The library has many sources both electronic and print that can help you find information about a variety of companies. Most larger companies will have information on their websites. If you need to know officer information, sales, how much they spend on marketing, Reference USA is a great source for that type of information. Check out our previous blog post on what this great source can do for you!
A source for larger companies is Hoover’s Company Capsules & Profiles. This is offered through GALILEO and can be accessed with a DCPL library card and your PIN number. It can be found on our Reference Databases page. Hoover’s provides company rankings according to Forbes, basic financial information, competitors and key people. Need more information including industry outlooks? Check out Business & Company Resource Center. (You will need your library card and PIN number to access this resource.) This source gives industry outlook, competition, financial, suits and claims and news articles relating to the company when available.
In print we have two sources that can give you company histories. The International Directory of Company Histories can be found at the Decatur, Wesley-Chapel and Chamblee branches. This is a multi-volume set that is updated yearly. Decatur holds all of the previous volumes while the other branches have a small selection of this resource. We also have a broader print source called Company Profiles for Students. This resource contains larger companies. It includes basic information that is similar to the other sources. The source includes influences for the company, analysts’ opinions and company past and current strategies. Chamblee, Decatur and Wesley-Chapel all have this source. Hopefully this will give you a place to start to research a company. If you need additional help, please feel free to contact your local branch or the Decatur Reference Department.