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Subject Portals

Depending on how you count, the Macdonald Kelce library licenses access to either just under, or just over, 100 databases.

One of the things we’ve created to help make your research more manageable is the Subject Portals page.

Here we’ve broken up the databases by subject. So, if you’re interested in Evidence Based Practice, Allied Health, Finance, or Sociology you don’t have to sort through all the non-related databases.

Once you land on the subject page you can choose the Databases tab to get a list of databases that contain information on your subject area. Databases often deal with multiple subjects so you will find Academic Search Complete (for example) on many of the subject portal pages.

Another useful tab on the subject pages is the Internet tab. Here you will find a curated list of links to professional organizations and other sites we think may be of interest.

Reference Question of the Week: How do I evaluate companies and industries for investment purposes?

This week’s Reference Question of the Week takes a look at some of the ways we have to learn more about companies and industries.

Company Information

Public companies, that is companies that make stock available for purchase to the general public, or companies that are listed on stock exchanges, must file regular reports with the U. S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC). These quarterly, annual, and other reports are a tremendous source of information about individual companies. Most of the following databases use the information provided to the SEC, but they have different ways of organizing the information and often combine the SEC information with other sources of information.

If I need to find information on a company my first stop is Mergent Online. (Remember that you should be logged into Esearch before using the library’s databases.)

“Mergent Online provides U.S. Company Data covering 10,000 public companies and their SEC filings, International Company Data, U.S. Annual Reports, current and historical, International Annual Reports and many tools to configure reports on company and industry analysis.”

The best way to see how much information Mergent Online provides is to go to their site, search for a company, and look through the results. You’ll find a substantial amount of information including a history, company details, financial information, ratios, long term debt, company news, equity pricing, and a report builder.

My second stop is often Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage. Because S&P’s NetAdvantage also pulls much of its information from SEC filings you’ll see some of the same information found at Mergent. (The navigation is done from links on the left instead of tabs at the top, however.) S&P provides both quantitative and qualitative analysis of companies, including recommending stocks that are significantly undervalued. In addition to company profiles and corporation reports you can also find bond reports, fund reports, some industry profiles, as well as some information on some private companies. The best way to familiarize yourself with this database is to visit it and look around. On the front page are guides to help you find your way around.

If you want to go straight to the source you can check out the free database EDGAR at the SEC. (Click here for a tutorial on how to use EDGAR.)

There is a staggering amount of information available on numerous topics at official .gov sites. Some, like EDGAR, are a little difficult to navigate, whereas some new ones, like Investor.gov, have a more updated style and navigation tools.

LexisNexis is also a great resource for finding company information. I use LexisNexis as my first stop when I’m searching for information on non-profits.

While you’re searching don’t forget to search the company’s web site.

Industry Information

My first stop when looking for industry information is IBISWorld. When you get to this database scroll down to find the industry report that interests you. Reports are organized by their NAICS code.

For a more thorough look at how to find industry information check out the research guide we put together titled Industry Profiles.

Other sources worth checking out:
Subject Portals: Guides to databases, journals, books, tutorials, and links

Wolfram Alpha

Yahoo! Finance

Google Finance

Hoover’s Company and Industry Reports, Company Records (both basic and in-depth), and IPO Reports can be found in LexisNexis.

And some business news sites

Evidence Based Practice

For nursing students researching Evidence Based Practice, be sure to check out the Evidence Based Practice link under the Subject Portals link. In addition to listing the databases that might be useful you’ll also find a list of helpful links under the Internet tab.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
AGREE Collaboration
AHRQ Evidence Reports
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Assessing the Impact of Research
Bandolier – Evidence based thinking about health care
Center for Disease Control
Center for Evidence Based Medicine
Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research
Centre for Clinical Effectiveness (AUS)
Centre for Evidence Based Mental Health (UK)
Centre for Health Evidence (CA)
Clinician Examination Research and Education Interest Group (SGIM)
Cochrane Collaboration
Evidence Based Nursing (Health Sciences Library (UNC-Chapel Hill)
Evidence Based Practice Resources | Health Sciences Library McMaster University
Evidence-Based Medicine – BMJ Journals
Evidence-Based Mental Health – BMJ Journals
Evidence-Based Pediatrics (UMich)
Evidence-based Practice Centers
Evidence-Based Practice for Public Health (UMass Med School)
Evidence-Based Teaching (UK)
Finding Evidence in PubMed (Yale University)
Finding Measurement Tools
Health Services/Technology Assessment Text (HSTAT) – NCBI Bookshelf
ICN – International Council of Nurses
Improvement Science Research Network
Indiana Center for Evidence Based Nursing Practice
Joanna Briggs Institute (Aus)
Joint Commission : Helping Health Care Organizations Help Patients
National Guideline Clearinghouse
National Institute of Nursing Research.
National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices
Nursing Center(Martindale)
Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-based Handbook for Nurses
Quality Indicators (AHRQ)
Research Instruments Developed (Stanford University School of Medicine)
SUMSearch 2 (EBM Search Engine)
Trip Database (clinical search engine)
Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

A similarly useful set of links can be found under the link for Nursing.