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Toolkit for STEM Business: Company Information Research

This guide was created by Becky Smith and Lindsay Taylor, MSLIS candidate 2022.

Company Information Research Flow Chart

Visual depiction of a BIS Librarian's suggested search strategy for finding company information using the Three Easy Steps to Find Company Information.

For resources under each step, visit the Three Easy Steps to Find Company Information.

Determine if the company is public, private, or subsidiary.

Use the following databases to determine if the company is public, private, or subsidiary:

Public Companies

Private Companies

Consult sources below for information about private companies:

Also, check article databases:

Subsidiary Companies

Consult subsidiary sources below to verify subsidiary status and to get parent company name:

Then use Nexis Uni (tutorial video) to determine if the parent company is public or private.
Follow steps for Public or Private Companies.

Figure out what information you need.

Company Profiles in Subscription Databases often contain the following:

  • Revenues (either estimated for private companies or from filings)
  • Top Executives & brief bios
  • Lines of business
  • Revenues (either estimated for private companies or from filings)
  • Top Executives & brief bios
  • Lines of business
    • aka Industries (either NAICS or SICs)
    • What it does (makes, services, or both)
  • Designates if private or public (subsidiary, branch, parent)
  • Competitors (either designated by company or within SIC)
  • Option: financials and background/history
  • Some may have investment analysis
  • Ability to compile lists within an industry, geography, sales range, or stock index