Company Annual and Financial Reports

This Guide lists sources for public company annual reports and required Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings.


SEC Filings

Mergent online (1997]-)
Note: See “Government Filings” tab for SEC documents, including 10ks, 8ks, etc.


Note: For SEC Filings, click on “Advanced Options” and select the appropriate filings.

[10ks and 8ks explained]



(Accessible at a dedicated terminal at Pardee Library.)
The function for downloadable, printable 10-Ks and other SEC filings is EDGR.
For any public company, type the ticker symbol, hit the yellow equity key, type EDGR, and hit <Go>. Enter company name and select form type. To locate a ticker symbol, hit the yellow equity key, click on Finding Securities, then Ticker lookup.
For help in locating Ticker Symbols and for further assistance using Bloomberg, please see Bloomberg Help Sheet and Frequently Asked Bloomberg Questions.

EDGAR (U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission)

Company filings are in the Filings & Forms section. Descriptions of the SEC filing forms are available at:

Annual Reports to Shareholders

Mergent online (1997]-)
Note: Includes annual reports of corporations for the last 20 to 25 years.

Older Financial and Annual Reports

Corporate Reports on Fiche

This collection covers reports (annual reports, 10-ks, 8-ks, proxys, etc) filed or released between 1973 and early 1998. The indexes to the fiche are in the following volumes, which are located in Mugar Library Microforms.

Disclosure Journal, 1973-1978.

Mugar Library Current Periodicals Reference X HG 4028 B2 D554M

SEC File Index (Q Data Corp.), 1978-1997.

Mugar Library Current Periodicals Reference X HG 4050 S43
These indexes provide the fiche number for the company report to be consulted. The fiche, arranged by fiche number, are located in drawers labeled Corporate Reports and SEC File.

Corporate Reports Online
A project of the Lippincott Library at the University of Pennsylvania. The collection consists of annual reports in PDF format from U.S. companies and covers the period 1800 through 1955. Reports are continuously added and the entire collection is searchable by company or industry name, year, or words in the text. Each retrieved document is fully searchable as well.

Columbia Historical Reports Online Collection
A selection of digitized annual reports from 36 companies that operated in and around New York City. Reports are from Columbia’s Watson Library of Business and Economics and predate the 1934 Securities Exchange Act which regulated and standardized reporting.

Annual Reports at Academic Business Libraries
List of printed annual reports held by major academic libraries.

Annual Reports Web Sites
A listing of nearly 1,000 annual reports, including those of most of the Fortune 500 companies. Searchable by ticker symbol or company name. Links to company homepages and “Wall Street Snapshots” are also available. Some reports are in PDF format.

Company Financials & Annual Reports
A directory of sites that provide annual reports for companies throughout the world.

Public Register’s Annual Report Service
The annual reports of over 3,600 public companies can be ordered without charge from this searchable site. Reports are mailed free to addresses within the United States. Also links to over 2,000 annual reports online at:

U. S. Securities & Exchange Commission
In addition to the information described above, this site provides information on the work of the Commission, including its regulatory actions, staff interpretations, investor information, news, and current litigation information.

Selected Books on SEC Documents and Financial Statements

The Edgar Online Guide to Decoding Financial Statements : Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Becoming a Savvy Investor.

Pardee Reference: X HF5681 .B2 T32 2004

How to Read a Financial Report; Wringing Vital Signs Out of the Numbers

Pardee Reference
X HF 5681 B2 T733 2009

The following titles are located in the Pardee Library general book collection, on the Second Floor.

Annual reports 101

[What the Numbers and the Fine Print can Reveal about the True Health of a Company] HG4028 .B2 T47 2007

A Crash course on financial statements

HG4027.7 .B3477 2010

Financial intelligence : a manager’s guide to knowing what the numbers really mean

HG4028.B2 B422 2006

Financial statements demystified: a self-teaching guide

HF5681 .B2 K73 2009

How to read a financial report: wringing vital signs out of the numbers

HF5681.B2 T733 2009