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Company Research Guide

This Bentley Library research guide was created to provide a starting point for researching companies.

Company Profiles: Best Sources for Comprehensive Information

These are the best library resources for retrieving a company profile and comprehensive company information. 

  • Search Tip: Search by company name, ticker symbol, or NAICS code. A current company profile will be retrieved (if you search by NAICS you will get a list of companies ranked by revenue). Use the links on the left side of the screen to also view related content and topics, including investment reports, SWOT reports, company chronologies, rankings, articles about the company/industry, etc.
  • Search Tip: In the top navigation bar, click on [Companies] then search for a company by name. After you've performed a search, look for the [Local Company Profile] or [Global Company Profile] report. (Not all companies will have a company profile)
  • Search Tip: Retrieve a Company Dossier. At the top of the Nexis Uni page, click on [Menu], then select [Company Dossier]. Search using the company's name or ticker symbol.
  • Search Tip: Compile a list of companies based on a variety of criteria (NAICS code, size, geography, etc.): At the top of the Nexis Uni page, click on [Menu], select [Company Dossier], then choose [Create a Company List].
  • Search Tip: Click on [Company Profiles]. Enter the company name in the search box and click [Browse]. Locate your company in the list and click on [MarketLine Report]. Reports contain a SWOT analysis (for most public companies).
  • Search Tip: The [Company Details] page consists of ten sub-pages, detailing various aspects of the company. Information includes a business summary, company history, list of properties owned by the company, subsidiaries (including percentage owned and geographic location), business segments (the business and geographic revenue analyses for major segments of the company’s business operations), financials, long-term debt, capital stock and earnings estimates. 
  • Search Tip: Use the [Government Filings] page to search for SEC filings
  • Search Tip: Use the [Investext] page to access investment research reports written by analysts at leading investment banks, brokerage houses, and consulting firms. Search Tip: The [Report Builder] page allows you to create custom reports, including company-industry comparison reports.
  • Search Tip: Search using the company's name or ticker symbol ro retrieve a company profile. Then, use the links on the left side of your screen to explore related information, such as equity research (stock reports), investment research, financials, news, etc.

Sources for Finding and Creating Lists of Companies by Industry, Location & More

You can use these databases to look up individual companies and to generate lists of companies using detailed search criteria, such as industry (NAICS or SIC Code), number of employees, sales, location (country, state, city, zip code), company status (public or private), and more.

  • Search tip: Click on [PEOPLE AND COMPANIES] in the navigation bar, then select [Business List] from the [List Type] drop-down box. Build a list of companies according to criteria that you select from the options on the left side of the screen.
  • Search Tip: Compile a list of companies based on a variety of criteria (NAICS code, size, geography, etc.): At the top of the Nexis Uni page, click on [Menu], select [Company Dossier], then choose [Create a Company List].
  • Search Tip: Hover over [Companies] in the top navigation bar, then select [Company Finder]. Select criteria (geography, revenue, number of employees, industry) to generate a list of companies.