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Sources for Industry Overviews
Industry overviews can give you an idea of what is going on in an industry. Some of the things you can do with the information you get from them is determine trends and identify the type of competition in the industry. Below is a list of University Libraries subscription databases that provide profiles and overviews for a wide range of industries. Use your NAICS or SIC code to search in First Research and the NAICS code in IBISWorld.
Provides thoroughly researched, accurate and current business information with expert analysis about economic, demographic and government data.
First Research (Mergent)
Provides industry profiles within the wide range of industries that fall under Construction and Real Estate; Public Services, Education, Recreation; Retail, Food and Agriculture; Services; Manufacturing; Technology and Communications; Transportation, Energy, Storage; and Wholesale. Note: Subscription allows five simultaneous users.
Provides business intelligence for countries, consumers, and industries worldwide.
Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage
Provides company information and industry surveys on 52 major U.S. industries.
Plunkett Research Online
Industry-specific research portals for the most important business sectors, from energy to e-commerce and retailing to financial services.
Includes multi-volume encyclopedias, biographical collections, business plan handbooks, company history compilations, consumer health references, and specialized reference sources.
Market Research Databases
Market research reports include a discussion about the relevant industry.
Grants easy and fast access to the same best-in-class consumer and market intelligence used by business professionals around the world.
Market research reports from leading research firms, as well as reports from MarketLooks. Subjects covered include consumer & personal products, demographics, engineering & construction, food & beverage, and more.