Business and Economics Illinois State Library

Academic Search Complete

Academic Search Complete is the world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 12,500 journals and a total of more than 13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. [Remote Access Available]


ArticleFirst contains bibliographic citations that describe items listed on the table of contents pages of approximately 15,000 journals in science, technology, medicine, social science, business, the humanities, and popular culture. Each record describes one article, news story, letter, or other item. [Remote Access Available]

Budget of the United States Government

Issued by the Office of Management and Budget, the Budget of the United States Government is a collection of documents that contains the budget message of the President, information about the President's budget proposals for a given fiscal year, and other budgetary publications that have been issued throughout the fiscal year. Other related and supporting budget publications, such as the Economic Report of the President, are included, which may vary from year to year. [Freely Accessible Website]

Bureau of Economic Analysis

An agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) produces economic accounts statistics that enable government and business decision-makers, researchers, and the American public to follow and understand the performance of the Nation's economy. The cornerstone of BEA's statistics is the national income and product accounts (NIPAs), which feature the estimates of gross domestic product (GDP) and related measures. [Freely Accessible Website]

Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. The BLS is an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public, the U.S. Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business, and labor. The BLS also serves as a statistical resource to the Department of Labor. [Freely Accessible Website]

Business Source Elite

Business Source Elite provides provides full-text coverage for more than 1,110 business periodicals, ranging from general magazines to trade publications and top management journals. The database also features MarketLine Company Profiles in PDF format for over 10,000 companies. An expanded PDF backfiles for more than 150 titles (back to 1985 or the first issue published for that journal) is also available. [Remote Access Available]

Consumer Price Indexes

The Consumer Price Indexes (CPI) program produces monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services. [Freely Accessible Website]

County Business Patterns (CBP)

CBP is an annual series that provides subnational economic data by industry. This series includes the number of establishments, employment during the week of March 12, first quarter payroll, and annual payroll.

CBP data are extracted from the Business Register, the Census Bureau's file of all known single and multiestablishment companies. Data comes from a variety of sources, including the Economic Censuses, the Annual Survey of Manufactures, and Current Business Surveys, as well as from administrative records of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Social Security Administration (SSA), and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). [Freely Accessible Website]

Corporate/LLC Information - Illinois Secretary of State

Provided by the Illinois Secretary of State's office, the Corporate/LCC Search database allows users to receive a preliminary check of corporate/LLC name availability. By checking this database, persons can tell if a business name appears to be used by another company registered to do business in Illinois. [Freely Accessible Website]

Crain's Chicago Business is a one-stop online resource for anyone doing business in the Chicago area, or thinking of doing so. It offers lists and rankings across scores of industries, provides direct links to dozens of business-oriented sites and provides free access to the archives of Crain's Chicago Business, which has provided the area's most comprehensive coverage of the local corporate and economic landscapes for more than 20 years. [Remote Access Available]

Economic Indicators

Available from April 1995 forward, this monthly compilation is prepared for the Joint Economic Committee by the Council of Economic Advisors and provides economic information on prices, wages, production, business activity, purchasing power, credit, money and Federal finance. [Freely Accessible Website]

Economic Report of the President

The Economic Report of the President is an annual report written by the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors. It overviews the nation's economic progress using text and extensive data appendices. The Economic Report of the President is transmitted to Congress no later than ten days after the submission of the Budget of the United States Government. Supplementary reports can be issued to the Congress which contain additional and/or revised recommendations. [Freely Accessible Website]

EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval System)

EDGAR, the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system, performs automated collection, validation, indexing, acceptance, and forwarding of submissions by companies and others who are required by law to file forms with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Common filings available include Form 10-K (the annual report that most reporting companies file with the Commission, providing a comprehensive overview of the registrant's business), and Form 10-Q (this quarterly report includes unaudited financial statements and provides a continuing view of the company's financial position during the year). [Freely Accessible Website]

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Business Center

The FTC Business Center provides plain language guidance to help businesses understand their responsibilities and comply with the law. [Freely Accessible Website]

Illinois Business Portal

The Illinois Business Portal can help persons at any stage in their business life cycle. Whether they are starting a new business, running a business, or changing an existing business, this site can help them get the answers they need. [Freely Accessible Website]

Illinois Licensed, Certified and Registered Occupations

Information provided in Illinois State Licensed, Certified and Registered Occupations has been developed to provide information about occupations that are regulated in some way by a state entity. It is designed to be a helpful tool for individuals, students, counselors, educational training program planners and administrators, economic development professionals, employers, and policy-making bodies. [Freely Accessible Website]

Illinois Secretary of State Corporate/LLC Information

Provided by the Illinois Secretary of State's office, the Corporate/LCC Search database allows users to receive a preliminary check of corporate/LLC name availability. By checking this database, persons can tell if a business name appears to be used by another company registered to do business in Illinois. [Freely Accessible Website]

License Look-up

Persons may use the License Look-up database to look up an individual or entity holding a professional license. Provided by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, the database is searchable by name or license number. License Look-up results include the Licensee's Name, License Number, License Status, City and State, Original Date of Licensure, License Expiration Date and Disciplinary Action Indicator. [Freely Accessible Website]

MasterFile Premier

MasterFILE Premier contains full text for nearly 1,800 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. This database also contains full text more than 500 reference books, over 107,000 primary source documents, and an image collection of over 510,000 photos, maps and flags. [Remote Access Available]

Newspaper Source

Newspaper Source contains full text for 215 regional U.S. newspapers, 23 international newspapers, 22 newswires and newspaper columns, 37 TV and radio news transcripts, The Christian Science Monitor, USA Today and The Washington Post (for a total of 300 full text newspapers and other sources). This database also contains abstracts for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal-Eastern Edition. [Remote Access Available]

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)

The official U.S. Government NAICS web site. NAICS was developed jointly by the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to provide new comparability in statistics about business activity across North America and replaces the Standard Industrial Classification System that was specific to industry in the United States. This site allows users to conduct searches of the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), and provides access to 1997 NAICS and 1987 SIC correspondence tables. [Freely Accessible Website]

Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. Revised every two years, the Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations. [Freely Accessible Website]

Professions Regulated by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR)

Information related to professions regulated by IDFPR. Includes access to Profession Acts and Rules, Licensure Applications, Certification information and more. [Freely Accessible Website]


ReferenceUSA is a collection of databases that offer detailed information on over 52 million U.S. businesses; 291 million U.S. residents; and 1.2 million U.S. health care providers. The U.S. Historical Businesses database includes 213 million historical business records dating back to 2003. [Remote Access Available]

Regional Business News

Regional Business News is a supplemental database for customers of Business Source Elite. With daily updates, Regional Business News provides comprehensive full text for regional business publications (including titles from Crain Communications). Regional Business News has full text for more than 50 sources. [Remote Access Available] is a collaborative effort managed by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The website is designed to guide users through the maze of government rules and regulations and to provide access to services and resources to help persons start, grow, and succeed in business. [Freely Accessible Website]

Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) System Search

This page allows the user to search the 1987 version SIC manual by keyword, to access descriptive information for a specified 4-digit SIC. [Freely Accessible Website]


ThomasNet, powered by Thomas Register and Thomas Regional, is an industrial search engine that provides one source for finding the exact product, service, or supplier quickly and efficiently. ThomasNet provides direct access to the detailed information needed to make a purchasing or specifying decision, including line-item product details, CAD drawings, and more. [Freely Accessible Website]

Trade Statistics (

Trade Policy & Analysis (TP&A) publishes a variety of data series and reports for both public and government use. Use the links below to navigate directly to data relating to a specific topic. Data Topics include National U.S. Trade, Sub-National U.S. Trade, U.S. Exporting Companies, Jobs Supported by Exports and Tariffs and U.S. Trade. [Freely Accessible Website]

United States Census Bureau Economic Statistics

Highlights from the latest U.S. Economic Indicators, Agriculture, Manufacturing and Construction, County and City Data Book, County Business Patterns, Statistics of U.S. Businesses, Current Industrial Reports, Economic Data Programs Overview, Economic Census and Surveys, Governments, Income and Poverty, International trade, Research, and Statistical Abstract of the United States. [Freely Accessible Website] – Small Business

Learn the steps to start a small business, get financing help from the government, and more. [Freely Accessible to All Users]

USA Trade Online

Provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, USA Trade Online is a dynamic data tool that gives users access to current and cumulative U.S. export and import data. With multiple data sets and capabilities, USA Trade Online can assist different types of customers from a wide range of industries and fields. Manufacturers and other businesses wishing to expand their business globally can utilize USA Trade Online to identify new markets, evaluate existing markets, and perform other market research tasks. [Freely Accessible to All Users; Account Required]

Wage Determinations OnLine Program

This website provides a single location for federal contracting officers to use in obtaining appropriate Service Contract Act (SCA) and Davis-Bacon Act (DBA) wage determinations (WDs) for each official contract action. The website is available to the general public as well. Guidance in selecting WDs from this website is provided in the User’s Guide. [Freely Accessible Website]

Ward's Business Directory of U.S. Private and Public Companies

Ward's Business Directory of U.S. Private and Public Companies is a comprehensive, one-stop resource for information on thousands of companies active in the United States. Each edition of this long-standing resource features more than 112,000 company entries, approximately 90% of which covering privately held companies. Entries typically include: company name; full contact details, including e-mail and Web site URL (when available); type of company; operating revenue; number of employees; SIC and NAICS codes; a description of the company; and much more. Provided via Gale Directory Library. [Remote Access Available]

Zip Code County Business Patterns: 1998–

ZIP Code Business Patterns presents data on the total number of establishments, employment and payroll for more than 40,000 ZIP Code areas nationwide. In addition, the number of establishments for nine employment-size categories is provided by detailed industry for each ZIP Code. [Freely Accessible Website]