Ratio Analysis Research Guide

General ratio information and where to find ratios.

Online Resources

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Beginning Your Research

When conducting any kind of company research you should have a few key pieces of information easily at hand. For each company you are researching consider locating:

  • the full company name
  • the ticker symbol (if the company is public)
  • the industry in which the company competes
  • the SIC and/or NAICS codes under which the company reports

A recommended database for starting company research is Mergent Intellect. You can locate a company's full name, ticker symbol, SIC and NAICS codes, and some competitor information very easily. Search for the company by name or ticker at the home page.

Print Resources

Business Library Workshops

Register for and learn more about Business Library workshops, led by Business Library librarians, that focus on the information you will need to successfully complete your research.

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