Encyclopedia of Business Information Sources (EBIS)

As the information needs of business managers and information professionals continue to increase, timely and convenient access becomes more valuable. The Encyclopedia of Business Information Sources (EBIS) is designed to assist these individuals in locating material relevant to today's rapidly-changing business environment by identifying live, print and electronic sources of information for more than 1,100 business, financial, and industrial subjects. Whether you're looking for a quick survey of publications and organizations relating to a particular topic or trying to find a reference to a specific source that will provide a single fact or statistic, you'll discover that EBIS, as a part of Gale Directory Library, is a comprehsensive, invaluable resource.

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Section 1: Scope

Encyclopedia of Business Information Sources (EBIS) provides details on the resources available for hundreds of industries and business topics, such as:

Each entry covers a single resource -- be an association, dictionary, online database, pricing information, or one of many other types of resources.

As an eDirectory, you can easily search the tens of thousands of resources profiled in EBIS. You could do a keyword search on an industry or business-related topic, such as business research; clothing industry; competitive intelligence; electronic publishing; European consumer market; foreign investments; international marketing; multinational corporations; recycling; rental services; technology; wages and salaries; and hundreds more. Or you can search directly for a type of resource, such as Trade/Professional Associations. Or a combination of searchable fields can be used for a highly targeted search (refer to the table of fields in Section 3).

Entries list address and phone number and provide e-mail and website addresses, along with a description of the resource and a list of subjects covered. Certain kinds of resources also list additional applicable information, such as SIC or cost.

Section 2: Method of Compilation

Extensive updates are made for each new edition of EBIS. Information is verified through reliable sources and independent research of the editorial staff. Current editions of Gale’s Encyclopedia of Associations and Research Centers Directory are also consulted to update nonprint sources in the categories of "Trade Associations and Professional Societies" and "Research Centers and Institutes."

Standard business or economic compilations, such as the annual Economic Report of the President and Risk Management Association’s Annual Statement Studies, are carefully examined and entered under topics for which these publications contain significant data.

With each new edition of EBIS, out-of-print and discontinued items are deleted, although a few titles considered to be unique or of particular interest are retained. Should it be desirable to consult these works, they may be available at local libraries.

New material is collected in various ways. These include examining publishers’ catalogs or brochures, reviewing material in business libraries, scanning lists of recommended titles, and discussing publications with business librarians. Publishers’ Internet Web pages have also been useful.

Section 3: What You'll Find in an EBIS Entry and Searchable Fields

Encyclopedia of Business Information Sources (EBIS) contains lists of various information resources. The main method used to store entries is by name/title of the resource; however, there many ways to find entries, including by Keyword, or by some other specific field of data using Advanced Search (refer to the Corresponding Advanced Search Index(es) column in the table below).

When you search for entries, your search results will show the main fields of data, enough to give you a brief view of the business subject profiled and its related resources. The full entry can be viewed on the entry display page by selecting the entry name from your results list.

Tip: The table below lists the kinds of information you will find in the entries in this eDirectory. Note that not all fields are present in every entry.

The Corresponding Advanced Search Index(es) column lists which Advanced Search index to use to search that field.

Field of Information Description Corresponding Advanced Search Index(es)
Entity Name The name or title of the resource. May be the name of an organization, a print publication, an electronic resource, etc. Name (ti)
Product/Publication Title (pt)
Keyword (ke)
Producer Name For those listings where the Name at the top of the entry is not an organization, but a publication, an electronic resource, etc., then the primary organization or individual responsible for gathering or organizing the information in the resource appears above the address in an unlabelled field. Organization Name (on)
Address, City, State/Province, Zip/Postal Code, Country Contains the street address, city, state (or province), full zip code, and country code. City (cc)
State (sc)
Zip (zc)
Country (cn)
Phone Telephone number. The area code portion of the phone number can be searched using Advanced Search. Area Code (ar)
Free Toll-free telephone number.  
Fax Fax number.  
E-mail The e-mail address associated with the resource.  
Website URL for the web site associated with the resource.  
Resource Type The categories of business information sources covered include:

  • General Works
  • Abstracts and Indexing Services
  • Almanacs and Yearbooks
  • Bibliographies
  • Biographical Sources
  • CD-ROM Databases
  • Directories
  • Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
  • Financial Ratios
  • Handbooks and Manuals
  • Internet Databases
  • Online Databases
  • Periodicals and Newsletters
  • Price Sources
  • Research Centers and Institutes
  • Statistics Sources
  • Trade/Professional Associations
  • Other Sources

Note that you can use wildcards when searching for a particular resource type, such as enc* to find resources in the category of "Encyclopedias and Dictionaries".

Resource Type (rt)
Description Provides a brief description of the organization, publication, electronic resource, or other type of resource. Entries for publications and online databases provide frequency or year of publication, and price. Entries of type "Internet Databases" provide cost (most are free). Description (de)
Keyword (ke)
Subject(s) Lists subject matter terms associated with the resource. Subject Category (sy)
SIC Lists the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes, which are a way of dividing industries into hierarchical categories. The first digit indicates the highest-level, broad division code; the second digit designates the major group; the third digit specifies the industry group; and the fourth the specific industry. For example, in the SIC code 2047, the 2 refers to Manufacturing, the 0 corresponds to Food And Kindred Products, the 4 represents Grain Mill Products, and the 7 specifically designates Dog and Cat Food manufacturers. SIC (ss)
Keyword (ke)
Source Citation Bibliographic information, along with a How to Cite link.  
Gale Document Number Displays the document's unique identifying number.  

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