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*Getting Started with Business Research

Are you looking for economic data? Market research? Articles from the business press? Use the tabs to access relevant resources.

Company Research Guide

Company research is complicated and only a sample of resources and research techniques are highlighted here. For additional tips, see the more detailed guide linked below.

Company Histories

While a company's own website will often include information about its history, you must evaluate whether the information is objective or biased.  Consider using these additional sources for historical background on a company.

Business Rankings

Domestic Company Directories

Company Profiles & Financial Statements

Each of the following subscription (SLU-only) resources can be used to find company profiles and/or financial information.  Company profiles may include such information as corporate history, executive leadership, financial performance, market share, and more.

Market Share


One way to assess a particular company's financial health is to compare its financial statement and ratios to an aggregate norm for the industry in which it operates.