Libraries Add Special Business Databases to Online Subscriptions

Posted: February 11, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

The George Mason University Libraries recently added two outstanding business databases to an already extensive collection of subscription electronic resources. The two new databases, Standard & Poor’s Market Insight and Hoover’s Online, are both important resources for researchers in the business world.

Hoover’s Online, updated daily, contains comprehensive company, industry, and market intelligence. It provides information on 12 million companies and 600 industries worldwide–including divisions, consortiums, charities, government-owned entities, and other private firms–with in-depth coverage of 35,000 of the world’s top business enterprises. Hoover’s is also an excellent source for initial public offerings, complete with company background and earnings estimates. Information for Hoover’s comes from daily and weekly print and electronic publications, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and directly from the companies themselves.

Standard & Poor’s Market Insight, an online research tool for company, industry, equity, index, and country analysis, provides access to resources on a large number of United States and global companies. Information includes company histories, financial data, and stock reports, as well as extensive reports from Compustat. Industry overviews and financial information is provided for more than 130 industries and the companies that compose them.

A full list of databases, electronic journals, and other resources can be accessed from the libraries’ web site, The university community can access all databases from on- or off-campus through the libraries’ main web page or by directly linking here. A listing of databases in alphabetical order may be found here.

Most of the electronic resources are governed by license agreements which limit use to the George Mason community and on-site users of library facilities. Each user has the responsibility of using these resources only for individual, educational, and noncommercial purposes.

Accessing restricted information resources from off-campus computers has just become easier with a new “EZ” system. To access a database from off-campus, the user clicks on the EZ icon that appears next to the database name in the library’s listing.

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