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Here are two good databases to use to find basic information about industries:
This is a helpful print source found in the Bruno Library's reference area:
Standard & Poor's Industry Surveys (call number REF. HC 106.6 .S74)
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You can find a report on your industry by doing a search or by finding it in the list of reports.
To do a search for an industry report, select "Industry Market Research" in the dropdown box, then put your search term in the search box and hit Enter. Then choose the best match from the list of results.
You can also look at the list of reports available and select a report form the list. The reports are organized by NAICS codes, so if you know your industry's code, this would be a convenient way to find it quickly. Just scroll down the opening page to see the complete list of reports.
IBISWorld reports contain a huge amount of information, as shown by the sample table of contents on the right. You can search in the report, read the individual sections, or download the entire report.
IBISWorld is a great resource for finding information about industries, including competition, market size, major companies, and so on.
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Business Source Premier offers both articles and industry reports that can provide you with important information about your industry.
From the opening search screen, click the blue "Industry Profiles" link to browse reports on hundreds of industries.
Your results list will include industry reports from several sources. Reports often contain information on market share, competition, growth forecasts, and other useful data.
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Standard & Poor's Industry Surveys is shelved in the Bruno Library reference area under the call number REF. HC 106.6 .S74. The four most recent quarters can be found there; each quarter has multiple volumes.
Each industry report describes conditions in the industry during the previous year and names the major competitors. Selected statistics are provided in tables and graphs. In all, twenty major industry groupings and a thousand companies are covered.
There are many more databases and other resources that can be used to research industries. For more information, please consult our Guide to Finding Industry Information.