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This guide was designed to help you locate various types of information about a company. This page will show which databases will allow you to retrieve information for a public or private company. Don't forget to check a company's website for additional information.

How to video tutorials ...


Business Source Complete Video - Locate a company's profile which may include a current SWOT analysis. MarketLine has acquired the Datamonitor company which had previously produced company profile reports located in Business Source Complete (BSC).
Business Source Complete -  Use the NAICS Code 522110 to retrieve information about the commercial banking industry
Hoover's Full Company Report Video - How to download a full company report from Hoover's.
International Directory of Company Histories -  Searching for company histories
LexisNexis Company Dossier -Locate financial information, intellectual property, recent litigation, and the corporate structure of the Chevron Corporation(CVX)
Mergent Horizon - Learn how to use the Competitors by Product Report Builder

    SEC Filings

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    archives fillings from 1994 to the present.

    Private & Public Company Databases

    Most of  databases listed below provide information for both public and private companies. A CougarNet Login is required to access remotely or via the UH wireless network.

    • ABI/INFORM Complete  
      The database features thousands of full-text journals, dissertations, working papers, key newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times, as well as country-and industry-focused reports and data. Its international coverage gives researchers a complete picture of companies and business trends around the world.
    • American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries Online  
      Includes location and contact information for American firms and companies that have a substantial investment in overseas operations, such as wholly or partially owned subsidiary, affiliates or branches. Search using a NAICS or SIC industrial classification code.
    • BoardEx  
      A business intelligence service that provides profiles of over 380,000 individuals at the board and executive management level of public and major private companies, and shows the relationships among these individuals and companies.
    • Business Insights
      Research and analyze companies and industries around the world.
    • Business Source Complete  
      Harvard Business Review case studies (1922 - present). Additional full text, non-journal content includes financial data, books, monographs, major reference works, book digests, conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, industry reports, market research reports, country reports, company profiles, SWOT analyses and more.
    • Hoover's  
      Contains in-depth information about companies, industries, and business executives, as well as editorial and multimedia content on special topics. Select the "Build A List" tab at the top of the Hoover's database screen. This tool allows you to create lists of companies worldwide according to location, size, industry type, etc.
    • International Directory of Company Histories  
      The International Directory of Company Histories provides detailed entries for more than 8,500 companies.
    • LexisNexis Academic  
      Select "Get Company Info" to access Company Dossier with information for over 80 million companies.
    • Mergent Horizon  
      Contains up-to-date company description, stock price performance, and financial data. This tool allows users to perform industry comparisons and peer-group analyses, evaluate a company's business based on its products and services, and identify its competitors, major customers, suppliers and partners. Mergent Horizon covers all companies actively traded on the NYSE, AMEX and NASDAQ exchanges.
    • Mergent Online  
      A suite of financial tools that includes company information, SEC filings, and annual reports for over 10,000 U.S. companies as well as international company data, annual reports, and global equity pricing.
    • NetAdvantage  
      A comprehensive source of business and investment information, including access to a variety of Standard & Poor's research products such as Industry Surveys, Stock Reports, Corporation Records, The Register of Corporations, Directors and Executives, The Outlook, Mutual Fund Reports among others.
    • Plunkett Research Online  
      Provides industry-specific research portals with market research and trends analysis, glossaries, statistics, company profiles and contacts, and industry associations and organizations. Business sectors covered include: advertising , travel, renewable energy, apparel, automobiles, banking, biotech, chemicals, infotech, consulting, e-commerce, energy, engineering, entertainment, food, health care, insurance, investment, manufacturing, nanotechnology, outsourcing, real estate, retailing, sports, telecommunications, transportation, and wireless.
    • ProQuest Historical Annual Reports  
      A collection of corporate annual reports including financial performance, key officers, competitors, and market trends for more than 800 U.S. companies.
    • ReferenceUSA  
      Real-time access to more than 20 million businesses, 222 million consumers, U.S. New Business, U.S. New Homeowners and Movers. Search by company name, geographic area, business type, NAICS or SIC code, revenue, location, number of employees or any combination of the above.

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