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 Company Information

Locate basic company information

Print sources are often the quickest, easiest place to locate company information: full company name/parent company, address, SIC codes, summary sales figures, employees, etc.

Directory of Corporate Affiliations: Ref HG 4057 .A217 (Shelved at Ready Reference - Research Assistance Desk)
Use the Company Index in Vol. 1 to locate your company. Consult the cited volume and page for detailed information. Tip: Be sure to note whether this is a public or private company, this will make a difference in where you look for information and what kinds of reports the company is required to file.
World Business Directory Ref HF54.U5 W667 2001

Locate company histories

International Directory of Company Histories Ref HD 2721 .I63 v.1-present
Company histories, check most recent volume's index for coverage. The best starting place, hand's down!
World Class Business   Ref HD 2755.5 .M384 1992
Four to ten page histories of approximately 100 large companies.
Hoover's Handbook of American Business Ref HG 4027.5 .H62 2004
Brief histories and company information for major American public companies.
Hoover's Handbook of Emerging Companies Ref HG 4027.5 .H64 2004
Brief histories and company information for high-growth enterprises in a variety of industries.
Hoover's Handbook of Private Companies Ref HG 4027.5 .H65 2004
Brief histories and company information for major U.S. private companies.
Hoover's Handbook of World Business Ref HG 4027.5 .H63 2004
Brief histories and company information for major global enterprises.
Moody's Industrial Manual Ref HG 4961 .I67
Provides chronological histories for companies as well as financial information and ratings.
 

Acquire Company Financial Information

Numerous financial reports are available on Lexis-Nexis via the Business link.

To access: Click onthe LexisNexis link available from the Library's list of business databases. Choose "Business" from the menu on the left-hand side. Then choose which area you wish to search: Company Financial Reports, Company Profiles, Compare Companies, SEC Filings & Reports.

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Locate SIC/NAICS Code Information

To determine a company's SIC or NAICS code, try these resources:

LexisNexis (Business)
To access this databases, go to the Library's business databases section. Click on the link to LexisNexis, and then choose "Business" from the menu on the left-hand side. Click on "Company Profiles" and search for a company in the S&P Corporate Descriptions.
Directory of Corporate Affiliations: Ref HG 4057 .A217 (Shelved at Ready Reference - Research Assistance Desk)
SIC codes provided in company information/descriptions.

Standard & Poor's Register of Corporations, Directors and Executives Ref HG 4057 .A4 1998

SIC codes provided in company information/descriptions.

Standard Industrial Classification Manual Ref HF 1042 .S7 (Shelved at Ready Reference - Research Assistance Desk)
Be sure to make note of the name of both the specific industry associated with the SIC code and the broader (3 digit) Industry Group No. There will be sources where industries will be listed by name, not SIC code.
Standard Industrial Classification Search
Search the online version, provided by OSHA, for codes.
NAICS- North American Industry Classification System
Search the online version, provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, for codes. Includes NAICS to SIC and SIC to NAICS converter.

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Locating Industry Information

Determine company position in an industry and its competitors:
Use these sources to locate information about companies that are the major players in a specific industry.  These sources will provide profiles, rather than detailed information about the companies.  In most cases you will need to use the SIC code to locate company lists within a specific industry.
Directory of Corporate Affiliations: Ref HG 4057 .A217 (Shelved at Ready Reference - Research Assistance Desk)
See SIC Index in each volume for companies within an industry.  Provides basic company information, subsidiaries, affiliates, etc.
Value Line Investment Summary Ref HG 4501 .V26
See Industry Rank numerical rankings in the Summary section, provided by industry name not SIC code.
Moody's Industry Review   Ref HG 4961 .M69 1994
Comparative statistics, rankings, and growth rates for companies within an industry.
Business Lexis-Nexis   
Search S&P Corporate Descriptions under "Company Profiles".
Business Lexis-Nexis   
Search Hoover Comapny Reports under "Company Profiles".
Big Charts
Data and charts including quotes and indicators for companies as well as industry comparisons. Click on Industries.

Locate general industry information and background:

Handbook of North American Industry   Ref HF 1746 .H37
Part I provides a look at the North American economy and Part II focuses on the status of specific industries in North America.
Encyclopedia of American Industry   Ref HC 102 .E53 1998
A two volume encyclopedia focused on manufacturing and service industries. Includes industry snapshots, background, current conditions, and leaders.
U.S. Industry and Trade Outlook   Ref HC 101.8 .U541
Organized by industry categories, includes information about industry projections, statistics, and outlooks.
Value Line Investment Survey   Ref HG 4501 .V26
Provides concise industry commentaries (updated every 13 weeks), primarily from the point of view of stock investors.
Business Week Industry Outlook  periodicals shelves 
Business Week publishes an Industry Outlook in January of each year. These articles focus on approximately 25 key industries.
Current Industrial Reports
U.S. Census Bureau statistics on a variety of industries.
Industry Link
Links to specific industry web sites.
 
 

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Locating Market Information

Locate information about market needs and trends:

These sources provide varied information from a wide variety of statistical sources on market information.
U.S. Market Trends and Forecasts   Ref HF 5415.1 .U8 (multiple volumes)
Includes top competitors by SIC, market growth, and forecasts.
Market Share Reporter   Ref HF 1040.9 .G2 2001 (multiple volumes)
Selected market share reports from a variety of sources arranged by SIC code.
Household Spending: Who Spends How Much on What   Ref HC 110 .C6 A666 2003
Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics analyzing spending by Americans in the year 2000.
The American Marketplace: Demographics and Spending Patterns    Ref HA 214 .A6 1997
Statistical tables on various demographic and spending patterns, many comparative over a period of time.
Corporate Statements Ref HD 30.285 .H37 1998
Contains company missions, goals, and statements as well as slogans used in advertising campaigns.

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