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Business, Economics, & Art Librarian

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Wendy Diamond
Office Hours: Mondays 3:00-4:00 pm; Tuesdays 11:00 - 11:45. (except 9/21 through 10/2). Or by appointment.
MLIB 211
Subjects:Business, Economics

Types of company information

  • Company strategy  (use annual reports and company history)
  • Financial performance and ratios  (use subscription databases)
  • Stock prices and stock market (use databases & financial web sites)
  • Comparison of companies within an industry (research "competitors")
  • Company histories give insight into product development and corporate cultures (web sites, books, and articles)

For public companies selling shares on a stock exchange, there are multiple sources
Company web site -  Look for "investor relations" section to read the Annual Report to Shareholders and SEC filings (10-K).

Public company databases - Find financial information in Mergent Online and LexisNexis Academic (databases). Remember to use the correct parent company name (e.g. Pepsico not Pepsi).

News - Find articles about products, strategy, brand management, and executives. Use the "Search Everything" box and Business Source Premier. 

Company histories & corporate culture -  Use books, encyclopedias & web sites.  

For Private Companies, there is one great database + 
Financial data

Management & strategy

Due diligence data 

Competitive intelligence, news and more

News, web sites, & periodical such as Business Source Premier from the Business Subject Page. 

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