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Industry research @ the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries
Preliminaries - Library Services
- Tepper Library website - left side lists general library services
- Business databases – find those mentioned here (in italics) and more. For other topics: all databases.
- Online catalog: Cameo - Look here for ebooks, books, journals, etc.
- Online journal list – Check to see if a journal or magazine is contained in one of our databases.
- If you’re off campus, login here first to use the databases or ebooks
- Interlibrary loan – if we don’t have the book or article that you need
Find industry leaders, statistics, current status, future trends, histories and profiles of the industries here. If you look up the NAICS/SIC codes (see below) for your industry first, this will be a bit easier.
- IBISWorld - In-depth industry market research reports with analysis, data, conditions, segmentation, market share, primary companies, and outlook for over 700 industries in the US.
- Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage website - use "Industry" tab
- for major industries
- Hoover's First Research - hundreds of brief and timely overviews
- Value Line Investment Survey - 101 more brief and timely overviews, from an independent investment analyst service.
- MarketLine – in-depth profiles of thousands of specific industries in many countries, from the research firm Datamonitor; for consumer products, use the "Value Consumer Markets" section on the right side.
- MergentOnline - click on "Industry Reports" tab at top - major industries covered, for a variety of countries.
- Industry section of Business & Company Resource Center - use Overviews, Rankings, and Market Research tabs for lengthy industry profiles and company comparisons.
- Investext/Thomson Research
- analyst reports from banks and brokerage firms on industry trends and conditions
- Gartner – specializes in technology products and services. (Note: Dataquest reports are not in our subscription.)
- ProQuest has First Research reports - search for "[your industry] and industrywide conditions" to locate them. To see all of them, do a publications search for "First Research".
- Association website for your industry – try googling key words (i.e. "robotics organization" will turn up the Robotics Industry Association) or Google's Directory: Associations by Industry. When you've found your association's website, look for links to research, data, publications, statistics, conference proceedings, etc.
- Links to reports and statistics, by detailed industry, on valuation.com's Industry Resources.
- BLS Industries at at Glance –
workforce, compensation, prices, establishments, trends.
Current Industrial Reports - monthly, quarterly, and annual measures of industrial activity for many years.
Industry statistics from U.S. Census Bureau’s Economic Programs
- get industry "snapshots"
News sources about markets and industries
Often the best reports on industries, such as an annual review, come out in their trade journals - found in these databases. Use search terms such as “market,” “forecast,” “trends,” “industry overview,” etc. along with your own market identifier, i.e. “organic food."
- Proquest – wide-ranging news database containing many smaller databases within it - thousands of publications, including complete Wall Street Journal and New York Times
- Business & Company Resource Center – thorough and international coverage, enormous range of publications
- Lexis-Nexis Academic– most wide-ranging industry news database available
Financial ratios for each industry, used to compare a company's performance to the industry as a whole, or for cross-industry comparisons.
- eStatement Studies -
Financial Ratios Benchmarks providing industry norms, and Industry Default Probabilities and Cash Flow Measures.
- RMA Annual Statement Studies - in print in the Hunt Library reference collection: HF5681 .B2 R6
Yahoo Finance industry reports - look at Industry Statistics on the right
- bizstats.com - free internet source
NAICS and SIC Code Definitions and Look-ups
The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code systems classify industries numerically. They are often used to categorize business information by industry; many of the resources listed above use them.
- North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) - also in print at the Hunt reference desk
- Standard Industrial Classification Manual (SIC) - also in print at the Hunt reference desk
Contact the librarians:
- Roye Werner, Business & Economics Librarian, firstname.lastname@example.org , (412) 268-2453
- Everyone else at the library who can help: reference hours, link to chat, email, etc.