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USC Industry Information Databases

Financial Databases at USC

This is a list of the key business databases at USC.  Another list with the WRDS datasets broken out can be found here.

  • EStatement Studies  
      
    The online version of the Annual Statement Studies, produced by the Risk Management Association (RMA), includes financial ratios on over 760 industries, industry default probabilities and cash flow measures
  • Hoovers Online  
      
    Create a list of IPOs by price, offer, date, size, underwriters, industry, geography, etc. by using 'Build A List' tab. Begin at IPO Data
  • Mergent Horizon  
      
    Provides financial data and highlights the relationships between a company's major customers, suppliers, partners and competitors, details the hierarchies of company products and services, analyzes data for sector aggregates, generates M&A scenarios and much more..
  • Mergent Online  
      
    US and international company data, annual reports, and financial data.
  • Mergent WebReports  
      
    Online access to scanned images of the Moody's/Mergent manuals. These provide financials, corporate histories, business descriptions, and information on subsidiaries, officers, and municipal debt in some cases back to the early 1900's.
  • Mint Global Beta  
      
    US and international company information from Bureau van Dijk including Datamonitor market research and company reports (same content as Orbis with a different interface).
  • Morningstar Direct  
      
    Global investment database and analytics. See library staff or Center for Investment Studies for access information. Available through Marshall network.
  • Orbis  
      
    US and international company information from Bureau van Dijk including Datamonitor market research and company reports (same content as Mint Global with a different interface).
  • OSIRIS  
      
    Web version of publicly listed company information from Bureau van Dijk
  • SDC Guide
    The vendor's step-by-step M&A Guide for SDC.
  • SDC Platinum  
      
    Find data on M&A's, IPO's, global new issues and venture capital funding. On-campus access on the USC Marshall network, see instructions. Off-campus access is available via Citrix on MyMarshall. See SDC M&A Guide above.
  • SEC EDGAR  
      
    This is the public website for company filings with US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) such as 10Ks and 10Q's, 8K's , Schedule 13Ds, tender offers, various Registration Statements and other documentation.
  • Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage  
      
    Business, investment and financial information including industry surveys.
  • Thomson One  
      
    This only works with Internet Explorer. Find analyst reports on publicly traded companies and some industry analysis from key brokerage firms.
  • Value Line  
      
    Access to Value Line's publications covering industries, stocks, mutual funds.
  • Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS)  
      
    Collection of databases designed for standardized quantitative analysis. Available datasets include Audit Analytics, Bank Regulatory, Blockholders, Bureau van Dijk & BvD Trial, CBOE Indexes, COMPUSTAT, CRSP, CUSIP, Corporate Library, DMEF Academic Data, Dow Jones, EVENTUS, FDIC, Fama French & Liquidity Factors, Federal Reserve Bank, First Call, GSIOnline, IBES IRI, MFLINKS, PHLX, Penn World Tables, SEC Order Execution, TAQ and Thomson Reuters.
  • Zephyr  
      
    International M&A, IPO and venture capital deals with links to company information from Bureau van Dijk.
  • LIMITED ACCESS DATABASES
    See Library staff for information on access
  • Bloomberg  
      
    Specialized workstation. See library staff or Center for Investment Studies for access information.
  • Datastream  
      
    A financial database available for Faculty and PhD research provided through a virtual lab system. Please contact the Marshall Help Desk for access and review the instructions found here.
  • Capital IQ  
      

Conferences and Conventions

These public sites can help find professional conferences and conventions for a wide range of industries:

 

Local Industry (1930)

Photograph of multiple factory workers completing a final inspection on tires, ca.1930 (Los Angeles). From the USC Digital Library.

Industry Research Tips

To understand a company an its competitors, you need to understand the industry of which it is a part, even if you are looking for information about a niche industry. 

Finding information about an industry includes the following steps:

  • Get an overview of the industry (market research, industry summaries)
  • Look for articles on trends and see if you can find forecasts
  • Gather statistics from government agencies and trade associations
  • Contact trade associations for additional information about an industry

Potential problems:

  • Each information tool uses its own industry groupings and covers different industries.  Data from one source may not match another resource, both in terms of data and definition of an industry. 
  • Small industries are often reported as part of larger industries in government data and other information sources.  Look for targeted market research to address these markets
  • Quality, availability and cost of association information varies widely.  some of it is only available to members, and some data can be free.
  • Emerging industries can be difficult to research.  Data may not be available and trends may not have been established. 
      

    USC Articles Databases

    Financial Norms & Ratios

    The following databases have finanical norms and ratios by industry.  Links to the databases can be found under USC Indstry Information or Financial Information Databases in the left hand column

    • eStatement Studies: Search by NAICS code or keyword search the name of an industry
    • Factiva:  Search 'Companies/Markets' for a Company profile which will contain a "Ratio Comparison" report
    • Orbis:  Search different ratio variables by industry
    • ValueLine:  Industry snapshots contain select ratios, click on 'Standard Edition" then 'Industry Look-Up'
    • Hoovers:  Contains comparative ratios for companies that are benchmarked against their primary industry as a whole
    • Capital IQ (this is only accessible on a dedicated computer in Crocker Library):  Search 'Markets' and select a broad industry descriptor; on the industry's profile page, look for 'Key Stats & Ratios'

    See Crocker Library Industry Reference below for Reference materials

        
       

      Crocker Library Industry Reference Books

      Many resources use the Standard Industry Classification (SIC) codes that were developed to track data on American Industries.  The codes were updated by a new systems called NAICS:  the North American Industry Classification System, which includes the U.S., Canada and Mexico.  However, many resources still use SIC codes as well. Pubic websites for SIC and/or NAICS codes are listed in the box below

      Business Statistics of the United States - Strawser, Cornelia J.
      Call Number: HC101.A13122
      Business - Reference

      United States Industry & Market Outlook - C. Barnes & Co.
      Call Number: HC101.U55
      Business - Reference

      U.S. Industry & Market Outlook
      Call Number: HC101.U55
      Business - Reference


      North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) - Federal Government
      Call Number: HF1042.N678 2012
      ISBN: 9781598880823
      Publication Date: 2012
      Business Library - Reference, Circulation Desk

      Market Share Reporter - Gale Research
      Call Number: Business Reference HF5410.M376
      Multiple volumes from 2002 - 2013.

      RMA Annual Statement Studies - Robert Morris Associates
      Call Number: HF5681.B2R6
      Electronic access via eStatement Studies database

      Industry Norms & Key Business Ratios - Dun & Bradstreet Credit Services
      Call Number: HF5681.R25I525
      Latest edition: Business Library Reference - Circulation Desk

      Almanac of Business & Industrial Financial Ratios - Troy, Leo
      Call Number: HF5681.R25T68
      Latest edition at Business Reference - Circulation Desk


      Public Links

      Head, Crocker Business Library and Accounting Library

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      John E. Juricek
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      (213) 740-7621
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      Business Librarian

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      Helga Haraldsson
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      Crocker Business Library
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      701 Hoffman Hall, HOH 201E
      (213) 740-0050
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      Business Information Specialist

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      Kimberly Esser
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      HOH 201F
      kimberle@usc.edu
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      Subjects:
      Business

      Government Industry Information including NAICS & SIC Codes

      Find an Association - BCRC

      Professional associations can be very helpful in learning more about an industry or profession.  Although full access is often reserved for paid members, associations often provide information to the public in the form of summary reports press releases.  Examples of professional associations include Advertising Professionals of Los Angeles, the American Society of Cinematographers, the American Medical Association and the California Solar Energy Industries Association to name just a few.

      Follow the steps below to locate a professional association. 

       1.  Go to the Business & Company Resource Center database

      2.  Select the button for "Advanced Search"

      3.  Go to the dropdown list for "Content Area" and select "Associations"

      4.  Enter your search terms based on the choices provided in the three dropdown lists.  Try searching for a word that is found in the industry description or in the name of the association.  Also, you may wish to specify "USA" in "Country" field or you will be searching for international associations as well.  Try different combinations of search terms and keywords to find the association you need. 

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        Find an Association Search Box - BCRC

         

        Gale Directory Library

        To locate professional associations and other types of organizations, you can also search the Gale Directory Library available through the USC Libraries E-Resources.  This database contains the Encyclopedias of Associations (under "Organizations") as well as other reference works.

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