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Introductory guide to find international and national company information.

Company Information Guide

Welcome to the Company Information Guide.

The purpose of this guide is to point out different types of company information and make references to the relevant databases and other information resources. This guide makes references to library materials, databases, websites and other information sources. The main focus will be on the databases available by CBS Library

Researching a Company

Try to follow these three steps:

  1. Pubic or Private?
    Public companies issue stocks and have to file much more information than private companies
  2. What does the company say?
    read the company's financial statements and annual reports
  3. What do others say?
    read news articles, journal articles, investment reports, company profiles and other secondary sources

Company information - a short description

Before you start to search for company information

First define what kind of information you are looking for in relation to the company, i.e. company annual report, basic or/and financial data, company profile, investment analysis, or newspaper articles.

Use the blue menu tabs (above) or the table of contents (left) to guide you through the guide.

The amount of information available on a particular company can vary greatly.

Some factors to consider include:

  • public or private owned: It is easier to find information about public companies (those that sell stock to shareholders) than about private companies (those that are privately owned by an individual or a group).
  • is it a subsidiary of a public company based abroad? You will need to look at the ultimate parent company website.
  • where the company is located
  • the size of the company
  • media exposure 

Information about companies can be found in a wide range of sources, including:

  • company databases: quick access to basic information, financial data, subsidiaries etc.
  • newspapers, magazines and journals: access to news articles, analyses, reports etc. about companies
  • LibSearch (library cataloque): access to literature on specific companies and the business environment
  • individual company websites: access to annual reports and market and product announcements
  • other websites: access to all kind of information on companies.
    Note! always remember to be critical to the information

When looking for information about a company, consider both information from the company itself (e.g., the company website, filings, press releases, etc.) as well as information about the company written by others (e.g. newspaper articles, analyst reports, articles by professors, etc.).

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