Industry Research

NAICS & SIC codes:

All industry sectors are assigned a North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) and/or Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code.  Before beginning your research, find the NAICS and/or SIC codes that relate to your industry.

North American Industrial Classification System

  • Print format: Business Library HF1042 .N67 1997 & 2012

Standard Industrial Classification Codes

  • Print format: Business Library HF1042 .A55 1989
Reports & Overviews:

MarketLine Advantage
Access country specific industry information by conducting a keyword search, or browsing industry reports.  Tip:  To quickly access country specific information for a particular industry or product, search by keyword, narrow by “Industry Profiles,” then “Refine by Geography.”

NetAdvantage/Capital IQ
Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage is a comprehensive, professional source of proprietary analysis on industries, along with analysis of the major companies in a given industry.  Data includes trends and projections, industry surveys, industry reports, analyst reports, individual stock data, and economic insight.  

Freedonia Focus
Provides key industry data and analysis, including market size, product & market segmentation, product & market forecasts, industry composition, market leaders, business trends, and resources.  

Mergent Online
To find industry reports, select the “Industry Reports” tab.  You may then select the industry sector, region, and date range for the report you would like to view.  On the basic search page, conducting a search by SIC or NAICS code will return a list of companies who operate under that code.  Tip:  This database is a great resource for financial information as it pertains to industries.

BMI Research
Provides coverage of country markets across North America, Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The program features: intra-daily news analysis, political and economic risk assessment, strategic views on currency and debt developments, systematic macroeconomic forecasts over a 5-year horizon, country-comparative risk ratings, and rigorous benchmarking of the business environment.

Gartner provides access to the research and advisory firm's information technology news, research reports, and business and market analysis, and includes product descriptions and comparisons, information on trends, and a calendar of upcoming conferences and events for IT managers, specialists, and business interests. William & Mary login credentials are required to access this database.

Faulkner’s Advisory for IT Studies
Find reports covering technology as it relates to business by browsing by topic or conducting a keyword search.

Browse current industry news on the following websites:
Harris Manufacturers & Business Directories Print format in the Business Library
  • Harris U.S. Manufactures Directory
    • HF5035 .H37 2015
    • This directory offers profiles on manufacturing companies with 100 or more employees.
  • Harris Virginia Services Directory
    • HD9981.7 .V8 H37 2015
  • Harris Virginia Industrial Directory
    • HC107 .V8 V866 2015
  • Harris U.S. Manufacturers Directory Midwest Edition
    • HF5047 .H37a 2015

Look up companies by geographic location as well as SIC code, alphabetic listing and product category. 

Additional Reference Resources:

These print resources can be found in the McLeod Business Library.

  • Almanac of Business and Industrial Financial Ratios
    • HF5681 .R25 T68 2014
    • Tracks 50 operating and financial factors in nearly 200 industries.  Organized by NAICS code.
  • Industry Norms and Key Business Ratios
    • HF5681 .R25 I52 1998/1999-2014 
    • Financial data related to industries. Organized by SIC code. 
  • Encyclopedia of Emerging Industries
    • HD2324 .E528 2011
  • Handbook of Industry Profiles 2009
    • HD2328 .H363 2009
  • Manufacturing & Distribution USA 3rd ed.
    • HD9721 .M3495 v.1-3
  • Encyclopedia of American Industries 5th ed.
    • HC102 .E53 2007 v.1-2
  • Standard & Poors Industry Surveys
    • HC106.6 .S74 October 2009 v.1-2
Trade & Industry Associations:
  • The Directory of Business Information Resources 17th ed.
    • HD2425 .D46 2010
Print Resources with Industry Reports/Overviews found in the McLeod Business Library:
  • Encyclopedia of American Industries 5th ed. 
    • HC102 .E53 2007 v.1-2
  • Handbook of Industry Profiles 2010
    • HD 2328 .H363 2010
  • Standard & Poors Industry Surveys
    • HC106.6 .S74
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