Top research resources

American City Business Journals

ACBJ includes digital replicas of weekly newspapers and yearly books of lists, as well as full website access for local business newspapers in 40 US cities. The books of lists rank top organizations within a given industry and are helpful for creating target lists. Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles books of lists are not available through this database; please view the print copies in the CRC or in your local public library.

Research steps

American City Business Journals homepage defaults to Milwaukee coverage. Find your target city in the Select Another Publication dropdown, then click Digital Book of Lists or any heading of interest.

Business Source - Alumni Edition

Business Source includes full-text access to more than 1,300 scholarly business journals.

Articles Plus -Alumni

Scholarly and news articles from a range of coverage areas, including business and economics.


Platform with more than 100 leading trade associations, professional societies, nonprofits, and corporations that partner to compile daily and weekly newsletters and publications that are free to sign up for.

Mine social media for news and updates

Use of social media at the company/firm level varies by industry. Hedge funds and many private equity firms don’t need to attract attention and clientele from a broad public and so there tends to be less information to mine about these types of firms. You can still benefit from the social media profiles of individuals working in those industries and the news features supported by Facebook and LinkedIn.


Follow a company from their LinkedIn homepage for news and company culture updates.


Check company Facebook pages for insight into how companies are connecting with the public. You may also find valuable hiring insight and employee profiles on career-specific company pages.

Use sites like WeFollow, Twiangulate, and Followerwonk to search for additional popular social media accounts of interest.