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Online Resources for Industry Research

The Library subscribes to the online resources below to assist in doing industry research. If you are using these databases from off-campus, you will be required to log in with your NetID username and password (the same you use for email and Blackboard).

How to Find Information on an Industry

Each industry has its own customers, suppliers, and leading competitors.  Each industry is also affected by factors such as geography, climate, regulation, and the overall economy.  As you read about your industry, make note of the unique factors affecting this industry and its strengths and weaknesses.

The Value Line Investment Survey includes industry reports as well as company reports. In addition, most analyses include a discussion of current political, economic and technological developments that may affect the outlook for the industry.

The Encyclopedia of American Industries (6th edition - 2011) contains comprehensive essays on every industry in the SIC system, with each essay annotated to the corresponding NAICS code.  Companion volumes are the Encyclopedia of Global Industries (5th edition - 2011) and the Encyclopedia of Emerging Industries (6th edition - 2011).

The Market Share Reporter provides market share information for the top producers & products of many industries.  The library owns the following E-book editions:  2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, & 2013.

Yahoo Industry Center   Current performance information for over 210 industries.

Reuters - Search for a stock, then click on the "Financials" tab.  Scroll down to locate Company, Industry, and Sector ratios, including P/E Ratio, Price to Book, Dividend Yield, Quick Ratio, Currrent Ratio, and Return on Equity.

Industry Insight:  Global Edge  A product of Michigan State University; This is your source for international business-related resources, statistics, risk assessments, and events for 20 distinct industry sectors. You will find a wealth of information for each industry.