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Finding Company Information Online

Unlike library databases, Web resources are available wherever you have web access. When using web resources, be sure to evaluate the credibility of these resources. 

Definition of a public company

Fortune 500 Companies

Publicly traded companies by state

EDGAR archives:  US Securities and Exchange Commission

Company Research (Business Week): Business Week offers information on 4,000 companies in its Careers section (so some of the information is aimed at job-seekers), with a Corporate Snapshot, a Vault.Com Scoop, a Wetfeet.Com profile, as well as Business Week articles about the companies (some of which are available only for subscribers but are also available in the Oregon Tech Library database ABI/Inform Global).

MSN Money/CNBC Investing: This site is another good source for information about U.S. companies, with links to company reports, news, earnings estimates, financials, insider trading, and, in particular, ownership.

Business Filings Databases: This directory provides access, by state, to state offices that record business information and offer it online. The information is largely directory information only but is useful for research small private companies, along with Reference

Academic Business Web Directories
Penn State University: SMEALSearch, a Subject Specific Search Engine.

University of Oregon Knight Library: Best Web Sites for Business.
University of South Carolina Libraries: a listing of Business Search Engines.

Univeristy of Washington, Foster Business Library: Subject Index to Web Resources.

Invisible Web
Explore the Invisible Web.

Employment and industry related websites
Oregon Employment Department Home Page 

DICE: An employment search service for current openings in the information technology industry.

US Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis: Survey of Current Business

US Census Bureau

Related Oregon Tech Libraries Subject Area Guide: Management and Industrial Management