This guide is intended to provide an introduction to resources available from the University of Lethbridge Library in the area of finance. It is a guide to get you started; there are many more resources available, so this is just a jumping-off point for your research.
If you require more help finding resources, please visit the Information and Research Assistance Desk on level 10 of the library, or phone us at 403.329.2263.
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Reference materials can provide a good overview of a subject and lead you to further related resources, and are a great place to start your research. Some reference material specific to finance include:
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Search the library catalogue to find books on the particular area of finance you are looking for. Use 'and' to connect your terms to narrow your search (ie finance AND ethics). You can do keyword searches as well as subject searches, which utilize the Library of Congress Subject Headings to locate items on the same subject. Some relevant subject headings include:
These same terms (and more) will work as keyword searches, but you will get many more (and possibly irrelevant) results using a keyword search. Try both and take it from there. If you search any term in the 'subject' field, the catalogue will try to suggest related subjects for you to try, as well as more sub-categories of the subject. Of course, if you know the title or author of a book, you can search the catalogue using those fields as well. For broad categories like accounting and finance, it might also be useful to search for the general subject heading of finance combined with a keyword (or several) using 'and' using the 'advanced keyword search' option.
You can also do an 'advanced keyword search' and restrict the 'material type' to limit your search to e-books only.
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Journal articles contain more up-to-date research than books, and are a great way to supplement your research. The library subscribes to many indexes and databases which allow you search by keyword, subject, and many more fields to find articles on your topic. These tools provide not only the citation for the articles, but often abstracts (summaries of what the article is about), and increasingly link you to the full text of the article. If the full text isn't available either from the database in which you found the citation or by clicking the 'find full text' button, you can search the library catalogue by 'journal title' to see if we carry the journal in print. Failing that, you can try obtaining the article via interlibrary loan. Ensure that the articles you are citing are scholarly in nature; for guidelines on how to evaluate journal articles, see our how-to guides.
The easiest way to decide which index or database to use is to look at the library's listing of indexes and databases by subject. Remember, your subject might be somewhat multidisciplinary in nature, so consider what other subjects' databases you may want to search, as well as the databases that specialize in multidisciplinary or general topics. Search using terms listed above (in the 'books' section), among others. Some good business databases to start with are:
Knotia.ca contains Canada's most comprehensive collection of tax, accounting, finance, and other business information resources. As a joint offering of The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and Ernst & Young Electronic Publishing Services Inc., the database is specifically designed for management students and faculty, accounting professionals and financial executives.
Access the most recent 3 years' worth of financial ratios for small, medium and large Canadian companies, including corporate, financial and stock information. The data is from Dun and Bradstreet and is organized by SIC code.
In addition to Canadian news and business information, FPinfomart provides financial and other corporate information about Canadian publicly-traded companies and related industry analysis, including company & industry information, predecessor & defuncts, ratios, dividends, and mergers and acquisitions.
Access NYSE/AMEX/Nasdaq Daily and Monthly Security Prices and other historical data related to over 25,000 companies.This database is created by the Center for Research in Security Prices (CRSP) at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Access most public securities documents and information filed by public companies and investment funds with the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) in the SEDAR filing system.
Access registration statements, periodic reports, and other documents filed by public companies under the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
International Financial Statistics (IFS) is a standard source of international statistics on all aspects of international and domestic finance. It reports, for most countries of the world, current data needed in the analysis of problems of international payments and of inflation and deflation, i.e., data on exchange rates, international liquidity, international banking, money and banking, interest rates, prices, production, international transactions, government accounts, and national accounts.
In addition to the international databases listed, it may also be worthwhile to check the following general management databases for articles on any topic:
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In addition to searching in the library catalogue for videos on any subject (go to 'advanced keyword' search and then limit by material type: film/video), several Harvard Business School Faculty Seminar Series videos are available to us through Business Source Complete, including International Entrepreneurial Finance. For a complete list of videos available in this series, please visit http://support.epnet.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=4699. To access these videos in Business Source Complete, click the 'more' link in the top toolbar in EBSCOhost and select Business Videos/Images from the drop-down menu. The Business Videos search screen is displayed. Enter your search terms in the Find field and click Search, or to view all available business videos, search for the term Business. Both videos and PDF transcripts are available.
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Extremely comprehensive, this fully searchable site has a dictionary of more than 9,000 financial terms; calculations and key financial ratios; more than 300 step-by-step guides for everyday problem solving; summaries of significant finance best practices; abstracts of significant books and articles; an extensive international listing of print and online financial resources from government agencies, trade associations, and economic forecasters; profiles of more than 100 countries and 26 business sectors; short biographies of leading members of the finance community; and business quotations.
A gold mine of links to great financial management websites, grouped to correspond with the major topic headings of the author's finance textbook.
A comprehensive and easy-to-use investment research website, providing access to professional-level research tools such as interactive charts, quotes, industry analysis and intraday stock screeners, as well as market news and commentary. Historical stock quotes also available: http://bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/Also check the following sites for market quotes, summaries, news, and research:
A professor in international trade at the University of Michigan created this online glossary in an attempt to cover all of the terms and concepts from international economics, including both international trade and international finance, at the introductory level. Started for his students, extended to all.
A jargon-free introduction to commodity trading for those unfamiliar with even the most basic concepts. It covers commodities, commodity trading, commodity exchanges etc, and includes analyses of the factors affecting specific commodities and profiles of various exchanges.
The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks, including accounting and finance. The site contains abstracts of over 228,300 scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers and an Electronic Paper Collection currently containing over 187,000 downloadable full text documents. While not all content is free, there is a lot that is, and is worthwhile checking out for working papers on your topic.
The C.D. Howe Institute is Canada's leading nonpartisan public policy think tank. Since its inception in 1958, the Institute has stayed on the forefront of public policy debates in Canada. The Institute produces strong public policy leadership, timely research initiatives, and a reputation for producing independent, reasoned and relevant research.
Publications are available from the Institute's five research areas: Fiscal and Monetary Policy; Social Policy; Governance and Public Institutions; International and Trade; and Economic Growth and Innovation
The Publications and Documents section of the World Bank's site contains a large collection of free, downloadable documents on the topic of Finance and Financial Sector Development. These include operational documents (project documents, analytical and advisory work, and evaluations), formal and informal research papers, and World Bank publications.
This project of the IMF collects annual geographic and demographic data on access to basic consumer financial services worldwide. Data can be downloaded to excel files and cross-country comparisons can be made, as well as over time.
FEI (Financial Executives International) Canada is a member-driven organization that facilitates the sharing of knowledge, the development and dissemination of informed opinion, and the formation of communities of interest among financial leaders through their member network. Contains valuable resources, including their own research papers and newsletters, and links to external Canadian and International financial organizations' sites.
The Treasury Board is responsible for accountability and ethics, financial, personnel and administrative management, comptrollership, approving regulations and most Orders-in-Council. Provides links to policies and initiatives, as well as many reports, FAQs, and fact sheets.
BEA produces economic accounts statistics on the U.S. economy. They collect source data, conduct research and analysis, develop and implement estimation methodologies, and disseminate statistics to the public.
The Treasury Department is the executive agency responsible for promoting economic prosperity and ensuring the financial security of the United States. Areas of concern, available through this site, are Coins and Currency; Economy; Illicit Finance; Financial Markets; International; and Taxes. Reports are browsable by date or topic; also available are FAQs, fact sheets, and historical/educational information.
This actually links you to the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, which is not only a region-specific site but has tons of great national content as well, including 'Ask Dr. Econ', a search engine for 'Fed in Print', and of course still links to the main Federal Reserve Board site. Tons of economic research and data, including a data download program, available.
Billed as "the largest bibliographic database dedicated to Economics and available freely on the Internet", this site is dedicated to the free dissemination of economic research, with over 725,000 articles, chapters, books, and working papers available full-text.
Not just Germany-specific, some great free research available on this site, including a Country Info-Base.
Mine U.S. Government spending data, including federal contracts, grants, and other awards.
Produced by the Economics and Statistics Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce, this site's mission is to provide timely access to the daily releases of key economic indicators from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau.
Finance-focused dictionaries, articles, simulators, and more.
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If you have difficulty finding or using the information you require:
Developed by business librarians at American universities, this site allows you to search several academic business libraries' sites of frequently asked business reference questions. While some sites may refer you to subscription databases (check to see if we subscribe at the U of L to gain access), lots of general information and links to free sites as well.
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Content Revised: June 24, 2011
Content Created: April 22, 2009