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October 20, 2005

Reference Desk OAQs: OneSource

Q. How awesome is OneSource?

A. Very. Here are just a few things you can do with OneSource (located in BEL’s Fast Access to Key Databases), once you have registered for it (it’s free for UIUC users and it takes about 5 minutes to get the email with the password).

Research Companies: If you have a company you need more information on, OneSource is a good place to start. If you search for a company (Google, for example), you’ll get a list of companies that match your search. Make sure you select the Parent company (you’ll see a column titled Company Type on the far right hand side). The next page has all sorts of information – from the corporate address to links to financial statements and its top competitors.

Find companies by location/industry/sales/etc.
: Looking for a job? Select Find Companies and then start narrowing your search – you’ll see your progress on the right-hand side. The database starts with well over a half million companies – if I click Metro Area and choose Chicago, I’m already down to 10,439. If I want companies with less than 100 employees, I’d choose Employment and do less than or equal to 100. That takes me down to 9,000. Now I want to choose the primary industry, so I select Aerospace & Defense, which brings me down to 21 companies. That’s enough for me, so I choose to Run Reports and then I select Quick List, which gives me vitals for each of my companies.

Find the big players in a particular industry: Go to Profile Industry and you can choose whatever field you’re interested in (you can either select the general industry – such as Food & Tobacco – and then it will automatically scroll to the proper location on the right-hand side list, or you can go straight to the scrolling bar on the right). As an example, I’ll select tobacco from the list. It takes you to a page with corresponding SIC codes, Analysts’ Reports, Industry participants (which are clickable and will then take you to their company profile) as well as Top Participants (by sales, employees, or assets), related association websites, and article on industry trends.

In short, OneSource is a great resource for companies and industries, with links to crucial outside information.

Erin G.

Posted by at October 20, 2005 1:31 PM Posted to Reference Desk OAQs