This video will demonstrate how to use dossier in Lexis Nexis Business Academic database. It contains business information including company profiles, SEC filings, accounting publications and country profiles.

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This video will demonstrate how to use dossier in Lexis Nexis Business Academic database. It contains business information including company profiles, SEC filings, accounting publications and country profiles.

The Company Profiles Search is the default search in the red box in the center of the page. If you do a search in the box it will only be a basic keyword search. I recommend that you do not use it. Instead select the advanced search under the box.

If you select advanced options a new search box appears. You can limit your search by date and to subset sources of the LexisNexis Company Profiles resources such as Experian Business Reports; Hoover’s Company and Industry Reports; MorningStar Institutional Databases; Standard & Poor’s Corporate Descriptions and Register; etc.

LexisNexis Academic Business offers more than Company Profiles. To see what else, click on Search by Subject or Topic on the top right of the red box.

When you click on Search by Subject or Topic you will see what other business resources are available – scroll down to the section for Companies.  Four are listed including the default Company Profiles.

They are Dossier – which provides company, executive and industry information; SEC filings; Company Profiles and Market and Industry Reports.

Click on Dossier. You will find that this is an excellent search and reporting tool.  You can find a company, executive or Industry using several variables. A very popular feature allows you to create lists which you can upload and send. To find a company, search by company name, ticker symbol, DUNS number or Dossier ID.  You can broaden your search by company type or search a specific region, country, state and even cities.

Let us search a company in Dossier. Type in a company name in the first line. We will use Spirit Airlines. You get several hits but the first one is the one we are looking for – note that it is identified as PUBLIC-PARENT. Click on the name of the company and you will find additional and useful information including current news about Spirit Airlines, a list of its executives, the company hierarchy, competitors, financials, reports, legal activities including recent cases, and intellectual property information on any patents and trademarks. You can even customize a report about your company by selecting only the resources and information you need!

Let’s go back to Dossier’s main search screen. Create a Company List is a very popular feature of Dossier. It is listed in the grey bar below the tabs. You can select many ways of qualifying the search including postal or area code, sales/revenue. Use this search to create a list of companies for contact information or address information to create mailing lists or to identify regional or local businesses.

Another useful tool is the Compare Companies search also listed in the grey bar below the tabs. Put in the ticker symbols for two airlines – JetBlue – JBLU – and Delta Airlines – DAL – I use the ticker to help focus the search.  You will get a report that compares financial information about both companies. Please note that this search tool may not work for every company.

You will find in using the LexisNexis Academic Business database that you will have access to a wide range of prestigious business resources that will make your research easier! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask a librarian!