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Find Books on Finance Topics
  • MNCAT
    Search with MNCAT to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.
    • You can search by subject using subject terms such as the following:

      • Finance
      • Corporations -- Finance
      • Finance, Personal
      • Investments
      • Securities
      • Portfolio Management
      • Financial Institutions
      • Banks and Banking
      • Venture Capital
      • Stockholders
      • Stock Exchanges
      • Capital Markets
      • International finance
      • Money
      • Financial Statements
      • Consolidation and Merger of Corporations
Full Text Corporate Annual Reports.
  • Mergent Online Authentication Required
    --Mergent ONLINE contains information about public corporations around the world. Mergent ONLINE also includes the full-text image files of corporate annual reports for publicly traded US corporations going back to 1996. EDGAR filings are also available through Mergent Online.
    --This is great place to go to find Annual Reports to Shareholders that have been issued for publicly-traded corporations since l996. After you have done the initial search for a corporation, look for the Reports tab at the top of the screen. Choose the report for the years you are interested in.
  • SEC: Corporate filings from the US Securities and Exchange Commission
    The SEC requires all public companies (except foreign companies and companies with less than $10 million in assets and 500 shareholders) to file registration statements, periodic reports, and other forms electronically through this site (formerly called EDGAR). Anyone can access and download this information for free. Here you'll find links to a complete list of filings available from the SEC and instructions for searching the SEC database.
  • Company's Web Site
    --You can check the Web site for the company to see if any company history is available on the Web. The usual form of a company's Web site is http://www.companyname.com -- but sometimes there are differences in the address. You can almost always find sites for publicly traded corporations by using Google.
  • ProQuest Historical Annual Reports Authentication Required
    Database offers corporate annual reports for U.S. companies from 1884 to the present. Key data (financial, Fortune 500 ranking, industry classification, key people, geographic location, auditor, and related companies) are indexed in the citation and can be searched. Reports can be browsed by company name, industry or date. Cross-searchable to other historical periodical databases.
Resources that Provide Corporate Financial Statements
Use these resources to find information on balance sheets, income statements, cashflow statements.
  • Mergent Online Authentication Required
    --Mergent ONLINE contains information about public corporations around the world. Mergent ONLINE also includes the full-text image files of corporate annual reports for publicly traded US corporations going back to 1996. EDGAR filings are also available through Mergent Online.
    --This is great place to go to find Annual Reports to Shareholders that have been issued for publicly-traded corporations since l996. After you have done the initial search for a corporation, look for the Reports tab at the top of the screen. Choose the report for the years you are interested in.
  • Mergent WebReports Authentication Required
    Documents covering public corporations in over 100 countries. MergentWeb contains all the historical information recorded in Moody's Manuals dating back to the early 1900s. This archive is an excellent source of corporate history, business descriptions and financial statements.
  • ThomsonOne Authentication Required
    Can be used with Internet Explorer ONLY, other browsers do not work. Please allow pop-ups, as this is necessary for proper display. Thomson ONE brings together company information from a variety of sources that are produced by Thomson Reuters. This includes company financials and filings, mergers and acquisition data and analyst reports. The following types of information are available: Company Overviews, Company News and Pricecharts, Corporate Governance (Takeover defense), Corporate financial fundamentals, Estimates (and earnings surprises), Debt overview, Company deals, Share ownership information, Company research (formerly Investext), Company financial filings, Officers and Directors.
  • ProQuest Historical Annual Reports Authentication Required
    Database offers corporate annual reports for U.S. companies from 1884 to the present. Key data (financial, Fortune 500 ranking, industry classification, key people, geographic location, auditor, and related companies) are indexed in the citation and can be searched. Reports can be browsed by company name, industry or date. Cross-searchable to other historical periodical databases.
  • SEC: Corporate filings from the US Securities and Exchange Commission
    The SEC requires all public companies (except foreign companies and companies with less than $10 million in assets and 500 shareholders) to file registration statements, periodic reports, and other forms electronically through this site (formerly called EDGAR). Anyone can access and download this information for free. Here you'll find links to a complete list of filings available from the SEC and instructions for searching the SEC database.
Resources Providing Financial Data Available to Carlson School of Management Students ONLY:
  • COMPUSTAT

    • North America
      Compustat North America is a database of U.S. and Canadian fundamental and market information on active and inactive publicly held companies. It provides more than 300 annual and 100 quarterly Income Statement, Balance Sheet, Statement of Cash Flows, and supplemental data items. Compustat North America files are available in both annual and quarterly formats. The industrial annual formats offer both historical and restated data. The industrial quarterly formats offer restated data as reported by the company. The restated data allows analysts to compare current and prior years' results on a comparable basis and determine financial trends and growth rates. For most companies, annual history is available back to 1950 and quarterly history back to 1962 with monthly market history back to 1962.

      Compustat North America files also contain information on aggregates, industry segments, banks, market prices, dividends, and earnings. For more detailed information on the Compustat files, consult the Compustat User's Guide.

    • Global
      Compustat Global is a database of non-U.S. and non-Canadian fundamental and market information on more than 33,900 active and inactive publicly held companies with annual data history from 1987. Compustat Global is a database of non-U.S.data is unique in that it is normalized to provide comparability across a wide variety of global accounting standards and practices. Accounting standards vary considerably among countries, making accurate comparisons of as-reported data somewhat difficult. Rather than adopt one country’s set of accounting principles as the standard for collecting data from all countries, we have created consistent sets of financial data items for the Global database by examining financial statements from a variety of countries and identifying items that are widely reported by companies, regardless of their geographic location, business activity or accounting practices. Within these uniform data sets, we normalize the data to local accounting principles, disclosure methods and data item definitions. As a result, you can make more meaningful comparisons among industries and countries.
  • Bloomberg
    The Bloomberg service is a global 24-hour-a-day financial information network providing real-time and historical pricing, indicative and fundamental data and analytics. Using the Bloomberg Excel Add-In product you can integrate Bloomberg's database into your spreadsheets and proprietary models.

    How to Get Access: Contact the IT Service Center csareait@csom.edu

Security Analysts Reports for Publicly Traded Corporations
  • Investext Authentication Required
    Investext Plus contains research/analyst reports on companies and industries as well as annual statistical reports of industry trade associations. It delivers full-text reports in their original published formats, complete with charts, photographs and graphics. Investext Plus contains full-text analyst reports from 700 of the world's top investment banks, brokerage firms and trade associations. It contains over 700,000 reports, with thousands of new reports added each week. Historical reports are available back to 1996. Investext Plus also gives users the same research and analysis used at top investment banks, consulting firms and law firms to monitor industry trends, track company financials, and research merger and acquisition opportunities.
  • Value line investment survey (Online)
    The Value Line Investment Survey is a comprehensive source of information and advice on approximately 1,700 stocks, more than 90 industries, the stock market, and the economy. It has three parts: The Ratings & Reports section contains one-page reports showing Value Line's Timeliness, Safety, and Technical ranks, financial and stock price forecasts for the coming 3 to 5 years, an analyst's written commentary, and more. The Summary & Index contains an index of all stocks in the publication as well as many up-to-date statistics. It also contains a variety of stock "screens" designed to help investors identify companies with various characteristics. The Selection & Opinion section contains Value Line's latest economic and stock market forecasts, one-page write-ups about interesting and attractive stocks, model portfolios, and financial and stock market statistics.
    Also available in print in Wilson Library Reference, at: HG4501 .V262
    Older issues are available on microfiche in Wilson Library Reference at the class number shown above.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference Quarto HG4501 .V262
    Check MNCAT Record for Location and Availability
  • MarketLine Reports (formerly Datamonitor) Authentication Required
    Use Business Source Premier to find profiles of 5000 of the world's leading companies that includes major products and services, competitors, and analysis.
    Click on the Company Profiles button on the green bar at the top of the screen. Then type the company name in the search box.
  • S&P Capital IQ NetAdvantage Authentication Required
    An online resource from Standard Poors that includes the Industry Surveys of trends and leading companies in 52 industries, the Register of Corporations, Directors, and Executives which lists sales, products, other directory information for 55,000 public and private companies along with names of top executives, and the Stock Reports that contain key financial data for equity research on public companies including peer group analysis and performance ratings from Standard Poors.
    --Check out the Stock Reports for information on the stock's performance and investment potential.
  • LexisNexis Academic Authentication Required
    LexisNexis Academic is a collection of online databases: News, Business (plus corporate news and corporate financials), Legal, Medical, and Reference. International news sources are included. --To find Stock Reports, choose Business. Choose Company Financial Reports. From the Source drop down box, choose Stock Reports. Type your company name in the Company Name box.
  • ISI Emerging Markets

    [Resource no longer available]
Stock Prices and other Financial Metrics
  • Global Financial Data Authentication Required
    The Global Financial Database is a collection of financial and economic data provided in ASCII or Excel format. There are 20,000 historical or current data series which may be downloaded directly from the web site. Global coverage includes stocks, bonds, treasury bills, interest rates, commodity prices, CPI, GDP, exchange rates, indexes, population and more.Choose "Login Anonymously" for library access.

    Guide for finding historical US stock prices using Global Financial Data.

  • Yahoo Finance
    Yahoo Finance has stock analysis, recent headlines, and profiles of company research. Search for tickers and recent news.
  • Stocks, Bonds, Bills and Inflation. Issued by: R.G. Ibbotson Associates
    Annual Statistical volume.
    Published Chicago, Ill. : R.G. Ibbotson Associates, Annual.
    Vols. for 1983- include historical market returns of some U.S. security classes.

    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Business Reference Quarto HG4501 .S7949 Non-Circulating
    Check MNCAT Record for Location and Availability
  • Cost of Capital
    Provides industry financial information relating to revenues, profitability, equity returns, ratios, capital structure, cost of equity and weighted average cost of capital. Arranged by SIC code. Provides data on over 300 U S based industries. The main provider of data for Cost of Capital is the Standard & Poors Compustat Data.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Business Reference Quarto HC110.C3 C67 Non-Circulating
    Check MNCAT Record for Location and Availability
  • S&P Capital IQ NetAdvantage Authentication Required
    Overviews, rankings and comparative statistics for major industries that provides detailed information on public companies such as stock reports, bonds, stock valuation annual reports, and other detailed fianancial statistics. NetAdvantage also includes investment services such as the advisory newsletter Outlook and screening directories for stocks, bonds and mutual funds. There are also directories for private companies and the Register of Corporations, Directors, and Executives
    • Choose the Company Tab at top of screen. Then choose Stock Report and your ticker or company name. You will get about 4 pages of financial and statistical information on your company.

  • ProQuest Statistical Insight Authentication Required
    Index to statistical publications from US and state government agencies, international intergovernmental organizations, professional and trade organizations, business organizations, commercial publishers, independent research organizations, and universities.
  • Data-Planet Statistical Datasets Authentication Required
    Provides access to statistical data produced by U.S. Federal agencies, States, private organizations, and major intergovernmental organizations. There are up to 2 billion charts, maps, views, rankings, time series and tables available for use in the Data-Planet repository. Data-Planet Statistical Datasets offers powerful capabilities to compare & contrast multiple data series, perform statistical calculations on the data, and customize output views.

    Many of the data sets are available for download as GIS data -- look for the "Map" icon to identify this functionality.
Corporate Bonds
  • Mergent bondviewer Authentication Required
    Mergent BondViewer is a financial industry database for US taxable and municipal bonds. We have access to these modules: Corporate Bonds, Municipal Bonds and Retail Notes. Use it to search for bond ratings (including ratings from Moody's, Standard and Poor's and Fitch), issuer name, issue description, ticker, coupon, and maturity date.
  • Mergent Online Authentication Required
    Profiles of public corporations around the world that includes summaries, company histories, property, financials, subsdiaries, joint ventures, long term, press release and historical annual reports. Licensed for 60 simultaneous users
  • S&P Capital IQ NetAdvantage Authentication Required
    Overviews, rankings and comparative statistics for major industries that provides detailed information on public companies such as stock reports, bonds, stock valuation annual reports, and other detailed fianancial statistics. NetAdvantage also includes investment services such as the advisory newsletter Outlook and screening directories for stocks, bonds and mutual funds. There are also directories for private companies and the Register of Corporations, Directors, and Executives
    • Choose Companies, then the Bond Reports

Industry Financial Ratios or Industry Norms
    The most useful general ratios are:
  • Key Business Ratios Authentication Required
    Key Business Ratios, from Dun and Bradstreet, help you to assess how a business is doing compared to an industry or a competitor. The 14 key business ratios cover the critical areas of business performance --solvency, efficiency and profitability. They are broken down into median figures, with upper and lower quartiles. Ratios are arranged by Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Codes -a four-digit number that classifies business establishments by defining the industries in which they do business.
    See the next entry for the print version of these ratios.

    You can choose whether you want general or more specific (solvency, efficiency, profitability) ratios, and you can search by line of business or SIC code.

    • Need definitions of the financial ratios, or information on how they are calculated?
      Use the Key Business Ratios help pages.
  • Bizminer Authentication Required
    BizMiner offers industry financial analysis benchmarks for over 5,000 lines of business and industry market trends on thousands more. Their market analysis reports are available at the national and local levels down to the zip code. Bizminer is a great resource to use when developing business plans, or for any sort of entrepreneurship initiatives where you need to measure peer performance in an industry.
    • Go to the BizMiner financial ratios page:

  • ALMANAC OF BUSINESS AND INDUSTRIAL FINANCIAL RATIOS.
      Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall. Annual. WILS BUS Quarto HF5681 .R25 A45

      The source of data is tax returns filed with the U. S. Internal Revenue Service. The most recent edition provides data on millions of U.S. corporations. It provides 50 performance indicators for each industry, and at the end of each industry section, performance indicators for the last 10 years are shown. Data are grouped into 13 categories by size of assets in each industry. About 180 lines of business are covered.

      The Almanac provides norms in actual dollar amounts for revenue and capital factors such as net receivables, inventories, total assets, and it gives you important average operating costs in percent of net sales for: cost of operations, pensions and benefits, compensation of officers, wages and salaries, taxes and more. We have been receiving the annual editions of the Almanac since 1973.

  • INDUSTRY NORMS AND KEY BUSINESS RATIOS.
      New York, NY: Dun & Bradstreet. Annual. WILS BUS Quarto HF5681 .R25 I5

      This five volume set contains the most comprehensive industry coverage (including over 800 lines of business). The volumes in the set are: 1) Agriculture, Mining, Construction, Transportation, Communication, Utilities; 2) Manufacturing; 3) Wholesaling; 4) Retailing; 5) Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Services.

      Ratios are arranged by SIC number, and sub-divided into four geographic areas of the U. S. (at the 2-digit level) and into three to five asset size ranges (at the four digit level).

      For each SIC number covered, the following data is provided: 1) fourteen key business ratios that can be used to analyze solvency, efficiency and profitability, 2) typical balance sheets and income statements for the industry (in dollars), and 3) common-size financial figures (each item of the financial statement as a percentage of its respective aggregate total). The source of data is the Dun & Bradstreet Financial Database. We have been receiving the annual volumes in this set in the Library since 1979.

  • IRS CORPORATE FINANCIAL RATIOS.
      Evanston, Ill.: Schonfeld and Associates. Annual. WILS BUS Quarto HF5681 .R25 I27x

      These industry ratios are based on the most recently available income statement and balance sheet data compiled by the Internal Revenue Service of the United States Department of the Treasury. There are 79 ratios or averages given for each industry. We have been receiving this annual publication in the Library regularly since 1991.

  • RMA ANNUAL STATEMENT STUDIES.
      Philadelphia, PA: Risk Management Association. Annual. WILS BUS Quarto HF5681 .B2 R6

      This publication is a product of the commercial banking community and RMA (now Risk Management Association, formerly Robert Morris Associates), the association of lending and credit risk professionals. Over 500 lines of business are covered. Current and comparative historical data are included. Financial statements on each industry are shown in common size form. Sixteen widely used business ratios follow the financial statements.

      Each RMA Annual Statement Studies volume has a section at the front of the volume that gives good definitions of each of the ratios and shows how each was computed. Each volume also has a section at the back called *Sources of Composite Financial Data--A Bibliography* that identifies other major sources of composite financial data for industries. We have been receiving the RMA annual volumes in the Library since 1927.

Sources that Provide Industry Analysis
  • IBIS World Authentication Required
    Industry reports for the United States, China, and selected global topics. Each reports provide overviews, leading companies, sales information, and authoritative sources for researching hundreds of industries. Includes Business Environmental Profiles that summarize key drivers for industries in the U.S.
  • S&P Capital IQ NetAdvantage Authentication Required
    Overviews, rankings and comparative statistics for major industries that provides detailed information on public companies such as stock reports, bonds, stock valuation annual reports, and other detailed fianancial statistics. NetAdvantage also includes investment services such as the advisory newsletter Outlook and screening directories for stocks, bonds and mutual funds. There are also directories for private companies and the Register of Corporations, Directors, and Executives
  • Bizminer Authentication Required
    BizMiner offers industry financial analysis benchmarks for over 5,000 lines of business and industry market trends on thousands more. Their market analysis reports are available at the national and local levels down to the zip code. Bizminer is a great resource to use when developing business plans, or for any sort of entrepreneurship initiatives where you need to measure peer performance in an industry.
  • MarketLine Reports (formerly Datamonitor) Authentication Required
    Company Profiles cover key facts, history, employees, major products, revenue analysis, SWOT analysis, top competitors, locations and subsidiaries. Industry Reports include analysis, market size, market share, forecasts, segmentation, and leading companies. Access via Business Source Premier
  • ThomsonOne Authentication Required
    Can be used with Internet Explorer ONLY, other browsers do not work. Please allow pop-ups, as this is necessary for proper display. Thomson ONE brings together company information from a variety of sources that are produced by Thomson Reuters. This includes company financials and filings, mergers and acquisition data and analyst reports. The following types of information are available: Company Overviews, Company News and Pricecharts, Corporate Governance (Takeover defense), Corporate financial fundamentals, Estimates (and earnings surprises), Debt overview, Company deals, Share ownership information, Company research (formerly Investext), Company financial filings, Officers and Directors.
Country Business Environments
  • Find Country Business Profiles
    • Country Commerce from the Economist Intelligence Unit

      [Resource no longer available]
    • Business Source Premier Enhanced Authentication Required
      This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
      This version of Business Source Premier provides makes it easy to find articles along with other specialized reports. These inlcude company profiles and industry reports from Datamonitor, country profiles from research advisory services such as the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) and market research from various trade publications. A good resource for business and economic topics and global studies.
      • Look for the Country Reports search

    • World Bank's Doing Business in... Project
      The Doing Business project... provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 183 economies and selected cities at the subnational and regional level.
    • International Tax and Business Guides
      Deloitte's International Tax and Business Guides help potential investors understand the investment climate, operating conditions, and tax system of most major trading jurisdictions. The Guides are supplemented by the Country Highlights series, which provide a quick overview of the tax landscape of more than 120 jurisdictions.
    • US State Department Background Notes on Living and Working in Another Country
      These publications include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty. The Background Notes are updated/revised by the Office of Electronic Information and Publications of the Bureau of Public Affairs as they are received from the Department's regional bureaus.
    • Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations (Online) Authentication Required
      Presents easy-to-understand information on 200 countries and dependencies from around the world. Entries discuss a variety of topics in detail, from banking and securities to climate, from government data to demographic statistics. Also includes biographical essays on national leaders.
    • LexisNexis Academic Authentication Required
      LexisNexis Academic is a full text databases of business, legal, news, magazines, and wire services. It includes sources for accounting, environmental studies, health and medical care, government and politics, people, and consumer information. Legal publications include law journals, federal and state statutes, codes, cases, agency rules & regulations, patents and legal reference materials.
      • Start searching using the Research Countries option.

    • Europa World Plus Authentication Required
      Europa World is the online version of the Europa World Year Book, a source of country profiles, statistics, and directories for all countries worldwide. Find facts, history, political, economic and other information including geography, media outlets, education, government agencies, trade and industry, tourism and other organizations. A major bibliography is included for each country and survey articles on various issues are listed for each major region.
    • ISI Emerging Markets

      [Resource no longer available]
  • Country Risk Ratings, Sovereign Ratings
    • Business Source Premier Authentication Required
      Use this popular research database to find business articles from 2,200 journals and magazines in marketing, management, information technology, operations, human resources, accounting, finance and economics dating back to 1965. Additional company and industry profiles from Datamonitor are included along with country reports and SWOT analyses.
      • Search for Political Risk Yearbook as a publication.
    • LexisNexis Academic Authentication Required
      LexisNexis Academic is a full text databases of business, legal, news, magazines, and wire services. It includes sources for accounting, environmental studies, health and medical care, government and politics, people, and consumer information. Legal publications include law journals, federal and state statutes, codes, cases, agency rules & regulations, patents and legal reference materials.
      • Choose your country and then choose the source: PRS Risk Guide

    • A.M. Best Country Risk
      Country risk is evaluated and factored into all A.M. Best ratings. As part of evaluating country risk, A.M. Best identifies the various factors within a country that may directly or indirectly affect an insurance company.
      Countries are placed into one of five tiers, ranging from Country Risk Tier 1 (CRT-1), denoting a stable environment with the least amount of risk, to Country Risk Tier 5 (CRT-5) for countries that pose the most risk and, therefore, the greatest challenge to an insurer's financial stability, strength and performance.
    • Fitch Sovereign Ratings
      The Fitch Ratings Sovereigns Group provides credit research and opinion on more than 100 countries, and assigns ratings to the foreign and local currency debt of sovereign governments that account for virtually all of sovereign international debt issuance.
    • Standard & Poor's Ratings
      Credit ratings are forward-looking opinions about credit risk. Standard & Poor’s credit ratings express the agency’s opinion about the ability and willingness of an issuer, such as a corporation or state or city government, to meet its financial obligations in full and on time.
    • Moody's Ratings
      You need to register. It is free. Limited data are available from the free site.
    • Coface Ratings
      The Coface country rating aims at evaluating the average credit risk of companies in a given country. The rating is based on economic, financial and political data. Based in France.
    • Country Risk from ONDD
      The Office national du ducroire | Nationale Delcrederedienst (ONDD) is the Belgian public credit insurer with a mission to promote international economic relations. ONDD performs this task as an autonomous government institution enjoying the state guarantee.
  • Country Financial Statistics
    • IFS Online
      IFS (International Financial Statistics) Online provides statistics on all aspects of international and domestic finance from 1948-. It reports, for most countries of the world, current data needed in the analysis of problems of international payments and of inflation and deflation, i.e., data on exchange rates, international liquidity, international banking, money and banking, interest rates, prices, production, international transactions, government accounts, and national accounts.
    • OECD iLibrary Authentication Required
      OECD iLibrary is the online publications portal of the 34-country Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. OECD iLibrary is OECD’s Online Library for Books, Papers and Statistics and the gateway to OECD’s analysis and data. It replaces SourceOECD, and hosts all content so users can find - and cite - tables and databases as easily as articles or chapters. Video User Guide.
    • WDI Online
      WDI (World Development Indicators) Online contains statistics for over 550 indicators from 1960 for over 200 countries and 18 country groups. Subjects include: social welfare, economies, natural resources, and the environment. Data may not be available for all years for all countries.
    • Global Financial Data Authentication Required
      The Global Financial Database is a collection of financial and economic data provided in ASCII or Excel format. There are 20,000 historical or current data series which may be downloaded directly from the web site. Global coverage includes stocks, bonds, treasury bills, interest rates, commodity prices, CPI, GDP, exchange rates, indexes, population and more.Choose "Login Anonymously" for library access.

      Guide for finding historical US stock prices using Global Financial Data.

    • Passport (Euromonitor) Authentication Required
      Key business intelligence on countries, companies, markets, and consumers. Statistics on brands, companies and consumer products worldwide include market size and market share. Useful for researching global consumer markets with analysis of lifestyles for countries. Includes profiles and strategic information about companies that sell leading consumer goods.
  • Country Culture
    • Polling the Nations Authentication Required
      Polling the Nations is an online database of public opinion polls containing the full text of 500,000+ questions and responses, from 14,000+ surveys, conducted from 1986 through the present in the United States and more than 100 other countries around the world.
Information on Privately Held Companies
Finding information about privately-owned companies can be challenging. Privately owned companies do not make their stock available to the public through public securities exchanges, such as the NYSE. Because they are privately owned and operated, they are not required to make information about their financial condition public. Private companies usually do not produce annual reports which are available to the public. Information about them does not appear in any of the financial databases that cover publicly traded corporations. Private companies enjoy the competitive advantage of not disclosing information about themselves or their market position.

So, where can you find some information about them? The best search strategy is to look for articles in newspapers and journals, search business directories, consult trade associations, find local sources, and search the Internet for information.

    • Million Dollar Database (Dun & Bradstreet) Authentication Required
      A directory of private and public companies in the United States and larger companies worldwide. Use this directory to find companies by NAIC or SIC industry descriptions, size, location, to learn if a company is private or public, to find contact information, and to learn about the parent and subsidiary companies in a corporate family. Licensed for 5 simultaneous users.
  • Trade Associations
    • Associations Unlimited Authentication Required
      Directory of associations, professional societies, and other nonprofit membership organization. Includes international, national, and state organizations of all types. Brief profiles include contact information, budget, number of employees and specialized publications.
    • S&P Capital IQ NetAdvantage Authentication Required
      Overviews, rankings and comparative statistics for major industries that provides detailed information on public companies such as stock reports, bonds, stock valuation annual reports, and other detailed fianancial statistics. NetAdvantage also includes investment services such as the advisory newsletter Outlook and screening directories for stocks, bonds and mutual funds. There are also directories for private companies and the Register of Corporations, Directors, and Executives
      • Look for Trade Associations in the Industry Surveys.
        Choose Industry References to get to a page with trade association listings.

    • ASAE Gateway to Associations
      Internet source. Search this directory of more than 6,000 associations. Entries are searchable by name, keyword and geographic location. The American Society of Association Executives maintains this site.
Journals, Magazines, and Newspapers
Check the following indexes for news about the company's history:
  • Business Source Premier Authentication Required
    Use this popular research database to find business articles from 2,200 journals and magazines in marketing, management, information technology, operations, human resources, accounting, finance and economics dating back to 1965. Additional company and industry profiles from Datamonitor are included along with country reports and SWOT analyses.
  • Factiva Authentication Required
    Full text database of media outlets, trade publications, news sources and websites that has international coverage. Includes daily newspapers, transcripts, newswires, and all editions of the Wall Street Journal. Financial information for publicly traded companies, stocks, funds, currencies, and common market indexes. Limited to 7 simultaneous users.

    Due to licensing restrictions for academic subscriptions, not all of the news sources in Factiva are available. See this list of Excluded Titles. If you need assistance using Factiva, please contact the Journalism Librarian.
  • LexisNexis Academic Authentication Required
    LexisNexis Academic is a full text databases of business, legal, news, magazines, and wire services. It includes sources for accounting, environmental studies, health and medical care, government and politics, people, and consumer information. Legal publications include law journals, federal and state statutes, codes, cases, agency rules & regulations, patents and legal reference materials.
  • EconLit Authentication Required
    Contains bibliographic citations and selected abstracts to the professional and scholarly literature in the field of economics and allied disciplines, including journals, books, chapters in books, conference proceedings and dissertations.
  • ProQuest Newsstand Authentication Required
    ProQuest Newspapers provides indexing and full text access to 1,270 newspapers and wire feeds. Full-text titles include major U.S. daily newspapers such as the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.
  • Star Tribune (access via ProQuest Newspapers) Authentication Required
    This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
    Full text available from 1986 - Current. Access to freelance articles and other features within this publication such as photographs or classifieds may not be available.
  • Wall Street Journal (Proquest Newsstand) Authentication Required
    Full-text articles from the Wall Street Journal via Proquest Newspapers. This business newspaper has extensive coverage of stock markets, finance, investments and companies.
  • Regional Business News Authentication Required
    This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
    Full text coverage for regional business publications; Regional Business News incorporates coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States. This database is updated on a daily basis
  • American City Business Journals Authentication Required
    Find articles from the Minneapolis St. Paul Business on local companies and other organizations. Search the the local business journals in over 40 metropolitan areas in the United States to find information on regional companies or other urban issues. These business journals will include lists and rankings leading employers that later get published separately as the Book of Lists for various cities. Access is limited to 10 simultaneous users.


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