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A list of databases that you should use for a general overview of the company you are researching:
Business Insights: Essentials This link opens in a new window
Provides business and industry content in the following areas: Periodical articles, news articles, and press releases, detailed information for domestic and international companies and associations, including information on corporate hierarchical structures, investment reports, corporate chronologies and company histories, brands and product information, Industry and company rankings, financial overviews, industry overviews, and HR Law Case Digests.
Mergent Online This link opens in a new window
Mergent Online is a database of corporate information covering over 22,000 US and foreign public companies. Information available for each company includes the following:
A complete corporate history including acquisitions and changes in ownership structure Lists of subsidiaries, property holdings, and key personnel Up to 25 years of annual and quarterly financial data, including balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements, and financial ratios.
Nexis Uni This link opens in a new window
Lexis Nexis Academic Universe is a good source for newspaper publications, business information, and legal information.
Business Source Premier This link opens in a new window
Provides full text for over 2,800 scholarly business journals covering management, economics, finance, accounting, international business and much more. Also includes Company Reports and financial information.
Directory of over 165,000 manufacturing companies in the U.S. and Canada. This site also features a searchable database of brandnames and over 7,000 online supplier catalogs.
Much of the premium content is for subscribers only, however Hoover's Online provides links to corporate home pages, capsules of business activities and more.