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Business Administration Research Guide

A guide for conducting research in the Business Administration program

Company Information

Check out these two short videos below created by Rasmussen College Library for an introduction on how to search for companies and how search by indusry codes in Mergent.

Other online resources

  • Annual Reports at Yahoo - This free service by Yahoo Finance provides you with quick access to annual reports and other information on over 3,500 companies.
  • Corporate Watch - Web site dedicated to observe transnational corporations at the local, national, and international levels and to provide readers with information to investigate and analyze corporate activity.
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange - EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval system) - All publicly traded firms must file information electronically with the SEC. Data will be kept for two years in the system.
  • SEC Edgar Company FilingsSEC Free access to more than 20 million filings. 
  • Forbes lists - On this site you can find the various lists that Forbes compiles including the lists for the top 400 domestic companies; 200 best small companies; world's 2000 largest companies.
  • Fortune 500 - Fortune Magazine's annual list of the top 500 U.S. companies ranked by revenues. Basic company info, including brief SWOT analysis.
  • The Inc 500 List - Inc Magazine's list of the country's fastest growing private companies.
  • Public Register's Annual Report Service - Free annual reports for 3,600 public companies for U.S. mailing addresses only. Also features, PaceSetters Database, Corporate Window which includes financials, 10-Ks, press releases. There is also a collection of annual reports available at Public Register's Annual Report Service Online Annual Report Service.
  • NASDAQ Company Financials- Information from one of the largest stock exchanges in the world.  Their company financials pages share information on public and some private companies including "Income Statements, Balance Sheets, Statements of Cash Flow and Financial Ratios both on a quarterly and an annual basis."
  • Investopedia on Finding Company Annual Reports and SEC Filings: This provides some context for finding annual reports as well as some other resources including Free EDGAR and the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC).

Locate company homepages through one of the search engines, e.g., Yahoo, Google

General Business Internet Resources

Financial Resources