Answered By: Matt LaBrake
Last Updated: May 01, 2018     Views: 226

Company information can be found in many databases including Mergent Online, Business Insights: Essentials, ProQuest ABI/INFORM Complete, Plunkett’s Research Online, and LexisNexis Academic.

To access our databases: Click the Library tab in Blackboard – click the “research/explore” dropdown menu – select “databases.” You can filter by Subject from the "All Subjects" dropdown menu, or by selecting the letter of the database.

NOTE: It is easier to find information about public companies (those that sell stock to shareholders) than about private companies (those that are privately owned by an individual or a group).  Public companies in the United States are required by law to file documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  These include the 10K (annual) and 10Q (quarterly) reports.  In addition, public companies issue an annual report to shareholders. When looking for information about a company, consider information from the company itself (e.g., the company website, SEC filings, press releases, etc.) as well as information about the company written by others (e.g., newspaper articles, analyst reports, articles by professors, etc.)


Breakdown of information by database:

Mergent Online: Provides company profiles with detailed financial statements, annual reports, joint ventures, graphs and charts and stock information.

Business Insights Essentials: Provides company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies and periodicals. Find detailed company and industry news and information.

ProQuest ABI/INFORM Complete: Journals/article search

Plunkett’s Research Online: Industry analysis, statistical data, trends and in-depth analysis of top companies.

LexisNexis Academic: Business section for company profiles, SWOTs, SEC filings and financial reports.


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