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Table of Contents:
Big Data. 6
Business News. 13
Business Research. 14
Business Valuation. 18
Company Information. 19
Consumer Research. 33
Country Information. 40
Crime and Corruption. 43
Data Analytics. 47
Databases and Datasets. 49
Data Visualization. 53
Demographic Data. 57
Economic Development. 63
Economic Information. 65
Educational Resources. 70
Emerging Technologies. 74
Expert Sources. 80
Fake News. 84
Financial Information. 87
Government Information. 93
Government Regulations. 100
Healthcare Industry. 103
Human Resources. 104
Industry Information. 106
International Business Information. 116
International Financial Information. 126
International Trade. 131
Internet Research. 135
Labor and Employment. 137
Legal Information. 141
Market Research. 142
Mergers and Acquisitions. 152
Patents and Trademarks. 153
People Information. 158
Prospect Research. 159
Public Policy. 161
Scholarly Information. 166
Search Engines. 173
Search Strategies. 174
Social Listening. 176
Social Media. 178
Social Sciences. 183
Software Reviews. 185
Statistical Information. 187
Trends and Forecasts. 193
Venture Capital. 195
PURPOSE: Provides news of recent advertising campaigns, profiles of leading advertisers by sector and geography, recent popular ads, new campaigns and other information of interest to those following the global advertising industry.
FEE/FREE: FREE and FEE-BASED
SOURCE CHECK: Adbrands is published by Mind Advertising Ltd, a small privately held firm located in the U.K. The company first launched the site in 1997 under its original name, Mind-Advertising.com.
OUR VIEW: Although Adbrands is primarily geared for its paying subscribers, there is a wealth of valuable and detailed data on advertisers, the advertising industry, and advertising campaigns available at no charge. You can sample a range of profiles of major advertisers (by sector or geography), view a mini-directory of the largest consolidated agency networks, keep up with industry news, and more. It’s timely, easy to use, and published by a long time provider of advertising agency information. Subscribers also get access to the Adbrands accounts assignment database, which consists of over 30,000 account assignments for over 7,000 individual brands. A paid subscription costs $45 per month or $220 per year. Consider this site if you need up to date data, news, and profiles on key players in the global advertising industry. March 2015
SITE: My Favorite Public Data Sources
CATEGORY: Big Data
PURPOSE: A collection of free and valuable public data sets.
SOURCE CHECK: This list was compiled by Jen Underwood, the founder of Impact Analytix LLC, a firm that specializes in business intelligence and analytics, market strategy, content marketing, industry analysis, web development, and more. It is located in New Tampa, FL.
OUR VIEW: Big data, data analytics, and predictive analytics remain a hot topic in the business world, and researchers are increasingly turning to available data sets to download, manipulate and analyze them. But where can one find good free public data? Underwood identifies several collections here, many from the government, but others from private vendors. This listing can serve as a nice entry for those who are new to using data sets and want easy and free collections to explore and “play with” as they learn. Consider this site if you need public data sets or want sample data to begin learning how to use big data as a research source. April 2016
SITE: Brexit Fallout: The Economic Impact in Six Key Charts
PURPOSE: Provides at-a-glance data rich charts identifying the immediate economic impact of Brexit on the pound, stocks and bonds.
SOURCE CHECK: The Guardian is one of the U.K.s leading daily newspapers
EXCERPT/KEY POINTS: The data displayed in the charts shows in charts and graphs how the British pound dropped against the dollar and the Euro; how yields on UK government bonds, (known as “gilts”) have set record lows and the drops in banking stocks. July 2016
SITE: Brexit Stage Left: Charting the UK Referendum’s Transatlantic Effect
PURPOSE: This article describes the impact of the Brexit decision on US trade, US investment, global investment, and EU Trade.
SOURCE CHECK: This item is part of the “Media Resources” section of IBISWorld, a leading provider of industry information databases. IBISWorld was founded in Australia and its US headquarters is located in Los Angeles.
EXCERPT/KEY POINTS: U.S. Trade: In the short term, the depreciation of the pound and the strength of the dollar will negatively impact US exporters, which have already suffered from the EU’s economic malaise. U.S. Investment: Pending negotiations, US manufacturers that operate in the United Kingdom may face tariffs and duties when transporting goods to EU countries. Global Investment: Although Britain’s exit decision may not impact previously scheduled foreign infrastructure investments, its planned restructuring may make investment in the region less attractive to potential foreign suitors. EU Trade: the aftermath of Brexit may have adverse implications for both foreign and domestic (i.e. UK-based) companies that operate within the services sector. July 2016
SITE: Brexit’s Winners and Losers: How the UK Decision Will Impact Europe’s VC Ecosystem
PURPOSE: Analyzes how the U.K. Brexit decision will change how venture capital operates in Europe
SOURCE CHECK: This article was made available by CB Insights, a major provider of news, databases, and analysis on emerging industries, venture capital, startups and innovation. CB Insights is located in New York City.
EXCERPT/KEY POINTS: The UK has held a pivotal position in European venture capital as a hub for both investors and startups. Key concerns explored in this article include: European vs. UK funding and deals; VC funds, LPs, and talent; London’s status as a financial-technology hub; and regulatory uncertainty over biotech. July 2016
SITE: Databases in the News: Brexit Edition
PURPOSE: Identifies and describes how the Brexit decision is going to impact a selection of substantive databases
SOURCE CHECK: This round up was created by VividCortex, a database monitoring company based in Charlottesville, VA
EXCERPT/KEY POINTS: The article notes how databases and their users in areas like finance, security, healthcare and other areas are going to be impacted by Brexit. In the healthcare area, for example, this article notes that the EU and UK have shared clinical trial data, but now “The EU and the UK will now find themselves required to handle their own, separate databases. And if companies want to share or access data across countries, they'll need to find ways—both technical and legal—to bridge these databases.” July 2016
SITE: Out and Down: Mapping the Impact of Brexit
PURPOSE: This special report by the Economist Intelligence Unit, which was published right before the Brexit vote was taken provides data, charts, and analysis to forecast the impact of the leave decision on key industries such as finance, retail, automotive, healthcare, energy and telecommunications.
SOURCE CHECK: The U.K.-based Economist Intelligence Unit is one of the world’s leading provider of economic news, reports and analysis, and is the publisher of the Economist magazine
EXCERPT/KEY POINTS: Financial Services: The UK financial services would lose access to its economic hinterland in Europe causing firms to shift away from London to ensure access to the single market. Retail: UK retailers will face greater supply chain complexity and regulatory divergence as domestic sales slump while consumers wait on the outcome of negotiations. Automotive: The UK is a sizeable market in its own right. In fact an EU exit may create opportunities for locally based carmakers. However, supply chains would experience disruption. Healthcare: Pharmaceutical exports, access to medicines, and research grants could all be at risk if the UK leaves the EU. Any economic downturn would also affect NHS spending. Energy: Regardless of Brexit the UK will need to remain intrinsically linked to the European energy market and the frameworks which govern it. Telecommunications: Investment and revenue in the UK would only see a slight fall but uncertainty over the future of pan-European roaming charges could put consumers at risk. July 2016
SITE: UK House of Commons Library Research Notes
PURPOSE: This is a continuously updated site published by the library reference site InfoDocket listing links and offering a short description to the latest U.K. House of Commons research notes on the various impacts of the Brexit vote.
SOURCE CHECK: InfoDocket, which is part of Library Journal magazine, provides regular updates of substantive and valuable reports and documents of value to libraries and researchers. Its editor, Gary Price, is well known in the library and information industry. The reports themselves are published by the U.K government.
EXCERPT/KEY POINTS: Titles of recent reports listed and linked to on this site include: What Next for UK fisheries?; How Will it Affect Transport?; EU Budget and the UK’s Contribution; Tax After the EU Referendum; Pensions After the EU Referendum; Financial Services After the Referendum; Brexit and IP: a Primer (via Managing Intellectual Property). July 2016
SITE: Business Information Industry Association: Industry Library
CATEGORY: Business News
PURPOSE: Provides abstracts and short articles related to news and developments impacting the business information arena, including new resources and databases, mergers and acquisitions among vendors, conference presentations, and more
SOURCE CHECK: The site is a creation of the Business Information Industry Association, a non-profit association based in Hong Kong. The BIIA was formed in 2005 as a membership organization for business information vendors, as well as users, regulators, as well as government and public information workers.
OUR VIEW: We were pleasantly surprised to come across this business information membership group which we had not encountered before. Although much of its information and resources are restricted to its members, a good deal of news, charts, graphs, industry summaries and other data compilations and analyses about the business information industry is available for free, via this Industry Library and on other segments. It’s an intriguing site for keeping up with new business information vendors that you may not know about, and learning of new products, features, capabilities and news in the industry. Consider this site when you want to find news and developments in the business information industry. November 2017
SITE: CNBC: Search
CATEGORY: Business News
PURPOSE: The search function at the online site for the CNBC television network allows users to search the CNBC archive for news, stock quotes and video clips.
SOURCE CHECK: CNBC is part of NBC Universal Network, which itself is owned by Comcast. CNBC’s headquarters is located in Englewood Cliffs, NJ.
OUR VIEW: CNBC is one of the most prominent business news sites in the world, and this is one of the best news network search sites we’ve come across. When you enter a word or phrase, the search engine automatically narrows your search with each term, and refreshes and displays the current results. The results page highlights your key words in the headline; surfaces the ticker of the company or companies mentioned, and shows you the general subject area that your results are categorized under so you can do further targeted searches. You can also choose your results to focus on news, articles, reports, videos, reports, or press releases and have them ranked either by newest or by relevance. Perhaps the most impressive part of the search function is its archive-we found results going back over 10 years, which makes this site not just valuable for current news searching, but deeper archival as well. Consider this site if you want to find media and press coverage of companies and business news topic, both timely and historical back up to 10 years. October 2018
SITE: Daily Dispatch
CATEGORY: Business News
PURPOSE: This site allows the visitor to sign up to receive an email newsletter from the Economist magazine. That newsletter allows the subscriber to choose three articles to read at no cost on the Economist.com each week. Subscribers also have the option to download special reports.
SOURCE: The Economist is one of the world’s leading business news magazines and it reports and analyzes news, events, and trends in business, society, economics, culture and technology. It has been published and operated independently since 1843 and is headquartered in London.
OUR VIEW: As a researcher, you certainly know about the Economist and likely also know of its reputation as a leading objective, evidence-based, source for probing (and witty!) analyses of news, events and trends from around the globe. You probably also know that it is an expensive publication. But you may not know of the appealing possibility to read three articles online each week at literally no cost! As a big fan of this publication ourselves (it is one of our most trusted information sources), we highly recommend taking advantage of this offer. Consider this site if you need succinct, cogent, fact-based analyses of world events but do not want or cannot afford a full subscription to the magazine. May 2018
SITE: BRASS Business Guides
CATEGORY: Business Research
PURPOSE: An annotated listing of curated and recommended free and fee-based business research resources, covering hundreds of topics, with links to the listed sites.
SOURCE CHECK: The listing was created by “BRASS,” the Business Reference and Services Section division of the American Library Association.
OUR VIEW: There are various resources available where you can get recommendations on the “best” business resources (including our own Best of the Business Web of course!), and this site is particularly noteworthy and worth spending time browsing. Not only are the sites selected by some of the best business research experts around, the scope of topics covered is extensive, it is simple to use—you can either browse categories from accounting to taxation, or conduct a keyword search on the fulltext—and it is all very timely as well! Note that the criteria employed for selection is: quality of content; ease of use; and technical execution. Consider this site if you want to learn of new resources that may be useful to your current or anticipated business research projects. January 2016
SITE: Case Center
CATEGORY: Business Research
PURPOSE: Provides access to dozens of business case studies from business schools and institutions from around the world
SOURCE CHECK: The Case Center is a non-for-profit membership organization with headquarters in the U.K. at Cranford College and in the U.S. at Babson college. Its stated mission is to be “dedicated to advancing the case method worldwide, sharing knowledge, wisdom and experience to inspire and transform business education across the globe.”
OUR VIEW: Very often a business research project requires locating case studies, and while these can be found here and there on the Web, it is extremely convenient to have some of the most authoritative and respected publishers of business case studies all in one place. The Case Center attempts to do just that, providing access to what it claims to be the largest collection of business case studies. While many are free-based there are lots of free ones too, available from leading business schools like Stanford, Copenhagen Business School, MIT and others. While valuable for potentially any type of business research, the site is particularly well suited for business professors and graduate students. Consider this site when you are looking for business case studies. January 2017
SITE: China Business
CATEGORY: Business Research
PURPOSE: An annotated listing (LibGuide) of a curated selection of the best data sources for doing business research on or about China. Key segments of the guide are: country overview/statistics; environment; financial markets; in the news; historical sources; and socio-demographics.
FEE/FREE: FREE (though includes many fee-based sources)
SOURCE CHECK: The guide is a creation of the librarians at the Baker Library/Bloomberg Center at the Harvard Business School.
OUR VIEW: There are lots of lists of links on business resources on China on the Web, but we like this list because it is curated by authorities in doing research on China, and from one of the world’s leading business schools. It can be useful not only for locating free resources, but identifying which fee-based databases to either purchase or find access to that provide sought after company, market, financial and other important business information on China. Consider this site if you need to find top resources of business information on China. June 2017