Company Information Sources

Key Databases

Factiva (2001)
Note: Most recent company news.

Mergent online (1997]-)
Note: In depth company information and financials for international public companies. Good source for annual reports and company 10Ks.

* For more company information see Guide Index on upper right of this page.


Company Directories

ReferenceUSA (1999?]-)
Note: ReferenceUSA is a company directory database, and currently has over 12 million businesses listed. The database is updated monthly, the 3rd Thursday of the month.

Company Dossier through LexisNexis Academic

Note: Click on ‘Company List’ tab, to create a list of international or U.S. companies by Industry, Geographic area, and revenue. Companies can be ranked by sales. For help, see Company Dossier Tutorial.

Note: Provides information on the missions, finances, programs, and management of more than 1.7 million nonprofit organizations, including foundations, public charities, and others.

Mergent online (1997]-)
Note: Create list of International publicly traded companies by industry and country. Includes in depth company information and financials.

Boston Business Journal

Note: View the “Boston Business Journal Book of Lists” for lists of top Boston firms and organizations in many categories.

* For more information, see the Company Directories Research Guide, and Corporate Affiliations in this guide.


Corporate Affiliations

Description: "This directory contains American companies that have a substantial investment in overseas operations--wholly or partially owned subsidiary, affiliate or branch."

Note: International companies’ corporate linkage information on prominent parent companies and affiliates, subsidiaries and divisions, public and private. Approximate sales or revenue numbers for some subsidiary companies.

Description: "Foreign firms listed have a substantial investment in American operations--wholly or partially owned subsidiary, affiliate or branch."


Company Overviews

Factiva (2001)
Note: Go to Companies/Markets tab to select Company Snapshot with description, SIC/NAICS codes and peer group ranked by sales, etc.

Hoover’s Company Records

Note: The Hoover’s Company Records – In-Depth Records Database contains information for more than 40,000 major public and private companies worldwide. In-Depth Records include overviews and histories, up to 10 years of key financial and employment data, lists of products and key competitors, names of key officers, addresses, and phone and fax numbers. To find company, look up company and SORT BY RELEVANCE.

MarketLine (Formerly Datamonitor) Company Profiles

Note: Provides company description, history, key employees, major products and services, top competitors, company view, locations and subsidiaries.

Mergent online (1997]-)
Note: Overviews, competitors, and downloadable company financials & filings for international publicly traded companies.

Note: Tracks the social, environmental and governance of corporations throughout the world. Formerly known as Global Socrates.


International Directory of Company Histories

Good for looking at a company over time. Detailed information on the historical development of private and public companies. Use index in the last volume to locate information about your company.


Financials & Investment Surveys


Real time financial information. Provides current news and prices from financial markets, industries, commodities, and publicly traded companies from around the world.

Mergent online (1997]-)
Note: This database will compare company against company using ratios and financial metrics, access company SEC filings like 10-k’s as well as annual reports and allows you to export financials into Excel.s.

Note: Investext Plus provides research reports written by analysts at leading investment banks, brokerage houses and consulting firms. Includes both current and historical reports.
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Note: Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage is a comprehensive, professional source of proprietary analysis on industry analysis & trends, corporate activities, and investment evaluations. S&P Company Profiles include company quotes, news, statistics, financials and dividends & stock splits. Stock Reports include S&P Recommendations and Quality Ratings, key stock statistics, price performance, company financials and analyst recommendations.

Note: To search for the Value Line Investment Surveys for companies, click on ‘Lookup Company’ on left hand sidebar.

*Some private company financials can be found in Company Dossier, Corporate, and Hoovers Company Records.


Newspaper, Magazine and Journal Articles

Factiva (2001)
Note: Search for business news through trade publications and newswires. International in scope.
Note: Magazine and newspaper articles on companies. Information on smaller companies, annual reports and SEC filings & reports.

Note: Find article by subject, author or publication.

Business Source Complete

Note: BUSINESS SOURCE COMPLETE contains indexes, abstracts and full text of business publications, scholarly publications and peer-reviewed journals.


Company Rankings

The Boston Globe 100

Every year, the Boston Globe publishes a list of top performing public companies. Print version can be found at Pardee Library Reference Desk.


The Boston Globe 100 – Top Places to Work

The Boston Globe also lists top places to work. Print version at Pardee Library Reference Desk.

Bloomberg Businessweek
Ranks companies in the following categories:

BBW 50: Best Performing Companies
Ranks companies in the following categories:

The World’s Biggest Public Companies
America’s Best Small Companies
America’s Largest Private Companies
America’s 100 Most Trustworthy Companies
The World’s Most Innovative Companies
Asia’s Best Under a Billion
Asia’s Fab 50 Companies
Global High Performers
The 50 Top Microfinance Institutions

Ranks companies in the following categories:

Global 500
Fortune 500
World’s Most Admired Companies
100 Best Companies to Work For
100 Fastest Growing Companies

The Inc. 500/5,000
The fastest growing private companies in America, searchable by gross dollars of growth, revenue, metro region, and industry.
Print version available in mid-October.