Business Administration

Finding Company Information

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?

Search the Web

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.

  • This factual data is usually reliable and up-to-date because companies want to share accurate information with shareholders and customers.
  • The interpretation of the facts will generally be presented in a favourable light, however.

Also look under "Websites" on this guide for useful websites.

Databases for Company Information

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. 

  • In this case I selected "Research in Motion".
  • I could also click "Company Profiles" to see if there's a profile available on this company.

Screen capture:

screen shot of the search screen

Select Documents

When I click on "Research in Motion", the company information page is displayed.

  • Click on the headings on the page to release further information.
  • Click on an option in the "Related Information" menu on the left side of the screen to see specific types of documents.  Choose SWOT analyses, industry profiles, market research reports or product reviews as well as articles from academic journals, trade publications, newspapers or magazines.

Screen capture:

Screen shot of the company page.


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.




LexisNexis® Academic- Dossier

Company Dossier on LexisNexis Academic
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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.

  • Use the options in the left menu to get specific information, such as: news, executives, brands, competitors, financials, and legal information.
  • There's also an option at the bottom of the left menu to create a "Custom Report" (in .pdf) where you can specify what information is included.  This takes a couple of minutes to compile.

Here's a screenshot of what you'll see when you search LexisNexis.

Screenshot of LexisNexis company search results.



Use the "Company" search to search for company information with options to limit.

  • To do this, you must be searching ONLY the CBCA database, not a combination of databases.  Because this option is not available for other ProQuest databases.
  • Under "More search options", enter the name of the company in the "Company/organization"search box.
  • You can click on "Look up Companies/organizations" if you want help finding the correct name.
  • Click "Search".

Here's a screen capture of the search screen:

screen capture of a company search in the ProQuest CBCA database



Your initial results screen shows everything it finds about that company. 

  • Use the limiters in the left menu to reduce the results according to your need. Options include source type, date, publication title, subject, location, person, and claddification.
  • Or, you can search within the results you have.

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.

  • "Full text" takes you directly to the full text available through another ProQuest database - that's usually the quickest.
  • "Getit! Trent" takes you to our database of full text journals and links you to documents that ProQuest doesn't know we have.  It's a few extra steps, but it finds more.

See the screen shot of the top of the results screen:

screen capture of the results screen in CBCA

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.

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