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Industry Codes

Comment Icon0 In the United States, there are two primary numbering systems used to identify industries. Because several of the databases allow you to search by these codes, locating the relevant code can be very useful when researching an industry.

Comment Icon0 NAICS: North American Industrial Classification System is the newer of the two systems and is gradually being established as the standard classification system for industries in the United States, Canada and Mexico. It is revised every five years.

Comment Icon0 SIC: Standard Industrial Classification is the older of the two systems. SIC numbers are gradually being phased out, but are still used in databases and some print sources. SIC codes have been traditionally used for U.S. industries.

Comment Icon0 For more information, see Maag’s Industry Research Guide: Industry Codes.

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Trade Associations

Comment Icon0 Trade associations can be a good way to learn more about an industry. You may learn more about current issues and trends, identify the industry’s trade publications, and locate conferences.

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  • The Directory of Business Information Resources REF HF54.52 .U5 D567 2008
    Print source located in Maag Library’s Reference Room.
    Premier reference book for business researchers covering 98 industries, from Accounting and Advertising to Water Supply and Wholesale Services. Each chapter includes a wide variety of valuable industry-specific resources, including Associations, Magazines, Journals, Newsletters, Trade Shows, Directories, Databases and Web Sites. This edition includes 21,800 listings, including hundreds of brand new listings and thousands of updates. It’s the most comprehensive guide to business information on the market today.
    >>Table of Contents/Industries
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  • The Center for Association Leadership: Gateway to Associations
    The ASAE Gateway to Associations Directory is easy to use and is updated daily to help you make networking more convenient. This directory service takes you directly to many of the associations currently operating on the World Wide Web. The search results provide a list of associations that meet your selection criteria.

Reference Room Resources

The sources listed below, located in Maag Library’s Reference Room, are useful sources for industry research. Reference materials are for in-library use only. Reference materials are shelved alphabetically by call number in the Reference Room. Ready Reference materials are held at the Reference Desk.


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  • Encyclopedia of American Industries REF HC102 .E53 2011 (3 volumes)
    Provides detailed, comprehensive information on a wide range of industries in every realm of American business. Volume 1 provides separate coverage of 459 manufacturing industries. Volume 2 presents approximately 320 essays covering a vast array of industries, including agriculture, mining, construction, wholesale and retail. Volume 3 covers nearly 230 essays on the topics of finance, insurance, real estate, service industries, and public administration. Combined, these 3 volumes provide individual essays on every industry recognized by the U.S. Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system. Additionally, each entry in this edition includes the corresponding North American Industry Classification (NAICS) code(s).
    >>List of Industries Profiled
    >>More Information About This Book
  • Encyclopedia of American Industries REF HC102 .E53 2007 (2 volumes)
    Volume 1 provides separate coverage of 459 manufacturing industries. Volume 2 presents 545 essays covering the vast array of service and other non-manufacturing industries in the U.S.
    >>Ebook available through Electronic Book Center. If off campus, authenticate using YSU id#.
    >> >>More Information About This Book
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  • Encyclopedia of Global Industries REF HD2324 .E53 2007
    Presents a look at business sectors of global significance. Includes 125 articles in 23 chapters and offers thorough studies of some of the biggest and most frequently researched industry segments. All essays are focused and highly readable, and provide a wealth of relevant, current, factual data previously available only through a variety of diverse sources. All essays include standard category topics, including: Industry Snapshot, Organization & Structure, Background & Development, Current Conditions, Research & Technology, Work Force, Industry Leaders, Major Countries in the Industry, and Further Reading.
    >>Ebook available through Electonic Book Center. If off campus, authenticate using YSU id#.
    >>List of Industries Profiled
    >>More Information About This Book
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  • Handbook of Industry Profiles 2009: Analysis and Trends for 300 Industries (Hoover’s) REF HD2328 .H36 2009
    Get an overview of each industry’s competitive landscape. Learn about product, operations, and technology issues. Edge out competitors by using the call preparation questions. Discover critical challenges facing the industry. Gain an understanding of the sales and marketing processes typical of the industry. Get an overview of human resources issues and see trends in industry employment growth and average hourly earnings. Find links to important industry Web sites. Get quick industry insights with the Fast Facts feature. Discover the largest and fastest-growing companies in the industry with lists from Hoover’s company database. Identify the SIC and NAICS codes for the industry.
    More Information About This Book
    >>Look Inside
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  • Handbook of U.S. Labor Statistics: Employment, Earnings, Prices, Productivity, and Other Labor Data
    READY REF HD8051 .H36 2010
    Compilation of Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Recognized as the authoritative reference on the U.S. labor force. Presenting both recent and historical data, this volume features: Introductory highlights for each chapter; Tables covering topics ranging from employment to consumer expenditures; Notes and definitions that alert users to changes in the structure or organization of data sets; Content and formats that allow users to make logical comparisons and timely analyses.
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  • Market Share Reporter REF HF5410 .M35 2008 (2 volumes)
    A compilation of market share reports from periodical literature. The 2008 edition provides market share information on domestic and international markets. Entries are arranged under both SIC and NAICS codes. Entries in MSR fall into four broad categories: Corporate Market Shares; Institutional Shares; Brand Market Shares; and Product, Commodity, Service, and Facility Shares.
    >>Look up your industry in the Table of Contents or Table of Topics.
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  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Online publication from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Provides information on what workers do; working conditions; education, training, and other qualifications; pay; job outlook; similar occupations; and sources of additional information, for 341 occupational profiles covering 85 percent of the jobs in the economy.
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  • Statistical Abstract of the United States READY REF HA202 .A22 2008 2012 EDITION AVAILABLE ONLINE
    Previous years back to 1885 are in reference collection at HA202 .A22. The standard summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the U.S. It is designed to serve as a convenient volume for statistical reference and as a guide to other statistical publications and sources. Includes a selection of data from many statistical sources, both government and private.
    >>Look up your industry in the Index.

Business Databases: Industry Information

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    Scholarly business database, providing bibliographic and full text content. BSC provides full text journals in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM (Production & Operations Management), accounting, finance and economics. Additional full text, nonjournal content includes financial data, books, monographs, major reference works, book digests, conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, industry profiles, market research reports, product reviews, country reports, company profiles, SWOT analyses and more.
    >>For Datamonitor Industry Profiles, search for industry term and/or industry code, then select Industry Profiles from the Source Types menu to the left of results list.
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    Designed specifically for academic institutions, ASC is the world’s most comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 5,300 full-text periodicals, including 4,400 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,300 journals and a total of 10,900 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc.
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    EconLit, the American Economic Association’s electronic database, is the world’s foremost source of references to economic literature. The database contains more than 785,000 records from 1969-present. EconLit covers virtually every area related to economics.
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    Includes the full text of more than 7000 online research journals covering many subject areas. Most electronic indexes available to the Ohio academic community link from article citations to the full text in the EJC.
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    Provides access to a wide range of news, business, legal, medical, and reference information from nearly 7,000 sources, most of them available in full text. The service covers newspapers, magazines, wire services, federal and state court opinions, federal and state statutes, federal regulations, and SEC filings. News information is updated daily and wire services several times daily.
    >>Industries & Markets Sources: Click on Sources tab (blue tabs on left) > Browse Sources > Select Industries & Markets category > Choose sources from Business Opportunities, Industry Analyst Reports, Industry Directories & Profiles, Industry Statistics, Industry Trade Press, and Market Research Reports > OK-Continue > Enter search terms > Search > Choose Relevance from Sort dropdown menu (above listed results) > Click on article or report title for full text
    Sources for Specific Industries: Click on Sources tab (blue tabs on left) > Browse Sources > Browse Sources by Industry > Select relevent industry category > Choose sources > OK-Continue > Enter search terms > Search > Choose Relevance from Sort dropdown menu (above listed results) > Click on article title for full text
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    Provides full text for more than 1,900 general reference, business, consumer health, general science, and multi-cultural periodicals. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for over 2,510 periodicals. The database also contains full text for reference and travel books; biographies; primary source documents; and an image college of photos, maps, and flags.
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    Contains selected full text for 245 regional U.S. newspapers, eighteen international newspapers, six newswires, and nine newspaper columns.
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    Collection of full text newswires that incorporates news information from all over the world. Information provided by these sources covers business, political, economic and other diverse, international news events. In order to maintain the most current collection of news, this database contains the most recent 30 days of information from each of these wire sources.
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    Comprehensive source of business and investment information, offering on-line access to popular Standard & Poor’s research products, such as Industry Surveys, Stock Reports, Corporation Records, The Register of Corporations, Directors and Executives, The Outlook, Mutual Fund Reports among others.
    >>Standard & Poor’s Industry Surveys: S&P provides online access to Industry Surveys for a variety of industries. Features in the surveys include: Current Environment, Industry Profile, How the Industry Operates, Key Industry Ratios and Statistics, plus more.
    >>Click on the Industries tab, then select an industry from the Industry Surveys dropdown menu. Click on the arrow to search. You may also choose an industry from the Sub-Industry Reviews dropdown menu.
    >>After reaching the industry survey, you can choose the HTML or PDF version on the left side of the screen.
    >>Check Archived Surveys dropdown menu for surveys from prior years.
    >>Industry Surveys from prior years are also available in print at Maag Library: Surveys from 1995 through 2005 are on Floor 3A at call number HC106.6 .S74.

Web Resources

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  • Hoover’s Industry Overviews
    Concise historical and current overviews of the major industries, touching on major players and market share, projected sales, and trends.
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  • Industry Portals / Industry Hubs
    These Portals are major sources of information for over 100 U.S. industries. They provide rapid access to vast amounts of information for those in the industry, researchers, investors, market research professionals, and inventors. They often include industry news, statistics and sometimes include B2B (Business to Business) commerce.
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  • Industry Research Desk
    Provides tools for researching specific companies, industries, and manufacturing processes.
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  • The Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County: Business & Investment Center
    The Business & Investment Center, located in the Information Services Department at the Main Library, is your source for information on business, finance, trade, demographics, import, export, marketing, and much more. The following databases may be of use to you when preparing your business plan:

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    • Business Insights Global (Remote access with Public Library barcode id#)
      A fully integrated resource that combines an international perspective and research tools to access case studies, statistical data sources, news articles, academic journals and topical reference materials organized by country, company and industry.
    • D&B Million Dollar Database (Remote access with Public Library barcode id#)
      Find potential customers and contacts from U.S. and international leading public and private businesses. Limit your search by specific geographic area, business type, sales volume, employee size and more. Company information includes addresses, phone and fax numbers, ticker symbols, key officers, company profiles, executive biographies, number of employees, sales, links to websites, etc.
    • DemographicsNow Library Edition (Remote access with Public Library barcode id#)
      Provides access to demographic data for all states that can generate maps and reports including information on consumer expenditures, population, income, race, housing, employment, and Mosaic cluster groups by various geographic breakdowns.  The Business & People module provides a comprehensive business and residential reference and research tool for information on over 23 million businesses and over 206 million people and 35 million households.
    • Gale Power Search 2.0 (Remote access with Public Library barcode id#)
      Simultaneously search: Gale Virtual Reference Library, General OneFile, Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center and InfoTrac Small Business Collection. Create an account, create search alerts and RSS feeds, download audio versions of articles in MP3 format, translate articles into 11 languages, and much more.
    • Local Market Audience Analyst (In library access only)
      Available as part of the Standard Rate & Data Service (SRDS). This database delivers accurate, up-to-date marketing and demographic information. You can search conveniently, create contact reports and obtain additional information with direct links to media kits and audit statements.
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  • Industry Information Resources
    A free resource guide to industry-specific resources and data for over 350 industries. Individual pages for each industry list resources and data available from trade associations, industry publications, and research firms which address subjects such as industry overview, issues, trends and outlook, industry financial information and financial ratios, compensation and salary surveys, and business valuation resources.

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