Recommended research resources to assist you in evaluating your entrepreneurial venture.
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Journal & News Articles

Market Share/Size


  • Factiva  Icon
    Newspapers, magazines, company financials, and stock quotes.


Regulatory Barriers

  • Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage  Icon
    Select Industry Surveys, the reference section includes a list of regulatory agencies assign to a specific industry.

Business Plans

Market Research

  • MarketResearch.com Academic  Icon
    Reports by Packaged Facts (consumer goods), Kalorama Information (health science), Specialists in Business Information, Simba Information (media industry), Executive Summaries, and MarketLook Reports.
    Jump-Start Guide
  • Datamonitor Reports (via Business Source Complete)  Icon
    For industry profiles, add "marketline" in your search keyword; For MarketWatch or company reports, add "datamonitor" to your search.
  • First Research (via ABI/INFORM)  Icon  Icon
    Includes industry overview, recent developments, challenges, opportunities, call prep questions, etc.
  • Lux Research  Icon
    For current Stanford community. Not to be redistributed to any 3rd party.
    Market research reports, company information, etc., for following industries: nanomaterials, solar, alternative power & energy storage, water, bIofuels & biomaterials, targeted delivery, green building.
    4 simultaneous users
  • Power  Icon
    For current Stanford community · No downloading feature for our subscription
    Look under "Technologies" for different modules. Stanford's subscription covers renewable power only. It does not include Thermal, Smart Grid, and Nuclear.

Finding Potential Investors

  • Capital IQ  Icon
    Current GSB faculty, students, and staff: use SUNet ID (First time users need to request an account. Usual turnaround is one week.) From 6/30 to 8/31, current MBA/PhD student access only available via a shared account in Traders Pit.
    Others: Access to the database in Traders Pit of the Business Library
    — Excel Plugin is only available for current Stanford Community at RAIL Lab, 3F Bass Center
    Provides financial information on companies, private equity, etc.
  • Thomson ONE (IE Browser only)  
    Company financials, earning estimates, market data and stock quotes, PE firms, etc. Spreadsheet Link (Excel Add-in) available on designated computers in Traders Pit of the Business Library.
    20 simultaneous users
    Spreadsheet Link User Guide
    Technical issues? Click on the blue circle i (next to the database name) for more information.
  • LP Source Basic
    Access in Makena Capital Traders Pit of the Business Library
    Profiles active limited partners and other investment firms, including investment criteria, allocation targets, preferred industries, fund histories, executives, etc.
    Previously published: Galante's Venture Capital & Private Equity Directory and Directory of Alternative Investment Programs.

Patent Search

  • Derwent innovations index [electronic resource].
    [Philadelphia] : Institute for Scientific Informtion, [1999?]-
    Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)
    "Using information from 41 patent-issuing authorities, DII facilitates rapid, precise patent searching, letting you conduct patent and citation searches of inventions in chemical, electrical, electronic, and mechanical engineering. Descriptive titles and indexing have been added. Find “equivalent” patents published in a language you can read. Also contains both citing and cited patents and literature references, allowing users to move both forward and backward in time from a selected patent. Updated weekly, covers 1963-present." (Structure Searching)
  • Espacenet
    [Place of publication not identified] : European Patent Office.
    Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)
    "Espacenet's worldwide database enables you to search for information about published patent applications from over 90 different countries and regions. Espacenet offers free access to more than 80 million patent documents worldwide--most of them patent applications rather than granted patents--from 1836 to today. Patent applications normally represent the first publication of a new idea, appearing ahead of journal articles and before new products reach the market. It is possible to print and download full-text documents."
  • Lens [electronic resource] : open public resource for innovation cartography.
    Brisbane, Australia : Cambia.
    Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)
    Funded initially by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Lens now covers nearly 90 jurisdictions worldwide with over 80 million patent documents, serving INPADOC, EPO, USPTO, and WO, with many more coming. Explore global patent families; full-text searching of major jurisdictions (US, EP, WO); free PDFs; multilingual searching (English, Chinese, French, Spanish, German, Korean, Japanese, Russian); collect, share, comment, annotate; faceted exploration; graphical analysis; embed analysis in your site; explore over 120 million DNA and 10 million protein sequences in patents; marked up citations (links to references and open access documents); current legal status; and examine and compare biological holdings using the PatSeq Explorer
  • Google Patent Search
    Covers over 7 million patents granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Also offers an Advanced Patent Search page, which allows one to search by patent number, title, inventor, date, etc.
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Database
    Full-text U.S. patents since 1976, full-page images since 1790.
  • Patent Search Tutorial
    In this tutorial developed by Stanford Biodesign you will learn how to use government and other patent searching sites to ensure that your invention meets the specifications needed to file a patent and succeed.

Targeted Marketing & Advertising

  • Mintel  Icon  Icon
    For current Stanford community · Valid Stanford email address required for registration.
    Market research reports mainly for the US and European marketplace.
  • Ad$pender  Icon
    Advertising expenditures across various media.
    Quick Guide
  • Local Market Audience Analyst (SRDS) (IE browser only)  
    On the opening page, go to the left navigation. Under Other SRDS Services, click Local Market Audience Analyst.
    For IE 10 & IE 11, click Tools > Compatibility View Settings. Add "claritas.com".
    Provides demographic and consumer lifestyle data for all DMAs and U.S. counties.
    Quick Guide
  • Social Explorer  Icon
    Describes the demography of the U.S. through the use of interactive maps and reports.

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