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Company Financial Data

  • Google: Company websites
    Explore individual company websites. Look for sections targeting shareholders or investors.
  • EDGAR Company Filings
    Open access. Since 1934, the SEC has required disclosure in forms and documents. In 1984, EDGAR began collecting electronic documents to help investors get information. The SEC's new system requires data disclosure — the next step to improve how investors find and use information. Here is a guide for importing data from EDGAR into Excel.

Corporate Mission/Strategies/History

  • Business Source Complete
    Available through library subscription. An "aggregator database" containing the full text of trade journals and other business periodicals. Known for its subject indexing. Strong on information about both industries and companies.
  • Google: Company websites
    Explore individual company websites. Look for sections targeting shareholders or investors.
  • International Directory of Company Histories
    A reliable source of historical information for many companies: American and foreign, private and public, past and present-day.

Consumer Information (Markets)

      

    Competitors

    • LexisNexis Academic
      Competitor information linked to the Company Dossier.
    • Market Share Reporter
      Location: Trexler Library call # 338.74 M345s

    SWOT Analysis and Prospects

    • Business Source Complete
      Available by library subscription. Largely full text database of scholarly and trade journals covering all aspects of accounting, business, and economics. Full text journals include, among many others, the Harvard Business Review (1985-present, including all cases originally published in the Review), Academy of Management Journal, Accounting Review, and Journal of Marketing. Also includes several hundred in-depth reports on publicly traded companies. To access, click on the Company Profiles tab at the top of Business Source Complete.
    • International Directory of Company Histories
      A reliable source of historical information for many companies: American and foreign, private and public, past and present-day.

    Industry Data

    • Annual Statement Studies
      Trexler Library level B 657.3 R627a
    • Reuters
      Open access. Search for a publicly-traded company by ticker or company name, then click on "financials" to see company and industry ratios, calculated for the latest fiscal year end.
    • Weddles Association List
      A directory of trade associations, which can be good sources of industry-level data.

    Intellectual Property

    • Art and the Public Domain
      Trexler Library guide to open-access sources of art.
    • Creative Commons
      Open access. Gateway to photos and graphic art licensed for not-for-profit or for-profit use. In general, no permission need be requested. Always give attribution. Licenses vary, so read each license carefully.

    Citing Sources

    • Trexler Library Citation Guides
      Brief, easy-to-use guides to the 3 most used citation styles: APA, Chicago (Turabian), MLA.
    • Zotero
      Free citation tool. Does the citing for you! Loved by librarians, professors, and students alike.
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