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Business Source Elite

Business Source Elite provides full text coverage for 1,128 business periodicals ranging from general magazines to trade publications and top management journals. This database is updated on a daily basis via EBSCO host.
At-home accessIn-Library access

Legal Forms Library

Provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.
At-home accessIn-Library access

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Morningstar Investment Research Center provides data on over 14,500 stocks, 24,800 mutual funds, 1,500 exchange-traded funds, and 700 closed end funds.
At-home accessIn-Library access

ReferenceUSA (accessed through JerseyClicks)

The ReferenceUSA database contains detailed information on more than 12 million U.S. businesses; 102 million U.S. residents; 683,000 U.S. health care providers; 1 million Canadian businesses; and 11 million Canadian residents.
At-home accessIn-Library access

Regional Business News (accessed through JerseyClicks)

This database provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States. This database is updated on a daily basis.
At-home accessIn-Library access

Small Business Resource Center

This database offers users complete small business management resources via a combination of unparalleled periodicals and reference content. From conducting industry research to financial planning, to marketing a product and franchising a business, the Small Business Resource Center provides users with all the information they need to succeed.
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Company Information

Annual Report Gallery
http://www.annualreports.com

Links to the home pages and annual reports of more than 2,200 companies traded on the U.S. stock exchanges and international companies, including most of the Fortune 500.

SEC Filings and Forms (EDGAR)
http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml

Current and historical SEC filings, back to late 1993. Search by company name, ticker symbols, or SIC code.

Thomas Register of American Manufacturers
http://www.thomasregister.com

A directory of 170,000 U.S. and Canadian companies. Search by product category, company, or brand name. Registration (free) required.

Investing

Better Investing
http://www.betterinvesting.org

Since 1951, BetterInvesting has helped over 5 million people become better, more informed investors. We help our members build wealth through educational webinars, web-based mutual fund and stock tools, in-person learning events, publications, an active online community and software.


Historical Stock Quotes
http://bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical

This handy tool from BigCharts is especially useful for income tax and estate planning preparation. Just type in a stock or mutual fund symbol and the desired date (back to January 2, 1970), and Big Charts provides the closing price. Also, this free service provides easy-to-use online charting.

Investor Guide
http://www.investorguide.com

Excellent source of information for the investor. Includes news and information on stocks, bonds, mutual funds, brokers, exchanges, and much more, credit, loans, taxes, retirement, etc. The site also has a large categorized directory with annotated links, a learning center, and a glossary of over 6,000 terms.

Motley Fool
http://www.fool.com

A comprehensive investment resource for small investors. They say their "purpose is to inform, educate and amuse the individual investor." Includes areas such as the Daily Double, which profiles a stock that has doubled value in the last six months; helpful personal finance information contained in the Fool's School and a good section on How to Value Stocks.

Stock and Commodity Exchanges
http://libguides.rutgers.edu/stocks

Comprehensive listing of international stocks and commodity exchanges. Ordered by country. Other links include related dictionaries and encyclopedias, annual reports, economic data sources, and regulatory agencies. Compiled by Rutgers University business librarians.

Treasury Direct
http://www.savingsbonds.gov

From the federal government's Bureau of Public Debt, this site contains a wealth of information on EE-, HH-, and I-series savings bonds, treasury bills and notes, state and local government securities, and current figures on the national debt. In addition to detailed explanations of each type of savings instrument, there are bond value tables and calculators, free software that will help manage your bonds, and the ability to purchase bonds and T-bills online.

Yahoo! Finance
http://finance.yahoo.com

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.

Consumer Information

Better Business Bureau
http://www.bbb.org

Updated several times a month, their alerts section warns about fraudulent business scams. In addition, there is a national database of business reports that include complaints on companies, a searchable directory of BBBs in the U.S. and Canada (with links when available), the BBB Code of Advertising, the Standards for Charitable Solicitations, a link to their charities database, and full text of many booklets.

Consumer Protection
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/consumer.shtm

From the Bureau of Consumer Protection of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) this site is designed to protect consumers from unfair practices. To this end, it provides many helpful guides, tips, alerts, and warnings on a variety of issues, ranging from advertising to tobacco. It is possible to search this site for your particular topic. Some articles are in Spanish. All articles include an address to write to for more help and information.

National Consumer Law Center (NCLC)
http://www.nclc.org

Provides information on the legal problems commonly faced by consumers, including surviving debt, credit, mortgages, foreclosure, utility payments, scams, and more.

National Do Not Call Registry
http://www.donotcall.gov

Use this site to register your personal home and cell phone numbers to avoid most telemarketers, who as of Fall 2003 cannot call your telephone number if it is in the National Do Not Call Registry. Also verify your registration, change it, or file a complaint about failure to honor this registry. Some material available in Spanish. From the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).