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Last Updated: Mar 11, 2022 12:32 PM

What is EDGAR?

EDGAR stands for Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval. This system is used at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and is the primary system for submissions by companies and others who are required by law to file information with the SEC.

EDGAR contains millions of company and individual filings. It benefits investors, corporations, and the U.S. economy overall by increasing the efficiency, transparency, and fairness of the securities markets. The system processes about 3,000 filings per day, serves up 3,000 terabytes of data to the public annually, and accommodates 40,000 new filers per year on average.

Access to EDGAR’s public database is free—allowing you to research, for example, a public company’s financial information and operations by reviewing the filings the company makes with the SEC. You can also research information provided by mutual funds (including money market funds), exchange-traded funds (ETFs), variable annuities, and individuals.

Searching in EDGAR

To access EDGAR, go to 

EDGAR is updated Monday-Friday, in real time until 5:30 pm. Any filings submitted past the 5:30 pm deadline are available the next morning.

Company Filings Search

Search for the most recent filings for a company using the Company Filings Search.

3/4/22 UPDATE: Please note that EDGAR recently updated the format of their company search results screen. A new video will be uploaded soon but a few search strategies to note:

  • Expanding the Company Information section will provide the basic information previously in the results header, including former names, CIK, location, etc.
  • Under Latest Filings, select View Filings to pull up a list of all recent filings. This will include the filing types, document title, date, and link to the document.
  • The Selected Filings section provides a quick list by filing type (e.g. 10-K's and 10-Q's only).

Please reach out to the business librarian, Carolyn, with any questions.

Boolean Archive Search

Full Text (Since 2001) 

For full text filing searches back to the 1990's, check out the Government Filings tab in Mergent Online.

Latest Filings & Daily Filings by Type

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Carolyn Klotzbach-Russell
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