Course Guide

MBA 236B.1   Investment Strategies and Styles

Fall 2010

The following online and print resources provided by the Long Business Library are key to finding information required for this course. Use the Library proxy Server to access the electronic resources from off-campus.


Use the OskiCat catalog to search for books. Subject headings, such as the following, will prove useful: asset pricing, financial crises, financial risk management, valuation, investments. Limit the location to BUSI.

Current News

New York Times
(via Proquest)
Read the full-text of the NY Times. Sort by page number to browse in the order of the print paper.
Wall Street Journal (via Proquest) Read the full-text of the WSJ. Sort by page number to browse in the order of the print paper. Please use ProQuest instead of Factiva to read the WSJ on a daily basis.

Key Journals

Financial Analysts Journal
Financial Markets and Portfolio Management
Journal of Corporate Finance
Journal of Finance
Journal of Financial & Quantitative Analysis
Journal of Portfolio Management


Business Source Complete Indexes the major journals and finance magazines. Full text or UC E-links provided for most sources.
EconLIt Indexes over 400 journals in economics, including financial economics. Full text is provided through UC E-links.
Factiva A large full text database of articles and news from thousands of magazines, newspapers, and wire services. A good source for current company news. Read the Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Economist, Financial Times by clicking on the "News Pages" button at the top.
Lexis-Nexis Academic Click on the News category button for access to thousands of magazines, newspapers, and wire services.

Company Information

Business Source Complete Click on SWOT Analyses or Company Profile link. link
Hoover's Online Company profiles / current and some historical financial data
Lexis-Nexis Academic Click on the Business category button for company profiles and financial data/annual reports.
Mergent Online Provides comprehensive financial information for public companies.
Value Line Research Center Provides stock market performance data, betas, and Value Line investment advice for 4,000 U.S. companies. Also performance and investment advice for 100 industries.

Analyst Reports

Thomson ONE Analyst reports from investment banks via Thomson ONE.
Choose "Screening & Analysis -> Research" on the left sidebar.
Must be accessed using Internet Explorer.
Lexis-Nexis Academic Click on the Business category and do a company search. Choose "financial information" and scroll down to analyst reports from Thomson ONE.

Industry Profiles and Analyses

IBIS World Industry Market Reports For over 700 U.S. industries, provides 25-30 page reports that include key statistics, segmentation, market characteristics, industry conditions, key factors, key competitors, industry performance and outlook.
Standard and Poor's Industry Surveys Major analyses for 52 U.S. industries. Provides overview, outlook, and performance data for key public companies.
Available only in print format - Reference Collection HC101 S77.

Stock Market Data

Center for Research in Security Prices (CRSP) Daily, monthly, or annual prices for stocks on the NYSE, AMEX and NASDAQ since 1925-present.
May be used only on the public pcs in Long Library.
Global Financial Database Long runs of market data including: corporate bond yields, historical stocks, interest rates, stock market indices, total return indices, treasury yields, etc.

Other Useful Information

Long Library homepage
Librarians are available at the Reference Desk to assist you during these hours:
Monday - Thursday: 1 - 6 pm
Friday: 1 - 4 pm
Where Do I Find? (a brief guide to finding various types of business information)

Questions? Ask your business librarians.