Only public companies trade on the stock exchanges in the United States are required to provide extensive information on its financials, strategies, and other operations. If your company is a subsidary of a larger company, a private company, or a non-U.S based company that is not publicly traded in the United States, the data sources available will be limited.
Learn the background of a company and current issues the company may be facing by locating the company annual report, company 10-K filing, company profile, or a company history. The following sources provide excellent starting points for these types of resources:
The best way to develop a well-rounded understaning of a company is to read a lot of articles published in newspapers, magazines, trade publications, and academic journals. Use the following databases to conduct extensive article searches on a company:
Public companies are required to provide access to financial information. Use the following sources to access current and historical financial information for public companies:
Private companies are not required to provide financial information. Usually researchers will only be able to find information regarding a company's annual sales. The following sources are useful in locating information on private companies:
The following directories are useful in identifying a list of competitors or a list of companies with in a specific industry:
Article searching is an effective way to locate statistics on companies. The following sources also provide access to market share data and other company statistics: