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1 Competitive Intelligence (CI) Resources: Staying One Step Ahead in Your Research Sabrina I. Pacifici, Law Librarian Founder, Editor, Publisher beSpacific – Accurate, focused law and technology news, updated each weekday

2 Sabrina I. Pacifici, & What is Competitive Intelligence Research? Competitors, clients, potential clients, markets, consumer sectors, industries, individuals, products and services, nations and regions: all can be the focus of competitive intelligence research. CI research can be complex –Topic(s) may be targeted or broad; often time sensitive –requiring attention to detail, innovative research strategies, knowledge of, and access to, a wide range of resources –often requires locating public records, legal and/or technical documents

3 Sabrina I. Pacifici, & What Does Competitive Intelligence Involve? Competitive intelligence is a dynamic process that involves: –identifying and evaluating sources for your research (fee-based and free) –establishing subscriptions/licensing agreements for access to relevant data sources and incorporating these services into your portal/intranet/KM system –flexible query creation, modification and application –locating, acquiring, analyzing, filtering and compiling data into appropriate formats for delivery to users ( , PPT, websites, blogs) –creating a methodology to implement these tools that is customized to facilitate the process of conducting research that meets the specifications of your user group(s) –regularly monitoring new sources for possible addition to your CI repository, and deleting those sources which are no longer relevant, applicable, or available.

4 Sabrina I. Pacifici, & Categories of Selected Web CI Resources Search engines and indexes to locate corporate web sites, which are a direct and content-rich sources of CI data Business info web directories, databases, portals and pathfinders News aggregators and blogs Online people trackers E-Newsletters, online newspapers, journals & news sources Bibliographies, guides, journals & books Commercial court docketing services Screen shots of some online subscription databases and files mentioned in this presentation

5 Sabrina I. Pacifici, & Search Engines for General Access to a Range of Corporate Data on the Web AllTheWeb ( - search specifically for Web pages, news, pictures, videos, MP3 files, FTP files. AltaVista ( - query builder, related terms feature, full-text news sources. Google ( - search for company name, stock quotes (stocks:dell); use advanced search ( to narrow search parameters. Google News ( - includes press releases Google News Alerts ( –Also see Fagan Finder - ( InfoSeek ( Profusion Business Profiles ( - web sites grouped by category to speed topical/targeted research (associations, patents, publications, news, company profiles, marketing, etc.). Teoma ( - offers suggestions to narrow your search.

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8 Sabrina I. Pacifici, & Profusion: Company Profiles -

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11 Sabrina I. Pacifici, & Selected Business Info Websites Business Wire – ( CAROL - Company Annual Reports On-Line for the United Kingdom ( ChoicePoint Online ( CNN Money, company research ( CNN Money, Industry Watch ( Corporate Library Companies & CEOs (, free and fee Dun & Bradstreet (, subscription reqd –Try ZapData (, which allows you to build SIC code industry reports in real-time using up-to-date D&B business data.

12 Sabrina I. Pacifici, & Selected Business Info Websites cont – country intelligence ( Factiva (, news and business info, subscription reqd Fortune Company Profiles ( - much of this data now requires subscription Forbes 500s ( - Largest corporations by sales, profits, assets and market value.

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14 Sabrina I. Pacifici, & Selected Business Info Websites cont Hoover's Online ( - Browse reports by industry sector, by selected topics, reports by report type. Some data requires subscription. Public Records (, free and fee. LIVEDGAR (, subscription reqd MSN Money - (, subscription reqd MultextInvestor ( - Headlines, company information, analyst research, industry watch. Some data requires subscription.

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16 Sabrina I. Pacifici, & Selected Business Info Websites cont OneSource Online Business Information – ( SEC Info ( - Search data from the SEC Edgar system and CSA SEDAR system, by name, industry, business, SIC code, area code, topic, zip code, CIK, accession number, file number, date. Standard & Poors (, subscription reqd Thomas Register (, subscription reqd

17 Sabrina I. Pacifici, & Selected Online People Trackers Accurint (, fee-based ChoicePoint Online (, subscription/fee reqd Dun & Bradstreet (, subscription reqd Edgar Online People ( People Tracker ( Lycos WhoWhere ( Search Systems (, over 16,000 free searchable public records databases from across the country. Some databases are fee-based. Googling a person: enter an individuals name, John Doe –Note: Google is a trademark identifying the search technology and services of Google Technologies Inc.

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19 Sabrina I. Pacifici, & News Aggregators, RSS Feeds Selected News Aggregators Dmoz open directory project: links to updated resources on news aggregators and RSS (Web content syndication format) Aggie - AmphetaDesk - Newsbooster - NewzCrawler - NewsGator (runs in Microsoft Outlook) - NewsMonster - RocketNews - Selected RSS Feeds BBC - Computerworld News - Word of the Day – New York Times - Recent Decisions of the Supreme Court US - White House - Yahoo -

20 Sabrina I. Pacifici, & News Aggregators and Marketing Resources Radio UserLand - RocketInfo Desktop - Syndirella - Newsisfree - This site collects headlines from over 6,500 websites and blogs around the world – Industry-based marketing resources: (free and fee-based) – newsletters, alerts –ezines –websites –print newsletters –journals

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23 Sabrina I. Pacifici, & E-Newsletters, Online Newspapers,Journals & News Sources Biz Journals ( Bloomberg (http// CNN Money ( CompetiaNews – free monthly e-newsletter filled with news briefs regarding developments in the Competitive Intelligence industry, Competia links to articles on Competitive Intelligence – Financial Times ( Forbes ( Fortune ( Investors Business Daily (

24 Sabrina I. Pacifici, & E-Newsletters, Online Newspapers,Journals & News Sources, cont Moreover - full list of available news categories ( (, subscription reqd Inside Business ( Wall Street Journal (, subscription reqd –also consider the Journals Afternoon Report, delivered 2x daily by , to registered subscribers: users may choose content/topics Yahoo! Finance ( Yahoo! Financial News (

25 Sabrina I. Pacifici, & Web Directories/Portals American Society of Association Executives Gateway to Associations Online (over 6,500 associations) – CEOExpress ( - Links to dozens of reliable, business related resources. CI Resource Index ( - Over 1,800 links to corporate & association data, books, newsletters, journals, seminars and more. Fuld & Company, Internet Intelligence Index ( - Links to over 600 intelligence- related sites. Portal to International Business Resources

26 Sabrina I. Pacifici, & Web Directories/Portals cont Wall Street Executive Library ( - Directory of over 1,450 sources that includes: national/international news; company & industry, government, marketing & advertising, statistics and economic research. Yahoo ( –Pick and choose carefully from amongst this long list of sites that includes vendors, consultants, white papers, articles, and research tools.

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28 Sabrina I. Pacifici, & PathFinders Rutgers University Libraries: Company Research Pathfinder – s/busi/company.shtml or s/busi/company.shtml – Rutgers University Libraries: Resources for International Business – s/busi/intbus.shtml or s/busi/intbus.shtml – CI Pathfinder for Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Industries, html or html

29 Sabrina I. Pacifici, & Web Databases State Business Filings Databases – includes links to fee and free sites – Catalog of searchable IP databases maintained by government, academic and institutional sites, as well as commercial sites –

30 Sabrina I. Pacifici, & Selected Bibliographies, Guides & Books Better – Significant source of links to CI literature - Business Information Searcher ( Competitive Intelligence Magazine ( Competitive Intelligence Resource Guide – More than one dozen recommended titles from the public and private sector ( Helicons Articles and Book Reviews on CI and Related Topics ( Business Statistics on the Web: Find Them Fast - At Little or No Cost, by Paula Berinstein, Charles Cotton Super Searchers on Competitive Intelligence, The Online and Offline Secrets of Top CI Researchers, by Margaret Melcalf Carr

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32 Sabrina I. Pacifici, & LexisNexis CourtLink –

33 Sabrina I. Pacifici, & LexisNexis Multext – Search for Bob Evans Farms

34 Sabrina I. Pacifici, & LexisNexis Multext Search Result for Bob Evans Farms

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36 Sabrina I. Pacifici, & Dialog – Investext PDF, File

37 Sabrina I. Pacifici, & Westlaw Company Information –

38 Sabrina I. Pacifici, & Legal News on Microsoft Presspass, ( Copyright © 2003 Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, Washington U.S.A. All rights reserved.

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