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Welcome to Database of the Week.  This feature from the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics is intended to give you a brief introduction to a database that you may not know, with only basic information to get you started.  Hopefully, you will be tempted to explore this or other databases.

This Week’s Featured Database:  BizMiner, from the Brandow Company.

Find it: www.lib.purdue.edu/parrish, Under the column headed Collections, click on List of Business Databases.

Description/focus: BizMiner delivers industry analysis by tracking 18 million US businesses in 16,000 industry segments.

Try it:  BizMiner’s interface is easy to use.  The homepage offers 2 types of reports to start with, Industry Financial Ratios and Industry Market Statistics, but also has options to do a keyword search or to drill down through industry categories and subcategories. Once you choose the industry, you can further narrow your search to a state or metro area. See here for a short video tutorial on the basics of searching BizMiner.

Why you should know this database: BizMiner Industry Market reports include industry population by year, market volume, employment class trends, and other statistics. Industry Financial Reports include Income-Expense, balance sheet, and financial ratios.

Why students should know this database:  Each report in BizMiner includes explanations of terms, providing students a ready reference tool to help them understand the data and why the information is important.

Cost: For annual subscription information, contact Mary Dugan.

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Feedback is always welcome.  If you would like us to promote your favorite database, send an email to mdugan@purdue.edu.