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Business Research

Introduction to Business Resources

Library Databases with Company Information

You can find company information in a number of the library's business databases, a few best bets are linked above. It's helpful to know your company's ticker symbol (an abbreviation used to identify publicly traded shares of a particular stock on a stock market) before you begin searching. 

A few things to know:

  • Mergent Online & Intellect are comprehensive databases for business information. Mergent Online has loads of financial information and reports, see the video at the bottom of this page for hints on searching for company information in Mergent Online. Mergent Intellect is easy to search and offers content powered by the same Dun & Bradstreet® data found in Hoover's.
  • Business Source Premier also allows for easy searching - click the Company Profiles link from the top menu. You will be taken to MarketLine, a company profile database within Business Source Premier.

  • ABI/Inform Complete is another business database that contains company information and allows you to search company reports. From the top menu, click Browse, then ProQuest Annual Reports Collection.


Finding Company Information on the Web

EDGAR Company Filings Database: performs automated collection, validation, indexing, acceptance, and forwarding of submissions by companies and others who are required by law to file forms with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

Thomas Register of Manufacturers (Thomas Publishing Company): search across 607,000 manufacturers across the U.S. and Canada. A good resource for business-to-business information needs. Also provides a means to trace a brand name back to its manufacturer.

Fortune's Global 500: an annual ranking of the top 500 corporations worldwide as measured by revenue

WATCH: Find Essential Company Information Quickly in Mergent Online

-a video tutorial by Chad Boeninger, Business Librarian at Ohio University Libraries