How to Find Information on a Company


Is the company a Massachusetts company?

Yes? Try these reference books:
The Boston Job Bank (331.128)
D & B Regional Business Directory (Ref Desk)
Doing Business in Boston (338.7)
Human Service Referral Directory of Massachusetts (Ref Desk)
Massachusetts Manufacturers Register (Ref Desk)
Complete Guide to the Massachusetts Software & Internet Industry (338.7)
No? Try these reference books:
CorpTech Directory of Technology Companies (338.7)
LexisNexis Corporate Affiliations (338.86)
Hoover's Handbook of American Business (338.7) Also
Hoover�s Handbook of Emerging Companies (338.7) Also
Hoover�s Handbook of Private Companies (338.7) Also
American Manufacturers Directory (659.1)
D & B Million Dollar Directory (338)
Standard and Poor�s Stock Reports (located behind the Reference Desk)
Value Line Investment Survey (located behind the Reference Desk)
Thomas Register of American Manufacturers (659.1)
Consultants and Consulting Organizations Directory (658.46)
Massachusetts Business Directory (338.74)
The library's annual report collection, located in the Job Resource Center
The databases and Internet links listed below.

For recent information, use these periodical databases:

Business & Company Profiles ASAP and General Business File ASAP (ca. 1980�date)
Search full-text business and management journals, trade journals, newspapers and local area business titles, including the Boston Business Journal. For Company Profiles in a geographic area, use the �Advanced Search� link to search by �SIC Code� or subject and add the zip code or city name after the �ke� abbreviation in the search box. Profiles more than 200,000 companies. For Investext,, use the �Advanced Search� link in General Business File ASAP to search full text investment reports on public companies. 


Includes The Boston Globe (1980-Current),
Boston Herald (1997-Current),
Union-News (Springfield, MA) (1988-Current),
Worcester Telegram & Gazette (1989-Current).

NY Times
The New York Times (1/1/2000-Current)

You might also try the Internet

Many companies have home pages.  Often company home page addresses are, e.g.,
Use a search engine like Google to search under the company's name.

Some useful websites:

Annual reports plus links to company home pages. Searchable by company, ticker symbol, industry, more. 

Big Charts 
Charts stock quotes (1985-date) and provides market news. 
Features 25,000 brief company profiles including news, financials and biographies of executives.
Edgar: Securities and Exchange Commission  
A searchable data base of the Securities & Exchange Commission. Includes required corporate forms and reports.
Hoover�s Online 
Searchable index of free profiles of US companies (some of site information is fee-based).
Links to directories, lists, and rankings of businesses and other employers.

Can't find what you need?

It can be difficult to find information about small companies or privately held companies. Ask a reference librarian for help. For further information, you may try a specialized business library:
Boston Public�s Kirstein Business Branch,
Babson College
Bentley College

Ask a reference librarian if you would like help. Unless otherwise noted, these sources are shelved on the reference index table in the Job Resource Center.

Websites change! Please email us if you have difficulty with a site on this list. We'll try to identify and correct the problem.




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