Industries are commonly classified by one of two systems:
Major Group 10: Metal Mining
Major Group 35: Industrial and Commercial Machinery and
Industry Group 356: General Industrial Machinery And Equipment
Industry Group 357: Computer and Office Equipment
Specific Industry Sector 3571: Electronic Computers
Specific Industry Sector 3572: Computer Storage Devices
When looking for sources on an industry, a good place to start would be by determining some keywords associated with the industry and by determining the codes for which NAICS and SIC classifications your business, company, or product could fall under. You can then use these keywords and codes to search business databases and reference materials for information on your industry. For industries that may not fit precisely under an industry described by a NAICS or SIC code, you can use the classification system to find industries similar to one you may have trouble classifying.
Be aware that while the codes themselves are centrally defined and standardized, the assignment by publishers of NAICS and SIC codes is not standardized. One publisher's interpretation of a company's primary industries may differ from another's, so be sure to check multiple sources and be aware of similar codes.
Industry reports can contain a wide variety of information, including but not limited to:
The following resources are likely places to find industry reports. Note that different sources cover different industries, though there is some overlap. If you can't find an industry report using one source, try the following.
Some of this information is also available in print in Industry Norms & Key Financial Ratios, located on the 1st floor in the reference section of the Research Services room.
Call Number - HF5681.R25 I53.