Worthington Libraries provides a great deal of information for people interested in conducting business and industry research. Both Northwest Library and Old Worthington Library maintain a "Business Table" near their information desks. Many of the most popular and useful items on this list can be found there. If you're looking for business books, check the following call numbers:
Keep in mind, the nature of this information is such that not all companies and industries are represented equally. It is possible that in certain instances very little information will be available on a particular company.
In most cases, the following general rules apply. It is easier to find information on larger companies than smaller ones. Likewise, it is easier to find information on publicly owned companies than privately held ones. Companies that are subsidiaries of larger entities pose special problems. Often, information about subsidiaries is "absorbed" into the records of the parent companies. With all these factors to consider, it is a good idea to begin any company research by determining such things as size, location, ownership and hierarchy.
These sources typically provide company addresses, phone numbers, sales and employment estimates and contact information. They are often a good place to begin researching a company, as they answer many of the basic questions that will help guide subsequent searching.
These directories focus on companies at the state and local level. Entries typically include address, phone number, company size and type of business. In some cases, officers and contact persons are listed.
Many business directories focus on one particular industry. Some of the most popular are listed below.
In many cases, the information available from directories is just a starting point. If you need in-depth financial information, company histories or investment reports, Worthington Libraries has resources that can help. In general, the following sources cover fewer companies than the directories listed above, but they do so in much more detail. A number of these resources provide links to news stories, press releases and industry information.
Newspaper and magazine articles are a good place to find information about companies and industries. In addition to print subscriptions for the wall street Journal, the Columbus Dispatch, business First and others, Worthington Libraries offers the following sources to help you locate business news. Additionally, many search engines host news pages with a focus on business news. Check the Google, Yahoo! and CNN web sites for examples.
Hoovers (see above) provides industry overviews and rankings. The following directories may include major companies in various sectors and their market share.
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The resources listed in these guides are good places to begin your research, but they represent only some of the materials available at the Library. If you wish to explore these topics further or if you have any questions, please Ask Us!