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Company directories may be available in print and/or in databases. In addition to searching by the desired company name, some may allow you to search by geography, industry codes--e.g., SIC, NAICS codes and industry or product categories. Keep in mind that many directories are not comprehensive, i.e., including every company in a given category or region. You may have to use a combination of directories--both online and print, depending on your needs.
Many industry-specific trade magazines will publish company directories and or rankings for the industries they cover. Forbes and Fortune magazines publish lists. Forbes, for example lists "America's Largest Private Companies" on their website. Best's Review has special lists of insurance companies/brokers in various issues. Fortune's website will provide a variety of rankings. Inc. magazine has their annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America.
For rankings of companies by different categories:
- In article databases, try keyword searching using terms like "top," "most," "best," "worst" or "rank.* combined with the industry or product name or category.
Pull-down from "Reports" to "Toplists."
Statistical Insight (via ProQuest)
Special issues of trade magazines may appear in this ProQuest database. For example, if you searched for "hotels," you would find a special issue of Hotel Management periodical in which the top hotel brands, brokers are listed.
Print directories in GGU Business Library
Databases or websites for company directories
Nexis Uni has several "sub" databases, which can be used to search for a variety of information on public and private companies.These include: D&B Dun's Market Identifiers
Note that individual company executives and directors can be searched in the "Business Leader Directories." and "D&B Executive Affiliations."
Annual company reports, ratio data, executive information, analyst reports, SWOT analyses, credit ratings and recent developments. Also includes, industry reports. Help Guide
Search for U.S. and Canadian suppliers/distributors of manufactured products.
Use the advanced search to create a list of U.S. and international public companies, using various criteria.
Gale Directory Library
Several company/organization databases are included in GDL: Consultants and Consulting Organizations Directory, Gale Directory of Early Stage Investment , Information Industry Directory, Telecommunications Directory, National Directory of Nonprofit Organizations, Research Centers Directory.