Research Guides

ACC211 - Fundamentals of Accounting Principles


Business Library Hours - 305.284.6516
January 2019 Hours (Jan. 2 - Jan. 13)
Mon - Fri.            9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday            CLOSED
Sunday              CLOSED

Spring 2019 Hours (Jan. 14 - April 26)
Mon - Thurs.      7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday                7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday            CLOSED
Sunday              CLOSED

2019 Spring Break Hours (March 9 - 17)
Mon - Fri.            9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday            CLOSED
Sunday              CLOSED

Spring 2019 Final Exam Hours (April 27 - May 8)
Mon - Thurs.      7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday                7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday            7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday              12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Welcome
Welcome to the University of Miami Libraries Research Guide for ACC211.  This core course has a course project which requires one to obtain data on two companies within the same industry.  Using the extracted data from the company's financial statements, comparative and industry ratios, a company analysis will be developed and investment feasibility determined.

This guide will recommend various library research tools that will provide the data needed to develop a company analysis. 
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COMPANY CLASSIFICATIONS
Companies are classified as either publicprivate or a subsidiary of a larger company.

Public companies sell shares of the company (stocks) to the general public, and are required to submit financial information and annual reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  Searching for data on a public company is easier that seeking data on a private or subsidiary company.

Private companies do not sell publicly traded stocks and as a result, are not required to release information to the government or the general public  Searching for data on a private company is challenging and is typically limited to directory information and/or news articles.

Subsidiaries of public companies can be difficult to research because the parent company is not required to report on each of them.  Subsidiary information may or may not be found in the parent company's reports and/or within news articles.

Access

List of 100+ Business Databases
The University of Miami subscribes to over 700 online databases. From the list of 700, over 100 databases are dedicated to the subject discipline of business. Click the link above to access all the business databases.

Remote Access
Remote access to the University of Miami's online database is possible from anywhere in the world as long as you have internet access.  Once you have selected a library research database, you will be prompted for your CaneID name and password.  This process is necessary to authenticate your enrollment status at UM.

NOTE:  If you have a firewall on your computer, please bring down the firewall.  All the library research databases contain encrypted data and this will not pass through a firewall

Current Company Financials - U.S. & International
  • Mergent Online: This easy to use database provides important financial reports including balance sheets, income statements, retained earnings, and cash flow. In addition, this database provides the annual 10K report. Documents are available for download into Excel.
  • Hoover's Company Profiles: Conduct an advanced search on your company in this database and obtain a full company overview which contains detailed financial statements as well as historical financial data, financial market data, and earnings estimates. 
  • Thomson One Banker (Not accessible via a Macbook): This database allows you to enter your desired company and it will provide company overview, financial reports, and financial/growth ratios.
Company - Stock Price
  • Yahoo Finance: This website returns the most recent stock price (updating throughout the day) and includes helpful stock information, including opening and previous closing prices, market cap, the stock's beta, and company ratios. 
  • Morningstar Investment Research Center: In this database, recommendations are provided for the price at which to buy/sell a companies stock. It also provides daily stock price updates. 
  • Thomson One Banker (Not accessible via a Macbook.  Use the IE browser on a PC.): This database provides stock prices under the price tab.
Business Library Hours - 305.284.6516
Spring 2019 Hours (Jan. 14 - April 26)
Mon - Thurs.      7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday                7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday            CLOSED
Sunday              CLOSED

2019 Spring Break Hours (March 9 - 17)
Mon - Fri.            9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday            CLOSED
Sunday              CLOSED

Spring 2019 Final Exam Hours (April 27 - May 8)
Mon - Thurs.      7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday                7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday            7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday              12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

2019 Summer Hours (May 9 - August 18)
Mon - Fri.            9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday            CLOSED
Sunday              CLOSED
 

 




 
Company Ratios
  • Standard and Poor's NetAdvantage: In this database, search for a company and go to the ratios tab under Financials/Valuation. The search will return over 100 company ratios for the last 5 years including margin analyses, asset turnover, short and long term valuation, and growth projections. 
  • Mergent Online: To find company ratios in this database, search for a company then under the Company Financials tab click "Ratios". This search will return profitability, liquidity, asset and debt management ratios. 
  • Thomson One Banker (Not accessible via a Macbook.  Use the IE browser on a PC.): Thomson One provides financial and growth ratios. You can access these by searching for a company and clicking the Financials tab.
Business Library Hours - 305.284.6516
Spring 2019 Hours (Jan. 14 - April 26)
Mon - Thurs.      7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday                7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday            CLOSED
Sunday              CLOSED

2019 Spring Break Hours (March 9 - 17)
Mon - Fri.            9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday            CLOSED
Sunday              CLOSED

Spring 2019 Final Exam Hours (April 27 - May 8)
Mon - Thurs.      7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday                7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday            7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday              12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

2019 Summer Hours (May 9 - August 18)
Mon - Fri.            9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday            CLOSED
Sunday              CLOSED
 

 




 
Investment/Analyst's Opinion Reports
  • Morningstar Investment Research Center: In this database, go to Stock Analyst Reports under the Companies icon then search for your desired company. This search will return the most recent analyst reports with information on investing, economics, and valuation of the company. This database also has tabs on company financials and ratios. 
  • Business Insights Global: This database provides the company SWOT analysis (locate by searching a company and clicking the link for SWOT Reports) along with company news from academic journals, trade journals, investor reports, and market share reports.  
  • Value Line Research Center: By going to the browse research tab, this database returns company rankings within their respective industry, financial strength grade ratings, and analyst commentaries for the past 3 years.
Business Library Hours - 305.284.6516
Spring 2019 Hours (Jan. 14 - April 26)
Mon - Thurs.      7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday                7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday            CLOSED
Sunday              CLOSED

2019 Spring Break Hours (March 9 - 17)
Mon - Fri.            9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday            CLOSED
Sunday              CLOSED

Spring 2019 Final Exam Hours (April 27 - May 8)
Mon - Thurs.      7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday                7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday            7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday              12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

2019 Summer Hours (May 9 - August 18)
Mon - Fri.            9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday            CLOSED
Sunday              CLOSED
 

 




 
Industry Averages
  • Standard and Poor's NetAdvantage: In this database, go to the Companies tab and click Industries then search for your desired industry. In the left hand menu, Key Stats and Ratios will provide you with industry ratios including margin analyses, profitability, growth, and trading multiples. In the left hand menu, Financial Operating Metrics will provides you with financial data, trading multiples, and operating statistics on the top 10 large, mid, small, and micro companies in the industry.
  • Business Insights Global: In this database, go to the dropdown menu Comparison Charts and click Industries. you are then able to select any industry and see the revenue chart. Under Industries you are able to see market share reports, industry essays, and Plunkett reports (includes analytics, financial benchmarks, and revenue forecasts).
  • RMA EStatement Studies: This database allows you to select an industry code (also provided inn a dropdown menu), and access financial ratio and profiability data on that industry. 
Business Library Hours - 305.284.6516
Spring 2019 Hours (Jan. 14 - April 26)
Mon - Thurs.      7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday                7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday            CLOSED
Sunday              CLOSED

2019 Spring Break Hours (March 9 - 17)
Mon - Fri.            9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday            CLOSED
Sunday              CLOSED

Spring 2019 Final Exam Hours (April 27 - May 8)
Mon - Thurs.      7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday                7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday            7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday              12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

2019 Summer Hours (May 9 - August 18)
Mon - Fri.            9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday            CLOSED
Sunday              CLOSED
 

 




 
Company Comparatives
  • Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage: In this database, you can search for your company and compare it to others in the industry by clicking Quick Comparative Analysis in the menu column. You can then compare financial data, operating statistics, valuation, and other information between companies. 
  • Hoover's Company Profile: This database allows you to see a company's top competitors and compare profits and ratios. 
  • Thomson One Banker (Not accessible via a Macbook.  Use the IE browser on a PC.): This database allows you to compare your company to similar companies in the industry. You can do this by going to the Peers tab. Under Performance, there are several comparisons you can see including ratios. You are also able to add other companies, or "peers" to your list of comparisons. 
Business Library Hours - 305.284.6516
Spring 2019 Hours (Jan. 14 - April 26)
Mon - Thurs.      7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday                7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday            CLOSED
Sunday              CLOSED

2019 Spring Break Hours (March 9 - 17)
Mon - Fri.            9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday            CLOSED
Sunday              CLOSED

Spring 2019 Final Exam Hours (April 27 - May 8)
Mon - Thurs.      7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday                7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday            7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday              12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

2019 Summer Hours (May 9 - August 18)
Mon - Fri.            9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday            CLOSED
Sunday              CLOSED
 

 




 
In-person research assistance
If you are having difficulty extracting data on your company of choice, contact the Business Library at 305-284-6516.  Individual appointments can be setup with any member of the Business Library.

The Business Library, known as the Judi Prokop Newman Information Resource Center is located on the 4th floor of the Miami Business School's Aresty building.
Business Library Hours
Spring 2019 Hours (Jan. 14 - April 26)
Mon - Thurs.      7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday                7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday            CLOSED
Sunday              CLOSED

2019 Spring Break Hours (March 9 - 17)
Mon - Fri.            9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday            CLOSED
Sunday              CLOSED

Spring 2019 Final Exam Hours (April 27 - May 8)
Mon - Thurs.      7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday                7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday            7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday              12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

2019 Summer Hours (May 9 - August 18)
Mon - Fri.            9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday            CLOSED
Sunday              CLOSED
 

 




 

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