The purpose of this guide is to introduce you to the basics of business research. Some of the resources included are free and some will require login with your NWACC user name and password. For more assistance please contact the NWACC library via chat, text, or email via the box immediately to the right.
Useful article: Matthew M. Morrison, Due Diligence: Company Information for Law Students, 108 Law Libr. J. 427 (2016), https://heinonline.org/HOL/P?h=hein.journals/llj108&i=421.
If a company is publicly-traded, it is regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and subject to numerous reporting and disclosure requirements. These filings are designed to:
By contrast, privately-held companies are not subject to the SEC's reporting and disclosure requirements. As a result, it is usually more difficult to find information about privately-held companies.
Regardless of whether a company is publicly-traded or privately-held, remember to visit the company's website.
Public companies will usually have more information available than private companies but it never hurts to check.