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"How do I find out which companies are ranked at the top of their industry?"


More than 5,000 company rankings can be found in Business Rankings Annual. This resource is alsoavailable through Business and Company Resource Center

"What are the best databases for researching companies? "


Depending on the sort of company research you are doing, you may want to use a range of databases. Check our overview of recommended company databases to determine which database(s) will help you the most.

"I was told to get a "corporate profile" for a company. What am I looking for?"


Corporate profiles (also known as "corporate descriptions") are overviews of companies which often include a company history, list of corporate officers, etc. Many resources contain this information, but here are a few top starting points:


"How do I find recent news / magazine articles about a company?"

  • Try the article databases Factiva and Business Source Complete. Each contains thousands of full-text newspapers and business periodicals.
  • See our Article Research Guide for an overview of additional electronic article/news resources. This guide also provides sample exercises.

"What resources do you have for international company research?"


Check out our extensive International Business Research Guide. It will point you to country handbooks, country/regional directories, and selected electronic databases.

Also, remember that researching companies, whether they are international or domestic in scope, involves the same series of steps.

"How do I find analyst reports on a particular company?"


The Management Library primarily provides access to analyst reports via Thomson One .

  • Thomson One delivers full-text reports in their original published formats, complete with charts, photographs and graphics. It contains reports (the most recent are usually a couple of weeks old) on companies as well as on industries. To access analyst reports in Thomson One, click on "Research" in the "Company Analysis" menu on the left.

NOTE: Thomson One is only accessible with Internet Explorer.

"Where can I find Vault Guides?


All Cornell students have access to Vault's Online Career Library.

"How do I find corporate annual reports?"


Consult our How to Find Annual Reports research guide. It will help you locate electronic or paper copies of corporate annual reports.

"How do I find executive compensation data for a company?"


Executive compensation packages are published in the "Proxy" statement, an SEC filing which contains items on which shareholders must vote. You can search for individual proxy statements on a company's investor relations website. If you are looking at a large number of companies you can view just the extracted compensation data for thousands of U.S. companies via the ExecuComp database.

"I am on the closed interview list for a company I know nothing about. Help! "


If you are trying to secure a job with a particular firm, see our Management Library Guides, including Career Research Tips for MBAs.