Answered By: Andrea Schulman
Last Updated: Jan 26, 2018     Views: 13647

Company analysis: 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.

Our most popular general purpose company databases are Capital IQ, Hoovers, ISI Emerging Markets, OneSource, and Thomson ONE. All include U.S. and international companies and private as well as public companies. Each has its particular strengths.

Database Availability Strengths/Unique Features Learning Curve
Hoover's HBS remote, authorized Baker visitors Nice in-depth company histories short
EMIS HBS remote, HU PIN, authorized Baker visitors Current company information from more than 500 sources for emerging markets in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East. medium
LexisNexis Academic HBS remote, HU PIN, authorized Baker visitors Click on"Companies" in the left NAV bar of this database to get access to various company profiles and financials.  International public and private company coverage including  filings back to 1980s and company accounts back to 1970s. medium

D&B Global Business Browser
HBS remote, authorized Baker visitors Includes some analyst reports, market data, list of brands, industry ratios medium
Intrinio HBS remote, authorized Baker visitors Provides access to financial and market data via API, Excel add-in and Google Sheets add on for securities traded in the NYSE and NASDAQ exchanges. medium
Orbis HBS remote, HU PIN, authorized Baker visitors Global company database produced by Bureau van Dijk that is unique in its breadth of geographies and extent of companies covered as well as the availability of private company financial information. medium/long
Capital IQ HBS Faculty, MBA and PhD students, research staff Auditable financials, sophisticated screening, PE and VC companies and funded firms, who knows whom. Also, screen for HBS alumni status. medium/long
FactSet HBS remote, HU PIN A comprehensive platform used to analyze financial data from global equity and fixed income markets, and public and private companies. medium/long
Thomson ONE

HBS remote, authorized Baker visitors

Company filings, analyst reports, private equity and deal information.