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Innovation Challenge @ CSULB: Research Tips

This research guide provides key research resources for students participating in the Innovation Challenge @ CSULB, covering topics such as marketing research, product development, and intellectual property.


#What database should you use?

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As a student, you have access to many different databases. It can be difficult to know when to use one database versus another. Here is a table of databases that will help you decide which one might have the information you need.

Database Name Contains When to Use
⭐️ ABI/INFORM Collection Business research from journals, trade publications, market research reports, dissertations, and working papers. When you need scholarly articles, industry reports, market research or want to explore a specific company's profile.
⭐️ Business Source Complete Comprehensive collection of scholarly articles, industry reports and SWOT analyses. When you need academic research or want to understand the strategic position of a specific company.

Fitch Connect

Credit market research, data, and analytics. When you're researching the credit market or need financial data.
Global Newsstream International news from newspapers, newswires, transcripts, and digital-only news sites in full-text format. When you need up-to-date information or want to understand how a business topic is being covered in the news.
Human Resource Management Online HR-related books, courses, case studies, and research. When your research topic is related to human resources.
⭐️ IBISWorld Collection of U.S. and global industry market research and U.S. risk ratings. When you need in-depth reports on industries, including performance, outlook, competition, supply chain, etc.
⭐️ Market research reports covering global industries, countries, and consumer trends. When you need consumer behavior data or want to understand trends in a specific industry.
⭐️ Mergent Online Comprehensive suite of authoritative financial information. When researching detailed company financials, examining industry benchmarks, or comparing companies.
⭐️ ReferenceUSA Detailed directory of U.S. businesses and consumers. When you need specific information about a company, or are creating a contact list for businesses in a certain industry or area.
⭐️ Statista Statistics, consumer survey results and industry studies from over 22500 sources on over 60000 topics. When you need reliable statistics or survey results for your research.
Checkpoint Research platform for tax, accounting and finance professionals. When you need tax, accounting or finance information.
CountryWatch Comprehensive information on countries, including demographic, political, economic, business, cultural and environmental subjects. When researching specific countries, whether for international business, marketing, or economic analysis.
Global Road Warrior Detailed country profiles focusing on culture, history, language, education, and travel. When your research topic involves international markets or cultural understanding.
International Financial Statistics Online International financial statistics from the IMF. When you need international financial data or statistics.
⭐️ Pitchbook Venture capital, private equity, and M&A data. When you are researching venture capital, private equity or M&A activities.
RMA eStatement Studies Financial ratios and industry default probabilities. When you need industry financial benchmarks or want to understand financial risk in a certain industry.
Statistical Abstracts of the United States Comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. When you need U.S. demographic or economic data or want to understand broad trends.
TradeStats Express National trade data and state export data from the U.S. When you need U.S. trade data or want to understand export trends.
Value Line Investment Survey Investment information service covering stocks, industries, mutual funds and options. When you're researching investments or want detailed information on stocks or mutual funds.