Business research is in fact just a specific application of the Non-Legal Research strategies we previously discussed. When you're working with an area outside the law, in general you should think about:
If you need to look up information about a specific company, e.g. PhotoMedex, there are a number of options suggested by the Lippincott librarians in their research guide.
A couple of the more user-friendly for a non-business user are Hoover's, and Bloomberg Law. Both of these offer basic company information, including incorporation details, leadership details and contacts, and financial disclosures. You may find Bloomberg Law a more familiar interface to work with as a first step, and then turn to Hoover's for even more information.
Another option for more complete company information is available through the full Bloomberg terminal, one of which is available in Biddle's Computer Lab. For expert help in using the terminals, you may also want to visit the business library and get help from the librarians in person
There are more resources listed under the transactional, litigation, and corporate tabs of this guide, but don't forget about some of the most useful practice resources out there.
For the best databases for finding information on a particular industry, please check out the Lippincott Industry Studies Guide, listed below.
News sources can supplement your search for information on companies and industries, and for non-public companies may be the major source of available information. While the general news aggregators are great tools in general, you may want to start with one of the databases below when you have a business question, as they limit the universe of sources searched to just those with a business focus.
News items in major world newspapers and media outlets can often be located on their webpages, or with a well employed Google News search. However, there are a few very useful resources when doing comprehensive news searching: