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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Accounting Research Toolbox

Selected Resources for Illinois College of Business Accountancy Faculty and Students

Common Securities Exchange Comission Filings

  • U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
    • DEF 14A- Proxy Statement (Board of Directors appointments, changes, etc)
    • 10-K Annual Report to the SEC (Required)
    • 10-KA Amended Annual Report
    • 10-Q Quarterly Report
    • 8-K Changes report that could affect the financial health of the company
    • 6-K Non-US companies listed on one of the US stock exchanges report similar to 8-K
    • 20-F Non-US company annual report to SEC
    • 13-D Insider shares traded by board
    • 13-FE Institutional Holders' trades
    • 14-D1 Tender offer or Acquisition of another company
    • 14-D9 Response to tender offer
    • S-1 New Issue Filing, often known as the Prospectus for an Initial Public Offering (IPO)
    • Form SB-Small Business IPO

Related to filings:

Filings can be found in LexisNexis and Mergent Online.

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Mergent Online

To find company reports, use the "company search" window on the left side of the home page. You can limit your search to companies in a specific country. Make sure the "International Company Database" box on the left side is checked. Then, click on the "Country" drop-down menu on the right side, select the name, and click search.

Once you have found a company and reached its "company details" page; click the "filings" tab. You will see a table containing details of the company's recent filings. The icons in the "view documents" tab will provide you with various formats for viewing the filings.

 If the filing you are looking for is more than 90 days old; you will need to use the EDGAR search function. In the "company search" section; select the Government Filings tab near the top of the page and enter a company name or ticker symbol. 

In the "filing date search" section; specify a time frame for your search. Finally; in the "filing type" section; specify what type of filings you are interested in. (Again; Form 10-K is the government-required annual report for publicly-traded companies.)

Mergent Online also has financial ratios. Chad Boenniger at Ohio State has a good video describing how to search the database for individual companies or creating reports which compare ratios of company peers within industries for checking your work when making ratio calculations.  



Users can search by Company name or keyword in the top search bar.

Under advanced search options, found by clicking on the magnifying glass icon on the left hand side, you can search by term, geography, keyword, revenue, ownership, and more.



ProQuest Historical Annual Reports

ProQuest Historical Annual Reports

These reports are available through ProQuest One Business. Once in ProQuest One Business, click on 'Business Databases' in the upper left-hand corner.  Scroll down and under 'databases' make sure only the box next to 'ProQuest Historical Annual Reports' is checked.


Proquest Historical Annual Reports over 800 companies' annual reports in PDF format, many of them back to the 1900's.