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Tulsa City-County Library offers a variety of online resources designed to meet your business and finance needs, including business news, market research, and investment aid databases. Contact the Research Center for more information.

Business News Databases

Access Business News

Access Business News includes full-text articles from business magazines and journals for news on management, marketing, company information, industries and products. Articles are available from local, regional, and national newspapers, newswires and business journals.

The Conference Board

The Conference Board indexes a collection of full-text research reports on the latest issues in business management and U.S. and global economics. Proprietary, non-biased research includes studies of Fortune 500 companies on business trends, leadership decisions, performance excellence, corporate governance, human resources, productivity and more. Full-text coverage from 1995 to date. Check the Library Catalog for paper holdings.

The Oklahoman

The Oklahoman provides full-text articles from 1982 to the present, exclusive of paid advertisements.

Regional Business News

Regional Business News includes full-text coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from metropolitan and rural areas within the U.S. For Oklahoma you can access The Journal Record and The Journal Record Legislative Report – both are full-text for the most current three months.

Tulsa World

Tulsa World provides full-text Tulsa World articles from 1989 to the present, exclusive of paid advertisements.

Business Planning Databases

Gale Small Business Builder

Gale Small Business Builder is a step-by-step online planning tool to help aspiring entrepreneurs and experienced small business owners plan, start, and optimize a small business or nonprofit.

Ideal for self-guided business planning, the intuitive program guides users through five areas of exploration:

Entrepreneur Profile - Entrepreneurs explore their abilities and reflect on how prepared they are to start a business.

Business Ideation - Employ tools such as Lean Canvas, SWOT, Porter’s Five Forces, and more to plan the high-level framework in which a business will operate.

Break-Even Analysis - Determine when a business will be able to cover all its expenses and begin to make a profit.

Business Plan - Create a plan that can be presented to potential investors and lenders.

Financial Projection - Produce a robust analysis of a company's financial future.

Use Gale Small Business Builder in conjunction with Tulsa City-County Library's other free tools for expert business research.

Small Business Reference Center

Small Business Reference Center offers a wide variety of information on small business and entrepreneurial subject areas, common business types, a help and advice section, and provides information on how to create business plans that lead to successful funding.

Business videos provide critical information for business owners: interviews, ‘lessons learned’ features, lectures and ‘how to’ videos help foster success in all aspects of managing a business.

A collection of state-specific resources supports the researcher with demographic data and other local information.

Finance & Investment Databases

Corporate Capital Histories/ Capital Changes

Use Corporate Capital Histories to research corporate histories all the way back to the 1800s, including stock splits, mergers, and take-overs Capital Changes Reporter Online. To access this database, please call the AskUs Hotline at 918.549.7323.

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Morningstar Investment Research Center provides stock analysis, fund and industry reports, as well as investing tutorials, and sector, industry and index returns.

Market & Industry Research Databases

Business Source Premier

Business Source Premier includes Datamonitor company reports that include a company overview, key facts, business description, history, key employees with biographies, major products and services, top competitors, locations and subsidiaries.

D & B Business Browser (Global)

D&B Business Browser presents consolidated company profiles on more than 90 Million companies world-wide. Business Browser provides you with a deeper understanding of a company’s business focus, history, competition, strengths, weaknesses, executives and news coverage. Plus, detailed financial reports give you the power to compare multiple companies so you can more effectively evaluate companies in relation to each other and compare to industry norms.


DemographicsNow provides access to robust and highly detailed U.S. demographic data. It is ideal for gaining consumer and market insight when opening a business, finding an untapped audience for products/services, analyzing the shifts and needs of a given population, and so much more.

Easily create a variety of reports -- standard and custom -- based on Census information, household buying patterns, income, education, retail sales, and consumer expenditures to help make informed and accurate decisions for your business.  

Mergent Intellect

Mergent Intellect (incorporating enhanced content for Hoover's and MDDI Global Reach databases) is a highly flexible web-based application that features a deep collection of worldwide business information that enables companies to generate insightful business intelligence. Coupling Mergent's expertise in developing products for the reference marketplace with D&B®'s private company database, Mergent Intellect offers new and existing clients a unique opportunity to access private and public U.S and international business data, industry news, facts and figures, executive contact information, the ability to access industry profiles and much more.

First Research database is also part of the Mergent Intellect suite of content available for customers, students and business applications.

Key Business Ratios on the Web (KBR) provides immediate online access to competitive benchmarking data. This powerful tool lets researchers examine industry benchmarks compiled from D&B®’s database of public and private companies, featuring 14 key business ratios (users choose a one-year or three-year set of ratios) for public and private companies in 800 lines of business.


ReferenceUSA provides addresses, sales information, executives, for over 11 million U.S. companies. Searchable by state, city, zip code, and SIC codes and yellow page headings. Searches can be customized by company size, sales volume, geographic location, industry, etc. Many of the listings are for small businesses. Can be used to identify businesses for job searches, market research, find census data, or identify neighbors within a certain distance of your home. Also available is a residential division for phone numbers and addresses.