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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


This guide is to showcase business library digital resources and research hints for students in the iMSA program.

Best Resources

Database Matrix


Easy Search for Business Articles

For simple searching, you can try Business- Easy Search. This is a good place to start when you aren't certain where to go first.  Type your phrase in the box, enclosed by parentheses, eg  "Corporate Sustainability Reporting".  It searches 4 of the major business-related literature databases for your convenience: ABI/Inform, Business Source Complete, Scopus, and Academic Search Complete".  If you want to get more specific, using subject fields, the directions are below for ABI/Inform, EBSCO Business Source Complete, and LexisNexis Academic Universe.

BIS also has Best Bets, a database of frequently asked questions on a topic level. You can search the entire database or click on one of the areas of finance, accounting, economics, labor, companies, industries, etc. and look at the lists of questions. NOTE: This is not the place to do a company search on a specific company. Instead, it is a tool which will lead you to sources on how to find information on companies or industries.


Access this resource directly through the UIUC proxy link above or  through the link under Key Databases on the left side of the BIS homepage .

This is a comprehensive database of scholarly journals, magazines, trade publications, newspapers, books, reports, dissertations, and working papers. To get database helpclick here and then click on various links in the left-hand navigation column such as 'Basic Search' or 'Advanced Search: Database Specific.'

For example, to search for industry statistics and reports: Search for an industry name as a subject or enter/look up NAICS code; choose "statistics/data report" as "document type";  click search.

EBSCO Business Source Complete

Nexis Uni

In order to download articles, make sure to enable pop-ups for

To search for company profiles, select the company info box on the home page and select Company Profile from the drop-down to search for a company by name.