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Industry Analysis Resources

Comment Icon0 The sources listed below include print and electronic resources  available through Maag Library which contain industry profiles and/or relevant information. A section of pertinent web resources has also been included.

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 The SIC or 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 The NAICS or 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 Use the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2007 North American Industrial Classification (NAICS) site to determine the appropriate NAICS insustry code for your industry. You can use either the keyword search box or the drill down chart.

Comment Icon0 The U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration: Standard Industrial Classification website allows the user to search the 1987 version SIC manual by keyword, to access descriptive information for a specified 2, 3, or 4-digit SIC, and to examine the manual structure.

Trade Associations

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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.

Reference Room Resources

Comment Icon0 Reference materials are available for in-library use only and are shelved alphabetically by call number in the Reference Room. Ready Reference materials are held at the Reference Desk. Reference materials are for in-library use only.


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  • 2009 U.S. Industry & Market Outlook: National Edition REF HC101 .U55 2009
    Describes over 100 major U.S. industries and 500+ minor industries. Features: 2009 establishments, employment and sales totals for each industry; 2010 forecast establishments, employment and sales totals; 5-year trend establishments and sales totals; Industry financial ratios such as sales per employees, sales per establishment and employees per establishment; 2008 establishments and sales totals for 500+ minor industries; Industry definitions and descriptions.
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  • Business Rankings Annual REF HG4050 .B88 2007 (one volume + 1989-2007 Cumulative Index)
    Nearly 5,000 relevant and timely rankings organized by industry. The “top ten” from each ranking appears in this volume, grouped under standard subject headings for easy browsing. Includes an Outline of Contents, SIC to NAICS Conversion Guide, and Bibliography of Sources.
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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).
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  • Encyclopedia of American Industries REF HC102 .E53 2007 (2 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 545 essays covering the vast array of service and other non-manufacturing industries in the U.S. Combined, these two volumes provide individual essays on every industry recognized by the SIC system. Both volumes are arranged numerically by SIC code. Additionally, each entry includes the corresponding NAICS code(s).
    >>EBook available through Electronic Book Center: CLICK HERE for on campus access. If you are off campus authenticate to Electronic Book Center and search for title.
    >>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 Electronic Book Center: CLICK HERE for on campus access. If you are off campus authenticate to Electronic Book Center and search for title.
    >>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.
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  • Handbook of Industry Profiles 2008: Analysis and Trends for 300 Industries (Hoover’s) REF HD2328 .H36 2008
    The profiles feature: Industry Overview; Competitive Landscape; Products, Operations and Technology; Sales and Marketing; Human Resources; Call Preparation Questions; Web Links and Acronyms; Critical Business Challenges; Fast Facts; Industry Employment Growth; Average Hourly Earnings. The companies in the lists that accompany each industry profile were chosen from the Hoover’s database of company information. The lists were created to represent an overall snapshot of each industry, to give an idea of the major U.S. participants and the size of the industry.
    >>About the Handbook of Industry Profiles 2008 & List of Industries Covered
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  • International Financial Statistics Yearbook (International Monetary Fund)
    Available in Reference Room at call number HG61 .I57 2009
    . In-library use only.
    Acknowledged as a standard source of statistics on all aspects of international and domestic finance, IFS publishes, for most countries of the world, current data on exchange rates, international liquidity, international banking, money and banking, interest rates, prices, production, international transactions (including balance of payments and international investment position), government finance, and national accounts. Information is presented in tables for specific countries and in tables for area and world aggregates.
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  • International Trade Statistics Yearbook 2007 (Dept. of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations)
    Available in Reference Room at call number HF91 .U473 2007 (2 volumes). In-library use only.
    This 56th edition provides the basic information for individual countries’ external trade performances in terms of value, as well as in volume and price, the importance of trading partners and the significance of individual commodities imported and exported. This edition shows annual statistics up to the year 2007 for 180 countries or areas. It is published in two volumes.
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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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  • 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.

Finding Books in MaagNET

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Finding & Requesting Books in OhioLINK

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Finding Electronic Books

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Electronic Book Center (OhioLINK) contains the full texts of thousands of scholarly and reference e-books from several publishers, covering many subject areas.

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EBSCO eBook Collection (formerly NetLibrary) is a library of electronic books (e-books) on many academic subjects. The collection includes thousands of titles purchased by OhioLINK, plus thousands of public-domain e-books. Users can preview an e-book online, peruse a page, read each page in depth, jump to specific chapters or pages, or use links in the Table of Contents or Index to go directly to specific chapters of interest. Every word in every book is searchable. NetLibrary operates on the library check-out model, where readers check out e-books for a specified amount of time.

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Safari Books Online provides electronic books in computer science, information technology, business, and related fields from O’Reilly, Pearson, and other IT and business publishers.

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Research Databases: Industry Codes & Profiles

Comment Icon0 Visit Maag Library’s Business Research Databases Guide for a complete list of databases available for locating business information.
Business Research Databases Handout

Comment Icon0 Use the databases listed below to search for articles and business information. While these databases provide a good starting point for your research, other databases are also available. To view the complete list of databases, go to the Maag Library Home Page and click on Research Databases on the left side of the screen under Quick Links.

Comment Icon0 Many articles may be found full-text within the databases, while others may be found in print in the bound journals on the sixth floor of the library. If you are having trouble locating the full text of an article, check Maag Journal Finder to view all print & electronic holdings for the journal. If MJF does not lead you to full text access of the article (print or electronic) use the Online Article Request Form to order the article electronically. InterLibrary Loan can locate most articles and will email you with a PDF attachment. This process takes approximately one week.

Comment Icon0 Click on the database titles below if you are on campus. If you are off campus, use the Off Campus Access links.

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  • Select your institution (Youngstown State University) then click on Submit.
  • Enter your last name followed by first name.
  • Enter your YSU ID# (number beginning with “Y” found on your YSU ID or in your portal account).
  • Enter your PASSWORD. **Until you set up a unique one in Your Library Record your YSU ID# is your password**
  • Click on Submit
  • Databases purchased individually by Maag Library require YSU username & password (same as YSU email).

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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.


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.


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.


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.

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) > Select Industries & Markets category > Choose sources from Business Opportunities, Industry Analyst Reports, 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 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

Comment Icon0 MASTERFILE PREMIER (Popular Magazines) / OFF CAMPUS ACCESS

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.

Business information, including financial reports, company news and securities data.

Full subscription to all NBER working papers.

Contains selected full text for 245 regional U.S. newspapers, eighteen international newspapers, six newswires, and nine newspaper columns.

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.

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.

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  • Click on Industries tab at top of screen.
  • Choose an Industry Survey from the dropdown menu.
  • Click on arrow in orange box.
  • Industry Survey appears in HTML format, but you can choose the PDF version on the left side of the screen.
  • You can also choose a Sub-Industry Review from the dropdown list below list of Industry Surveys.

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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  • 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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