General Resources

  • Angel Investor’s Handbook: How to Profit from Early Stage Investing
    HG4963 B463 (Watson stacks)
  • Associations Unlimited
    Contains over 144,000 detailed entries for organizations all over the world including U.S. regional and national associations, and international associations.
  • Business of Investment Banking
    HG4534 L528 (Watson stacks)
  • Business Strategies
    HF5356 B87  (Reference stacks)
    Published by CCH, this source is a comprehensive guide emphasizing all aspects of business planning, taxation, human resources and accounting concerns.
  • Deal Terms. Wilmerding, Alex.
    HG4751 .W55 (Watson stacks)
  • Economic Census
    Profiles American business every 5 years, from the national to the local level.
  • Entrepreneur's Guide to Business Law
    KF390.B84 B34 (Watson stacks)
    Limited Preview (Google Books)
  • Hoover's Company Capsules and Profiles (via Proquest)
    Find information on 15,000 companies covered by Hoover's. Company Capsules and Profiles deliver information on a company's location, summary financials, top competitors, top officers, and more. Use the title or company field to search company names.
  • Inc 500. - Annual ranking of America's Fastest Growing Private Companies
    HF 5001 .I534 (Reference stacks)
  • The Portable MBA in Entrepreneurship
    HD62.5 .P65 (Reference stacks)
    Limited Preview (Google Books)
  • ReferenceUSA
    Directory information on U.S. and Canadian business, health care, and residential listings. Search by company name, geographic area, business type, SIC code, yellow page listing, revenue, location, number of employees or any combination of the above.
  • Small Business Sourcebook: The Entrepreneur's Resource
    HD2346 .U5 S65 (Reference stacks)
    Comprehensive guide to sources of information on all aspects of small business. Covers over 350 topics related to starting and running a small business.
  • Steps to Small Business Start-Up (e-Book)
  • U.S. Small Business Administration

The Business Plan

Additional sources can be found in CLIO, the library catalog.  Search by keyword: "business plans" (use quotes).

Business plans handbook
A compilation of actual business plans developed by small businesses throughout North America.



  • American FactFinder
    Easy to user interface to census data. Includes the decennial census, the American Community Survey and the Economics Census.

Market Research

  • Faulkner's Advisory for IT Studies
    Reports covering IT infrastructure, telecom, data networking, wireless communications, security, enterprise systems, the Internet and World Wide Web, as well as technology vendors.
  • Forrester Research
    Forrester's research publications analyze a broad range of technology areas such as new media, computing, software, networking, telecommunications and the Internet, and project how technology trends will affect businesses, consumers, and society. Forrester reports include up-to-date industry statistics, as well as illustrative graphs and charts.
  • Gartner
    In depth market research reports on information technology. Topic areas include: computing hardware, software infrastructure, IT services, communications, semiconductors and business objectives.
  • Global Market Information Database (GMID)
    GMID contains over a million demographic, economic and marketing statistics for 205 countries worldwide. The database also contains 6-year historic market size data for more than 330 consumer products in 52 countries, plus 5-year forecasts.
  • IBISWorld
    Market research for US industries.
  • Local Market Audience Analyst [from SRDS]
    A consumer market research tool that delivers demographic, segmentation, and targeting data for media planners and consumer marketers.
  • Mintel Oxygen
    Contains market research on consumer products for the United States and Europe.
  • MRI+
    Provides consumer magazine audience data, measuring the readership of over 230 magazines in the United States; we also have access to the Mediamark Reporter database [within in MRI+] that provides summary tables of key audience and product usage data from national probability sample of 27,000 households. Registration of e-mail address required.

Financial Plan

  • Almanac of Business and Industrial Financial Ratios
    HF5681 .R25T68 (Reference stacks)
    Contains operating and financial information for corporations with and without net incomes as well as only for those companies in an industry that operated at a profit.
  • Industry Norms and Key Business Ratios
    HD47.D82 (Reference stacks)
  • IRS Corporate Financial Ratios
    HF5681 .I77 (Reference stacks)
    Compiled from IRS data from income statements and balance sheets for companies with and without net income. Organized by major and minor industry groups.
  • RMA Annual Statement Studies
    HF5681 .B2R5 (Reference stacks)
    Balance sheet and income statements as well as commonly used ratios for over 360 industries. Organized by the SIC Code as well as title of industry. Includes the most recent five years of data.

Sources of Financing

  • Capital IQ
    Excellent source of company financials; private equity information and more. Current non-Business School affiliates can use Capital IQ at one of the six designated terminals in the library. Business School students and faculty must request individual accounts.  For access information see: Business 24/7 Help.  Access to this resource is restricted to CURRENT Columbia University affiliates.
  • Dow Jones LP Source Basic (Available in Watson Library only)
    Replaces Galante's Venture Capital and Private Equity Directory and Directory of Alternative Investment Programs.
  • Pratt's Guide to Private Equity & Venture Capital Sources
    HG65 .P72 (Directories Shelves)
    This directory contains information on over 1,200 venture capital companies including some Canadian, European, and Asian-Pacific companies. Entries are arranged by state or country and list project preferences, type of financing, minimum investment, preferred investment, and contact person.
  • Private Equity and Venture Capital [via Thomson ONE]
    Once in the database click on the Private Equity tab. 
  • Preqin [Available in Watson Library only]
    Provides current and historical data on the private equity industry covering compensation, deals, fund managers, funds, fund of funds, fund terms and conditions, LP investors, and fund performance. Subscription is for Performance Analyst database only. Please note: access to this resource is restricted to CURRENT Columbia University students, faculty and staff.


Additional sources can be found in CLIO, the library catalog.  Search by subject: business enterprises - valuation

Articles and country overviews

Articles on companies & industries

Find Articles

Search across these three databases by entering words in the box below:

  • ABI/INFORM Global
  • Business Source Complete
  • Factiva
  • ABI/Inform Global on ProQuest Direct
    Periodical database specializing in business literature. Also included are Newspapers and General Periodicals. C
  • Business Source Complete
    Covers all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, accounting, finance, international business, econometrics and economics. Contains full text of the Harvard Business Review, California Management Review and other important journals. BSP also includes country reports from EIU and Global Insight as well as company reports from Datamonitor.
  • Factiva
    Factiva is an excellent resource for finding company and industry information. Factiva contains a database of thousands of publications, including: trade publications, industry newsletters, international and regional newspapers, business magazines, and business newswires.

Country overviews & data

  • CEIC Data Manager
    Contains economic, industrial and financial time-series data and cover over 60 countries
  • Economist Intelligence Unit
    Includes EIU publications, Country Commerce, Country Reports, Country Finance and Country Forecasts. These publications include economic, political and legal analysis on over 190 countries.
  • Global Insight
    Economic and financial data on US and international economics. Includes detailed country analysis from Global Insight economists.

Venture capital and private equity

Additional sources can be found in the Alternative Investment research guide.