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Business Information for Non-Business People: Home

What Business Information Is (Usually)

  • Company information—activities, financials
  • Industry information—who produces what
  • Country information—economic conditions and business environment
  • News—recent actions of companies, industries, trade associations, government regulators, researchers etc., any of which may have an impact on business

 Not included in this guide (and this is a judgment call):

  • Accounting—which focuses on the processes and rules for recording and presenting the internal operations of a company, preferably in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
  • Finance—which focuses on processes for acquiring and managing funds, for example, through issuing stock (companies) or raising taxes (government entities)


Getting to Business Resources

The resources discussed in this guide can be accessed through the Library's list of Business & Economics LibGuides ( by selecting the Databases tab.

In addition, the following Business & Economics LibGuides highlight and explain these resources in the context of their topic areas:


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