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This guide will help you find materials at the Vancouver Public Library and on the Internet for locating company information.
Last Updated: Sep 7, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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This guide lists some of the most popular and useful resources that are available at the Vancouver Public Library and online for locating company information. All of the print resources listed are located at the Central Library. If you can't find the information you are looking for in this guide, please talk to a VPL info staff member.


Recommended Books

Canadian Key Business Directory
Call Number: Central Library Reference Resources C380 C212
Provides more than 20,000 listings of the largest companies in Canada and over 60,000 key contact names.

Hoover’s Handbook of Emerging Companies
Call Number: Central Library Reference Resources 338.74025 H7893
Covers 600 of today's most dynamic growth companies.

Hoover’s Handbook of Private Companies
Call Number: Central Library Reference Resources 338.74025 H7892
Provides profiles of 900 non-public U.S. enterprises.

Hoover’s Handbook of World Business
Call Number: Central Library Reference Resources 338.74025 H789
Provides in-depth profiles of 300 of the most influential firms from Canada, Europe and Japan, as well as companies from the fast-growing economies of such countries as China, India and Taiwan.

International Directory of Company Histories
Call Number: Central Library Reference Resources 338.7409 I61d
One of the most comprehensive and detailed directories; includes information on the development of any of the world's 8,500 largest and most influential companies.
See the link for the Gale Virtual Reference Library to access the directories online under the Digital Library tab on our homepage.

Intercorporate Ownership In Canada
Call Number: access on computer CEN4029 at Central Library
A unique directory of "who owns what" in Canada. It provides information reflecting recent corporate takeovers and other substantial changes. This resource is available on computer CEN4027 at the Central Library.

Advertising Red Books
Call Number: Central Library Reference Resources 380 Ad2st
List contact and business information for companies who purchase advertising. Companies can be looked up by name or brands owned.

Who Owns Whom
Call Number: Central Library Reference Resources 658.105 W62z
Details of corporate linkage on over 7.5 million companies worldwide.

Contact Canada Directories
Call Number: Online in library branches and various Central Library call numbers
Contact Canada is a collection of business-to-business (B2B) including:
- Canadian Medical Technologies Products + Industry Guide
- Canadian Seafood Buyer's Guide
- Canadian Food & Grocery Industry Guide
- BC Food Processors Directory
- Renewable Energy & Cleantech Canada Industry Guide
- Natural Health Products Canada Industry Guide
- Life Sciences Canada Industry Guide
- Canada & USA Drug Development & Outsourcing Guide


Trade Directories

Trade directories contain brief company information, contact information and specialized industry information. VPL maintains a collection of over one thousand print and online directories at Central Branch.


Annual Reports

VPL maintains a collection of numerous print annual reports for BC and Canadian companies. Many annual reports can also be found online through the company's website.

Additional annual reports and other company filings can be found in SEDAR (Canadian public companies), EDGAR (US public companies), and in the TPL Recommended Websites. See the Useful Websites box on the right sidebar for links.


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