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Industry Sources - General

             Overview           Print Resources

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Overview

There are various industry specific and general sources for industry information. Included here is a list of some of the sources of a more basic nature or sources with information on multiple industries. Since many trade associations provide some data on their web pages as well as produce print source that many libraries subscribe to, I have also included sources on finding trade associations.

Also, there are many, many directories in print and electronic formats that may of some use in finding those companies that compose the industry. The Business Reference Services Doing Company Research guide lists a few of these in the Directories section. If you are looking for information on how a particular company fares within its industry or how industries compare with each other, sources on peer review listed in the Doing Company Research guide may be helpful.

Although there are too many industries to include specific sources for all of them, the guide does list a few basic sources for some very big/common industries. Also, included are links to guides created by the Library of Congress.

It should also be noted that there are a few publishers that focus on certain industries. Platt's External Link is good for oil and gas, Cision External Link (formerly Bacon's; still publishes Bacon's Media Directories External Link ) is good for communications, SNL/Kagan External Link is good for all aspects of telecommunications, while Plunkett's External Link publishes information on many different industries.

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Guide to Industry Research

Table of Contents

Introduction
Basic Strategies
Classification Codes
Industry Sources - United States Government
Industry Sources - General
Industry Sources - Historical

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You can find specific titles on the publishers' web pages or by contacting these companies directly. It should be noted that many of the titles are not widely available in libraries because they can be quite expensive. Some of these publishers, Platt's for instance, do publish periodicals that are included in full-text databases. For example, some Platt's publications can be found on the subscription database Factiva.

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PRINT RESOURCES

Encyclopedia of American industries. Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research, c1994 - present.
LC Call Number: HC102 .E53
LC Catalog Record: 2001223283

This data is also available in Gale's Business & Company Resource Center database.

Encyclopedia of Emerging Industries. Detroit : Gale, c1998-.
LC Call Number: HD2324.E528
LC Catalog Record: 98660099

Fairly in-depth industry overviews with charts/graphics. This data is also available in Gale Cengage's Business Insights: Global database.

Encyclopedia of Global Industries. Detroit, MI : Gale Research, 1996 - present.
LC Call Number: HD2324.E53
LC Catalog Record: 97661013

Fairly in-depth industry overviews with charts/graphics. This data is also available in Gale Cengage's Business Insights: Global database.

Market Share Reporter. Detroit, MI : Gale Research, c. 1991 - present.
LC Call Number: HF5410.M35
LC Catalog Record: 91649704

This publication is a compilation of top lists of companies and products, which originally appeared in various publications, and articles. It is a companion to the World Market Share Reporter, but focuses on the United States, Mexico, and Canada. This data is also available in Gale Cengage's Business Insights: Global database.

Mergent's Industry Review. New York, NY : Mergent FIS, c1999-
LC Call Number: HG4961 .M68
LC Catalog Record: sn 99048772

Mergent's subscription database product Mergent Online also has industry reports that cover the U.S. as well as Asia-Pacific and Europe Access to the database is limited to onsite patrons.

S&P Industry Surveys [New York] Standard & Poor's Corp.
LC Call Number: HC106.6.S74
LC Catalog Record: 77183941

These reports are produced only online now and are available on the subscription database S&P NetAdvantage Access to the database limited to patrons onsite.

World Market Share Reporter. New York : Gale Research Inc., c1995-2001.
LC Call Number: HD2757.15.W67
LC Catalog Record: 95660036

This is a publication that is a compilation of top list of companies, products pulled from various publications, articles, etc. It is a companion to Market Share Reporter.

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ASSOCIATIONS

United States           International

United States

Encyclopedia of Associations. Detroit, Gale Research Co., 1956 - present.
LC Call Number: AS22 .E5
LC Catalog Record: 76046129
This data is also available in Gale Cengage's Business Insights: Global database. Access to the database is limited to onsite patrons.
Encyclopedia of Associations. International Organizations. Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research, c1989 - present.
LC Call Number: AS8 .E53
LC Catalog Record: 89645065
This data is also available in Gale Cengage's Business Insights: Global database. Access to the database is limited to onsite patrons.
Encyclopedia of Associations. Regional, State, and Local Organizations. Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., c1987 - present.
LC Call Number: AS22 .E53
LC Catalog Record: 87640488
This data is also available in Gale Cengage's Business Insights: Global database. Access to the database is limited to onsite patrons.

National Trade and Professional Associations of the United States. Washington, DC : Columbia Books, 1989 - present.
LC Call Number: HD2425 .D53
LC Catalog Record: 89659004

State and Regional Associations of the United States. Washington, D.C. : Columbia Books, 1989 - present.
LC Call Number: HD2425 .S68
LC Catalog Record: 89641902

International

Encyclopedia of Associations. International Organizations. Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research, c1989 - present.
LC Call Number: AS8 .E53
LC Catalog Record: 89645065

This data is also available in Gale Cengage's Business Insights: Global database. Access to the database is limited to onsite patrons.

International Yearbook of Industrial Statistics. Vienna : United Nations Industrial Development Organization ; Aldershot, England ; Brookfield, Vt., USA : Edward Elgar, 1995 - present.
LC Call Number: HC10 .I673
LC Catalog Record: 95648426
http://www.unido.org/doc/18263 External Link

Structural statistics for industry and services = Statistiques de[s] structures de l'industrie et des services. Paris, France : Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, c2001 - present.
LC Call Number: HC10 .I614
LC Catalog Record: 2001242108

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INTERNET RESOURCES

United States Industries           International Industries      Guides to Specific Industries


United States Industries

Yahoo! Industry Center
http://biz.yahoo.com/ic/index.html External Link

Industry Research Rutgers University Libraries
http://libguides.rutgers.edu/industries External Link



International Industries

Enterprise, Industry and Services OECD
http://www.oecd.org/topic/ External Link

Statistical Agencies (International)
http://www.census.gov/aboutus/stat_int.html

Canadian Industry Statistics
http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/sc_ecnmy/sio/homepage.html External Link

UK Industry Statistics (see Business & Energy)
http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/browse-by-theme/index.html External Link

UK Trade & Investment (UK Dept. of Trade and Industry)
https://www.uktradeinvest.gov.uk/ External Link

Australian Industry Statistics (see Statistics, by Topic)
http://www.abs.gov.au/ External Link

New Zealand Industry Statistics
http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/industry_sectors.aspx External Link



Guides to Specific Industries

Automotive
http://www.loc.gov/rr/business/BERA/issue2/issue2_main.html

Business of Beauty
http://www.loc.gov/rr/business/BERA/issue17/issue17_main.html

Nonprofit
http://www.loc.gov/rr/business/nonprofits/nonprofits_main.html

Service Industries
http://www.loc.gov/rr/business/guide/guide1/sharp4.html

Sports Business
http://www.loc.gov/rr/business/BERA/issue3/issue3_main.html

Oil & Gas
http://www.loc.gov/rr/business/BERA/issue5/issue5_main.html

Travel & Tourism
http://www.loc.gov/rr/business/BERA/issue11/issue11_main.html

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BIBLIOGRAPHIES & GUIDES

Below are a few selected bibliographies and guides that have been created by librarians at other universities. Some resources will only be available to students but check your local public library or your university library if you are a student to see what you have access to.

Ithaca College - How to Research an Industry
http://www.ithacalibrary.com/sp/subjects/industryresearch External Link

This guide provides some helpful ideas and questions to consider in doing industry research. Included are some helpful Sidebars like ones on SWOT analysis and a powerpoint presentation.

University of Pittsburgh - Industry Research
http://pitt.libguides.com/Industry External Link

This guide includes sections on resources for industry conditions, market share and competitors, financial ratios, data/statistics and news.

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DATABASES

Many of the full-text subscription databases can be used to search for articles discussing a particular industry. Many of these are available in many university or public libraries for use by patrons and students. Some are very good at subject indexing and some — like Business & Industry and TableBase — also use the SIC/NAICS code systems.

Select the links below to see descriptions of several databases of particular use for industry research. To see a listing of other subscription databases available for users at the Library of Congress, please go to the Library of Congress E-Resources Online Catalog. In addition to resources listed on that page under the subjects Business and Management and Economics, business researchers may also be interested in resources listed under E-Journals, E-Books and Other Search Tools. Please note that subscription databases described on these pages may only be accessed by patrons on site at the Library of Congress.

Other databases to mention are S&P’s NetAdvantage which does have copies of the S&P industry surveys and Mergent Online which has historical copies of the Moody’s Manuals but also has industry reports for various industry in North American, Asia Pacific, and Europe. Business & Company Resource Center (Gale) also has Datamonitor reports as well as information from Gale’s print titles that cover industry information (see PRINT sources above).

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LC Subject Headings

Additional works on various industries in the Library of Congress may be identified by searching the Online Catalog under appropriate Library of Congress subject headings. Below is just a sampling of industries. Selecting a subject headings below will link you directly to the Catalog and automatically execute a search for the authorized subject selected. Please be aware that during periods of heavy use you may encounter delays in accessing the catalog. For assistance in locating other subject headings related to this topic, please consult a reference librarian.

Market Surveys    Service industries
Market surveys--United States    Service industries--United States--Statistics--Periodicals
Industries    Information services industry--United States
Industries--United States    Financial services industry--United States
Construction industry--United States    Insurance--United States
Mineral industries--United States    Real estate business--United States
Agricultural industries--United States    Transportation--United States
Manufacturing industries    Public utilities--United States
Manufacturing industries--United States    Manufactures

Last Updated: 01/08/2013

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