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Industry Research   Tags: business, industry_research  

A guide to finding information in Langsdale Library related to Industry Research.
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Start researching an industry

1. Each industry is assigned a SIC or NAICS code. Many databases and search engines allow you to search by this code. To start researching an industry, it is important to know its code:

2. Once you know the code, find information on your industry in a database:

  • IBIS World is great place to start (search by keyword or NAICS code)

    Industry Reference Books

    Standard & Poor’s Industry Surveys
    Call Number: HC106.6 .S74 READY REFERENCE

    RMA Annual Statement Studies
    Call Number: HF5681.B2R58 2009/2010 REFERENCE


    General Business Reference Books

    These reference books are a starting point for research and have helpful, general business information. You'll find them on the 1st floor of the library.

    Business Information: How to find it, how to use it. (2nd edition) - Lavin, M.R.
    Call Number: HF 5356.2L36 1992 READY REFERENCE
    This excellent title contains explanations on using reference tools and includes sample pages.

    International business information: How to find it, how to use it. (2nd edition) - Pagell, R.A. & Halperin, M.
    Call Number: XHF 54.5. P33 1998 READY REFERENCE

    Encyclopedia of business information sources (18th edition) - Woy, J. (Ed.)
    Call Number: XHF 5353 .E5 2003 READY REFERENCE
    Often the best place to start, entries by industry or topic provide contacts or sources under headings which include directories, prices, ratios, newsletters, databases, etc.


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