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Getting Started with Company Research

  1. Company's website (free)- Don't overlook information that can be found on a company's website such as company history, mission/vision statement (as available), 10-K/Annual Report (public companies), media/news/press releases. Check out "For Investors," "About Us," or similar links. 

  2. Annual Report - Public companies are required to file an annual report to the U.S. government, known as a 10-K. These reports will often include a section on the company's history.

  3. Company profiles in library databases- Check out CCSF Library's Business Databases for company and industry-related information.

  4. Information on public companies is readily available than on  private companies or subsidiaries.

CCSF Recommended Databases for Company Research

Business Source Complete (EBSCO)

Business Source Complete provides scholarly journal, magazine, and newspaper articles, and various reports including SWOT analysis, country reports, and industry profiles covering all aspects of a business.

Find company profiles and other company information. Click on Company Profiles on the top menu bar to get the Market Line Report, which contains a "SWOT Analysis," competitor information, etc.

Small Business Collection

Provides insights, tips, strategies and success stories. Contains hundreds of full-text publications related to small business.


Provides statistics from over 18,000 free and proprietary sources on a wide range of topics such as business, media, and demographics. Also contains information on industries, countries, digital markets, and other topics, as well as infographics. See the Tools tab to access the Company DB for company profiles.


Additional Recommended Databases for Company Research

EDGAR (from the SEC)

The SEC’s EDGAR database provides free public access to U.S. public company information, enabling research on a company’s financial information and operations by reviewing registration statements, prospectuses and periodic reports filed on Forms 10-K and 10-Q. On the left side of the page, select Company Filings Search. 

Business Insights Global (via SF Public Library)

Detailed company and industry profiles including SWOT reports, market share reports, and financial reports.

Mergent Online (via SF Public Library)

Financial information and detailed profiles on public U.S. companies, as well as in-depth profiles on international companies. Search Hint: Use the "Advanced" search to obtain comparative company data.


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