Sources of publishing company information

  • A wide range of sources of information about companies is available in the Library. The Company information in Oxford Brookes University Library guide provides links to help with using the resources mentioned below..

    Annual reports and accounts

    A number of annual reports of UK publishing companies are available at Headington and can be found in filing cabinets against the wall in Zone D on Level 2.

    Many annual reports are also available over the Internet. The following resource provides links to company reports:

    • Annual reports Library : links to a variety of sites providing annual reports and information about them. Links to some very expensive fee based sites are included.

    Industry survey

    The most up-to-date sources of market, industry and company information are now to be found online, however, the following is a very useful print resources:

    • PA publishing yearbook. 070.5021 UKB

    Finding journal articles and online company information

    • Business source complete : This database is a good source of publishing company information. It provides access to very useful and up-to-date Publishing Industry Profiles and Company Profiles as well over 2000 full text journals plus abstracts only from over 540 journals. Company Profiles consist of Marketline Reports, which contain a company overview and information about key products and services, subsidiaries and top competitors. To get a snapshot of a company and links to relevant articles in other sources such as academic journals, trade publications, newspapers and country reports search under the Company Information tab.
    • Factiva : an international news database of national and regional newspapers and trade and professional journals from 152 countries and in 22 languages. It also provides share data and company and industry profiles, these can be found under the Companies/Markets tab.
    • Fame : provides details of 150,000 UK companies with a turnover in excess of £700,000, or with profits over £50,000. Addresses, telephone numbers, activities, directors, parent and subsidiary relationships, and approximately 150 accounting items, including ratios for the past five years are given. A variety of graphs may be produced from the accounting information. Searches may be made using any of the data above to produce mailing lists, or, more importantly to run a variety of industry analyses.
    • Mintel : UK market research reports including market, retail and leisure intelligence reports. Date coverage varies but continually updated.
    • Orbis : an international version of Fame providing company information for over 114 million of the world's top companies.
    • Passport: UK and international market research reports, analytics, consumer, country and company profiles.