Hand-out for the "Taking Back Wall Street: DIY corporate research for activists and media makers" session at the 2009 NYC Grassroots Media Conference
Prepared by Aliqae Geraci and Karen Okamoto
Free Online Resources
Corporate Research - Guides
Couey, Anna. Hands-On Corporate Research Guide. Corp Watch. (www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=945) An easy, step-by-step guide to locating company information.
Mattera, Philip. How to Do Corporate Research Online. Corporate Research Project. (www.corp-research.org/howto.htm) An excellent in-depth study of corporate research sources and techniques. Also helpful in researching private companies.
General Company Information
Hoover's Online (www.hoovers.com) Profiles public and private companies, as well as some major non-profits. More extensive information requires a fee.
Yahoo! Finance (www.finance.yahoo.com) Access company profiles, investor information, and link to recent news.
Securities and Exchange Commission. (www.sec.gov) Access the EDGAR database and locate filings by public companies in the U.S.
Company Research: Private Companies. Rutgers University Libraries. (www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rul/rr_gateway/research_guides/busi/company.shtml#C) Contains links to business directories and state sources, with a special focus on New Jersey.
Private Company Research. Library of Congress. (www.loc.gov/rr/business/company/private.html) A useful guide for locating information on private companies.
SEDAR (www.sedar.com) Canadian equivalent of EDGAR. Contains information filed with the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) by public companies and investment funds in Canada.
Free Public Record Sites. BRB Publications. (www.publicrecordsources.com) Link to public records by state. Can be used to locate corporate filings.
Corporate Executives & Directors Search Directory. Forbes. (www.forbes.com) Search by name or ticker symbol. Access biographies, rankings, and compensation information.
Fedspending.org. (www.fedspending.org) From government watchdog group OMB Watch; contains data on government contracts and grants.
USAspending.gov. (www.usaspending.gov) Modeled after Fedspending.gov. Information may be more up-to-date.
Cornell Law School (www.law.cornell.edu) Covers court opinions, constitutions and codes, and laws including commerce and business sectors
FindLaw (findlaw.com/casecode) Find recent US Supreme Court cases, as well as federal and some state cases covering various legal topics such as corporate & enterprise law
GPO Access (www.gpoaccess.gov) Covers the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and Presidential materials
Thomas (http://thomas.loc.gov/) For access to bills in Congress
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Who Profits? Exposing the Israeli Occupation Industry (www.whoprofits.org) Features a database of corporations involved in the Occupation.