Major Research Tools



Information on public and private companies--both U.S. and international--and their affiliates, subsidiaries, and divisions. Particularly useful for information about corporate hierarchies.

Hoover's Online


Profiles of public and private companies in the U.S. and other countries. Also includes financial and corporate directory information, business news, and stock quotes.

International Directory of Company Histories


Detailed histories of U.S. and international companies. Use the search box to find all company profiles available in electronic format. Older volumes are available in Skillman's print reference collection (HD2721 .I63)

Market Share Reporter


Compilation of comparative business statistics. Mostly covers top brands for various products (e.g. top coffee brands), but also includes things like leading firms in an industry and dollar value of product shipments. Foreign as well as U.S. data. See related publication, Market Share Reporter: Trends over Time.

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage

Data, Full-Text

Database of business and investment information, including company profiles, financial data, and stock, bond, and mutual fund reports. Includes S&P's Industry Surveys and Register of Corporations.



Statistics and studies gathered by market researchers, trade organizations, scientific publications, and government sources on over 600 industries

Wall Street Journal via ProQuest


Coverage: 1984-present

Full text of the Wall Street Journal. Includes limited images, charts and tables.

Ward's Business Directory of U.S. Private and Public Companies


Directory and profiles of 100,000 U.S. companies. Can be searched by total sales, location, NAICS code, and more.

Other Suggested Research Tools

Beer Institute: Research


Statistics on beer in the U.S., including production, consumption, imports and exports, taxes, and industry analysis reports.

County Business Patterns


Annual reports of state and county-level economic data (business establishments, employees, and payroll) by industry, from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Current Industrial Reports

Data on the production and shipment of selected products in various U.S. industries.

Economic Census


Detailed data on U.S. businesses collected every five years.



Electronic filings to the Securities and Exchange Commission by domestic companies trading public shares. (Note: some annual 10K and 10KSB reports will be found, but annual reports to shareholders are provided on a voluntary basis only.) Lists

The Forbes 500 and other rankings of companies, people, and places.

Wall Street Journal: Market Data Center


Current data on U.S. and international stocks, mutual funds, bonds, commodities, currencies, etc. A growing number of tables provide historical data back to 2007.