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Company Information

Company information is not the same as industry information, though company information research shares some resources with industry information.


Important Industry Information

The following steps should make researching industry information less complicated. Remember several important points:

  • Not all industries have the same amount of information available. Age of the industry, size, and rate of change all affect quantity of information.

  • Before beginning any research, think about what you need and what you want to find out, such as financials, graphics, text. Consider what resources might have information you need.

  • Keep track of where you are getting your information for citation purposes.


Getting Started

Tools to consult before starting your research:

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Business: The Ultimate Resource
Call Number: REF HD38.15 .B878 (Also at Ballston Center Library Extension)
Emphasis on Business Intelligence – the key concepts one needs to know to run business or industry well.

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Encyclopedia of Business Information Sources
A detailed listing of sourcebooks, periodicals, organizations, directories, handbooks, bibliographies and on-line databases to locate information on key business topics.

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Strauss's Handbook of Business Information
Call Number: REF Z7164.C81 S7796 (Also Ballston REF HF1010 .M67)
An industry reference source for directories, periodicals, newspapers, government information, statistics, marketing, accounting, and taxation.


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