Finding Industry Information

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This guide is intended to serve as a starting point for researching industry information using both online and print resources available through Tarver Library.

I. Industry Classifications: SIC/NAICS

The easiest way to identify the industry classification of the industry being researched is to use a directory. Directories frequently list basic company information including the industrial classification code assigned to the company.

The SIC and NAICS codes are used in many online and print resourcs to collect articles and data on industries, industry subcategories, and similar companies. The codes can be very helpful in doing industry research.

Standard Industrial Classification (SIC)
The SIC system uses a 4-digit cascading code. The first two digits indicate a general industrial sector while the next two digits specify a more focused industry segment. The Standard Industrial Classification Manual:1987 is also available in print (Ref HF 1042 .S73 1987).

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)
The NAICS utilizes a 6-digit cascading system. NAICS officially replaced Standard Industry Classification (SIC) system in 1997. The North American Industry Classification System is also available in print (Ref HF 1042 .N6).

1997 Economic Census: Bridge Between NAICS and SIC
The bridge between the SIC codes and the NAICS is provided by the U. S. Census Bureau.

NAICS/SIC Codes Lookup and Conversion Table
Use NAICS Association website to find appropriate classification.

II. Industry Overview

Industry overviews usually provide summative and analytical information on industries by experts at financial institutions and organizations. It is good to use multiple industry overviews to gain the broadest perspective on the industry being researched.

Standard & Poor's Industry Surveys Reference, HC 106.6 .S74
The S & P’s Industry Surveys provides an overview of 52 major U. S. industries. Each survey includes current environment, industry profile, and comparative company analysis and is updated twice annually. A monthly supplement "Trends and Projections" is also included.

Mergent's Industry Review Reference, HG 4963 .M68
Mergent Industry Review is arranged by industry, in 137 industry groups, and contains financial information, operating data, and rations on about 6,000 companies. Each industry listing inlcudes comparative statistics, company ranking within each industry, and growth rates for companies in each industry.

U. S. Industry & Trade Outlook Govt Docs, 2nd fl, C 61.48:
U. S. Industry & Trade Outlook is a great reference source on U.S. industries with 54 chapters providing industry reviews, analyses, forecasts, and trade trends.

Value Line Investment Survey Reference, HG 4501 .V27
The Value Line Investment Survey is a three-part publication: Part 1 — Summary & Index; Part 2 — Selection & Opinion; and Part 3 — Ratings & Reports. It offers the ratings of 1,700 companies' stock performance, historical trend data, three-to-five year projections of key financial measures, individual stock reports, and industry reviews.

Statistical Abstract of the United States Govt Docs, 2nd fl, C 3. 134: Reference HA202.P76

The Statistical Abstract of the United States was published by the United States Government Printing Office from 1879 to 2012. It is now published by ProQuest, and it is available in the reference stacks of the Tarver and Swilley libraries.

Current Industrial Reports (CIR) – U.S. Census Bureau
CIR published by the US Census Bureau provides monthly, quarterly, and annual measures of industrial activity. The primary objective of the CIR program is to produce timely, accurate data on production and shipments of selected products.

Industries at a Glance - U.S. Department of Labor
Industries at a Glance consists of profiles of 12 industry supersectors. Each profile contains a variety of facts about the industry supersector, and includes links to additional statistics.

III. Industry Trends & News

Trends point out the patterns and future predictions of an industry. Understanding industry trends can help investors to make more informed investment decisions.

ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest)
ABI/INFORM Complete is a complete database comprised of ABI/INFORM Global, Dateline, and Trade & Industry sub-sets, covering information on business conditions and trends, management techniques, competitive product information, and a wide variety of other business topics.

LexisNexis Academic
LexisNexis Academic contains business news, industry & market, company financial reports, company profiles, and SEC filings & reports. Select the "Guided News Search" tab and then select "Business News".

Business Source Complete Business Searching Interface (EBSCO)
This scholarly business database provides full text for over 2,345 journals covering all aspect of business, including disciplines such as marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics. In the advanced search interface, quick access is available to company profiles, country reports, industry profiles, market research reports, SWOT analyses, and articles.

New York Times & Wall Street Journal via Proquest Newspapers
This database offers full-text articles from New York Times (coverage:1980-current) and from Wall Street Journal (coverage:1984-current).

IV. Industry Statistics

Almanac of Business and Industrial Financial Ratios Reference, HF 5681 .R25 A45
The Almanac features NAICS data covering North America and provides 50 performance indicators on 192 industries. The data are based on actual IRS tax returns from 5 million U. S. and international corporations.

Industry Norms & Key Business Ratios Reference, HD 2771 .I525
This source contains statistics on over 800 different lines of business as defined by the U. S. SIC code numbers, covering industries of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Mining; Construction; Manufacturing; Transportation, Communications and Public Utilities; Wholesale Trade; Retail Trade; Finance and Real Estate; and Services.

RMA Annual Statement Studies Reference, HF 5681. B2 R6
RMA Annual Statment Studies contains financial data for about 375 industry groups by NAICS code and is arranged by broad category, then by industry group and line of business.

V. Trade Associations

Many industries have a National Association and these associations usually have developed web sites that provide substantive industry information.

Encyclopedia of Associations: An Associations Unlimited Reference Reference, AS 22 .E5
Encyclopedia of Associations (EA) is a comprehensive guide to more than 22,000 National and International Organizations.

ASAE Gateway to Associations Directory
The ASAE (American Society of Association Executives) Gateway to Associations Directory allows you to search for an association by name, interest area, or geographic location. The search results provide a list of associations that meet your selection criteria.