Internet Reference Library




American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Includes career information, fraud studies and deterrence measures, audit standards, professional ethics, information and links about the certified public accountant (CPA) exam, and links to state board requirements and local chapters.

Annual Reports Online
Links to and information about how to access corporate annual reports.

Business Reference Service

Extensive, browsable list of links to business, economic and related Web resources selected by the Library of Congress Business Reference Center

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Financial and macroeconomic current and historical data related to Fed policy.

Bureau of Economic Analysis
An agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce and one of the world's leading statistical agencies. . Produces economic statistics, which provide a comprehensive, up-to-date picture of the U.S. economy, are key ingredients in critical decisions affecting monetary policy, tax and budget projections, and business investment plans. The cornerstone of BEA's statistics is the national income and product accounts (NIPAs), which feature the estimates of gross domestic product (GDP) and related measures.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Easy entry into the full range of economic data and analysis produced by BLS. Find the statistics and reports on employment and unemployment, price (such as the Consumer Price Index) living conditions, compensation, productivity, and much more. From the U.S. Department of Labor.

Business Ethics
This browsable, well-maintained directory of resources related to business ethics includes articles, publications, case studies, corporate codes of ethics, professional organizations and associations, and more. From librarian Sharon Stoerger of the University of Illinois.

"Provides news, analysis, research tools and action alerts to respond to corporate activity around the globe," as well as information on various CorpWatch campaigns, including the Alliance for a Corporate Free UN, the Climate Justice Initiative, and the Greenwash Awards. Includes a guide to researching companies, a library covering a wide range of issues, and information on how to get involved in grassroots organizations. (LII)

Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire Service
CSRwire is the leading source of corporate social responsibility and sustainability, press releases, reports and information.

Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920
Images of over 9,000 advertising items and publications which show the rise of consumerism in America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the increasing power of the advertising profession. There are eleven collections offering background information. All categories are individually searchable, or you can search the entire collection by keyword or illustration. Soap, tobacco, and beauty products are just some of the ads included here. From the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising, and Marketing History, Duke University.
Bills itself as "Home Page For The World's Business Leaders". It features in-depth coverage of current events as well as financial articles of interest to the general public as well as financial professionals.

Hoover's Online
Database of information on tens of thousands of the largest or fastest-growing public and private U.S. companies. Information provided includes company address, number of employees, key people, financial data, news items and selected Web links to company Web site, SEC filings, and current stock prices. Some information is fee-based, but quite a bit of content is still freely available.
Specializes in providing marketing information and advice through a combination of articles and commentary.

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works. Concentrates on four types of empirical research: developing new statistical measurements, estimating quantitative models of economic behavior, assessing the effects of public policies on the U.S. economy, and projecting the effects of alternative policy proposals

Research Papers in Economics
A "collaborative effort of over 100 volunteers in 41 countries to enhance the dissemination of research in economics." The site provides a database of bibliographic records with links to thousands of working papers, journal articles, software components, book and chapter listings, and other resources related to economics. "IDEAS" provides access to the complete database, or browse and search specific database sections. (REPEC)

Smart Money
This site for investors has daily business and economic news, information, and advice. The coverage includes stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and tools for personal financial planning. A special feature is the economic sector and specialty "maps" which are graphic representations of market patterns and performance. The Web site is a service of the print monthly SmartMoney , a joint publishing venture of Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

St. Louis Fed: Economic Data - FRED II
Home of FRED, a key Federal Reserve database. Excellent current and historical data, with attention to interest rates.

Virtual Business Information Center
Produced by the University of Maryland, provides one-step access to both electronic and print resources in business. Also gives guidance in selection of databases, general and specific serach strategies and links to e-mail and chat reference.

Wall Street Executive Library
Directory of websites of interest to business people

Web Sites for Tracking the U.S. Economy
Links to Web Sites with economic stats on the U. S. economy.



Company Information
A collection of hundreds of the annual reports and 10K reports of companies traded on the U.S. stock exchanges, including most of the Fortune 500. "Visitors are able to look for a company through 5 search criteria: alphabetically, by company name, by ticker symbol, by sector, or by industry." Searchable. (LII)

Security's and Enchange Commission Database of corporate information. Data since 1994

Researching Companies Online
This business research tutorial presents a step-by-step process for finding free company and industry information on the World Wide Web.

Yahoo! Finance
This site for investing and personal finance provides U.S. and international stock quotes with minimal delay when markets are open, as well as historical stock quotes and other market information. Additional investment topics include general financial news, industry news, annual reports, and mutual fund, bond, and option information. Also includes links to more than 20 international sites. Personal finance subjects include loans, insurance, and taxes.


Stock Prices

CBS MarketWatch Market Data
Provides business news, financial information and analytical tools. Spnsored by Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

CNNfn Stock Quotes
Daily quotes and information on all markets, including, for example, currencies, equities, and commodities.


International Business

For country information see Countries & Embassies

Everything International
This site provides links to ten categories of information: Country and Regional Data, Education, Mega Sites and General Data, Travel, Product Classification Systems, International Organizations, News, Company and Industry Data, Market Entry (Export) Assistance, and Professional Associations.

GlobalEDGE: International Business Resource Desk
Designed by the Center for International Business Education and Research at Michigan State University. It is "a knowledge web-portal that connects international business professionals worldwide to a wealth of information, insights, and learning resources on global business activities." It provides access to over 5000 online resources, country information, an interactive forum, research and teaching resources as well as decision making tools and an "interactive forum for business professionals." (Globaledge)

Index of Economic Freedom
This annual publication "measures 161 countries against a list of 50 independent variables divided into 10 broad factors of economic freedom. Low scores are more desirable. The higher the score on a factor, the greater the level of government interference in the economy and the less economic freedom a country enjoys." Covers trade policy, monetary policy, property rights, banking and finance, and other issues. A project of The Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal. (Heritage)

International Monetary Fund
These reports, issued twice a year, examine recent world economic developments and future prospects. Includes links to searchable databases aggregating data used for the reports; search or browse by country, scope by market or economy, and more. From the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

U.S. Commercial Service: Market Research Library
a service of the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service which describes it as the most comprehensive source for commercial information about the United States of America.

U.S. International Trade Administration
Information and support for U.S. companies seeking to do business abroad. Provides statistical information on imports and exports as well as access to other important information regarding U.S. trade.

WebEc: International Economics
Directory of key international economics and business sites. Maintained by Dr. Daniel Y. Lee of College of Business at Shippensburg University.

World Bank

As a provider of economic assistance to more than 100 developing countries, the World Bank coordinates with private, government, multilateral, and non-government organizations to ensure that resources are used to full effect in supporting a country's efforts toward stable, sustainable, and equitable growth. This Web site provides information on health, education, the environment, private sector development, poverty, urban development, gender, and economic reform issues. Includes factual data on the countries that are assisted by the World Bank. Of particular usefulness is the searchable WDS database of the 6,000 plus World Bank publications, select full-text reports, and learning resources for teachers and students


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