Industry Databases


All industry sectors are assigned a North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) and/or Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code. Before you begin researching, 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)

Browse current industry news on the following websites

Industry Week 

eCommerce Times

Business Wire

Harris Manufacturers & Business Directories Print

  • 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
  • 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)
Reports & Overviews

MarketLine Advantage
Access country specific industry information by conducting a keyword search, or browsing industry reports. 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. Academic 
Search by keyword, or browse by topics. Reports include industry overviews, competitive analysis, market trends, product innovations, buyer behavior, and market share information. These reports are lengthy, so view the table of contents prior to printing to focus on the chapters most relevant to your needs. Freedonia Focus reports are now available through

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. 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.

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.