Industry Research Guide

  • Datamonitor Industry Profiles in Business Source Premier - Industry reports present information on the entire industry in which your company operates. (Enter an industry into the first box e.g. airlines, and in the second box enter industry profile. In the drop down box to the right of where you entered industry profile, select SO Publication Name).
  • Encyclopedia of American Industries - (Thomson Gale) Business reference encyclopedia providing detailed, comprehensive information on a wide range of industries in every realm of American business. It is available through the Gale Virtual Reference Library. (Enter an industry name into the search box).
  • Encyclopedia of Emerging Industries - Provides information about the inception, emergence and current status of new and established industries and business segments that are pioneering new technologies, introducing break-through marketing strategies or implementing innovative means of serving new markets. Consists of detailed profiles newer industries, such as biometrics, risk management services, satellites, specialty tourism, and others.
  • Hoover's First Research - Hoover's First Research provides industry profiles to help marketers, business owners, job seekers and researchers. It profiles 900 Industry Segments, updated constantly with monthly statistics and indicators as well as quarterly trend updates.
  • Mergent Online - Mergent Online includes U.S. company data, archives, annual reports, fact sheets and North American Industry Reports. (For industry reports, click the blue tab labeled Report Search. in the Search by Industry box, select the industry in which you are interested, scroll to bottom of page and click search.)
  • North American Industry Classification System - (Census Bureau) The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy. As a result, businesses of the same type can be found by knowing the proper NAICS code.

Employment and Workforce Information

The resources below provide information on employment and the workforce in specific occupations and industries.

  • Occupational Information Network - O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook - Welcome to the Nation′s premier source for career information! The profiles featured here cover hundreds of occupations and describe What They Do, Work Environment, How to Become One, Pay, and more. Each profile also includes BLS employment projections for the 2010–20 decade.

Industry Handbooks - Reference Collection

These are print (hard copy) books that are in the reference collection in the library.  The call number is listed next to each title. Ask for assistance in locating these resources if you have

  • Standard & Poor's Industry Surveys - Standard and Poor's Corporation
    Call Number: REF. 332.6 S785i
    Publication Date: Last two years
    Covers fifty of the top industries in the United States. Reports cover the industry's current environment, trends, and how the industry operates.
  • Encyclopedia of global industries
    ISBN: 9781592372430
    This volume provides information for industries on a global scale.
  • Almanac of Business and Industrial Financial Ratios - Troy, Leo
    Call Number: REF. 338.5A445
    Publication Date: 2010
    Provides financial ratios for companies in various asset ranges by SIC code. Data reported are based on aggregate numbers from IRS records.
  • Annual Statement Studies
    Call Number: On reserve shelves behind the circulation desk under MBA. Ask staff for assistance.
    ISBN: 9781570703218
    Publication Date: 2010
    Annual Statement Studies: Financial Ratio Benchmarks is the only source of financial ratio benchmarks derived directly from 285,000 statements of financial institutions’ borrowers and prospects.