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Small Business Reference Center

Small Business Reference Center

This resource offers a wide variety of information on small business and entrepreneurial subject areas, common business types, a help and advice section, and provides information on how to create business plans that lead to successful funding.

Business videos provide critical information for business owners: interviews, ‘lessons learned’ features, lectures and ‘how to’ videos help foster success in all aspects of managing a business.

A collection of state-specific resources supports the researcher with demographic data and other local information.

Finance/Investment Databases

  • Corporate Capital Histories  
    Research corporate histories all the way back to the 1800s, including stock splits, mergers, and take-overs Capital Changes Reporter Online. To access this database, please call the AskUs Hotline at 918.549.7323.
  • Morningstar Investment Research Center
    Stock analysis, fund and industry reports, as well as investing tutorials, and sector, industry and index returns.

Business Databases


  • Business Source Premier  
    Download Datamonitor company reports that include a company overview, key facts, business description, history, key employees with biographies, major products and services, top competitors, locations and subsidiaries.
  • Directory of New Businesses  
    Updated with more than 50,000 new businesses added each week, use ReferenceUSA's New Businesses Database to research hot areas of economic development. Selection criteria include: Business name; Contact information; Business type by yellow page heading, primary SIC or major industry group; Zip code, City, County, MSA or State; Home-based business; and start-up time frame.
  • First Research  
    Get the latest news, trends and hottest companies in over 250 industries and 750 industry segments. The industry prospector also includes HR metrics, industry growth forecasts and industry drivers.
  • Hoovers Online  
    Access to over 17 million worldwide companies with comprehensive profiles of most major companies in the world, corporate history, executives, products/operations data, financials, industry benchmarks, competitive landscape and news articles, with the ability to generate lists in targeted industries and to limit geographically. Search First Research for even more company information.
  • MDDI Global Reach  
    MDDI Global Reachallows for access toall businesses in the U.S., Canada, & Mexico regardless of size, plus international businesses with $500,000+ sales or 20+ employees. Company information includes line of business with both SIC and NAICS codes, size criteria (employees and annual sales), type of ownership, and principal executives.
  • Reference USA  
    Provides addresses, sales information, executives, for over 11 million U.S. companies. Searchable by state, city, zip code, and SIC codes and yellow page headings. Searches can be customized by company size, sales volume, geographic location, industry, etc. Many of the listings are for small businesses. Can be used to identify businesses for job searches, market research, find census data, or identify neighbors within a certain distance of your home. Also available is a residential division for phone numbers and addresses. PLEASE NOTE: When accessing Reference USA from home, there is a 100-record limit on prints/downloads.


DemographicsNow provides access to robust and highly detailed U.S. demographic data. It is ideal for gaining consumer and market insight when opening a business, finding an untapped audience for products/services, analyzing the shifts and needs of a given population, and so much more.

Easily create a variety of reports -- standard and custom -- based on Census information, household buying patterns, income, education, retail sales, and consumer expenditures to help make informed and accurate decisions for your business.  

Accessible online 24/7 with your library card.

Business News Databases

Subscription Databases and Web sites for searching newspapers, magazines and journal articles.

  • Access Business News  
    Access full-text articles from business magazines and journals for news on management, marketing, company information, industries and products. Articles are available from local, regional, and national newspapers, newswires and business journals.
  • The Conference Board  
    A collection of full-text research reports on the latest issues in business management and U.S. and global economics. Proprietary, nonbiased research includes studies of Fortune 500 companies on business trends, leadership decisions, performance excellence, corporate governance, human resources, productivity and more. Full-text coverage from 1995 to date. Check the Library Catalog for paper holdings.
  • The Oklahoman  
    Provides full-text articles from 1982 to the present, exclusive of paid advertisements.
  • Regional Business News  
    Includes full-text coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from metropolitan and rural areas within the U.S. For Oklahoma you can access The Journal Record and The Journal Record Legislative Report – both are full-text for the most current three months.
  • Tulsa World  
    Use this online source to locate full text Tulsa World articles from 1989 to the present, exclusive of paid advertisements.
  • Wall Street Journal  
    Full-text in-depth coverage of national and international finance as well as first rate coverage of hard news. 1982-current.

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