Industry Research

This guide provides resources and search tips for researching industries.

Industry Definition

Industry may be defined as a group of companies that are related based on their primary business activities. They produce similar products or provide similar services. 

Key Databases

Hover over the database name to view a description. The Checklist below provides a snapshot of the types of content found in these databases.

Company & Competitor Screening

Industry Profiles & Analyst Reports

Articles & News: Scholarly, Trade, Magazines & More

Market Research Reports

Industry Metrics & Ratios

Choose a Database for Industry Research

Aggregator: a type of a database that provides different kinds of 3rd party content from multiple publishers and publications, including articles from scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, newspapers, market research reports, and more.  Review options under Document Type, Publication Type, etc. 

Other Sources


Consulting Firms

Consulting firms offer understanding of industry trends, issues, technologies, and more. Skip the sales pitch and look for insights.

Reference E-books