Monday, August 24, 2009

Company Research in Mergent

Mergent is a premier business research database. It's the best place to begin for company research.

You can access Mergent by going to the library homepage at http://www.esc.edu/library. Click All Databases By Title, and then scroll down and click Mergent. Log in with your college login and password.


To look up a company by name, go to the Identifier box on the left and click Company Name. Then type in the company's name and click search. If you don't know the company's full official name, a keyword will bring up a list. You can look up a publicly traded company by its stock market Ticker Symbol, and a private company by its DUNS number - remember to click the "Include private companies" option!

Once you have search results, click on the name of the company to view information about it.

The first page of the report is the Synopsis, which provides an overview of the company. Be sure to click each of the options in the green bar across the top. These provide detailed information in these categories: Highlights, History, Joint Ventures, Business, Property, Subsidiaries, Long Term Debt, Executives, and Capital Stock.

In the lower left, you can click the "EDGAR" link for a publicly traded company's SEC filing, annual report, and other information. (Annual reports for private companies can sometimes be found online by Googling +"company name" +"annual report".)
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