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Industry research @ the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries

Preliminaries - Library Services

Industry Overviews
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.

Government data

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."

Industry Ratios

Financial ratios for each industry, used to compare a company's performance to the industry as a whole, or for cross-industry comparisons.

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.

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