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Finding Information About Companies (BA101)

Sources for general business information

Catalog

Use the Chemeketa catalog to look up books. Or see the reference books listed below.

Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia of Busine$$ and Finance [Ref 650.103 En1]
Articles on over 300 subjects of importance in business.
Encyclopedia of Small Business [Ref 658.022 H55]
Approximately 500 articles geared to topics of interest to small-business entrepreneurs.

Dictionaries

Concise dictionary of business management [Ref 658.003 St2]
Short definitions of management-related terms and buzzwords.
Dictionary for Business and Finance [Ref 650.03 T27]
Terms relating to a wide range of business areas, such as banking, finance, insurance, real estate, economics, estate planning, management, and communication.
Oxford Reference Online: Business & Economics dictionaries
Dictionaries of accounting, economics, finance, business management, human resource management, and statistics
Prentice-Hall Encyclopedic Dictionary of Business Terms [Ref 650.03 C88]
Definitions of business terms, ranging from a sentence to over a page in length.
Understanding American Business Jargon [Ref 650.03 F73]
Covers business terms including phrases taken from popular slang and similar references.
Washington Post Business Glossary - http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/business/longterm/glossary
"The glossary contains more than 1,250 business terms, organized and cross-referenced for your convenience. You can search the glossary for a particular word or search the full text of the glossary to find every reference to a word or phrase."
Yahoo's Financial Glossary - http://biz.yahoo.com/f/g/
Nearly 3,000 financial terms defined in plain language.

Sources for company information

Sources of general information

Hoover's Handbook of American Business [Ref 338.74 H761]
Short profiles of U.S. companies.
Hoover's Handbook of Emerging Companies [Ref 338.74 H763]
Short profiles of companies coming into prominence.
Hoover's Handbook of Private Companies [Ref 338.74 H766]
It is much more difficult to find information on private companies than public ones. This volume is one possible source of information.
Hoover's Handbook of World Business [Ref 338.74 H768]
Short profiles of international companies.
Hoover's Online - http://www.hoovers.com/
Online version of directory of business information. Click on Companies & Industries. Type a company name in the search space, or click on Companies/Industries/Company Directory at left. Some portions of the database are for members only, but there is much free information in capsule form. (See also LexisNexis Academic under Directories.
International directory of company histories [Ref 338.74 In82 and online in Business Insights: Global]
Despite its title of "directory," this is really an encyclopedic compilation of company histories. Articles about companies are updated at intervals. An index to company names is found in the last volume.
 

Sources of financial information

See also LexisNexis Academic under Directories, below.

Mergent's Handbook of Common Stocks [Ref 332.67 M54]
Previously Moody's Handbook of Common Stocks. Quarterly publication which gives financial profiles of publicly traded companies.
Reuters Investor - http://today.reuters.com/investing/defaultUS.aspx
Searchable company information. Detailed information requires registration, but the registration is free.
Yahoo Finance - http://biz.yahoo.com/i/
Business meta-site contains links to quotes, research data, financials, etc.

Directories

Directories: Regional

Oregon Business Directory [Ref 338.09795025 Or3]
Use the yellow pages to look up businesses by type, the pink pages to look up businesses by location. For the most up-to-date information from this publisher, use Reference USA and limit your search to Oregon or desired states.
Oregon Manufacturers Register [Ref 338.09795 Or35]
Use the yellow pages to look up businesses by type, the pink pages to look up businesses by location
Advanced Technology in the Pacific Northwest [Ref 338 Ad9]
This is an example of a specialized directory.

Directories: National

 
Business Insights: Global
Type a company name in the space: directory results will be in the Business Profiles. (You may have to click the "View All" link.)
LexisNexis Academic (Business Search)
Click the "Business" tab to search by company or industry. Note: Includes data from Hoover's directories online and from other business databases.
Reference USA
A directory of 14 million businesses in the United States. You will need your My Chemeketa user name and password. Click "Search" at left next to "U.S. Businesses."
ThomasNet (Thomas Register of American Manufacturers)
A directory of manufacturing companies in North America. You can search for a product or service by key words. It is possible to limit by state after the initial keyword search. Every company listed has address and phone information; many have links to the company's Web site or catalog, or both.

Directories: International

Business Insights: Global
Type a company name in the space: directory results will be in the Business Profiles. (You may have to click the "View All" link.)
LexisNexis Academic (Business Search)
Click the "Business" tab to search by company or industry. Note: Includes data from Hoover's directories online and from other business databases.
Thomas Global Register
Like the Thomas Register, above, you can search by key word, and limit by country. You must register to use the resource, but it is free.

Annual reports and other reports to the government

EDGAR, the electronic data gathering, analysis and retrieval system- http://www.sec.gov/edgarhp.htm
Electronic filings by corporations to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The actual annual report to shareholders (except in the case of investment companies) need not be submitted on EDGAR, although some companies do so voluntarily. The annual report on Form 10-K or 10-KSB, however, which contains much of the same information, is required to be filed on EDGAR. Click on "Search for company filings," then on "Companies and other filers." Type in the company name; if the company name is long, do not type more than the first 20 letters.
Search Systems Public Record Locator - http://www.searchsystems.net/
Use this commercial Web site to find online public records, such as bank and financial institution records, state incorporation records, etc. Although the site no longer gives URLS for the data sources, once you have the correct name of the source, you can do a Web search to find it. Records sources that require payment are indicated; many are free.

Periodical Articles

Go to the Chemeketa Library Database page to find databases that cover both our printed magazines and online articles. If you are not on campus, you will need your My Chemeketa user name and password.

Business Insights: Global
Index to over 6,000 publications, including numerous trade publications and peer-reviewed business journals. Includes indexing to the Wall Street Journal (2008-present) and Oregon Business Magazine (1985-present). Full text is available for many articles.
Contains selected full text coverage for more than 240 newspapers and other sources. Coverage of business topics is favored.
LexisNexis Academic
Click the "News" tab; in the dropdown list of sources choose "Major Business Publications."
 

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