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Company Research

This guide identifies sources for basic business and company information, but not specific resources for broad business disciplines such as accounting, marketing or management.

Introduction

People seeking legal information often have business needs. Lawyers are frequently called upon to locate non-legal related business information to supplement their traditional legal research. The most common type of business research is finding company information, including locating financial assets, evaluating specific products, and locating investment information. As a student of the Georgetown Law Center you have access to various research databases that can help you with these and other types of business research inquiries.

This guide will not address specific research resources for broad business disciplines such as accounting, marketing or management. Instead, this guide will show you how to locate general business and company information using Lexis, Westlaw and various other databases available through the Edward Bennett Williams Library and Georgetown's Lauinger Library.

The databases linked on this page are available to current Georgetown Law Library students and faculty.

Getting Started

Before starting your research the most important thing to consider is the type of information needed. Are you looking for current financial information for a specific company or historical sales figures? Do you need market research about an entire industry or an evaluation of a particular product? These different concerns will require different sets of information tools. Therefore, you should be clear about the type of information you want. There are a number of guides and books that give both overviews and detailed explanations about different types of business information and how to conduct business research.

Bloomberg Terminal

The library's Bloomberg Terminal is in the Williams Reading Room on the 2nd Floor.