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How to Find Business and Financial Information in the Library (or at home!)

Memorial Hall Library can help you find resources to prepare for a job interview or job change, find investment information, or start a small business. If you can't find what you're looking for, ask a Reference Librarian.

Companies

Online Databases for Company Information

The following databases are paid for by Memorial Hall Library or by the Massachusetts Regional Library System. They can be used on the library's computers or accessed from our web page, using your library card number.

  • Business Insights Essentials: Provides business-related articles from magazines, journals, and trade publications; Choose Company Profiles in the advanced search.
  • AtoZDatabases: An online directory of businesses in United States and Canada. Company information includes contact information and brief financials. AtoZDatabases is  available remotely home to patrons with an Andover library card
  • Reference USA: A searchable directory of U.S. companies. Contact information and brief financials are included in the company records. Reference USA is  available remotely home to patrons with an Andover library card.

Web Sites for Company Information

Many web sites listing general company information are available online at no charge. You can also the company's own web site.

  • AnnualReports.com: Up-to-date listing of online annual reports
  • Business Research on the Web: Links to free web sites the provide business research
  • CEO Express: A portal with links to all types of business sites, including magazines, newspapers, financial info, etc.
  • Europages: A directory of European businesses, searchable by product, company name, or business sector. Includes some company catalogs.
  • Toll Free Directory: Search for toll-free phone numbers for companies.
  • SEC Filings & Forms (EDGAR): The U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission's site posts registration statements, annual reports (10-Ks), quarterly reports (10-Qs), and more.
  • Thomas Register: A free online directory for U.S. and Canadian
    manufacturing companies.
  • Yahoo! Finance: Info on U.S. and world markets, investment editorials, financial news, and more.

Industries   

Industry information is useful when starting a new business, finding competitors, researching markets, or changing a career.

Online Databases for Industry Information

Web Sites for Industry Information

Some industry information is available online for free. Search these web sites for industry overviews and information.

Investments

Online Database for Investment Information

  • General Business File ASAP: provides business-related articles from magazines, journals, and trade publications.
  • Morningstar Online: Mutual Fund Information. Morningstar Online is available remotely to Andover library card holders.
  • ValueLine Online: Stock information. ValueLine Online is available remotely for Andover library card holders.

Web Sites for Investment Information

Learn about investment options, and find current stock prices online. Many web sites provide information on stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and more.

  • Big Charts: Access to interactive charts, quotes, historical stock prices, reports and indicators on stocks, mutual funds, and market indexes
  • Bonds Online: Information on bonds, treasuries, and municipals
  • CNN Bonds and Rates: Bond data, articles, and basic explanations of bonds and bond markets
  • CNN Money : Finance-related articles including the markets and more from CNN
  • Commodity Futures Trading Commission: A web site with information on commodities markets
  • Investor's Clearinghouse: Articles about investments from the Alliance for Investor Education
  • IPO Central: IPO Central covers U.S. companies that have recently gone public or have filed to go public.
  • Motley Fool's "Fool School": An educational and fun site with investment information
  • Stock & Commodity Exchanges: A list of  stock and commodity exchanges worldwide. It includes excchanges for futures, options, and derivatives.
  • Yahoo! Finance: Quotes, charts, and other financial and investment information
  • Yahoo! IPOs: A quick snapshot of the latest IPO events, filings, and withdrawals

Small Business Information

Web Sites for Small Business Information

Various web sites offer information for people starting or growing a small business.  Massachusetts sponsors two excellent sites listed below.

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