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Industries & Market Research: Industry Sources

Resources and tips on locating information on specific industries and markets.

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

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

Subject Guide

Karen Vagts
Contact:
Tisch Library, Medford MA
617-627-2095