Thursday, January 25, 2007

Resources for Researching Corporations

Many companies have their own websites with a variety of information available.

There are a variety of business resources available for free online. Most of these only cover larger businesses.

These include

Google Finance
Hoovers
Yahoo Finance


These business resources provide full profiles, especially for publicly held businesses. The information available usually includes insider trading information, annual sales, profit margins and ratios and a description of a business.

Manta provides basic company information on more than 45 million companies, and has a great deal more information on privately held firms.

SEC Info provides free online access to documents on publicly held companies. Sometimes privately held companies are also mentioned in SEC Documents, so it is always worth checking.

Many small businesses are listed in ReferenceUSA, which is available through most libraries. Other good library sources include Lexis/Nexis for Academic Libraries, Dun and Bradstreet, General Business File ASAP, Business Source Premier and Mergent Online.

Local newspapers, including the Business Journals Online often have information that you can't find anywhere else.

A full list of resources available at the Multnomah County Library can be found here. This list also contains links to other outside organizations. Most libraries now have these sorts of resources on their websites.