Getting Started with D&B Hoovers

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Welcome to this tutorial on D&B Hoovers!

This tutorial will cover:

  • How to access D&B Hoovers
  • What kind of information is available
  • How to customize reports
  • How to build lists of companies or executives

To get started, from the Parrish Library homepage, select the List of Business Databases on the left side of the page.

Then select D&B Hoovers.

Note: If you experience issues with this Guide closing when you access the database you may need to open the Guide in a separate window.

What kind of information is available?

D&B Business Browser is an aggregate database of company, business news, and industry information.

You can search for companies, executives, news, and industries. You can also build a list of companies or executives.

Database Interface

From the homepage, you can build a list of companies, browse news, create contact lists, research industries, and search for companies, contacts, news, and more.

Company Search & Reports

  • Type “Ford” in the company search field. 
  • Select “Ford Motor Company” from the list of results.

This will take you to the company summary section of the report that includes information such as the company website, company type, and business description.

You can navigate to different parts of the report such as company history, SWOT, SEC filings, and various financial statements, using the menu on the left side of the screen.

Use the icons in the upper right corner of the page to print or download the report data for that section.

One Stop Report

You can use the One Stop Report button to customize a report. Simply click “One Stop Report” near the top of the page, and then select the sections you’d like to include.

Click “Done” to generate a PDF download.

List Building

To build a list of companies or executives, click on the “Search & Build a List” link in the upper left corner of the screen and choose “Companies” or “Contacts.”

Next, you need to select your search criteria. For example, select “Contact Type”, and then choose “Public Relations Executive” under Job Function.

Limit your search to the automotive industry by browsing for “Automotive and Transportation” in the Industry section.

Finally, click “Location” and search for “California” under State or Province.

List Results
Click on “View Results” to view a list of contacts that include the individual’s name, title, company, and contact information.
You can click on the individual’s name for more information about them, or click on the company name for more information about the company they work for.
List Downloads
Although download options are available, they require the use of credits which are not included in our current subscription.

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Business News Search

You can also use D&B Hoovers to search for business news. 

Click "Browse News" from the homepage, then use the search options to search by keyword, news, or industry.

What have you learned?

Now you know how to access D&B Hoovers, what kind of information is available, how to customize reports, and how to build lists of companies or executives. 

Thank you for using this tutorial!

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