Here are tips on how to do the research to help you find a job, learn more about a company you want to invest in or check out your competition.
The Library makes available the following online databases at all Library branches and to remote users with a valid Springfield-Greene County Library Library card.
- Business & Company Resource Center contains detailed information, key personnel and company histories on larger companies.
- Reference USA is a nationwide business directory of companies of all sizes; its amplified information might lead you to call it “Yellow Pages on steroids.”
These augment free web sites such as Hoover’s Company Capsules, a quick overview of thousands of companies nationwide, and FundingUniverse, a compilation of company histories.
Check out these local sources.
Some company information sources have a specific, relatively narrow focus.
- BankruptcyData.Com deals with major companies for whom the phrase "Chapter 11" has assumed a grim immediacy.
- The RN/WPL database identifies manufacturers, importers and distributors of textile products.
- Consumer Reports provides an easy-to-use tool for locating hundreds of major manufacturers.
- ThomasNet, the latest incarnation of the venerable Thomas Register, deals with the whole spectrum of domestic manufacturers.
Not every company for which you might need information is in this country.
- Numberway is as complete a list of foreign online phone directories as is presently available.
- Although they require free registration for the best functionality, Thomas Global Register and Kompass identify companies in dozens of countries.
- Use Worldwide Directory of Public Companies to verify the existence and exact name of a domestic or foreign publicly traded company; it also sorts by industry.
Having trouble finding information on a company?
- Make sure you have the exact name—and the exact spelling.
- Keep in mind that what you have may be a brand name or trademark—and not the name of the company.
- Consider the possibility that the company may be out of business, has changed its name or has been merged into or been bought out by another company.
- Be sure to contact us at the Library if you have trouble finding the desired information.