The library provides access to a wide variety of sources, but the amount of information available varies by type of company:
Publicly-traded companies are the easiest to research. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission requires them to provide detailed information on a quarterly and annual basis.
Subsidiaries of public companies can be difficult to research because the parent company is not required to report on each of them individually.
Use the database OneSource Global Business Browser listed below to search by company name or ticker symbol.
You can find the Corporate Family and Ultimate Parent at the top center of the Company Profile page, or click on Corporate Family in the left sidebar for a list of all subsidiaries, their locations, sales, and number of employees.
Private companies are not required to release any information about themselves and are therefore more challenging to research.
The databases Business Source Complete, LexisNexis Academic, OneSource Global Business Browser, and ReferenceUSA listed below contain private company information, but there is often a limited amount of information available and sales figures are often estimates.
Provides robust intelligence on companies, executives, and industries, as well as news, analyst reports and SEC filings. Use the search boxes on the database homepage, or use the menu tabs to build custom lists or search for analyst reports by brokerage house, company, or industry. Access: Available to anyone on-campus. Available off campus for UW-Madison students, faculty and staff only. Licensed for 10 simultaneous users.
Provides access to information on U.S. businesses and U.S. consumers. The business database includes data such as employee size, sales volume, geo-codes for mapping, contact details, franchise and brand information, judgments and bankruptcies, and credit rating scores. The consumer database includes comprehensive demographic and lifestyle attributes for any type of marketing or research. Access: Available to anyone on-campus. Available off campus for UW-Madison students, faculty and staff only.
Additional Library Databases and Internet Resources
Scholarly, trade, and popular business publications covering all business disciplines. Includes market research reports, industry reports, country reports, company profiles and SWOT analyses. (Updated daily) Access: Available to anyone on-campus. Available off campus for UW-Madison students, faculty and staff only. This resource is also available for use by all Wisconsin residents through BadgerLink.
Charity Navigator is a 501 (c) (3) public charity that provides performance metrics, income statements, compensation of leaders, and more. Free registration is required to view expanded features such as organization history and IRS Forms 990. Access: Available to everyone.
All companies, foreign and domestic, are required to file registration statements, periodic reports, and other forms electronically through EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval). Anyone can access and download this information for free. Access: Available to everyone.
Newspapers, trade and scholarly journals, TV and radio transcripts, and news wires from more than 200 countries in 26 languages. Information on publicly traded companies, industry ratios, trade associations, and relevant news articles is under the Companies/Markets tab. (Updated daily, dates vary by title) Access: Available to anyone on-campus. Available off campus for UW-Madison students, faculty and staff only. Licensed for 3 simultaneous users.
GuideStar is a 501 (c) (3) public charity that gathers and disseminates information about every single IRS-registered nonprofit organization. Free account creation is required to view IRS Forms 990, Board Chair, and Board of Directors. Access: Available to everyone.
Legal, news, reference, and business sources such as international and U.S. newspapers, ethnic and regional news sources, magazines, wire services, newsletters, trade journals, law reviews, company and industry analyst reports, polls, almanacs, biographical tools, and broadcast transcripts. Use the Search by Subject or Topic drop-down menu for more options. (Updated daily) Access: Available to anyone on-campus. Available off campus for UW-Madison students, faculty and staff only.
Database of over 10,000 U.S. public companies, over 18,000 international companies, and over 8,000 "dead stocks." Country reports, custom reports and screening capabilities are also available. Up to the most recent 15 years of data, and up to the most recent 10 years of annual reports. (Updated Monthly) Access: Available to anyone on-campus. Available off campus for UW-Madison students, faculty and staff only.