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Financial Ratios Library Guide: Reference

Financial Ratios: Reference Sources

The sources listed below, located in Research Services, are useful sources for financial ratio research. They contain the financial ratios calculated for various companies and industries. If you have questions about what the ratios mean, check the introduction to each volume to find a description of the different ratios and how they are calculated.

Reference materials are shelved alphabetically by call number in Research Services. Ready Reference materials are held at the Reference Desk. Reference materials are for in-library use only.

To find an SIC or NAICS industry code, use these websites:

NAICS: North American Industrial Classification System

 • SIC: Standard Industrial Classification


Industry Norms & Key Business Ratios: Statistics on Over 800 Lines of Business
READY REF HF5681 .R25 I53
Dun & Bradstreet. Calculation of the Industry Norms; Calculation of Key Business Ratios; Industry Norms for Financial Analysis; and Applications by Functional Areas. Includes over 800 different lines of business as defined by the U.S. SIC code numbers.
>>Previous issues (from 1982/1983) can be found in the Reference Room REF HF5681 .R25 I53.


RMA Annual Statement Studies: Financial Ratio Benchmarks
READY REF HF5681 .B2 R6 (Current Edition at Reference Desk – ID Required)
Risk Management Association. Industry standard for comparison financial data. Features data for over 710 industries derived directly from more than 190,000 statements of financial institutions’ borrowers and prospects.
>>Previous issues (from 1974) are in Maag Stacks (In-Library Use Only) HF5681 .B2 R6 (Floor 3A)
>>To lookup an industry code, please refer to the NAICS website


Dictionary of Financial Formulas and Ratios REF HG151 .M24 2008
The book is organized by topics (such as liquidity, profitability or inventory ratios). Each chapter discusses the topic’s formulas and ratios, how they are calculated and how they can be used in corporate management.
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Handbook of Business and Financial Ratios REF HF5681 .R25 T97 1986
Presents numerous ratios that represent useful and important guidelines in assessing, interpreting, and planning financial data to meet the objectives of managing a business more effectively. Complete with 50 models that illustrate how ratios are used for analysis and comparison by period, data element, account description, item variance by management.