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Industry Research Paths

Depending on the nature of your project, you can take several approaches to industry and market research:

  • For well-defined and established industries, searches databases and online catalogs by using the industry name or classification codes (see Industry Classification Systems).
  • Search resources on companies that provide the products that you are focusing on, then determine which industries they belong to (see the Research Guide on Companies).  Such companies can be identified by searching through directories, trade association materials, company reports, and trade journals.
  • Search resources on issues, trends, and other topic of interest and then identify the industries and companies that focus on these areas.

Industry Sources

  • Government Sources
  • U.S. Census Sector Data
    The "Data by Sector" menu provides access to official government data from the U.S. Census on topics related to broad industry sectors. Many other sources, such as those listed below, rely on this data. Includes a section on e-commerce.
  • U.S. Census Industry Snapshots
    Government data organized by NAICS sector and industry codes. Icons indicate from which Census the data comes.
  • BOL Industries at a Glance
    From the U.S. Bureau of Labor (BOL), reports on over 100 industries, organized by NAICS code or industry name, focusing on employment, labor, and trends.
  • Patents
    Patents can be searched on by major classifications of inventions, which sometimes serve as proxies for industries, and by assignees, which often are companies in particular sectors.
  • Small Business Association (SBA) Industry Guides

  • Tufts Databases
  • ABI Inform
    Includes the full text of articles in over 500 business and management journals, both trade and scholarly. The Browse Tab provides links to industry reports and trade publications.
  • Academic OneFile
    The Advanced Search option enables searching on specific document types such as Industry Overview and Industry Ranking as well as Company and Brand names.
  • MarketLine Advantage
    Extensive industry profiles, filterable by geographic region, as well as detailed company reports. Also includes news, downloadable statistics, country reports, and financial deals. Formerly Datamonitor 360.
  • Euromonitor Passport GMID
    Global market information on countries, consumers, and companies through in-depth reports and relevant statistical data. Includes consumer demographics and market trends.
  • Factiva
    In the Search tab, the Industry Facet search option screens for sources for specific industries. In the Companies/Markets tab, the Industries module provides reports and news on industries organized according to the Dow Jones Industries system.
  • Gartner Research
    Detailed reports on technology-intensive industries from a leading IT research company. Available through Ginn Library; Tufts has a limited subscription.
  • General Business File ASAP
    Searching on SIC codes in the Advanced Search screen retrieves citations for industry reports in major business journals.  Searching on company ticker symbols retrieves investment reports on major industries.
  • Global Insight
    Industry news is available by choosing among Categories in the Advanced Search page.
  • Jane's
    Periodicals and databases focusing on defense, security, weapons, terrorism, intelligence, and public safety.
  • Emerging Markets Information Service (EMIS)
    Detailed profiles, statistics, market reports, and news on sectors and industries in emerging markets. Reports are in multiple languages.
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Use the Sources tab to screen for sources by industry or by type of report, such as market research reports or trade publications. Sources include Hoover's. The Company Dossier feature enables screening for industry ratios and major players.
  • OneSource Global Express
    Detailed global coverage of industries and companies, both public and private. Includes RMA Industry Norms (statistical summaries of key financial and operating ratios for an industry).
  • ReferenceUSA
    Only U.S. companies; public & private; includes detailed information on smaller firms. Industry insights can be obtained by searching for companies using NAICS and SIC codes.
  • Roubini Global Economics (RGE Monitor)
    Reports, news, blogs, and other entries on business and economic issues. Industry-specific entries can be accessed by typing keywords into the RGE Search box.
  • Thomas Register of American Manufacturers / ThomasNet
    Directory of North American suppliers for manufactured products. Sources can be screened by product categories as well as by location, certifications, and other criteria.

  • Directories
  • Almanac of Business and Industrial Financial Ratios
    Print: Tisch Reference HF5681.R25 A45 Includes CD-ROM, available at Tisch Circulation Desk.
    Comparative ratios for over 50 factors in major industries, organized by the NAICS classification system.
  • Encyclopedia of American Industries
    Print: Tisch Reference HC102 .E53. Selected older report editions are available through Highbeam.com
  • Encyclopedia of Business Information Sources
    Print: Tisch Reference HF5351 .E52
    Resources can be screened by SIC industrial classification code.
  • Valuation Resources Industry Information Sources
    Alongside listings of fee-only market research, includes leads on industry associations and valuation studies.

  • Other Sources
  • Business Week Sector Overviews
  • EconBiz
    Joint project of the German National Library of Economics and the University and City Library of Cologne, gateway to materials in multiple languages from global sources, including many freely available sources. Coverage includes sources on companies and industries.
  • Ernst & Young Industry Reports
    Reports on specific industries by a global leader in tax advisory and management services.
  • Harvard Business School Industry Guides
    From the HBS' Baker Library, comprehensive guides to selected industries. Note: some sources are only available to the HBS community.
  • Manufacturing and Services (MAS) Industry Reports
    From the U.S. International Trade Administration (ITA), a gateway to statistics, reports, and links to associations and other sources.
  • QFinance Sector Reports
    Statistics and forecasts for over 20 basic sectors.
  • OECD iLibrary
    Statistics and Reports on general sectors.
 

Emerging Industries

Sources on new, fledgling industries may be hard to locate because industries often are formally defined only when they constitute a certain percentage of economic output.  The major industry classification systems (see the page on Classification Systems) often are slow to reflect new industries.  Therefore, locating information on these sectors requires research in a broader set of sources.  After you have exhausted the basic resources on industries, try the following:

  • News sources
  • Sources on private companies
  • Scholarly, scientific and technical journals and publications in a particular area, e.g. biomedical engineering sources for emerging medical device technologies, environmental publications for new “green” products, sociology journals for trends in consumer behavior
  • Professional associations, institutes, and organizations that focus on a particular market or issue
  • Patents, which describe inventions in industries of the future, as Edison's patent filings on electricity-related inventions previewed the electrical products and utility industries

Associations

International Markets

  • Business Planet
    Uses Google Maps to drill down to specific regions and countries. The Entrepreneurship tab uses data from the World Bank entrepreneurship research group.
  • Doing Business
    From the World Bank, provides statistics and other metrics on doing business in regions and countries.  Includes topics related to starting businesses.
  • Economist Intelligence Unit Reports
    Full-text of Country Reports, Country Profiles, Country Finance and Country Commerce series,and Risk Briefing. Initial access requires clicking on "Enterprise Client Access" for access to Tufts' subscription.
  • Emerging Markets Information Service (EMIS)
    Detailed profiles, statistics, market reports, and news on sectors and industries in emerging markets. Reports are in multiple languages.
  • LexisNexis Country Profiles
    Accessed through a link on the Business Tab.
  • Manufacturing and Services (MAS) Industry Reports
    From the U.S. International Trade Administration (ITA), a gateway to statistics, reports, and links to associations and other sources. Useful for startups involving import/export functions.
  • Nation Master
    Compilation of country and region specific data compiled from the CIA World Factbook.
  • Statesman's Year-book
    Print: Ginn Reference Desk/TischReference JA51 .S7
    Annual directory featuring detailed profiles on all nations.

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