Daily newspapers like the New York Times and Washington Post, business-focused publications (Wall Street Journal, Forbes or Fortune), and other sources of in-depth and analysis such as NPR, The Atlantic or New Yorker are often sources of information that is not easily found in company filings, financial reports etc. Company databases like D&B Hoovers often include some recent news stories regarding company actions, executives, and other related events, but a news scan in one of our news and article databases is another highly recommended way to learn about a company.
Use the Company field on the main search page in the Factiva database to get started - you can start a search for Microsoft, for instance, and then choose the company to add it to your search. Use the date field to do some limiting to recent news; you can sort by most recent if you like.
Factiva also provides company and industry profile data - click on the Companies/Markets tab at the top of the Search page to search by company and link to latest news, financial and related data.
Sarah Blakesley at California State University, Chico developed the CRAAP test as an easy to remember acronym to help provide a checklist of things to consider when evaluating an information or data resource:
Currency – when was it published? Has it been revised or updated? Do the links work?
Relevance – does the information answer your question? Who is the intended audience?
Authority – who is the author/publisher? Is there contact information? Can you use the URL to figure out the source? (.com, .org, .edu)
Accuracy – where does it come from? Is it supported by evidence?
Purpose – why the information exists