If you aren't sure if a company is public or private, try a search in the US Security and Exchange Commission's tool called Edgar. Enter the company name. If you find reports in Edgar, the company is public.
Users can conduct company, industry, economic and geopolitical market research with information covering 40,000 global public and non-public companies and market research overviews on 40+ industries and 40 countries. Can also be searched via ProQuest Central.
Part of the Business Market Research Collection, Snapshots includes over 8,890 market reports across 43 industries in 40 countries, spanning the UK, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific, North America, and Latin America.
Here are some tips for searching Hoover's or Snapshots for information about companies or industries:
Choose Advanced Search
Put the company name in the field labelled Company/organization
You can also look up the NAICS code for the industry in which you are interested on the Advanced Search page.
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes classify organizations by industry. You can use them to find documents related to a particular industry.