Industrial classification codes (SIC and NAICS) are used to organize industry data and documents into broad topical areas. Mergent Online, Mergent First Research, Mergent Intellect, NexisUni, 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. Industry classification codes are useful to limit search results to a specific industry, to locate companies within an industry, to find industry analysis reports and industry statistics.
Industry codes serve to define broad topical areas such as a management function, an industry, a market, or an organization type. For example, the NAICS code 71 and SIC codes 79, 84 cover the Arts, Entertainment & Leisure sectors which includes professional sports, health and fitness centers, recreational facilities, and recreational and leisure activites. In 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.
Detailed descriptions and historical information about the SIC and NAICS industrial classification systems can be found on the Census.gov website.
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