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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Career Corner

Company Research

Company Profiles

LexisNexis Academic 

Provides full text and abstracts of articles from over 40,000 newspapers, magazines, journals, wire services, trade journals, etc., in addition to allowing you to generate lists of companies using criteria that you select.

ProQuest One Business:

-Description: Search for articles about companies.

-Special features: only database w/ Wall Street Journal

-Description: Business-Hoover's Company Records (accessed clicking on 'Business Databases' in the upper left-hand corner)

-Special features (Hoovers): 1)  Large # of public/private companies, 2) Fair # of competitors cited, 3) Short and easy to read.

Mergent ("Seach" using company name or ticker symbol)

-Description: 10,000 public companies and their SEC filings.

-Tabs: Company details, company financials, create reports, Edgar, news, annual reports, research, competitors, portraits, and industry reports.

-Company Details: Synopsis, highlights, joint ventures, business, property, subsidiaries, long term debt, executives, and capital stock

-Special features: 1) Large # of international companies 2) PDF, Word, Excel, and HTML ("Create Report" tab).

-Note: Much of the information is very brief.

D&B reference book of corporate managements / Dun & Bradstreet
Location: Business & Economics Reference [non-circulating]
Call Number: Q. 658.151 D9221
-Special features: Executive information: education and work history



Use this database to build a company list and search for company, industry and people profiles. Hoover's gives you access to best in class data made up of approximately 84 million private and public companies, including subsidiaries. Below is a screenshot of the company list builder and its criteria. 

Search for a company in the search box or click on Build a Company List

Insider Information


Insider Information



-Description: Over 10,000 companies. Insider information about a company: corporate culture and reputation. ("Companies" tab)

-Special Features: 1) Corporate culture  described. 2) Can post questions to the "Discussions" section

-Note: 1) Must pay for info in its entirety, 2) Information scarce. 

-Short industry overview. ("Industries" tab)

glassdoor (FREE)

-Description: Two year old company that has great insider information about companies.

-Tabs:  Salaries, (Employee) ReviewsInterviews (Many real Interview Qs) 

Company Info For International Students

Companies with Domestic and International Branches  (For International Students)

Corporate Affiliations (enter "company" or "ticker")
-Description: Nearly 210,000 parent and subsidiary businesses worldwide.

-Tabs: Company, company-secondary, address, mailing address, communication, business description,  financial, stock exchanges, naics, sic, competitors, executives directors, products & brands service firms, and hierarchy.

-Note: Much of the information is very brief.


Free Company Information

Publicly Traded Companies (Mostly Financial Info)

SEC (use "Filings and forms"->"seach for company filings"-> enter company name or ticker symbol)

-Description: The annual report (form 10-k) is the most helpful for learning about a company's performance.

-The annual report to the shareholders is helpful for learning not only about a company's financial health but also its future direction.


-Description: Access securities related information for Canadian companies: public company and investment fund profiles and SEDAR public securities filings.

-Official site operating with the consent and support of the Canadian Securities Amdinistatrators.