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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.

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.
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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.

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