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Company Research: Sources

The research databases listed below offer a very good start on researching companies and industries. Through the Company Directories you can obtain financial statements and other data, as will as SEC filings, analysis of performance, and much more. You can also find Articles about your company and industry, which may include analysis, reaction of the market, and general reports on company activity. News databases provide up-to-the-minute reports on company or industry activity, market reactions, and events that impact business. NOTE: Most of the databases listed below are available only to SUNY Old Westbury authorized users (students, faculty and staff), or to visitors using computers in the campus library. Contact the library for more information.

Company Directories

Company directories provide detailed information about companies and industries. Some offer financial statements and other data, some have access to SEC documents, and some offer analysis of company or industry performance.


Mergent Online
Highly detailed information about companies, including financials, stock, properties, joint ventures, subsidiaries, S.E.C. filings, and debt for over 11,000 U.S. companies and more than 17,000 foreign companies.
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Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage
Detailed descriptions of companies, industries, and mutual funds.
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Business Insights: Essentials
Includes reports on companies and industries, and also has access to business articles. Provides company profiles, company brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies, and periodicals.
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Value Line
Value Line offers very succinct, one-page reports (“tear sheets”) on over 1,700 leading stocks in 97 industries.
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Articles

The databases listed below are good sources for finding articles and commentary about companies and industries.

ABI/Inform
ABI/Inform is an article index with high-quality coverage of many of the top business journals, much of it in full text. Good for general articles about companies and industries.
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Business Insights: Essentials
This database, listed above as a company directory, also has access to business articles related to both companies and industries. Provides news, articles, analysis, and marketing reports.
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Business Source Complete
Business Source Complete is a large, easy-to-use database from EBSCO. It offers a huge collection, and access to many popular journals, newspapers and periodicals. .
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Science Direct
Articles from scholarly journals published by Elsevier. Includes science publications and other disciplines including business, management and accounting.
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Newspapers and News

The databases listed below offer excellent access to the latest business news.

LexisNexis Academic
LexisNexis Academic provides access to full-text newspapers and journals, wire services, news broadcast transcripts, business, and legal publications.
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ProQuest Newspapers
Provides full-text access to a wide range of newspapers from the United States and abroad, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, the Daily News and Newsday.
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Historical New York Times (ProQuest)
This database offers full-text access to all New York Times content from 1851 to about three years before the current date.
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Historical Wall Street Journal (ProQuest)
This database offers full-text access to all Wall Street Journal content from 1889 to about 1991.
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