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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:  Mergent Online, from Mergent.

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

Description/focus:  Mergent Online provides company information.

Start with this hint:  Enter the ticker symbol or name of the company of interest and Mergent Online will give you a list of guesses.  When you select the company from the list, the resulting page has tabs for more information.  Use the tabs ranging from Executives to Competitors or use the Report Builder for a specialized report.  Also try the links below the tabs.  For example, Highlights includes a balance sheet, management effectiveness, and liquidity indicators.

Click here to see the basics of searching Mergent Online or try our new tool Guide on the Side with this link.

Why you should know this database:  Mergent Online includes inactive companies.

How this will help students: Mergent Online can be a one-stop database for students looking for company information. There are also country reports providing economic, industry, and trade information, as well as basic history, geography, demographic, government, communication media information.

Cost: For information contact mdugan@purdue.edu.

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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.