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BUS370 Research Skills Guide: Company Information

Searching for information

One useful way to find company information is direct from the company website. Look for links to areas such as annual reports, shareholder information, investors' sections, latest announcement, latest media releases, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, about us, etc.

Another way is by using Charles Sturt University databases which are listed below. Databases often provide detailed company snapshots and analysis reports of company performance such as SWOT analysis and comparisons with other similar companies.

News reports are another way to find the most up-to-date information on companies, commodities and industries in specific countries. To find newspaper articles you can search a newspaper database or a newspaper website.

Search For Company or Industry reports in Charles Sturt University databases

The databases featured below provide access to company and industry information however they are not accessible after graduation.

See the tab Library Services for Alumni to find out how to access databases after graduation.

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D&B Hoovers

Previously known as D&B Global Business Browser and before that as OneSource: Global Business Browser, this database provides a range of public and private company and industry information, worldwide and from the Asia Pacific and Australia/New Zealand regions.

When you first log in you might see a Preferences Setup screen. You can change certain preferences here if you like, and then click on Continue

The search box at the top of the screen defaults to showing Search for a Company

The results list shows basic information, but more information is displayed when Quick View is selected 

IBISWorld

IBISWorld is a private company which specialises in company and industry research. The collection here consists of Australian company and industry reports and analyses.

On the main page of the database, enter your company name, industry, or relevant keywords into the search box.

You can also use the options across the top navigation to jump directly to Company Research or a range of Industry Research reports.

Factiva

A global news and business information service, with most material available in full-text. It covers science, health, education, the humanities, and other subjects but has a focus on business, including business news, and company and industry research.

NOTE: CSU Library has only 3 concurrent-user licenses to Factiva. If you can't get access, try again later.

Company Snapshot - from the Companies/Markets tab select Company. Search by company name, DUNS, Registration ID or Ticker. 
 

Industry Snapshots - from the Companies/Markets tab select Industry and choose the type of industry you are interested in from the list.

ABI/INFORM Collection

ProQuest database that includes thousands of scholarly and trade journals, plus other related content, with most in full-text, covering business, management, and finance.

For Company Profiles - enter the company name into the Advanced search box and limit to Company Profile from Document Type box.

For Industry Reports - enter industry into the Advance search box and limit to Industry Report, Market Report and Market Research from Document Type box.

Business Source Complete

An EBSCOhost database which includes the full-text of more than 1600 full-text journals and of more than 1500 trade journals and general business magazines, plus other non-journal content.

For Company Profiles - click on More from the drop down menu in the top toolbar above the search box and select Company Profiles or select Company Information link in the top toolbar.

For Industry Reports - enter the name of an industry into the search box and limit to Industry Profile and/or Market Research Report from the Publication Type box.

Business Market Research Collection

ProQuest database with company and industry market research from 3 sources: Hoover’s Company Profiles; OxResearch; and Snapshots Series.

Company Profile - Enter the company name into the Advanced search box and limit to Company Profile from Document Type box.

Industry Report - Enter industry into the Advanced search box and limit to Industry Report, Market Report and Market Research from Document Type box.

 

Charles Sturt Media Databases

Useful websites

Company information, annual reports and industry information

  • AnnualReports.com Links to company websites listed on the following exchanges: AIM, AMES, ASX, LSE, NASDAQ, NYSE, OTC, TSX, TSX-V
  • Australian Industry Group Tools and Resources (Ai Group) - Australian industry association provides access to some free online resources such as economic outlook reports.
  • Australian Stock Exchange company directory Find market data and information about companies listed on the ASX
  • deListed -covers companies that are delisted, suspended, in administration, in receivership, and in liquidation. Only covers companies previously listed on ASX

News & media