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How do you research a corporation's history?

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Hoovers.com, CorporateInformation.com, DnB.com (Dun & Bradstreet) and Forbes.com are some places to research a corporation’s history. These websites have detailed information about corporations, including founding date or year, founders, product and services, timeline and financial data.

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How do you research a corporation's history?
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Dun & Bradstreet’s global database is the largest commercial database in the world. As of 2015, it houses over 240 million company records with data from over 30,000 data sources. The company updates its database five million times every day. In 2003, Dun & Bradstreet acquired Hoover’s Inc. Hoover’s online platform has data on over 85 million corporations and 1,000 industries.

CorporateInformation.com produces research reports on corporations from around the world. As of August 2015, it has over 39,000 reports on companies from over 65 countries. All of its fundamental company reports have company profiles that highlight basic company information such as origin and history.

The About Us section of a corporation’s website and Wikipedia are also some places to research its history. Most corporations talk about corporate history, founders, important timelines and product evolution in the About Us section. Oracle, Mitsubishi Corporation, Sony and Yamaha are good examples of corporations that feature company history on their websites.

Oracle talks about its history on its global website, Oracle.com. It released a PDF on the occasion of its 30th anniversary that discussed the company’s history. Mitsubishi Corporation has a dedicated page about corporate history in its About Us section. Sony also has detailed information about its history on its website, Sony.net.

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