Learn how to conduct Industry research using some of our business databases. Learn how to navigate to these databases and how to search each to get industry reports, articles, and financial information.
Before You Begin
Prior to initiating research on an assigned industry consider the following points:
Identify types of information required for your assignment or project
Industry growth: increasing, declining or stagnate?
Products or services (current and new)
Companies that lead the market in revenue and products and services
Current trends (economic or technical)
Future forecast, factors and threats that may affect the industry, such as: natural disaster and political strife
Structure of the industry
Compare industry and market data
Use the industrial classification and research boxes on this page. Contact a librarian for assistance.
US and global industry reports, including overviews, industry performance, and outlook, key companies and statistics, operating conditions, and useful infographics.
Business environment profiles, including consumer behavior, demographics, economics, commodities, and financial markets.
Search by NAICS code or keywords.
Beginning in the 1930s, the industry coding system used to assign industry codes was the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC). Due to changes in economic conditions the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) was established in 1997.
The GICS structure consists of 10 sectors, 24 industry groups, 68 industries and 154 sub-industries. Their methodology has been widely accepted as an industry analysis framework for investment research, portfolio management and asset allocation.