Company Information Databases

Business Descriptions/Company Overviews

Public Companies have an obligation to report a basic level of information to their shareholders and are also required to file annually with the SEC. Therefore, finding information on these companies is relatively easy.

Private Companies are owned privately, and have no obligation to report any information to the public. Finding information on private companies can be more challenging.

D&B Hoovers (OneSource)

Search by company name, ticker symbol or registered number. Excellent coverage of company information for both US and non-US companies, including analyst reports and strengths/weaknesses analysis. Tip: Limited information can be found about some private companies.


Search by company name to find company profiles, industry profiles, country profiles, financial deals, and news. Company overviews include revenue and SWOT analysis, as well as competitor and subsidiary information.


Business and residential information for reference and research. Databases provide information on U.S. & Canadian businesses, New & Historical businesses, U.S. Jobs/Internships and Consumers/Lifestyles.

Company Financials
Mergent Online

Search by company name or ticker symbol to find basic financial information and valuation analysis alongside listings of related products/services, customers, suppliers, partners, and competitors.

D&B Hoovers (OneSource)

Search by company name, ticker symbol or registered number. Provides company financials, ratio comparisons, annual ratios, income statement, etc.

SWOT Analysis

SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis offers insight into a company’s condition as it objectively assesses its strengths and weaknesses and its potential to deal with external opportunities and threats. It is therefore a useful tool in developing and confirming company goals and marketing strategies. Use the following resources to access or assess a company’s SWOT analysis.
D&B Hoovers (OneSource)

Listed as “Strengths/Weaknesses” on the left side of the company overview page.


Company overviews often include SWOT analysis.

Print Resources
  • Hoover’s Handbook of Private Companies (HG4057 .A8616 2014-2015)
  • Hoover’s Handbook of American Business (HG4057 .A28617 2014-2015)
  • Hoover’s Handbook of Emerging Companies (HG4057 .A28618 2014-2015)
  • Headquarters USA 29th ed. (E154.5 .N37 v.1-2)
  • International Directory of Company Histories (HD2721 .I63 1988 v.1-70)
  • Hoover’s Master List of Major U.S. Companies 2000 (HF5035 .H66 2000)