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GPHY 101: On Campus

Course Guide for GPHY 101 and guide for Geography of 'X" Assignment

Accessing Articles Through GeoBase and Other Tips

TIPS: Try broadening your search in order to find scholarly resources. You are unlikely to find product specific information in these searches however, by broadening the search to include your industry of interest you should see more results. You may have found that your industry is located in a certain geography. You may find scholarship on industry policies, methods, and practices specific to that geography. 
HINT: Think about the components that compose your product. There may not be available and transparent information about the process of your product, but it can be helpful to brainstorm about the design and manufacturing steps. E.g. I may not know how Wonderbread makes their sliced bread, but researching the process of bread making could give me some keyword ideas for searching. 

Profiles & Directories

Dun & Bradstreet's MDD profiles public and private US and Canadian companies. Includes company corporate trees. Filter by geography and industry.
Buyer's guide providing information on more than 170,000 classes of products made in the U.S. and Canada, the businesses that make them, and their locations. Search by product, company or brand name.
European manufacturers

Is the company public or private?

Before you start searching for information on a company, you need to determine if the company is Public or Private. Typically, there is much more information, including financial information, available on public companies.

  • What is a public company?
    • A company is public if it has shares that are traded on a stock exchange such as the Toronto Stock Exchange or the New York Stock Exchange. Companies are required to file annual reports and other documents with regulatory bodies such as the Ontario Securities Commission or the Securities & Exchange Commission.
  • What is a private company?
    • A company is private if it is closely-held (typically family owned or through private equity). It is not possible for the general public to buy shares. In most jurisdictions (e.g., Canada or the United States), private companies do not need to file annual reports or disclose financial information to the public.
  • How can I tell if a company is public or private?
    • You can use the Company search feature in LexisNexis.  The Company Snapshot indicates the company type (Public or Private).