Answered By: Leslie Burmeister
Last Updated: Jan 18, 2023     Views: 19384

Company databases: which database to choose?

Which company database should I use?


If you have a narrow information need see Databases by Subject, or use the search box with a narrower topic.

We subscribe to several company databases; each has its particular strengths.  You may choose one versus another to suit your purpose: individual company analysis, private vs public company info, company equity research, company profiles, histories, etc.


Database Availability Strengths/Unique Features
Bloomberg  In-Library for Authorized Baker Visitors* Comprehensive platform used to analyze financial data from equity and fixed income markets, and public and private companies.  Real time data. Excel plug-in.  
CB Insights HBS intranet Coverage of early stage companies/deals.  Market maps and other research reports outline ecosystems of emerging industries.
Capital IQ HarvardKey Auditable financials, sophisticated screening, PE and VC companies and funded firms, who knows whom. Earnings call transcripts, key developments.  Also, screen for HBS alumni status.
EMIS HarvardKey Current company information from more than 500 sources for emerging markets in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East.
Orbis HarvardKey Global company database is unique in the extent of companies covered as well as the availability of private company financial information.  Particularly strong for non-US companies.
Pitchbook HarvardKey 

Coverage of early stage companies/deals.  Strong valuation information.  Morningstar equity research and cash flow models available within the 'Research Center' module.

Preqin HarvardKey Information on private equity and venture capital firms, funds, private companies, and deals. Subscription includes access to Preqin reports.
Refinitiv HBS intranet; 
In-Library for Authorized Baker Visitors*
Comprehensive platform including company financials, financial markets data, ESG data, and investment analyst reports. Refinitiv is the library's primary source of equity research.
Factset Individual Account  Comprehensive platform used to analyze financial data from global equity and fixed income markets.