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The resources listed below offer a basic overview of company research. For a more extensive list of resources on company and industry research, please see the following guides by Business Reference Services:

Doing Company Research

Guide to Industry Research

Moss, Rita W. Strauss’s handbook of business information : a guide for librarians, students, and researchers. 2nd edition. Westport, CT : Libraries Unlimited, 2004. 455 p.
LC Call Number: Z7164.C81 S7796 2004
LC Catalog Record: 2003054569

A very good resource for researchers. Includes information on bibliographies, directories, periodicals, databases, internet resources, etc.

Freidman, Jack P., Jack C. Harris, Barry A. Diskin. Barron’s real estate handbook. 7th edition.  Hauppauge, NY : Barron’s Educational Series, c2009. 777 p.
LC Call Number: HD1375 .H349 2009
LC Catalog Record: 2008045389
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The Entrepreneur's Reference Guide to Small Business Information

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Researching private companies.  Arlington, VA : Washington Researchers, c2002- v.
LC Call Number: HD2771 .H695
LC Catalog Record: 2004205474

Provides information on how to research different types of private companies, lists and explains various resources.

Brooklyn Public Library, Business Library Staff.  Business rankings annual. Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research, 1989- v.
LC Call Number: HG4050 .B88
LC Catalog Record: 89640244

Lists of companies, products, services, and activities. Compiled from a variety of sources. Uses Library of Congress subject headings.

LexisNexis corporate affiliations.  New Providence, N.J. : LexisNexis Group, 2002- v.
LC Call Number: HG4057 .A217
LC Catalog Number: 2002256063

“Who owns whom” - Provides basic information about companies and subsidiaries

Planning Shop, with Rhonda Abrams.  Successful business research : straight to the numbers you need-- fast! Palo Alto, Calif. : Planning Shop, 2006. 292 p.
LC Call Number: HD30.4 .A25 2006
LC Catalog Record: 2006299748
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Encyclopedia of business information sources.  Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1970- v.
LC Call Number: Z7164.C81 E93
LC Catalog Record: 84643366

Includes abstracts, indexes, almanacs, yearbooks, bibliographies, biographical sources, databases (CD-ROM and online), directories, encyclopedias, dictionaries, financial rations, handbooks, manuals, periodicals, newsletters, price sources, research centers, statistics sources, trade and professional societies etc.

Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget. North American industry classification system : United States, 2002.  Lanham, MD : Bernan  Springfield, VA : National Technical Information Service, 2002. 1419 p.
LC Call Number: HF1042 .N67 2002
LC Catalog Record: 2003387616

The North American Industry Classification system replaces the United States Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system. It may be searched online at:

Hoover’s handbook of world business.  Austin, TX : Reference Press, c1991- v. :
LC Call Number: HG4009 .H66
LC Catalog Record: 92642305

Includes lists of the top global companies from FORTUNE and other publications, as well as lists of companies on many of the major foreign stock indexes, such as the British FTSE 100 and Japan's Nikkei 225. Indexes are organized by headquarters location and industry, and by the people, companies and brand names mentioned in the profiles.

Hoover’s handbook of American business.  Austin, Tex. : Reference Press, c1991- v.
LC Call Number: HG4057 .A28617
LC Catalog Record: 92641835

Provides in-depth profiles on large and influential American companies.

Hoover’s master list of U.S. companies.  Austin, Tex. : Hoover’s Business Press, c2002- v.
LC Call Number: HF5035 .H66
LC Catalog Record: 2002258034

Provides basic information about over 10,000 public and private enterprises, including address, executive staff and sales.

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