Several library databases contain company profiles on many major companies. Tips for searching are provided below.
Example: I need a Hoovers Company Report for Tesla
Under the heading "What are you interested in?" click the box for "A Publication"
Type "Tesla" into the box "Search Something Specific
In Find publication, type "Hoovers Company Records - In-depth Records"
Locate the Hoovers Company Report for "Tesla, Inc." Hoover's Company Records - In-depth Records
Company financial information is readily available when companies are publicly traded. Regulations from the Securities and Exchange Commission SEC ensure that public companies disclose their financial data. Because privately held companies are not subject to the same rules as publicly traded companies, there is usually far less financial information available.
The Pepperdine Libraries InfoGuide for Accounting and Finance provides helpful guidance on using the library databases for publicly traded and privately held companies. Go to the Publicly Traded for search tips on which library resources are best for publicly traded companies and use Privately Held for available data on privately held companies.