Database of the Month: D&B Hoovers

D&B Hoovers is a robust source of information about U.S. and international companies and industries and their executives and employees. Primarily marketed in the business sector as a sales prospecting database for its excellent list-building and filtering features, academic users and others can also conduct company and industry research, find news, and read reports related to forecasting and trends.

Sales Prospects and Management

Managing current sales accounts and finding new leads is easy with the depth of business intelligence that D&B Hoovers provides. Browse all news items and “triggers” related to specific types of events for clients and prospects, or assemble lists of companies and contacts. Research industries and read analysts’ reports to learn about forecasts and trends. Compile and “pin” lists and reports for easy temporary access, and download reports in CSV format to your computer for later use. *Please note: Pinned items are only saved to the desktop for the length of your session. Sessions are subject to a 30-minute timeout once idle.

Company and Industry Research

D&B Hoovers is ideal for users who need in-depth business information for business research, papers and projects, or investment decisions. Look here for the following:

  • Company and industry profiles
  • Company news
  • “Triggers”: events such as product launches and lawsuits
  • Employee contact information
  • Analysts’ reports
  • Market research reports
  • SEC filings
  • SWOT analyses

Global Search Box: Quick Search

Use the box at the top of the page to choose a search index and enter a quick search (company name, industry type, and others). Once you have a list of results, click the desired company title link to view pre-composed summary information, financials, analyst reports, and more. Build a customized report of these elements by clicking the OneStop link to choose elements from the gray box shown below; the database will compile the results and deliver a PDF document to your desktop.

Search and Build: Use Filters to Customize

Start with the Search & Build a List tab to assemble your own detailed lists of companies, industries, contacts and more, using over 175 search filters to build a list that precisely meets your needs. As you add or remove filters, the results list updates automatically. The search below shows companies in the film industry that are headquartered in California, that also appear in a News search with the word “animation.” Click the Download button to send an Excel or CSV file to your desktop.

Get Help/Support

Click the question mark icon in the upper right corner of the home page and check the Page Help section to find short video tutorials and other support materials. Consult the Getting Started Guide and/or the full D&B Hoovers User Guide to learn about even more functionality. Bentley librarians are also available to assist you; see our Bentley Library Research Help page for details.

Connect to the Database

Please visit our Databases A-Z page and click D&B Hoovers to begin your search. This database can also be viewed within the Analyst Opinion, Company Research, Industry Research, and International Business subject lists on the A-Z page.

Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to useful library databases, highlighting key features you should know about. If you would like more information about this resource (or any of the library’s databases), please contact us for research assistance. If you would like a demonstration of these resources for a class, please schedule a research instruction class using the instruction request form.

Database of the Month: LexisNexis Academic

LexisNexis Academic is for those who wish to research law, business and news topics. Users will find rich full-text content including:

  • Regional, national, and international publications and wire services
  • State and federal court cases, constitutions, statutes, and administrative codes
  • Law review articles
  • Company profile and dossier information
  • Country profiles, risk information, and news
  • Biographical and news information on public figures.



Starting Your Search

LexisNexis offers both basic and advanced searching via the highlighted search box. Search keys include date, source/publication type, proprietary index terms, and content type. Users can also use Boolean terms and limiters to tailor and refine a search. Users can also view a list of custom search environments by clicking the box titled Search by Subject or Topic.


Lexis also offers three custom search widgets, representing the most common search types: news and current events, state and federal cases and court decisions, and company information.


Search the News

Extensive local, national and international news sources can be accessed by using the Search the News box. Search by keyword, source type, or publication title to view articles from more than 3,000 newspapers, uploaded on the day of publication. Lexis also contains radio and television news transcripts, political press briefings, blogs and websites, wire feeds, and magazines. Non-English language sources include documents in Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Look Up a Legal Case

Search for court decisions using a citation number, names of plaintiffs and/or defendants, or by topical keyword. Cases from the US federal court system and all 50 states are included. Users can access federal laws and regulations, and the statutes, administrative codes, and constitutions for every state. The database also includes legal research materials such as newspapers, magazines and newsletters, and law review articles from over 800 journals.

Get Company Info

This search enables users to retrieve company information by entering company name or NYSE ticker symbol. The wide range of legal, financial, executive, biographical, and SEC filings information can be selected and printed in a custom report.

Save Your Searches

Documents can be printed, downloaded, sent to Dropbox and Google Drive, or emailed for later use. In addition, Lexis provides permanent links for bookmarking, copy-and-paste citations, and citation export to RefWorks or other bibliographic management software.

Get Database Help

Visit the Academic Knowledge Center page to read and follow step-by-step instructions for popular searches. LexisNexis also provides video tutorials via its YouTube channel.

Connect to the Database

Please visit LexisNexis Academic to begin your search. You may also view a complete listing of the Bentley Library’s databases.


Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to a useful website or Library database, highlighting key features you should know about. If you would like more information about this resource (or any of the library’s databases), please contact us for research assistance. If you would like a demonstration of this resource for a class, please schedule a research instruction class using the instruction request form.

Database of the Month – Uniworld Online

Uniworld Online is an online business directory that began as two print directories: American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries and Foreign Firms Operating in the United States. It provides information on headquarters, subsidiaries, and branches (including retail locations) of multinational firms that have offices in more than one country.

Both public aUniworldnd private companies are included.

Users often turn to Uniworld to locate corporate hierarchy and/or contact information, develop a list of desired companies for job-seeking purposes, generate sales leads, and to find out the location of a company’s worldwide offices.

Search Keys

The search interface is straightforward, with clearly labeled search boxes. Ways of searching include:

  • Keyword
  • Type of company: public or private
  • Hierarchy status: parent, domestic subsidiary or international subsidiary
  • Country: Domestic or international location of headquarters
  • Industry code: NAICS code from 2 to 6 digits
  • Zip/postal code: exact domestic/international code or within a specified radius
  • Other geography: states/provinces within international countries
  • Other business elements: Revenue or number of employees

Search Results

Directory information for American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.
Directory information for American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.

In addition to standard directory information such as address, website, email and telephone numbers, each company entry includes relevant NAICS codes (useful if you’re conducting company or industry research) and, in the case of retailers, information about local branches (listed as subsidiaries).

Save Searches

Uniworld allows you to save searches using the “My Account” feature. Bentley provides a common user account to which searches can be saved, and searches stay in the account until the user deletes them.

Database Help

Uniworld provides a user guide that walks you through using the database. Report samples of Web, PDF and Excel files are also available for viewing.

Connect to this Database

Please visit the Uniworld Online page to start your research. Please note that this resource is available for on-campus users only.


Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to a database available from the Library’s website, highlighting key features of the database that you should know about. If you would like more information about this database (or any of the library’s databases), please contact us for research assistance. If you would like a demonstration of this database for a class, please schedule a research instruction class using this form.