This guide highlights the extensive resources the BGSU Libraries provides to find information on a company. This includes dozens of business/industry databases and databases for news and other information.
When researching a company it's good to start out by doing some presearch. Before proceeding to research your company using library subscription sources, learn a bit about your company through freely available resources such as Crunchbase or Wikipedia. Identify the following information about the firm you are researching:
- Does this company operate under any other names? Do they have any products or services that might serve as additional search terms?
- Take notes of any potential relevant information you find.
- Is this company a subsidiary of another company or is it a parent company?
- Write down the parent company if applicable. Look for both the parent company and the subsidiary, but you're more likely to find company profiles on the parent company.
- Is this firm a public or private company?
- Private companies do not have the same disclosure requirements as public companies and you may not find a private company profile in any of the subscription business databases we offer. Instead you many need to rely more heavily on news articles and the company website.
- Look for a unique piece of information about your company
- This can help you differentiate your company from those with similar names. If it is a publicly traded company also make note of the stock ticker for the company (ex: NASDAQ: GOOGL). If it a private company look for other identifying information such as the main business address.