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How to find U.S. Company Information - Subject Guide
One of the best places to begin researching is a company’s web site. A typical company web page may include contact information, financial information, press releases, financial reports and employment information.
Company directories provide information ranging from minimal (contact information) to more detailed profiles (number of employees, line of business, officers, sales, subsidiaries, etc.). The company directories listed below include web resources, databases, and print directories. Remember, no directory is comprehensive, so you may need to consult several to find the company and information you need.
ReferenceUSA available in all branches and online (requires library barcode) - Directory information on more than 11 million U.S. companies. Search by name, location and/or industry. Details include # of employees, sales, credit rating, contact person and yellow page/SIC category.
Business Source Elite from EbscoHost available in all branches and online (requires library barcode) – Use the Company Profiles tab for detailed company reports from Datamonitor, a business information company specializing in industry analysis.
All sources located at the Voorhees location unless otherwise noted.
Thomas Register of American Manufacturers
Newspaper, periodical articles and press releases can be a good source of current information about a company. Articles and press releases are often the best way to locate information about private companies.
Business Source Elite from EbscoHost available in all branches and online (requires library barcode) - Full text magazine articles from business periodicals. Provides full text for over 1040 journals covering business, management, economics, finance, banking, accounting, and much more.
Regional Business News from EbscoHost - Incorporates 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.
Financial reports, such as annual reports or disclosure statements, provide extensive financial information. The company’s web site is a good source for this sort of information. Financial reports are usually available only for public companies. Private or closely held companies are not required to file financial information with the SEC. Information about subsidiaries will be found under the parent company’s name. To find out more about parent companies and subsidiaries see the Directory of Corporate Affiliations (available at the Reference Desk).
Value Line (If you are inside the library, use this link.) The Value Line Research Center includes on-line access to leading publications covering stocks, mutual funds, options and convertible securities as well as special situation stocks.
American Stock Exchange
NASDAQ Stock Exchange
New York Stock Exchange