For general shorting information such as the short interest ratio, you can usually go to any website that features a stock quotes service. For example, you can find this information on the Yahoo Finance website in Key Statistics under Share Statistics.

If you are interested in acquiring more detailed information about a specific stock, such as specific numbers about volume, average daily share volume and/or days to cover, there are websites that you can visit that would provide such information free of charge. According to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), all of this data is acquired from broker-dealers as part of the exchange's regulations. However, the specific site you will need to visit will depend on the stock exchange in which the stock that you are seeking information for trades.

For example, if the stock in question is traded on the Nasdaq, you would have to use Nasdaq Trader's Trading Data, where you can find Nasdaq's Monthly Short Interest Tool. If the stock that you are interested in is found on the NYSE, you can check out NYSE Data's NYSE Short Interest Tool.

To learn more about short selling, see our Short Selling Tutorial and Short Interest: What It Tells Us.

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