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For off campus access to databases please use Research Port.

Business Source Premier  

  • Click on 'Company Profiles' in the top toolbar on the left hand side for company information
  • Company Profile should provide SWOT analysis for most public companies.
  • Use the "Limit Your Results" box to narrow down publication dates.


Business and Company Resource Center

  • Business Insights: Essentials brings together in a single database company profiles, company brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies, and periodicals.


Hoover's Company Information

  • This database provides full-text information about companies, industries, and the people who lead them as well as a list of competitors.
  • Includes a brief company history
  • Some information on private companies included

  LEXIS-NEXIS Academic Universe
 Stock Report sources include Nelson's Company Research Reports, Nelson's Consensus Earnings Estimates, Vickers Institutional Holdings, Vickers Securities Report, & Zacks Investment Research.

  • From L-N's front page, click on the 'Business' category on the left tool-bar.

  • On the next screen, click on the link to 'Company Profiles'.

  • Type your company name or ticker symbol in the first dialogue box.

  • Select 'Stock Reports' from the Source pull-down menu.
  • Choose a date field as appropriate (suggest 1 year).
  • Click on the 'search' button.


Mergent/FIS Online

  • Click on the link to Industry Reports.

  • Use the pull-down menu at the top of the screen to select an industry and/or region and then click on the 'Search' button to the right of the screen.


Morningstar [2 seats] Warning! This database is limited to two users at one time.  

  • Under 'Reports', enter a company's ticker or name and click on 'Go'.

  • Remember to click on 'End Session' at the top right to exit program.


Regional Business News

  • This database provides information for smaller companies including private companies.


ValueLine Database
This database is only available in the Blackwell Library Reference Area.  Ask the reference staff to sign you on.  

  • Click on the link to 'The ValueLine Investment Survey Online - Standard Edition.
  • On the left toolbar, click on the link to 'Lookup Company'.

  • Type in your company name or ticker symbol.
Wall Street Journal
  • Indexes, abstracts, and provides online full text for the Wall Street Journal newspaper




Other Resources

S&P Industry Surveys  (Located in the reference collection.)
Reference HC 106.6 .S74 v. 1-3

Refer to the Company/Industry Index in the beginning of each volume.  Locate your company name (or a company similar to yours) to find the Industry Section. 


BigCharts - Historical Quotes
Pricing data goes back a number of years, however, the researcher will need to input each date separately.


Standard & Poor's - Credit Ratings
Free credit ratings information provided after a free registration process.

  • Click on "Find a Rating" on the left toolbar.

  • You will be asked for your ID and password.  Click on the register link at the bottom  if this is your first time using the source. 

  • Ratings are provided for S&P companies only.

  • To get an explanation of the ratings used, click on the link on the left toolbar to "Standard and Poor's Rating Definitions."

How do you cite all these terrific resources? See the library citation guide!


Private Companies: Tips/Resources

  • Yahoo! Finance Search:
    Use this Finance Search to find profiles of private companies and subsidiaries.
  • Search newspapers from the geographic region where your company is located.
    • Lexis-Nexis Academic: From the News Menu, select U.S. News in Step 1 and then select the appropriate state or region of the country in Step 2.

How to get library assistance!

  • In person, at the Reference Desk on the 1st Floor of the Blackwell Library

  • By phone @ 410-548-5988

  • Through e-mail, using Ask A Librarian

  • By scheduling an appointment with Sarah Loudenslager, Business Librarian, for    in-depth questions @ or 410-677-0131
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The librarian liaison to Business is Sarah Loudenslager,