Course Research Pages

FIN 320 - Financial Management I

Finding Company and Industry Information

Use the following library databases for finding information on your company and its stock history.

Business Insights: Essentials
Use "Company Finder" or the main search box to find info about your company. Note the links on the side menu, which include Investment Reports, Financials, Rankings, and Recent News. SWOT analyses are available for some companies. Financial Data and Legal Issues might be of particular interest. Under "Industries" you'll find overviews of the industry into which your business fits; use the NAICS code if you know it.

Business Source Complete
Contains market research reports, company profiles, SWOT analyses, and full-text articles from newspapers and academic journals. Enter your company name and select CO Company Entity in the Select a Field box to get a manageable results list.

Lexis Nexis Academic
News and press releases about company earnings and stock value. Limit your search to newswires (using the blue menu on the left side) and choose a specific date range to get best results.

Mergent Online
Detailed financial and company information is available in this resource. Search by company name or ticker symbol. You can build reports comparing stock prices of your company and its competitors, look at pricing summaries, find company financials and ratings, and more.

Value Line Investment Survey
Search by company name or ticker symbol for analyst commentaries and rankings. Go to the "Dashboard" tab at the top of the page, then to "Investment Survey" on right-hand side and to "Lookup Company." "Survey Issues" takes you to Ratings & Reports, Selection & Opinion, and Summary & Index; the latter provides three-to-five year forecasts for stocks, as well as percentage of appreciation.

Public Internet Resources

From the U.S. Securites & Exchange Commission. View a company's filings in a direct and unadulterated form. Search by company name or CIK number (CIK can be found in Business & Company Resource Center database, among other places.)


Google Finance


Motley Fool

Yahoo! Finance

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Research Tips

These Research Guides have been prepared by librarians to assist with your research. Read more:

Evaluating Web Resources

Critically Analyzing Information Sources

Searching Electronic Resources Effectively

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Citing Your Research

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association - BF76.7 .P83 2010 (Located in Library Permanent Reserves)

Related Guides

Company Research Guide

Industry Research Guide