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Company Directories

CANADA

Blue Book of Canadian Business
Location: INNIS Reference HD 2768 .C24B5

Canadian Business Disc [in-library use only]
An electronic directory including over 1.1 million Canadian businesses (public & private). Can be searched by company name, type of business (including SIC code), location, employee size and sales ranges.
ACCESS: Click on START then PROGRAMS from any public computer station at Innis. stations in the back room of Innis.
NOTE: An alternate version of this database [with less search functionality] is available as Canada Business Directory through LexisNexis [At the initial search screen, click on BUSINESS, then COMPANY FINANCIAL. Search by company name or U.S. SIC (INNIS Reference HF 1042.A55 1987). Select International Company Reports from the SOURCE menu and click on Search. Look for Canada Business Directory in the search results list.]

Canadian Key Business Directory (Dun and Bradstreet)
Useful for finding key players in the market by SIC codes
Location: INNIS Reference HF 3223. C18 2003 (previous editions in Innis Bookstacks)

Canadian Trade Index
Location: INNIS Reference HF 3223 .C212

Guide to Canadian Manufacturers, 3 vols.
Each volume contains companies from a particular region in Canada. Includes an SIC index.
Location: INNIS Reference HF 3223 .G85 2003

Mergent Online
Contains information on approximately 2,000 Canadian companies.

Scott's Directories, 5 vols.
Directory of Canadian companies by name, location and Canadian NAICS code.
Location: INNIS Reference HF 3223 .S?? 2003 [call number varies by volume] (previous editions in Innis Bookstacks)

UNITED STATES

Mergent Online
Contains information on approximately 11,000 U.S. companies.

Hoover's Company and Industry Reports via LexisNexis [At the initial search screen, click on BUSINESS, then COMPANY FINANCIAL. Search by company name or U.S. SIC. Select Hoover's Company Reports from the drop-down SOURCE menu and click on Search].

Standard & Poor's Register of Corporations, Directors and Executives
Directory of over 75,000 U.S. companies. Access by company name, location and U.S. SIC code.
Location: INNIS Reference HG 4057 .A4
NOTE: Also available through LexisNexis. [At the initial search screen, click on BUSINESS, then COMPANY FINANCIAL. Search by company name or U.S. SIC. Select US Public Companies from the drop-down SOURCE menu and click on Search].

Thomas Register

INTERNATIONAL

Euro Pages: The European Business Directory

Kompass.com: The business to business search engine

Mergent Online
The Advanced Search allows you to search for companies by industrial classification code (SIC, NAICS), geography (country, state, city), financials and other criteria.

Principal International Businesses
Lists businesses by name, country and U.S. SIC code.
Location: INNIS Reference HF 54 .U5P74

Webster's Online Business Directory

World Business Directory
Location: INNIS Reference HF 54.U5W85


Industrial Classification Codes

Directories and databases often arrange company information by industrial classification codes (hierarchical numbers assigned to companies engaged in the same activity). Two classification codes are currently in use: the older Standard Industrial Classification System (SIC codes) and the newer North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS). In most cases, you will have to identify both codes for an industry.

Standard Industrial Classification Manual
Location: INNIS Reference HF 1044 .C2D85 1986

North American Industry Classification System: Canada 2002
Location of Print: INNIS Reference HF 1401.5 .N67 2002 (2 copies)


Company Annual Reports / Financials

Innis Library maintains 5 years of annual reports from approximately 350 key Canadian companies. To locate company annual reports in our collection please consult: Find Company Annual Reports

CanCorp Financials
Contains financial and management information for more than 12,000 Canadian companies.
NOTE: An alternate version is also available as CANCORP Plus through LexisNexis. [At the initial search screen, click on BUSINESS, then COMPANY FINANCIAL. Search by company name or U.S. SIC. Select International Company Reports from the drop-down SOURCE menu and click on Search. Look for CANCORP Plus Database in the search results list].

FP Investor Suite: Cross Product Navigation
Contains corporate and financial data for Canadian companies. Search by company name or by industry (SIC). All the companies in this collection are public.

Mergent Online
Online access to annual reports, financials for U.S. and Canadian companies


Market Share

Global Market Information Database - NOTE: Trial Product. Access will expire September 30, 2003.

Market Share Reporter
North American market share data on companies, products and services.
Location: INNIS Reference HF 5410 .M35

World Market Share Reporter
Compilation of world market share data
Location: INNIS Reference HD 2757.15 .W67

Business Rankings Annual
Rankings of companies, products, services and activities
Location: INNIS Reference HG 4050 .B88 2001

Table Base
Database of tables relating to business and industry, trade and economics.

NOTE: No strictly Canadian compendium of market share information exists. You often have to gather the information yourself - by searching newspaper, magazine and journal databases, contacting the company, etc.


Newspaper, Magazine and Journal Articles

ABI Inform, 1971 to the present
Significant articles from over 1,000 major business and management journals

[Wilson] Business Abstracts, 1982 to the present
Indexes 300 business periodicals including those from trade and professional organizations and some government agencies.

Canadian Business and Current Affairs (CBCA), 1982 to the present
Key articles from 500 Canadian business periodicals, magazines and newspapers

CPI.Q, 1988 to the present
Provides articles from 400 periodicals with significant Canadian content. Full text of 150 titles, including the ROB section of the Globe & Mail.

LexisNexis , dates vary by publication
Includes 350 full-text newspapers from around the world. [At the initial search screen, click on NEWS].


Specialized Company / Industry Sources

Associations Canada
Location: INNIS Reference HS 17 .A88

Encyclopedia of Consumer Brands
Location: INNIS Reference HF 5415.3 .E527 1994

DBRS.com
Detailed information on selected Canadian industries. Click on INDUSTRIES to see a list.

Global Market Information Database - NOTE: Trial Product. Access will expire September 30, 2003.

Standard & Poor's Industry Surveys
Contains current profiles for 52 industries. U.S. content.
INNIS Reference HG 4961.S73

Public Web Sites


Demographic Information

FP Markets - Canadian Demographics
Provides basic statistics on Canadian population, households, incomes and retail sales projections at the federal, provincial and city level.
Location: INNIS Reference HC 111.S96 2003 (previous editions in MILLS Bookstacks)

Statistics Canada
Free (but basic) information from the most recent Census (2001). Click on CANADIAN STATISTICS or CENSUS from the Statistics Canada home page.


Other Business and Economic Statistics

Canadian Economy Online

Canadian Marketing Pocket Book
Covers many aspects of everyday life in Canada, from population to consumption trends in retail, advertising and media statistics.
Location: INNIS Reference HF 5415.12.C35C336 2003

The Daily

E-STAT

Market Research Handbook
Includes labour force, income, consumer expenditures, housing, etc.
Location of Print: INNIS Reference HC 111.A19

Strategis (Industry Canada's web site)
Includes company and industry statistics, reports, etc.

Statistics Canada
Click on CANADIAN STATISTICS to see free (but basic) data.
Click on OUR PRODUCTS AND SERVICES, then BROWSE OR ORDER FROM OUR ONLINE CATALOGUE to determine if Statistics Canada has published any print or electronic information on your topic.
Consult a reference librarian for assistance.

Index of Downloadable Statistics Canada Publications (McMaster Users Only)
Full text access to a huge selection of Statistics Canada publications.

NOTE: The Library has negotiated arrangements with Statistics Canada for access to many of their priced publications. Speak to a reference librarian before agreeing to purchase any data from their web site.


Legal / Regulatory Information

Access to Justice Network
Contains federal statutes and regulations for Canada.

Parliament of Canada
Try searching the House of Commons Debates for discussions dealing with industry regulations.

Competia Express
Provides links to web sites related to the regulatory environment of various industries. NOTE: Not all sources are Canadian.


Advertising

CARD: The Media Information Network
A comprehensive guide to advertising rates in the Canadian media
Location: INNIS Reserve HF 5801 .C35

The National List of Advertisers
Canadian focus, contains information on national advertisers, government contacts, brand names, advertising agencies, etc.
Location: INNIS Reference HF 5808 .C2 N3

The Advertising Red Books
A comprehensive overview of 25,000 U.S. companies who spend at least $200,000 on national and regional advertising campaigns.
Location: INNIS Reference HF 5805 .S7


 


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