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Company Research

A starting point for company research.


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

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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