Company information can sometimes be found on public websites using a search engine like Google. The Library also subscribes to databases that provide company information. Listed here are some options.
Always keep bias in mind. Who's providing this information and what's their objective?
Most companies post information about themselves on their website. Use your favourite search engine to find a company website.
When you find their website, look for a link to information "About the company". Since most sites are designed to sell something, look past that. The link may be small or hidden.
Annual reports, data, contact information, and company histories are examples of factual information you may find.
Also look under "Websites" on this guide for useful websites.
This database provides company profiles, including SWOT analysis, industry profiles, and market research reports. You can also find articles in journals, newspapers and trade publications.
Start by searching for your company by name, then use the options on the screen to limit to the type of information you wish to see.
Start by searching the entire database for your company by name. In this case, I looked for "Blackberry". On the right side of the results screen, there are related companies listed.
When I click on "Research in Motion", the company information page is displayed.
Use this search widget to find a "Company Dossier". Enter the company name and click "Search".
If you're not on campus, login here before using the widget.
The first screen you get from your search is a "Report", which is a brief overview about the company, it's classification codes, stock quotes, charts, and description.
Here's a screenshot of what you'll see when you search LexisNexis.
Use the "Company" search to search for company information with options to limit.
Here's a screen capture of the search screen:
Your initial results screen shows everything it finds about that company.
Click on the title of an item to see more information, or select one of the full text options to get straight to the text.
See the screen shot of the top of the results screen:
The article "How to Use Canada's CEDAR", by Justin Kuepper is a helpful introduction to using SEDAR.
The SEC's EDGAR database provides free public access to corporate information, allowing you to quickly research a company’s financial information and operations by reviewing registration statements, prospectuses and periodic reports filed on Forms 10-K and 10-Q. You also can find information about recent corporate events reported on Form 8-K but that a company does not have to disclose to investors.
See the guide: Researching Public Companies Through EDGAR: A Guide for Investors for more information.
This company creates research reports, Some of which can be downloaded for free if you create an account for yourself.
Trent does not have a subscription to restricted material.