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PPT115 The Plastics Industry: Company Profile Project

Use this guide to find information for your company profile project.

Company Profile Project

There are many resources you can use to gather information about a company.  Sources include library databases, Websites, chapters in encyclopedias, magazine and newspaper articles, company literature, and sample products.  You may also need to contact the company directly by phone, email, or social media and perhaps do an interview with key personnel.

This guide contains links and other resources that will help you get the information you need on your company.  Please use the Help tab if you need further assistance.

Top Resources

Search for Company Information

  • Click on the heading Companies along the left-hand side menu, then choose Company Dossier
  • Enter a company name or ticker symbol and click Find
  • Snapshot of your company is displayed
    Select from the options along the left-hand side menu for more information, including news, financials, etc.

Search for Company Information

  • Click on Lookup Company and enter the ticker, company, or industry name and click Search
  • Click on the PDF file to view a detailed report
  • Click on the HTML file to view a custom report
  • Click on the name of the industry to view a list of companies in that industry

Search for International Directory of Company Histories in Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

  • In GVRL, enter the name of your company in the search box
  • After you see your list of results, look along the left-hand menu and look for the heading Publication Title
  • Find the title International Directory of Company Histories and click on it
  • You should now see results that are only within this publication. You can use the titles of the articles to look for an overview of your company, or you can use the heading Subjects along the left to see if your company is listed there
  • If you find an overview of your company, click on the PDF link to view the article.

Search for Company Information 

  • Click on Advanced Search and change the drop-down box from Anywhere to Ticker Symbol
  • Enter your company's ticker symbol in the search box and click Search
  • If your company is found, click on the Link to full text link and it will open the company's overview, financials, rankings, etc. in a new window
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