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Company Research


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Core databases

We recommend that you view company profiles from a number of databases to get a complete picture of a company, as the kinds of information, level of detail, and amount of related information will vary from database to database.

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.


Database Public companies Private companies*
  • LexisNexis Corporate Affiliations
    Brief company profiles including board relationships, corporate hierarchies, NAICS and SIC industry classifications. International coverage.

    VPN required for off-campus or wireless connection. 1 concurrent user only.

    NOTE: This is also a good resource to determine if a company is public or private.
~ 2 million parent and subsidiary companies (public and private)
  • MarketLine Advantage
    Provides company overview, major products and services, key competitors as well as SWOT analysis for larger companies. International coverage.

    VPN required for off-campus or wireless connection.
~ 25,000 major companies ~ 5000 major companies
  • Mergent Online
    Provides company overview, history, executive profiles, annual reports, financials, supply chain data, etc. International coverage.

US: ~ 23,000 active and inactive companies

International: ~ 35,000 active and inactive companies

~ 34 million companies
  • Passport GMID
    Focuses on companies in the consumer market. International coverage.

    Click Companies tab and search for company by name.
Yes No
  • CB Insights
    Venture capital database of startups and private companies. Includes brief company description, financing details, and board members.

    Click Search, then choose Company search. Search by company name or by criteria such as industry, geography, financing details.

    Requires VPN for off-campus access. You will also need to create an account using your McGill email address. 
No Yes
  • Company Information (Business Source Complete)
    Provides company information as well as links to related articles, SWOT analysis, and other reports available in Business Source Complete database.

    Click Company Information, then search for the company you are interested in.
Yes Yes

Tip! If the databases listed above do not provide you with the necessary information, you can also search for articles or news items that provide information on the company you are interested in.

Please note that in most cases, the information available in these databases for private companies will be limited.

Liaison Librarian for Management, Business, and Entrepreneurship

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Amanda Wheatley
Humanities and Social Sciences Library
3459 McTavish Street

Liaison Librarian for Management and Business

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Dawn McKinnon
Humanities and Social Sciences Library
3459 McTavish Street

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