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Company Research: Introduction

A starting point for company research.

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This guide will help you get started on company research. Navigate through the tabs above to find and explore library resources and other information.

The intent of this guide is not to show you all the resources that may be used. Rather, this guide will help you identify some quality resources and provide some direction for your library research.


What is a public company?

"A company whose shares are available to be bought by members of the public."

What is a private company?

A company which is not a public company and which is usually not allowed to offer its common stock or ordinary shares to the general public.

- Moles, P. & Terry, N. (Eds.). (1997). The Handbook of International Financial Terms. Retrieved from http://www.oxfordreference.com

TIP: Private companies can be challenging to research because they are not required by legislation or regulation to publish or provide company information to the public.


This guide can be used in conjunction with other BUAD course and subject guides.

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Research Strategy

Plan and follow a research strategy - it will save you time and frustration!

Step 1: Define your assignment/project

What do you need to do? What are the most important concepts in your assignment/project?

Step 2: Focus your research

What questions do you want your research to answer? What information do you need to support and develop your ideas?

Step 3: Develop your keywords

What words and phrases describe the areas and concepts you are researching? You will use these words and phrases to search for resources.

Step 4: Identify your resources

Who would collect the information you want and where would that information be published/available?

Start identifying your resources by using OC Library subject and course guides. If you have any questions, just ask!

Good research requires time, planning, patience, and flexibility. This Research, Writing and Citing guide will help you learn more about the research process.

Research strategy adapted from University of B.C.’s David Lam Management Research Library’s Jump-Starting My Research (Undergraduate) guide.

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