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Make LexisNexis your first stop for corporate contacts

by Evan | Apr 18, 2018

You've got this thing about Kroger. Or Google. Or  Acme Anvils. Whatever, there's this company you want to research and/or contact because you like/hate what they do and you may want to invest in them or write a letter of hot and detailed complaint.

So, you want names and addresses of top executives, maybe even emails.You want to see how they're doing in the stock market, what the recent news is about them, whether they are in any legal trouble.

The library is here to help. We subscribe to LexisNexis Library Express, and you can use it freely. (It's actually a triple-threat database. Besides business information, it has a database for news stories going back 40 years and another one for legal cases and articles. But today we're talking business.)

You can reach the database by scrolling down from this link to our website. If you are in one of our libraries, it will open automatically; if you are elsewhere, you'll need to enter your library card number. Either way, you'll open up access to a great deal of corporate information. 

Using it might require a little patience. For instance, it rewards spelling on a what-you-give-is-what-you-get basis. That's why when I typed in Proctor & Gamble it gave me almost 30 results but not the big headquarters in Cincinnati. Evidently a lot of other people besides me misspell the company name. Type Procter instead of Proctor and wonders await you.. 

As for Google, when you search for it on LexisNexis and don't find the data you want, be sure to notice the line that says Top-level. That's code for parent company. Google hid itself behind the corporate name Alphabet Inc. a few years ago, but Lexis-Nexis will help you figure that out. 

Of course, the database gives more information about publicly traded companies than private ones, so Acme Anvils won't show as much. But there's a lot of authoritative data there -- and some of it is not the kind you will easily find on corporate websites. So, dig deep and prosper. 

EvanEvan - Married, three children, two grandchildren, formerly a newspaper journalist, now a public librarian, at all times a board game nut.
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