Investment & Finance
A Guide to Selected Resources
Reference & Fact Journals, Magazines, &
Books & eBooks Great Websites!
Reference & Fact Finding
Encyclopedia of Business and Finance [REF HF1001 .E466 2001 (2 vols.)
Contains two to three page articles covering a variety of topics related to business and finance.
Federal Reserve Bulletin [http://www.federalreserve.gov/pubs/bulletin/]
Check the appendix in each monthly issue for financial and business statistics. Includes information on federal
reserve bank notes, commercial paper, mortgage markets, new security issues, and prime rates. Also provides
one of the most widely used indexes, the index of industrial production. Tables are available for domestic non-
financial statistics and some international statistics.
International Financial Statistics Yearbook [REF HG 3881 .I626 2007]
Exchange rates, fund accounts, international banking, money/banking, interest rates, prices, employment,
government finance and national accounts for 144 countries (including the United States).
Investment Sourcebook: The Complete Guide to Finding and Understanding Investment In formation [REF
HG 4521 .C58 2001]
Discusses the best investment news publications and sources, computer software, and service providers.
Explains where to get the information and apply major and minor concepts, terms, ratios and other variables.
Economic Report of the President Annual. (pdf format) [http://www.gpoaccess.gov/eop/]
Released each February by the U.S. Council of Economic Advisors, this report on the state of the economy
provides a narrative analysis of economic issues and conditions, with over 100 statistic tables on employment,
income, and production. Can search by words or phrases. Also available in hard copy in the Library [REF HC
Mergent (formerly Moody's) Handbook of Common Stocks. Revised quarterly. [REF HG 4905 .M815]
Brief information for 1000 common stocks. Includes price charts, quarterly earnings, dividends, P/E ratios, and
background information on individual companies.
Mergent Dividend Achievers [REF HG 4050 .M661. 2005]
Reports dividends declared by 10,000 companies traded on New York, American Stock exchanges and the
The Secrets of Economic Indicators [REF HB 3730 .B38 2005]
Detailed descriptions of over 40 economic indicators, among them employment, consumer spending, national
output and inventories, housing and construction, foreign trade, and productivity and wages. Explains what
exactly each indicator measures, how it is computed, where to find the relevant report on the web, the day and
time this report is released, the source of the information, and how often the information is revised. Also discusses
the market impact of these indicators on bonds, stocks, and currency plus profiles of international indicators and a
listing of where to locate them on the web.
Standard & Poor’s Industry Surveys In S & P NetAdvantage.
Use this for basic analyses of 30-40 major industries with many subject breakdowns within each industry.
Statistical information includes sales, profit margin, P/E ratios, and capital expenditures.
Standard and Poor’s Outlook. In S & P NetAdvantage.
Industry analysis and forecasts of market trends. Purchase recommendations for selected stocks. Current S&P
stock price indexes for 96 industry groups, bond yield percentages, and the high-low-close prices for the 500
composite stock index are included in each issue. Current two years are retained.
Survey of Current Business (pdf format) [http://www.bea.gov/scb/index.htm]
Monthly publication that reports business and economic statistics, including inventories, sales, and profits by
broad industry group, and other industry statistics. Also available in hard copy in the Library [REF HC 101 .A13].
Value Line Investment Survey (Available in print at Circulation Desk)
Investment information for 1,700 stocks is provided. See "Ratings and Reports" section. Report for each company
includes quarterly price, earnings, dividend, P/E ratio, and beta.
Books & eBooks
How to Find Books in Conant Library
Books, videos, and periodicals owned by Conant Library can be located by using our online
catalog. Search by keyword, title, author, or subject.
Note: Electronic books (also known as eBooks) found by searching the Conant Library Catalog will
have 'Online' as the Call Number.
**To access these books from off-campus, you will need your Nichols username and password.**
Other sources for finding books are located in online catalogs of other libraries (academic and
Research Tip: You can often find the Library of Congress subject heading(s) for a topic by doing a
keyword search, finding a resource that is on target and examining the subject headings provided in
that item's record.)
To get materials that we do not own, please place an Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery
Subject Heading suggestions:
Journals, Magazines, & Newspapers
Article Databases Database User Guides
If you are unable to retrieve the full text of an article online, see if the Library owns a print copy
by consulting the online catalog (search for the periodical title, NOT the article title).
If you cannot access the full text of an article online, and the Library does not own the
periodical, place an Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery request.
Business Source Elite
Citation, abstract and full text coverage of scholarly business, management, marketing and economics journals.
Also company profiles (including SWOT analysis). [Profiles are in PDF format, requiring Adobe Acrobat Reader.]
Contains articles, most in full-text (html and PDF format), from 8,000 academic journals covering a wide variety of
disciplines. It also contains hundreds of podcasts and transcripts from NPR, CNN, and the CBC, as well as full-
text New York Times content from 1995 to the present.
Expanded Academic Index ASAP
Full-text, citations, and abstracts of articles for 1800+ academic and general interest periodicals.
General Business File ASAP
Over 900 general business and finance magazines, trade, and local business journals (460 full-text). Also
includes Company Profiles, a directory of 180,000 public and private companies, with 50,000 investment reports.
Full-text of a wide variety of sources -- newspaper and magazine articles, business data, and more. Under
'business' tab, search for company and industry financial data and news.
See Stock Reports for company financials and valuations, competitors, analysts' reports and industry information.
Also includes Bond and Mutual Fund reports.
Wall Street Journal
Search for full-text coverage of business and financial news and analysis, company news, editorials, regular
columns and special reports.
Search the Web Evaluating Web Sites
Barra Research + Indexes [http://www.barra.com/research/overview.aspx]
Maintained by Barra, this page includes links to financial indexes and an online full-text finance article database.
Bloomberg Personal [http://www.bloomberg.com/]
Business and financial news, including world markets, money and credit markets, and financial analysis.
Electronic Communication Networks (ECNs) [http://www.tradingday.com/c/extended_hours/ecns/]
A list of computerized trading networks maintained by TradingDay.com.
Financial Markets Center [http://www.fmcenter.org/]
Extensive information on the Federal Reserve System and its relationship to the financial markets, including
commentaries, analysis, and predictions forecasting operations.
Finance Resources on the Web [http://http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~giddy/]
Organized into several major categories, e.g. General Finance and the Economy,; Financial MArkets; Corporate
Finance; Company, Fund and Investment Research; Risk Management; and International Finance. Note:
horizontal menu bar at top does not link to sections of the site but instead to other personal web pages of Ian
Giddy, a professor of finance at the Stern School of Business (NYU) and creator of the site.
Hoover's Online [http://www.hoovers.com/free]
Search "Company Capsules" by name, ticker symbol, industry, location, and annual sales for brief company
record. Subscription required for in-depth profile that includes corporate history, current events, several years of
EDGAR filings, a list of officers, a list of competitors, and more. More extensive company profiles available
through General Business File ASAP
Excellent tutorials and articles on ratio analysis, bonds, mutual funds, options and futures, real estate, retirement,
stock trading, taxes, and world markets.
MSN MoneyCentral Investor [http://moneycentral.msn.com/investor/home.asp]
Check out the Research Wizard under Stock Research.
SEC EDGAR Database [http://www.sec.gov/edgar.htm]
The Securities and Exchange Commission's site.
Yahoo! Finance [finance.yahoo.com]
Comprehensive directory of Internet resources on Bonds, Brokerages, Economic Indicators, Mutual Funds,
Quotes, Stocks, and more.
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