
    • Risk Management
    • Corporate Social Responsibility
    • Corporate Finance
    • Marketing
    • Leadership
    • Immigration
    • Women's Leadership
  • Public Policy
    • Canada's Socio-Economic Performance
    • Trade and Investment Policy
    • Energy, Environment and Transportation Policy
    • Health and Health Care
    • Education and Learning
    • Innovation and Technology
    • Security and Safety
    • Taxation
    • Northern and Aboriginal Policy
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DBRS
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The DBRS interface changed in December 2017.

DBRS is a credit rating agency that is privately owned and operated without affiliation to any financial institution. DBRS provides independent, third-party evaluations of corporate and government issues, spanning North America, Europe and Asia. More than 2,400 issuer families and nearly 50,000 securities worldwide are evaluated in a variety of market sectors including corporate finance (e.g., consumers, telecom/media/technology, etc.), financial institutions (e.g., banks & trusts, insurance, etc.), public finance (e.g., provinces & municipalities, universities, etc.), sovereigns (Canada, China, etc.) and structured finance (commercial mortgages, student loans, etc.). Includes rating reports on companies, countries and cities, as well as industry studies. Worldwide coverage with an emphasis on Canada. 

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EBSCOhost Databases
Coverage:varies by database

Allows you to cross-search over 25 indexing, abstracting, and fulltext databases in a range of subjects. For the most part, these databases help you find scholarly journal articles, although you may also find scholarly books and other types of documents. Some databases provide the full text of online articles, and some only provide citations. Use the get it! button to link to available full text.

 

McMaster has access to the following databases on the EBSCOhost platform:

  • AgeLine
  • America: History & Life
  • Anthropology Plus
  • Art Abstracts
  • ATLA Religion Database with ATLA Serials
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies
  • Bibliography of Native North Americans
  • Business Source Complete
  • CINAHL
  • Communication Source (combines 'Communication Abstracts' and 'Communication & Mass Media Complete')
  • eBook Collection (formerly NetLibrary eBooks; all titles in this collection are listed individually in McMaster's library catalogue)
  • EconLit with Fulltext
  • Film & Television Literature Index
  • GreenFILE
  • Historical Abstracts
  • Humanities Abstracts
  • L'Annee Philologique
  • LGBT Life with Full Text
  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
  • Music Index
  • New Testament Abstracts
  • Old Testament Abstracts
  • Regional Business News
  • Social Sciences Abstracts
  • Social Work Abstracts
  • SPORTDiscus
  • Teacher Reference Center
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EconLit with Fulltext
Coverage:1969 to the present

EconLit is a comprehensive indexed bibliography of the world's economic literature. The database covers more than 750 major economic journals as well as collected volumes (essays, proceedings, etc.), books, book reviews, dissertations, and working papers. Over 99% of the articles are in English or include English summaries. Generally, all articles from all publications are indexed, including notes, communications, comments, replies, rejoinders, etc. Over 80% of all current records include abstracts. Also included are fulltext of book reviews published in the Journal of Economic Literature since 1993.

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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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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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Gale Virtual Reference Library

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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ProQuest Digital Microfilm
Coverage:2008 to current, but varies by title
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It can take up to 3 months for the most recent issues of a newspaper  to become available in this format.

Browse full-image issues of the following newspapers:

  • Montreal Gazette, January 1, 2011 to present
  • National Post, January 1, 2011 to present
  • New York Times, January 1, 2008 to present
  • Toronto Star, January 1, 2010 to present
  • Vancouver Sun, January 1, 2011 to present
  • Wall Street Journal, January 1, 2008 to present
  • Washington Post, January 1, 2008 to present

Once connected, select the desired newspaper title, then choose the year, month, day and page from the drop down lists to view a page of a specific issue. Keyword searching is not supported. To search within and across these (and other) newspaper titles, try news databases like Factiva and LexisNexis. 

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ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I
Coverage:1639 to the present

Indexes over 2 million doctoral dissertations and master's theses completed at accredited North American and selected European colleges and universities. Dissertations published from 1980 forward include 350 word abstracts written by the author. Master's theses published from 1988 forward include 150 word abstracts. Includes full-text access to many McMaster theses (send an email to request one). For other institutions, 24 page previews are available. In most cases, this will be graduate works published since 1997.

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ProQuest European Business
Coverage:1970 to current

Database contains information on companies, countries, markets, and overall business conditions throughout Europe. Provides citations, abstracts, and some full-text content for approximately 180 publications such as trade magazines, scholarly journals, and newspapers.

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ProQuest News & Newspapers
Coverage:1840s to 2000s, but date varies by publication; most recent years are not included

Simultaneously search the following four historical newspapers:

  • The Globe and Mail, 1844 to 3 years ago
  • The New York Times, 1851 to 3 years ago
  • The Wall Street Journal, 1889 to 17 years ago 
  • The Washington Post, 1877 to 17 years ago
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