Business/Economic Resources

Government and legal information available at WIU on related topics:

Economic Information | Websites For Business

Economic Information

Search Strategies
Books & Manuscripts


  • Search these Library of Congress subject headings in WestCat , the library's online catalog:
    • Tips: Use the Quick Search option and enter the terms below in the search box and select Subject as the search.
    • consumption
    • manufactures
    • retail trade
    • economics and
      • philsophy
      • agriculture
      • environmental
      • infrastructure
      • liquidity
      • capital market
      • methodology
      • psychological aspects
      • forecasting
      • literature
      • history
      • religious aspects
      • statistics
    • economists
    • international economic relations
    • entrepreneurship
    • business management
    • industrial management
    • corporations
    • consolidation and merger of corporations
  • Use the Quick Search option and enter economic?, entrepreneurship or corporations in the search box and select Any Word Anywhere as the search.
  • Use the Advance Search option and search "business management" or "international economic relations" as phrases.
  • If you are having trouble finding material on your topic, try searching I-Share (through WestCat ), a database of the catalogs of over 70 Illinois libraries or WorldCat , a database of library catalogs from all over the world.
  • Any book you find which we don't have may be requested through Interlibrary Loan. Allow a week to 10 days.


Statistics and Reports
GAO Reports
These reports from the Government Accountability Office cover all sorts of angles related to their topics.
Economic Census (2012, 2007, 2005), 1997, 1992
Look here for the latest comprehensive economic data, reports are now available for all geographic areas and all sectors.
Bureau of Economic Analysis
This agency compiles statistics for the Department of Commerce. The information includes personal income and employment, gross domestic product by state, consumer spending, and corporate profits.
County Business Patterns
Employment, wage, and establishment data for both states and counties is presented here. Find the latest reports back to 1998 along with Zip Code Business Patterns and Metro Business Patterns.
Economic Indicators (104th Congress - 1995 forward)
Printed for the use of the Joint Economic Committee, this monthly report has statistics on GDP, federal finance, personal consumption, investment, etc., for April 1995 forward.
Economic Report of the President
This annual report contains tables of economic statistics on GDP, GNP, employment/unemployment, federal budget info, and business statistics.
National Income & Products Accounts, 1930 forward
This site provides interactive access to tables of national product & income; personal income & outlays; government receipts & expenditures; foreign transactions; income, employment, and product by industry; saving and investment; and quantity and price indexes.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
This site has loads of occupational information including outlooks for specific occupations and sources for career information.
Bureau of Labor Statistics Data Page
This page provides the most requested statistics, allows one to customize data, and more. For more specific information about both the Consumer Price Index and Producer Price Index, scroll down the page.
North American Industrial Classification System
This system is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.
Survey of Current Business
The perennial favorite for timely economic data goes online. Sometimes requires Adobe Acrobat.
Agricultural Statistics
This site can be used to access statistics on agriculture production, supplies, consumption, facilities, cost, and returns.
World Fact Book
Cursory economic data for foreign countries including GDP, unemployment, imports/exports, budget, etc.
Illinois Standard Industrial Classification Code Reporting
Illinois sales tax reporting by kind of business - not by SIC code as stated. Info available from 1994 for municipalities and counties.
Gross State Product
This site provides access to state data for information such as wage and salary disbursements by industry, personal income by major source and earnings by industry.

Websites for Businesses

IRS Small Business Tax Guide
This website is geared toward new businesses, offering information on how to start a business, tax assistance, hiring employees, employer identification numbers, and much more.
Small Business Administration Website
This website includes information on starting, expanding, or financing a business. Included is online instruction on business plans, raising capital for your business, and building your business.
Employment and Training Administration
Find here tips on locating qualified employees and government programs to enhance workforce development.
SSA Services for Employers and Businesses
Information and resources for employers. All you need to know about Social Security and wage reporting; includes forms and publications.
IRS's Tax Info for Business
Info on starting and operating a small business as well as insights into employee retirement accounts. Included also is a listing of business oriented tax publications and forms.
Minority Business Development Agency
View information on Federal programs to encourage minority business ownership.
US Patent and Trademark Office
Need to patent your invention? or find out if someone else owns a patent on it already? or maybe you need to register your trademark? You can start your research here and even download forms and find info on patent and trademark fees.
All you need to know about exporting, including federal regulations and licensing requirements.
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
All the info you need to start or expand a business in Illinois, including financial assistance, permits & licenses, community profiles, training/locating workers; more.