Use the boxes to investigate various types of Business research.
How to find a company's annual and quarterly financial reports:
Financial documents (10K, 10Q, etc) that each corporation files with the Securities and Exchange Commission are available:
How to find company histories:
Company histories are available in two Ritter Library databases.
How to find company financial ratios:
Thirty years of annual company ratios are available in Mergent Online.
How to find industry financial ratios:
Industry norms and ratios for over 800 lines of U.S. business as defined by SIC classifications are searchable in Mergent Archives (approximately 30 years of backfile only--open KBR tab).
Detailed ratios for specific industries, utilizing NAICS classifications, are also available in BizMiner and IBISWorld databases and in print form for select years in the following publication held in the Reference Collection in Ritter Library:
RMA Annual Statement Studies. Philadelphia: Risk Management Association (formerly: Robert Morris Associates), Ritter holds 2015-2018.
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How to find a company's NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) or SIC (Standard Industrial Classification) numbers:
Ritter Library has two databases which provide NAICS codes for public corporations and larger private companies.
Business Source Complete lists NAICS and SIC numbers for public corporations.
Mergent Online lists primary and numerous secondary NAICS and SIC numbers for each company.
If you are researching a smaller private company, try Reference Solutions (formerly Reference USA), available through Cleveland Public Library. You will need a CleveNet or Greater Access library card (available through Cleveland Public Library) in order to access this resource.
The official websites for searching the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and the Standard Industry Classifications (SIC) provide complete descriptions of the classification numbers.
How to find a company's competitors and information about the industry in which the company operates:
Mergent First Research offers profiles of over 900 industry segments.
MarketLine Reports, which are available in Business Source Complete are an excellent source for identifying competitors.
IBISWorld provides excellent industry data in a visual format including a list of major companies.