Note: It is typically easier to find information on public companies as they are required to make available corporate reports, financial reports, and other information. Private companies have no such obligation, so information is harder to find.
Mergent Online offers provides company overviews, histories, executive profiles, annual reports, financials, supply chain data, competitors, and more.
50,000+ International Public Companies
Dun & Bradstreet's 20 million + Private Company Search
CB Insights is a venture capital database featuring startups and private companies. The database includes brief company descriptions, financing details, and board members.
International private companies, startups, venture capitalists.
Some public company information.
VPN required for off-campus access
In order to access CB Insights, you will need to register for an account using your McGill University email and create a password. Navigating in CB Insights is very straightforward. You can keyword search for startups, topics, or venture capitalists. You can also search existing collections of companies or build your own collections.
The Advanced Search feature allows you to narrow down by company, deals, or investors. You can use the search filters to target specific geographic regions, industries, revenue types, and more.
MarketLine provides company reports containing overviews, major products and services, key competitors, as well as SWOT analysis for larger companies.
Over 30,000 international public and private companies.
VPN required for off-campus access.
There are a few different ways to gather company data in MarketLine.
Passport GMID is a Euromonitor International database that has company reports focused on the consumer goods market. These reports are focused on major companies.
International major public companies.
Passport is easy to use through simple keyword searching, you can type the name of your company in the main search bar or use the company tab at the top of the screen.
Annual reports are released yearly by public companies as part of their filings. In the U.S. these may be labeled 10K Reports. The following resources can be used to access a company's annual reports.
You can often find detailed and timely information about companies in academic journals, professional and trade magazines, and newspapers. These sources can be useful if you are having difficulty locating information on a private company, or if you want to supplement the information you've found in the core databases.
Tip: Use the advanced search interface on a database and to search for the company name in the company entity or company/organization field.
The use of McGill Library's professional business databases is limited to academic purposes. These databases are not to be used on behalf of external organizations or for commercial reasons.
Students completing internships may not access resources and reports on behalf of their employers.
Most of the core databases will list a company's competitors, similar companies, or company in the same industry. Some competitors will be identified by the companies themselves and others will be supplied by the database, sometimes this is regardless of whether they actually compete for the same customers.
Company earnings calls take place when a public company speaks to shareholders about opportunities and threats facing the company or industry. These transcripts can often be downloaded from the company's corporate website or by using sources from our Finance guide.
Supply Chain information can be found for public companies in many of the company databases. Some best bets include Mergent Online and Bloomberg.
Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities and Threats. You can find SWOT analyses for some major companies by searching for company reports in Marketline Advantage and Business Source Complete.
International Directory of Company Histories
Provides a detailed history of many U.S. and Canadian public companies and some private companies.
FP Survey, Predecessor & Defunct
Tracks name changes in Canadian companies going back over 80 years. Last published edition (2015) available as PDF download.
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Companies sometimes own other companies, called subsidiaries. If the parent company is public, the parent company will usually file the financials and other corporate financial information from the subsidiary within its own financial results.
You can do a quick Google search or look at a company's corporate webpage to determine if they are a subsidiary.
If a company is a subsidiary, this will result in difficulties distinguishing financials from the parent company. You will need to search for the parent within the provided databases.
You can use the following sources to help you build your citations for your report.
Business Citation Guides: