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Entrepreneurship: Industry Profiles & Overviews

Industry Profiles and Reports

♦  Datamonitor and MarketLine Reports @ Business Source® Premier  UofL Libraries Electronic Database
Summary and analyses of key metrics, trends and forecasts for category, subsegments and leading companies.

Select Industry Profile from drop down list under Publication Type.   Enter NAICS code in designated box lower on the page, or industry name in main search box at top.

♦  Hoover’s™ Industry Snapshots @ LexisNexis® Academic  UofL Libraries Electronic Database
Brief (1-2 pg.) industry overviews listing key players, competitors, rankings, associations, and publications.

Click on Search by Content Type drop down arrow at top. &nbsp Select Company Profiles under Companies.   On the next screen click on the Advanced Options drop down arrow under the main search box.   Select "Hoover's Company and Industry Reports."  Click on red Apply box.   
Click on Search by Content Type drop down arrow at top.   Select Dossiers (Company, Executive & Industry) under Companies.   On the next screen click on the Industry tab at the top.   Enter industry keyword or SIC code.  

For additional information see LexisNexis® Academic Research Guides, Common Business Assignments.

♦  First Research and BMI Industry Reports via ProQuest (ABI/INFORM Complete™)  UofL Libraries Electronic Database
Brief reports on about 200 industries.

Click Browse under ABI/INFORM Complete title at top.  Select First Research or Business Monitor International (BMI) Industry Reports under Industry and Market Research heading.  Select industry from list.  Use "Narrow results by"  option in column at right to filter results by location, subject or publisher.
Click Data & Reports under ABI/INFORM Complete title at top. Remove checks from boxes in front of "All company research" and "All market research". Check "Industry reports" box. Type industry name in search box at top or use Look up industry under Search options.

♦  Standard & Poor's Industry Surveys  Print Resource--Table 15 Ekstrom Reference Dept.    

Current environment, trends, profile, operations, statistics, financial ratios, references and company analyses for 53 North American industries updated twice a year.

Click to view sample report.
Industry issue dates are listed in front of bound volumes.
Previous and next scheduled survey dates are on front page of each industry survey.

Ekstrom Library
Latest volume at Reference Desk.
Earlier volumes in Reference Book Stacks (2nd floor)

Call number: HC 106.6.S74

♦  Plunkett's Industry Almanacs  Print Resource--Table 15 Ekstrom Reference Dept. 
Market research, statistics, trends and leading company analyses for select industries.
Ekstrom Library, Reference Desk

E-Commerce &
Internet Business


Call Number:
HF5548.325.U6 P58

Energy & Utilities



Call Number:
HD9502.U52 P58

Health Care



Call Number:
RA410.53 .P58




Call Number:
HD9696.C63 U5287




Call Number:
HF5429.3 .P58




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Wireless, Wi-Fi,
RFID & Cellular



Call Number:
HE7601 .P58
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table of contents,
sample profile and
additional information
about each volume.

♦  Hoover's Handbook of Industry Profiles Print Resource--Table 15 Ekstrom Reference Dept.    
Analyses and trends for 300 industries

Click to view sample profile.

Ekstrom Library, Reference Desk

Call number: HD2328.H36

♦  Manufacturing & Distribution U.S.A. Print Resource--Table 15 Ekstrom Reference Dept.    
Industry analyses, statistics and leading companies

Three volumes.

Ekstrom Library, Reference Book Stacks (2nd floor) 

Call number: T12 .M34

Industry Codes

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is used by the U.S. government to classify business establishments when collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. economy.  This six-digit coding system was developed in conjunction with Canada and Mexico in 1997 to replace an earlier four-digit Standard Industrial Classification (SIC), but both systems are still in use today.

These government websites can help you identify the correct NAICS and SIC codes for a particular industry and the codes, in turn, can be used to help locate industry data in a variety of resources. 


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