Worthington Libraries provides a great deal of information for people interested in conducting business and industry research, in print and online.
If you're looking for business books, check the following call numbers:
- 332 (financial economics, personal finance, investing),
- 338 (production and industries),
- 670 (manufacturing),
- 658 (marketing).
Keep in mind that not all companies and industries are represented equally. It's 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.
Detailed company information, annual reports and SEC filings
Local business news
Market research and demographics
If you're looking for industry overviews and rankings, you can find them in Hoovers (see above). The following directories may include major companies in various sectors and their market share.