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Company Research

This guide is a collection of resources that will help you with your company research. You can look for ready made profiles or you can compile information from a variety of sources to get a clear picture of your potential competitors, clients or partners.

Key resources for company profiles

Company profiles can be found in the following databases in our library collection. Below you will also find some strategies you can use to easily find profiles in our databases. 

  • icon of a building Users listed next to this icon have access on campus. (This will often say ALL indicating all users have access on campus. There are a few exceptions.) 
  • icon of a house Users listed next to this icon have access off campus.

ABI/Inform Collection

Search tips:

  • Search by company name in the Company/organization field – filter by document type form the menu on the left.

Business Market Research Collection

Search tips:

  • Search by company name in the Company/organization field + select Company profile from Document type to get D&B Hoover’s Company records profiles.

Business Source Premier

Search tips:

  • To search for MarketLine company profiles or SWOT reports, search for Company name and filter by publisher name from the menu on the left (the name of the field is Publisher). 
  • Another option is to click on Company profiles all the way at the top and look for company profiles by name.

Gale Business: Insights

Search tips:

  • Look for company profiles by typing in the name or ticker. The profile will display several active filters in the Available Company Data on the right side of the page. You can also click on the name in the results to access company profile, company articles by type for news, market share, related market research reports, etc. 
  • From Browse continue to Financial reports and do a ticker or name search - research company fundamentals including balance sheets and cash flow, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings. 
  • From Browse continue to Investment reports and do a ticker or name search - find stock valuation reports, forecasts, risk assessments, financial snapshots for publicly traded U.S. companies.

Mergent Online

Nexis Uni

Search tips:

  • Menu – Company dossier – search by name – choose Company information – Additional company reports
  • For D&B company reports, go to Discover topics – Business – Featured publications -- click on the three dots – Get documents.

ProQuest One Academic

Search tips:

  • Type company name or ticker in the search box, then select Reports from the Source Type box below.
  • Please note that using the company name will give you more results, some of which are likely less relevant. Plunkett reports are the most useful.

Value Line

Search tips:

  • Type company name or ticker in the Quote box at the top of the page. This will lead to company profiles that include 3-5 year projections, valuation, ratings and other information for both companies and the industries they belong to.
  • View Value Line one-page reports for individual companies and their industries at the bottom of the page, on the right side of the page.

Business search engine

Enter keywords in the field above to search more than twenty business-related periodicals.  

These resources were chosen because they are from respected organizations with a primary focus on business. Note that some of these sources, such as Harvard Business Review, have a limited access if you don’t have a subscription. If you are unable to open an article from the search results, search for the article title in the Alvin Sherman Library catalog.

For peer-reviewed journal articles, literature reviews, and primary source material, utilize the business databases on the Alvin Sherman Library website.

The Atlantic Fast Company Inc New York Times Wall Street Journal
Bloomberg Financial Times International Business Times NPR's Planet Money podcast Wired
Business Insider Forbes MarketWatch SeekingAlpha  
CNN Money Fortune Money Training Magazine Network  
Entrepreneur Harvard Business Review The Motley Fool Trend Hunter