Duke Business Research Tools

Learn about fields, organizations, and customers using resources from Duke Libraries. The library’s market research guide provides information on resources available, but below are database recommendations from Duke Engineering librarian, Sarah Park.  

Note: These resources were originally developed for business use and limit some content for educational use. URLs found from this page: https://library.fuqua.duke.edu/databases/index.php

General Market/Industry Reports

IBISWorld – well structured reports and easy for new users; top recommendation from engineering librarian 

BCC Research – written by researchers in the specific field; second recommendation of engineering librarian  

MarketLine Advantage – full text market research reports focusing on companies and broad industry sectors: consumer goods, energy, finance, healthcare, and technology 

MarketsandMarkets.com – niche market research reports on current mega trends and industries; including but not limited to: AI, Big Data & Analytics, Blockchain, IoT, Nanotechnology, and Wearables 

Forrester Research – reports and data for the online economy with a focus on the impact of IT developments on businesses and consumers 


Bizminer – compare one business to competitors in finances, revenues, and employees  

Understanding Customers

Passport – reports covering the digital consumer, households, income and expenditure, lifestyles, and population data worldwide 

Mintel – market research on consumer oriented sectors with focus on behavior and trends 

Statista – “It has everything.  Just try it.” – Sarah Park, Duke Engineering Librarian 

Focus on Competitors

Pitchbook -  private equity and venture capital deals–establish benchmarks, find real time data on deals, identify and analyze comparables, and search investor details 

ORBIScovers 200M + companies worldwide with global standard report formats as well as descriptive information, and company financials, along with news, market research, ratings and country reports, scanned reports, ownership and M&A data