Researching a Company
Sources for background information on a company.
- Company websites
Great starting place. If company is public, be sure to look at investor relations page.
- Company profiles
Find background information on a company. Available in subscription-based library resources.
The web is a great source of news. The library also provides access to fee-based publications such as the Wall Street Journal for free.
Locate company and industry profiles (US and international). Level of information available for companies varies. Private company reports might have very little detail, but reports for large public companies usually include a SWOT analysis.
Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis Academic)
To find a company profile, use the Get Company Info search box. Includes international and US companies.
Researching an Industry
First Research Industry Profiles
First Research Industry Profiles provide insight on industry trends and challenges. Profiles include a section of Call Prep Questions, intended to help professionals and students identify key issues in industries.
Find background information on 700 US industries, including Beef Cattle Production, Video Game Software Publishing, Public Relations Firms, and more.