These days, a wealth of information can be gleaned from a company's website. Some larger corporations may have both a "public" or "commercial" website, as well as a second website more geared toward management and potential investors. Privately-held companies are notoriously difficult to research, but the state in which they are incorporated will often have annual reports available online via the Office of the Secretary of State for that state (e.g. Texas, Deleware, Connecticut).
The TTU Libraries also provide access to the following subscription-based company information databases:
Hoover's Company Records
Provides information on up to 16.5 million companies, which can include company overview and history when available, all officers and board members covered, all competitors, products and operations, auditors, rankings, related industry information and historical financials.
Business & Company Resource Center (BCRC)
Provides accurate, up-to-date company and industry intelligence for thousands of firms.
ProQuest Historical Annual Reports
A database comprising decades of annual reports from hundreds of top North American companies.
Business & Industry
Contains important facts, figures and key events for international public and private companies, industries, products, and markets for manufacturing and service industries.
Information on more than 10,000 public companies and their SEC filings.
A comprehensive source of information and advice on approximately 1,700 stocks in 98 industries, the stock market, and the economy. In the top, right-hand corner of the page (where it says "Symbol"), enter the company's ticker symbol.
Basic financial information on public companies worldwide, from a variety of sources and documents.
Business Source Complete (BSC)
Our largest and most comprehensive full-text business database. While not generally considered a "company information" database, Ebsco Publishing has contracted with research/consulting/forecasting/analysis powerhouse Datamonitor to provide SWOT analyses on more than 10,000 companies.
Information on a particular industry can be found at some of the above subscription databases (namely BCRC, Business & Industry, BSC and Hoover's), as well as on the free web. Many industries have industry associations or trade groups, which have websites of their own, and which can assist a researcher with industry information in much the same way as a company website can assist a researcher with company information.
That said, the single best resource for industry information that TTU subscribes to is a print title: Standard & Poor's Industry Surveys. Search for this in IRIS.
The TTU Libraries provide access to the following subscription company news databases:
Includes major business tabloids, magazines, daily newspapers, wire services, and area business publications. For example, the Wall Street Journal, Eastern Edition.
Provides regional information about business activities and trends, as well as major stories on local firms, their products, and executives.
Regional Business News
Provides comprehensive full-text coverage for regional business publications. Incorporates coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States. Updated on a daily basis.