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Use the resources in this section to research companies you want to work for, find annual reports and 10-K filings information, and other company information.

Annual Report Gallery - Annual Report Gallery offers a free service that allows users to review an annual report in PDF format online (for hard copy there is a fee). This site provides up-to-date information, and instant access to annual reports in their actual format. If you're researching several companies at once, you can save time using this site.

Dun & Bradstreet® Million Dollar Directory (MDDI) - The Dun & Bradstreet® Million Dollar Directory (MDDI) provides a valuable source of information on both privately held and public companies and their executives. MDDI features easy-to-use cross references, primary and secondary lines of business and the names and titles of company officers and directors. Mergent’s MDDI now combines complete coverage on all businesses in the U.S. and Canada with business profiles on firms in over 200 countries worldwide.

MDDI includes coverage of 34 million businesses worldwide and over 75 million executives worldwide through an easy-to-use interface with no loss of coverage or data while conducting your research. In addition, MDDI has a Complete North America Family Tree providing you greater depth of information on the hierarchy of related businesses, remote access for flexible searching and powerful search capabilities.

Edgar® Online - This site provides access to current and past corporate sec filings (10-K's, 10-Q's, proxy statements, etc.), as well as upcoming ipos. The company makes its information and a variety of analysis tools available via online subscriptions and licensing agreements to financial, corporate and advisory professionals.

Fast Company: Most Innovative Companies - Fast Company partnering with data-analysis outfit Quid, offers a yearly list of the top 50 most innovative companies in the world. You can view winners by rank and sector and see previous years listings.

The Fortune 500 - The Fortune 500 provides detailed information on America’s top 500 companies, additionally in this magazine you will find company rankings including the 100 best companies to work for, the worlds most admired companies, the 10 most accountable companies, and others.

Global Edge - Created by the International Business Center at Michigan State University (IBC), globalEDGE™ is a knowledge web-portal that connects international business professionals worldwide to a wealth of information, insights, and learning resources on global business activities. Partially funded by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI B grant, globalEDGE™ is a great source for global business knowledge. In their Reference Desk you will find information on international news, trade information, directories, mailing lists, and government resources.

Hoovers.com - Hoover’s Inc., a subsidiary of The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, offers proprietary business information through their online platform and integrated workflow solutions. They offer a free, easy-reference resource for company news and financials, and corporate profiles. Paying subscribers can receive more in-depth information.

Investor Relations Information Network - The Investor Relations Information Network (IRIN) provides a single point of reference for accessing electronic annual reports—considered by many investors to be the most valuable means of communication between a company and its shareholders. More than 1,500 current and historical annual reports are available for viewing and printing. And if you want to request a hard copy of an annual report, IRIN will forward your request to the appropriate company. In addition to providing free access to annual reports, IRIN offers other useful information, including company statistics and third-party data.

Job Search Intelligence - The JSI Web site offers salary research tools for job seekers. With their salary calculator you enter your information pertaining to: education, employment history and other factors, click the “submit query” button and receive an employment and compensation report for the career you are seeking. No registration required.

LexisNexis® - LexisNexis® is a leading global provider of content-enabled workflow solutions to professionals in law firms, corporations, government, law enforcement, tax, accounting, academic institutions and risk and compliance assessment. Their corporate knowledge products the largest collection of accurate and reliable information available—more than five billion documents from 34,000 sources comprising a wide array of authoritative news and business information, legal documents, and public records. Their search tools enable you to focus on the geographies, industries, companies, and publications that are most relevant to you.

Macrae’s Blue Book - Macrae’s Blue Book is one of the world’s key sourcing tools for North American industrial products and performs almost 5 million industrial searches monthly for nearly 2 million unique users.

Moodys.com - Moody's Investors Service is among the world's most respected, widely utilized sources for credit ratings, research and risk analysis. In addition to their core ratings business, Moody's publishes market-leading credit opinions, deal research and commentary that reach more than 3,000 institutions and 22,000 subscribers around the globe. Customers include a wide range of corporate and governmental issuers of securities as well as institutional investors, depositors, creditors, investment banks, commercial banks, and other financial intermediaries. Registration is required. Provides both free and paid (subscriber) options.

Reuters.com - Reuters.com provides company news and market data as well as free and paid research reports.

Vault.com: Company Information - Vault.com provides insider information on top employers. In their “companies” section you can search by name and industry, view Vault Rankings, find salary info, employee message boards and surveys, and more.

World Industrial Reporter (WIR) - World Industrial Reporter is an information resource for global industry. This international website and email newsletter for engineers, managers and buyers in the global industrial marketplace reports on commodity pricing, manufacturing benchmarks, supplier news, logistics, trade, and other topics critical to purchasing and company operations worldwide.

Yahoo Finance - Look up any company by its stock ticker symbol and view a company headlines, profiles, key statistics, stock history, SEC filings, information on its competitors and the industry in general, and more.