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Facts and Definitions


Use our Facts/Definitions page to locate reliable facts, summaries of topics from dictionaries and encyclopedias, and background information about topics. For popular information, feel free to utilize Google and Wikipedia materials. However, for supporting information in scholarly papers, do not trust and cite material from unknown authors and unverified information found on open source web tools such as Wikipedia.  

Expert opinions and research reports

You will use the following tools to find expert opinions and research reports:


Academic Search Complete. Full text journal and magazine articles from approximately 800 Core journals across many fields. Some news resources. Good for basic coverage of topics.

Business Source Complete.

  • In-depth coverage of business journals, magazines. Some news sources and industry reports.
  • The Advanced Search option will allow you to filter results by various types of information (case study, industry profile, SWOT analysis).

Central Index. Broad coverage of interdisciplinary journals and other materials.

Scopus. Links to selected articles in many areas of the social sciences; includes citation tracking and ranking articles by high impact according to the Cited By option.

Google Scholar. Links to selected interdisciplinary journal articles.

Pre-Prints (distribution of content before peer review is completed and the materials is distributed in journals):

  • Econometrics: econ.EM the singular category in Economics since its launch in September 2017. 
  • Economics Theory: econ.TH includes theoretical contributions to Contract Theory, Decision Theory, Game Theory, General Equilibrium, Growth, Learning and Evolution, Macroeconomics, Market and Mechanism Design, and Social Choice.
  • General Economics econ.GN includes general methodological and applied contributions to economics. Additionally, econ.GN is now the canonical category for q-fin.EC (Quantitative Finance - Economics).


Expert opinions can be found in books: see our local book catalog for searching. You may want to expand your search to the I-Share state-wide catalog (by selecting the All I-Share option under the search box), or searching our electronic book page.

Financial Information

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage. Provides financial information on individual companies, allows you to compare companies, and provides industry benchmarks. (Includes some private companies, but see PrivCo for deeper coverage of private companies.)

PrivCo. Company financials for private companies.

Nexis Uni (new interface to Lexis-Nexis). Choose Companies, and after you choose a company, click on Zack's Investment Survey.

Value Line Investment SurveyUnder Investment Survey, click on Lookup Company.

Business Source Complete. Articles, conference proceedings, case studies, investment-research reports, industry reports, market-research reports, country reports, company profiles and SWOT analyses.

Yahoo Updates:

News Resources

Regional Business News. Articles from business journals, newspapers and newswires.

Newspaper Source. Articles from regional United States newspapers, international newspapers, and newswires.

Wall Street Journal (1984 to the present)

Chicago Tribune. Articles from 1985 to the present. For articles from 1849 to 1984, use the Chicago Tribune historical files.

New York Times. Articles from 1851 to 2010. For articles after 2010, use Nexis Uni.

Nexis Uni (new interface to Lexis-Nexis). Journal articles, newspapers (including the New York Times since 2002), wire services, broadcast transcripts, United States federal and state case law.

Google News Newspaper Archive Includes hundreds of historic newspapers digitized and/or indexed by Google through their News Archive Partner Program.

Ethnic Newswatch. Materials from over 340 alternative-press newspapers, magazines, journals, blogs, etc. Includes the Chicago Citizen (1991-), Chicago Defender (1999-), Chicago Independent Bulletin (1996-2007), Chicago Jewish Star (1993-), Chicago Reporter (2009-), and Chicago Weekend (1992-).

Central Index. Covers a range of historical newspapers among a wide array of resources.

TV News. Search and view transcripts from selected United States programs since 2009.

C-Span Video Library.  Follow Congress, the White House, and the courts.

Northern Light Millie industry news search tool ... provides competitive intelligence updates on a selection of industries as a demonstration of what is possible in their fee-based service.

Data Resources

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage. Choose a company, then click How to Analyze.

Value Line Investment Survey. Lookup by Company and see industry information.

Nexis Uni (new interface to Lexis-Nexis). From news resources.

Business Source CompleteType in the name of the country and add "country report."

World Bank Data. Information about socioeconomic development.

SimplyAnalytics (was SimplyMap)  Census data, business data, and business points that can be manipulated and mapped. You can rank locations based on variables, create demographic analyses, and map variables to the county or sometimes the census Block.  If you sign in as a guest, you won’t need to create an account. Accounts are needed only to save search parameters and data results.

U.S. Data Sources  ... a set of pointers from the EconLib web site ... see also the U.S. Government's overall website, FirstGov for an ambitious organized set of links to government agencies and services, both federal and state.

World Data Sources... a set of pointers from the EconLib web site.

World Wealth & Income Database "providing open and convenient access to the most extensive available database on the historical evolution of the world distribution of income and wealth, both within countries and between countries."

DATA: Additional data can be found using the resources found on our Statistics and our Handling Information and Data pages.


Video Material

Academic Video Online. Online streaming video on many academic topics.

American History in Video. Newsreels, archival footage and important documentaries.

Films on Demand. Over 6,000 streaming videos in all topic areas, searchable by subject, title, or special collection.

TV News. Search and view transcripts from selected United States programs since 2009.

C-Span Video Library.   Follow Congress, the White House, and the courts.

Other WWW material

Subject-Specific Portals (for non-published information, teaching tools, equipment, and software):

H-Net:  Humanities & Social Sciences Online  Contains lists and web sites for peer reviewed essays, multimedia materials, and discussion for colleagues and the interested public.

WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources - directory of over 2000 annotated links to high-quality English-language sources of information and analysis in many international and global studies topics.

Concise Encyclopedia of Economics easy-to-read articles by over 150 top economists, including Nobel Prize winners, over 80 biographies of famous economists, and many tables and charts illustrating economics in action.

Business Resources by type of information

The resources below are categorized by the type of information provided. This listing is not exhaustive, so do consult with a librarian if you need comprehensive coverage.

Before you start searching for information, consider the TYPE of information you desire/require. This step is as important as the later critical analysis you wil perform to evaluate the relevance, balance, and currency of your discovered information.

See our brief video describing the basic business library tools.

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