Friday, January 24, 2014

Industries or Companies?

Are you looking for information on industries or companies? While you'll be able to find that information in pretty much the same business-related resources, be aware that you'll be looking for two separate things. A company is a business, but an industry is a kind of business. Merck, for example, is the company, while pharmaceutical manufacturing is the industry.

Sources of industry information available through the library include:
  • Business Source Premier' Business Searching Interface (Choose Industry Profiles)
  • LexisNexis' Industry Dossier (click on Search by Content type and choose "Dossier" in the Companies section; Industry will be an option)
  • Mergent's Industry Report Search (click on the Report Search Tab and select an industry)
Industrial reports may include lists of leading companies within the industry, total sales, the size of the market, and trends and forecasting.

A free source of U.S. industry statistics is the U.S. Economic Census. Click on the Industry Snapshot link and drill down for basic charts or choose one of the items under Tables by Economic Census sector for data in detail. (Be aware that the most recent year with economic census data is 2007; a census was taken in 2013, but 2013 data is as yet unavailable.)

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