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"A list of people, companies, institutions, organizations, etc., in alphabetical or classified order, providing contact information (names, addresses, phone/fax numbers, etc.) and other pertinent details ...in brief format," - ODLIS
Use company directories to identify companies within industries, and to learn more about the companies such as locations, histories, and employees, officers, and directors.
For very small companies, one of the few places to find information is their own website. Some key locations to review:
Public companies in Canada and the US are required by law to file copies of their key official documents, like annual reports and audited financial statements, with a central repository.
TIP: Look for the MD&A (Management Discussion & Analysis) in annual reports. MD&As will provide "information to the reader that management believes is useful in understanding the company’s operating results, cash flows, and financial condition" (Full Disclosure Background, 2006).