Useful Databases for Career Research

The following guide includes the most useful databases for Career research. They include company directories for creating lists of companies and job prospects by industry and geographical area.  And company and industry information sources for pre-interview research.

Industry Guides

Use the following databases to find information about working in a particular job within an industry.

Vault Online Career Library

Available to Questrom majors, minors and alums only.   See ‘Industries & Professions’ tab for information on a broad range of industries. See ‘Guides’ tab for premium Industry & Company Guides.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Industry guide from the U.S. Department of Labor includes descriptions of myriad jobs. Includes the nature of the work, required training, job outlook, and earnings.

First Research Industry Reports

Note: Industry reports with Career focus. Includes overview, sales & marketing, finance & regulation, regional & international issues, human resources, and statistics for 157 industries. Additionally, contains quarterly industry update, business challenges, trends & opportunities, call preparation questions, and ratios.

* For Industry guides on specific industries, see  Research Guides on right hand toolbar. For in depth Industry Information, see Industry Information Sources , Industry Survey Locator, or  Career: Analyze Your Industry .

Company Directories

Use the following databases to create a list of companies by industry and geographical area.

Boston Business Journal

Note: This site also provides access to business journals from 39 other major metropolitan cities across the U.S.  Also includes a digital Book of Lists containing rank-ordered companies and organizations for each city.

ReferenceUSA (1999?]-)
Note: ReferenceUSA is a company directory database, and currently has over 12 million businesses listed. The database is updated monthly, the 3rd Thursday of the month. For help, see ReferenceUSA Tutorial.

Company Dossier

Note: (through LexisNexis Academic) Click on “Create a Company List” tab, to create list of international or U.S. companies by industry, geographic areaand revenue. Rank U.S. companies by sales. For help, see Company Dossier Tutorial.

*  For additional company lists, see  Company Directories & Rankings.


Pre-Interview Research

Use the following databases to help you find the latest company news, competition, corporate structure & subsidiaries, financials, history & mission, management team, products & services, and SWOT analysis.  For more company information see Company Information Sources.


Note: International companies’ corporate linkage information on prominent parent companies and affiliates, subsidiaries and divisions, public and private. Approximate sales or revenue numbers for some subsidiary companies.

Hoover’s Company Records

Note: The Hoover’s Company Records – In-Depth Records Database contains information for more than 40,000 major public and private companies worldwide. In-Depth Records include overviews and histories, up to 10 years of key financial and employment data, lists of products and key competitors, names of key officers, addresses, and phone and fax numbers.

MarketLine (Formerly Datamonitor) Company Profiles

Note: (in Business Source Complete) SWOT Analysis and Competition, History, Products and Services.

Mergent online (1997]-)
Note: Good source for company financials, annual report, and company 10K, as well as other relevant information.



Factiva (2001)
Note: Company News from thousands of publications including the Wall Street Journal (back to 1979), Barron’s, and New York Times.


Note: ABI/INFORM GLOBAL indexes, abstracts, and provides full text of articles in business magazines, journals, and the Wall Street Journal. ABI/Inform covers more than 1,600 leading business and management publications and scholarly journals with full text for 700 of these titles. ABI/Inform Global also includes ABI/Inform Trade and Industry which covers more than 750 trade publications and ABI/Inform Dateline which provides coverage of more than 140 local, city, state, and regional business publications as well as business-oriented newswire services from the U.S. and Canada.   

Note: Magazine and newspaper articles on companies includes Information on smaller companies,


Company overviews from employee perspective, includes salary information and what it is like to work for company.

Vault Online Career Library

Available to SMG majors, minors and alums only. For access, see the SMG Career Link. See ‘Industries’ tab for information on a broad range of industries. See ‘Download Guides’ tab for premium Industry & Company Guides.


* For more information, see  Company and Industry Information Sources. See also, Career: How to Analyze Your Industry.