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Industry Research

This guide provides resources for Stetson students researching U.S. and global industries. The resources include current industry overviews and analysis, market share data, trends and forecasts, lists of the major competitors in an industry, and more.


Welcome to the subject guide for Industry Research. This guide describes databases and search tools you can use to find information on Industry Research topics at the duPont-Ball Library and online, as well as search tips and information regarding library services.

Remember, librarians can help you with your research:

Best Bets: Industry Research Resources

Use these databases to find Industry Research resources:

Using NAICS and SIC industrial classification codes to refine your research

Industrial classification codes (SIC and NAICS) are used to organize industry data and documents into broad topical areas. IBISWorld, Mergent Online, Mergent First Research, Mergent Intellect, ABI/INFORM and Business Source Premier databases have industry code look-up functions. The look-up functions allow you to search code descriptions by keyword, then select classifications codes from a list. 

Several library databases provide industry code look-up functions which allow you to search the NAICS or SIC code descriptions by keyword and select codes from drop-down lists. 

Industry code searches enable you to:

  • limit search results to a specific industry
  • locate companies within an industry
  • find industry overviews, analysis reports, statistics, forecasts and market trends

Industry codes also define broad topical areas such as a management function, a market, or an organization type. For example, the NAICS code 1300 covers international trade and foreign investment. Code 1500 covers energy and the environment.  In the "advanced search" feature of the ABI/INFORM business database, clicking on “Look up classification codes” will open a list of broad categories and nested sub-categories. Check boxes are provided to limit your search results to specific industries, markets or management functions.

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