Finding company information can be used in many different ways:
Job search and interview preparation: gathering information about companies who are hiring and active in sectors of interest can help put the finishing touches on interview preparation.
When researching for company information, the first step is to determine if you are investigating an American company or an international company.
For American companies, a key point to consider is whether the company being researched is private or public. This largely determines the amount of information available, i.e. public companies must make their financial information publicly available, while private companies do not.
You can use the library databases to find company reports and profiles:
Company research may also involve some industry research.
To fully understand a company, you must be familiar with the company's competitors and the industry it is a part of. Also, how you interpret a company's financial information, annual report, and key ratios may be substantially affected by which industry the company is in.
To find information about industries, look at the dedicated page: