Q. How do I locate information about companies, including financial information?
Library databases and internet sources provide a wealth of data including company profiles, financial data, balance sheets, income statements, and financial ratios.
The following Library databases will assist with finding company information:
EBSCOHost Business Source Complete– Select “Company Information” tab at the top of the screen.
Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis) – To access Company Dossiers click Business under Discover Topics in the lower part of the home page. Then search for your company. On the company's overview page, go to Financials on the left-hand column and then select SEC Filings.
You may also search for SEC filings using the Advanced Search page. Choose SEC Filings from the dropdown. In the old LexisNexis, you could click a box for any or all of the SEC filings such as Annual Reports, Proxy Statements, or various forms; in the new Nexis Uni, you must type in the form type in the box under Document Segments/Fields.
Mergent Online - Detailed financial records for companies include up to 15 years of historical data. To locate annual reports, first locate your company. On the company details page, click the “Reports” tab for SEC documents, including 10ks, 8ks, etc.
ReferenceUSA – U.S. Businesses database includes over 24 million businesses. Use Custom Search to locate businesses by various criteria, such as business type (industry codes), geography, business size, etc.
Open Access Websites:
The Street (open access) – Includes financial news, commentary, analysis, ratings, and business and investment content.
Yahoo Finance (open access) - Free stock quotes, financial news, portfolio management resources, international market data, and mortgage rates.
For additional instruction on using the business Library databases, please see our Learn the Library - Business Workshop, available on the Learn the Library Business & Technology Management page. You may also visit the Quick Tutorials Videos page for brief instructional videos.
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