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*Getting Started with Business Research

Are you looking for economic data? Market research? Articles from the business press? Use the tabs to access relevant resources.

Industry Research Guide

Industry research is complicated and only a sample of resources and research techniques are highlighted here. For additional tips, see the more detailed guide linked below.

Industry Analysis

Selected subscription (SLU-only) databases with significant industry content:

Industry Statistics


The Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) and North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) are classification systems used to group similar companies together for the purpose of analyzing data. SIC uses a four-digit system, and NAICS uses a six-digit system. Use these websites to find SIC or NAICS codes, or to compare the two systems.