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Industry Information

Search these databases for industry forecasts, insight, overviews, reports, and other information,

Industry Info from the Federal Government

Journals, Trade Publications, Newspapers, and Reports

Use these databases to access company and industry information in business journals, trade publications, magazines, major newspapers, and reports.

To access a brief company profile use Business Source Complete. Click on "Company Information" on the top navigation bar, enter a company name, find your company in the result list.

Additional Sources of Industry Information

These resources contain a wide range of information on industries. Explore and utilize several of these sources to compile a complete picture of your industry.

Industry Classification

  • Standard Industrial Classification Manual (SIC)
    This classification system was the standard of industrial categorization from 1937-1997. IIt is gradually being supplanted by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Many reference works from both, private and government sources, still utilize the SIC.
  • North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)
    The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) has replaced the U.S. Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system. NAICS was developed jointly by the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to provide new comparability in statistics about business activity across North America.
  • Industry and Occupation Classification System
    The purpose of the classification systems used in these indexes is to organize and to make understandable the many thousands of industries and occupations. These systems group titles describing like industries or like occupations into homogeneous categories and assign a code to each category.

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