Tips for Access to Library Resources

  • The simplest way to initiate library research is to open up your favorite browser and go directly to
  • Most library subscription databases are authenticated with a single sign on.  Once you login to a single database with your Villanova email user name and password you will have access to all others. Some databases such as  ESRI Business Analyst online require additional registration credentials.
  • You will not be able to access known library resources by simply Googling them. 
  • Firewalls at workplaces are a common impediment to accessing library databases.  To avoid this problem find an open network connection elsewhere.  Few employers IT departments are willing to adjust firewalls.

  Choosing the Right Database

Knowing which database to use is half the battle.  Asking professors, classmates and librarians for recommendations is often helpful. 

When asking for suggestions about what sources to use, remember to provide a concise description of what information you think you need, describing how you would like to use the information. 

Library database descriptions try to convey database content, but sometimes you will need to log on to the database to get a better idea of what is offered and use database help tools.

The groupings of resources in the side bar of this page aids in finding databases that offer company profiles, industry and market research reports and more. 

We have many scholarly and practice oriented ebooks, search books & more and limit to online collections to find them.

Business researchers often engage in interdiscipinary or multidisciplinary inquiry.  Use our subject guides to learn about our non-business subscriptions.

  Get Full Text Article or Journal

There are multiple paths to getting the full text of an article or access to an electronic journal.  The LEAST favorable avenue is for you to do a web search and pay for the content.  Before you resort to buying articles or subscribing to journals use the tools listed here.  If they fail contact the library for help.

  • If you know the name of the journal, magazine or newspaper, use the Journal Finder.
  • If you know the Digital Object Identifier for an scholarly article, try the DOI tool.
  • If the bibliographic information for the article is incomplete, search Articles and more.
  • If  you are in a library database with only an article summary, link to the Findit button to see if we have full text elsewhere.
  • If the library doesn't have electronic full text, use interlibrary loan also called ILLIAD to request a scanned copy of the article.
  • If you don't have precise information about the article try linking to full text in Google Scholar (be sure the settings for  library links to Villanova are checked to get subscribed content).
  • MBA students often ask if they can get Harvard Business cases and Harvard Business Review through the library.  Harvard Business cases are only available from the publications Harvard Business Review articles are available from Business Source Premier (not licensed for assigned course reading) or on request from the library's print collection (without licensing restrictions).

  APA Citations

Academic integrity guidelines mandate the attribution of sources used in written work.  Most business courses require the use of American Psychological Association (APA) style for in-text citations and references.  The APA style is well suited to citing scholarly resources but more challenging to apply to practical business materials. Finding model APA citations that closely match typical business sources may take some adjustments.  Remember consistent citation is key.

There are a number of tools (listed here) at your disposal for creating and managing citations.  They save you time and effort but are imperfect.  You will need to get to know the APA style in order to correct mistakes.  The official APA Publication Manual is not available online.

  • Mendeley A free web based reference manager also suitable for sharing pdf's.
  • Zotero A free web based reference manager also suitable for sharing
  • MS Word The reference tab enables you to create citations and works cited lists.
  • Most academic article databases have citations utilities that generate citations for you or export citations to common citations managers such as Zotero or Mendeley. 


  Finding Scholarly Studies

In business disciplines scholarly studies can take the form of books, journal articles,  working papers or reports.  Types of scholarly studies include theoretical papers, literature reviews or meta-analysis, and empirical research either quantitative, qualitative or mixed method. 

There are several dominant avenues for finding scholarly work.  Many article databases have check offs for scholarly or peer reviewed journals.

  • Search subject specific databases such as EconLit or Business Source Premier
  • Use general purpose and interdisciplinary search engines such as SCOPUS, Web of Science or Google Scholar.
  • Chase citations in articles and books (see section on getting full text or article or journal)

  Evaluating Journals and Articles

Journal metrics & rankings are imperfect but frequently used ways to gage the quality of research studies.  The following tools publish journal level metrics such as impact factor, immediacy index,&  H Index to name a few.  For definitions and keys to understanding these metrics use the help links.

SJR Scimago

JCR Journal Citation Reports

Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities

Peer reviewed research articles need to be evaluated for quality by considering the research methods, data used and analysis provided.  Nonetheless metrics such as citation counts, downloads and altmetrics such as views, uses and mentions reported by services such as PlumX are influence indicators.  The following business databases offer article level metrics.


Google Scholar

Web of Science (Clarivate)

Business Source Premier

 Business Databases A-Z

  ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest)
Provides access to scholarly journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals, and country-and industry-focused reports.

  Accounting, Tax and Banking Collection (ProQuest)
Contains scholarly journals and other essential publications for information about the financial services industry, including accounting, tax, banking, and industry trends.

  Ad$pender (Kantar Media)
Creates custom reports on advertising expenditures across twelve media channels including TV, cable, magazines, newspapers, radio, outdoor and internet display on the level of industries, categories, brands, products and advertisers going back to 2007.

  Advertising Age Datacenter (AdAge)
Features news, reports and statistics about the advertising industry. For off campus access follow these instructions.

  Audit Analytics
Provides access to data and information about public company audits, compliance and governance.

  Bloomberg Professional Terminal
Through the Applied Finance Lab, SBI students have access to Bloomberg terminals and on-site certification. The Bloomberg Terminal is a computer system provided by Bloomberg L.P. that enables professionals in finance and other industries to access the Bloomberg Professional service through which users can monitor and analyze real-time financial market data and place trades on the electronic trading platform. The system also provides news, price quotes, and messaging across its proprietary secure network.

Contains biographical information on board members and senior executives around the world from 1999-2015.
Current Villanova faculty, students and staff contact for access.

  Business Abstracts with Full Text (EBSCO)
Indexes business magazines and scholarly journals. Includes abstracts and selected full-text. Coverage goes back to 1995.

  Business Market Research Collection (Proquest)
This database contains company, industry, economic and geopolitical market research from three sources, including Hoover's Company Profiles, OxResearch from Oxford Analystica, and Snapshots

  Business Regional News (Ebscohost)
This database provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

  Business Source Premier (EBSCO)
Provides access to a wide range of academic business journals and trade magazines. Topics include management, marketing, accounting, finance, economics, international business, operations management and management information systems. Full-text access may be embargoed for up to three years. Coverage goes back to 1965.

  China Data Online (China Marketing Research Co.)
Provides national, provincial, city and regional data series including national accounts, prices, employment, income, industry, foreign trade, agriculture, construction, transportation, telecommunication, and education in monthly and annual time series.

  Communication & Mass Media Complete (EBSCO)
Indexes academic journals, magazines, books and book reviews in the fields of communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields. Includes abstracts and full-text for selected journals. Coverage goes back to the early 20th century.

  Conference Board Business & Economics Portfolio
Includes economic indicator data sets and global macroeconomic time series for economists as well as reports, interviews and studies on leadership, compensation, organizational development, operations, globalization, diversity, sustainability, innovation and more for management and HRD professionals. Coverage varies.

  D&B Global Business Browser
Offers public and private company and industry information including company profiles, market research reports from Marketline, Freedonia, Euromonitor and RMA updated with recent news, executive profiles and analyst reports. Formerly known as Onesource/Avention.

  Data-Planet (Sage)
Provides access to a wide variety of economic, social, and political indicators including data sets from the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, the OECD, Eurostat, the United Nations, the world’s stock exchanges, and Zillow. Offers customized graphing and mapping.

  EMIS Intelligence (Emerging Markets Information Service)
Delivers company and industry information together with relevant news, research and analytics for developing markets.

  ESRI Business Analyst Online
Provides geographic analysis tools. Includes demographic, consumer spending, and business data.
For username & password contact Look for an email from ArcGIS Notification to confirm the invitation (check your junk folder). Account administration may take up to 3 days.
Access courtesy of the Department of Geography & the Environment.

  EconLit with Full Text (EBSCO)
Indexes and abstracts journal articles, books, working papers and dissertations in the field of economics based on the Journal of Economic Literature's subject classification. Provides access to the full-text of selected journals including all American Economic Association journals. Topics include economic theory and history, monetary theory, labor economics, international, regional and urban economics. Coverage goes back to 1886.

  Economist Intelligence Unit
Features commerce reports, country reports and market indicators and forecasts with monthly and annual in-depth analysis, data and ratings. Covers infrastructure, demographics, political scene, domestic economy, foreign trade, including regional and industrial sector breakdowns of over 200 countries.

  Financial Times
A UK-based daily newspaper with a special emphasis on business and economic news. The web edition provides access to the same reporting found in the print edition plus additional content such as multimedia features, company tear sheets, interactive charting, a dictionary of financial terms, and recruitment tools. Digital access to the print edition is available via ABI/Inform and Nexis Uni.
Register with your Villanova email address. For mobile access via iPad or iPhone visit For mobile access via Android devices visit
Subscription courtesy of Villanova School of Business.

  First Research Industry Profiles (ABI/Inform Collection - ProQuest)
Provides industry profiles with critical analysis, statistics, and forecasts. Coverage extends back to 2009.

  Foundation Directory Online Professional (Foundation Center)
Offers information on foundations, corporate giving programs, and grant making charities. Grantmaker profiles include private and independent foundations, corporate foundations, U.S. federal funders, public charities, and international foundations.

  Gale Directory Library
Presents a collection of directories including Business Rankings Annual, Market Share Reporter, Encyclopedia of Business Information Sources, Encyclopedia of Associations: National Organizations of the U.S., and Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media.

  Gale Virtual Reference Library
Offers access to a collection of digital encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, and directories in the arts, social sciences, business, and sciences.
A self-paced interactive tutorial is available for those new to this resource.

  Gartner  Limitations on Use
Features analyses, forecasts, and market statistics on IT products and services.
Subscription courtesy of Villanova UNIT.

  Global Financial Data  Limitations on Use
Features historical data on worldwide stock exchanges, bond indices, intraday data, futures, interest rates, population, and much more. All data is clearly defined, easy to read, and readily downloadable into Excel.

  Global New Products Database (Mintel)  Limitations on Use
Monitors new product activity in consumer packaged goods markets worldwide.

  GuideStar Pro
Provides detailed information about nonprofit organizations including IRS Form 990 with financial statements. Also offers self-reported information about programs and activities.
Partially funded by Villanova School of Business.

  Hoover's Company & Industry Reports (Lexis-Nexis)

Provides access to U.S. and global industry market research reports.

Provides a full-text archive of academic journals and books in the humanities, social sciences and mathematics. The most recent three to five years of a journal are usually not included.

  Leadership Directory

  Lexis-Nexis Company Dossier
Provides full-text access to company profiles and dossiers.

  Lexis-Nexis Market & Industry Reports
Features BMI, Canadean, IDC, and Hoover industry profiles.

  MarketLine Company Profiles (EBSCO)
Offers detailed reports on U.S. and foreign companies in a wide range of industries. These reports provide a description of the business, company history, key personnel, products and services and competitors. MarketLine Industry Reports are available from D&B Global Business Browser. Academic  Limitations on Use
Provides marketing reports for many industries and demographic reports on a variety of age groups. Documents are formatted as Adobe Acrobat or PowerPoint files.

  Mergent Online
Provides detailed financial statements for U.S. and international public and private companies, including SEC filings and current and historical annual reports for U.S. and International public companies. Data can be downloaded in a variety of formats. Also includes country profiles.
Access limited to 4 simultaneous users.

  Mergent/Moody's Manuals (Mergent Archives)
Offers the full text of all of Mergent/Moody's Corporate Manuals, including Mergent/Moody's Industrial Manual, from 1909 to the present. Search by company name, or browse by manual or year.

  Mintel Reports  Limitations on Use
Offers product and industry market research reports covering U.S. and International marketplaces. Each report combines data and analysis of the competitive landscape, supply chain, market-share size and trends, and consumer profiles.

  Morningstar Investment Research Center
Contains information on more than 30,000 stocks, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds. Provides independent analysis, industry information, stock charts, portfolio building tools, and web-based educational tutorials.

  NetAdvantage (Standard & Poor's, Capital IQ)
Offers market information, company quotes, equity index information, industry information (including the S&P Industry Surveys), and economic data.

  Nexis Uni  Limitations on Use
Formerly known as LexisNexis Academic. Provides full-text access to national and international newspaper and magazine articles and news transcripts, business, company, and industry information in the U.S. and abroad, and legal documents, including U.S. Federal and State court cases, and law reviews. Coverage varies.

  Oxford Bibliographies (Oxford University Press)
Presents peer-reviewed, annotated bibliographies and expert commentary on current scholarship in selected disciplines. Villanova University has access to the following bibliographies: Atlantic History, Biblical Studies, Cinema and Media Studies, Communication, Criminology, International Relations, Islamic Studies, Latin American Studies, Management, Medieval Studies, Political Science, and Psychology.
Tutorial available at

  PRS International Country Risk Guide (ICRG) Tables  Limitations on Use
Offers political, economic, and financial risk ratings and forecasts for 146 countries. Time series data covers 1985-2015. This is a downloadable file in Microsoft Excel format.

  Passport (Euromonitor International)  Limitations on Use
Provides lifestyle statistics and reports, market data and analysis, and market forecasts for selected countries. Includes 6-year historic market size data for selected consumer products plus 5-year forecasts.

  Philadelphia Business Journal (American City Business Journals)
Offers full text access to the Philadelphia Business Journal and their Book of Lists with a 10 year archive of content. Also provides access to Business Journal content from many additional U.S. cities.

  Polling the Nations
Presents public opinion poll data from surveys conducted in the U.S. and more than 100 other countries. Includes the full text of hundreds of thousands of questions and responses from thousands of surveys. Only polls using statistically valid sampling and methods are included. Covers 1986 to the present.

  ProQuest Computing
Search top computing journals in full text for research on subjects such as database design, software development, web commerce, LANs, WANs, Intranets, and the Internet.

  PsycINFO (ProQuest)
Provides abstracts and indexing to journals, books, book chapters, technical reports and dissertations in all areas of psychology. International in scope; coverage is from 1887 to present.
Practice advanced search features with the interactive PsycINFO Tutorial.

  RIA Checkpoint (Thomson Reuters)  Limitations on Use
Includes federal, state, local, and international tax codes, regulations, cases, and administrative rulings with explanations and commentary. Also offers news alerts and a tax thesaurus.
Individual registration required for Villanova community members

Provides company reports and directory information for U.S. private and public companies. Also includes consumer marketing and directory information for U.S. individuals.

  Roper Center for Public Opinion Research (iPOLL)
Offers public opinion poll data from surveys conducted in the U.S. and other countries by many major polling organizations. Includes the full text of questions and responses. Items with a green plus icon have crosstab breakdowns; those with an X have microdata available for download; while those with a green and blue star icon allow you to perform custom crosstab analysis online. Covers 1935 to present, updated daily.
To download or analyze data online, each user needs to set up a free account.

  Scopus (Elsevier)
Provides citations and abstracts to peer-reviewed journals, books, and conference proceedings in all major disciplines. Provides information on citing and cited references for each article.

  Simmons OneView  Limitations on Use
Provides access to the results of a National Consumer Study (most recent studies embargoed) encompassing demographics, lifestyle statements and consumption behaviors. Supports the creation of custom cross tabulations or quick reports. Compatible with Chrome and Firefox and requires Adobe Flash.

  Sports Market Analytics
Offers statistics, articles, and reports on sporting goods, participation, fans, media, and facilities. Formerly known as Sports Business Research Network.

Provides a portal to statistics and studies gathered by market researchers, trade organizations, scientific publications, and government sources. Topic covered include industries, media, companies, product categories, and countries.

  Statistical Insight (ProQuest)
Offers indexing, abstracting, and select full text of statistical publications from U.S. state and federal governments, business and research institute sources, and international material from the UN, OECD, EU, etc. Some tables are available in GIF, XLS, CSV, and other formats. ProQuest offers a help guide.

  Value Line Investment Survey
Provides information for investors on individual stocks and companies. Offers forecasting and historical information, as well as detailed financials, charts, and reports. Includes sorting, filtering (screening), graphing, and reporting functions.

Offers career, school, and industry guides; internship information and reviews; company rankings and profiles; and job search advice. (Previous title: Vault Online Career Library) Provided by the Villanova Career Center.

  Venture Capital & Private Equity Firms (Grey House Publishing)
Presents an international directory of venture capital and private equity firms. Profiles include information about each firm's mission, industry and geographic preferences, portfolio companies, and more; also includes background information about each firm's executives.

Offers information on global advertising and marketing trends including case studies, articles, reports, opinion pieces, and expenditure data. (Previous title: World Advertising Research Center)

  WRDS (Wharton Research Data Services)  Limitations on Use
Offers a data research platform for business and economics datasets including AuditAnalytics, COMPUSTAT, CRSP, CBOE, Option Metrics, Risk Metrics, TAQ, TRACE, Thomson Reuters 13f, and others.
Access and registration approved by James Jablonski ( of the Finance Lab.

  Web of Science (Clarivate)
Provides access to the Social Sciences Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded, Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Conference Proceeding Citation Index, Book Citation Index, Emerging Sources Citation Index, Current Chemical Reactions, and Index Chemicus. Search for scholarly articles in any discipline, or for articles that cite a known author or work. Coverage varies.

Offers data and reports related to digital marketing. Topics include advertising spending, digital marketing, social media, media usage, e-commerce, e-mail marketing, and device usage. Coverage is global.