NAICS & SIC Codes
The North American Industry Classification system, known as the NAICS code, is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy. The NAICS codes were developed jointly by the United States, Mexico and Canada to replace the Standard Industrial Classification system, known as the SIC code, although SIC codes are still used in a variety of publications and information sources.
Many of the Pardee Library databases used for Company Information, such as Mergent, Hoovers, or Reference USA, supply both NAICS and SIC codes. The following government databases can also help with this search:
Search by keyword in the industry search box to obtain the related NAICS code. Good for Industry statistics.
2007 Economic Census data is also available in the American FactFinder
Search by keyword to find the NAICS code for the industry you are researching. Includes 2012, 2007 and 2002 NAICS codes.
Search by keyword to find the SIC code for the industry you are researching.
Note: Contains industry surveys from First Research (U.S. Reports) and Business Monitor International (U.S. and International). Select the “Browse” tab for a listing of these reports.
Note: Industry snapshots include statistics and key facts as well as information on key issues facing the industry.
Note: Investext Plus provides research reports written by analysts at leading investment banks, brokerage houses and consulting firms. Includes both current and historical reports.
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Note: Frost & Sullivan reports cover technology and market trends in various technology, energy and manufacturing related fields. Type keywords into search box in upper right sidebar.
Note: Gartner, Inc. is a well known information technology research and advisory company. Gartner provides technology-related information and insights to help clients make informed decisions related to information technology. Reports contain research findings and advice on technology markets, topics, and industries. Gartner Research is provided to the BU community through BU’s Information Services and Technology’s subscription. Log in to the website using your BU login name and Kerberos password.
Note: Mintel reports provide market information on markets for consumer products, travel, lifestyles, and leisure. Industries covered include airlines, automotive, beauty and personal products, clothing and fashion, food and food service, health, medical and wellness, internet and retailing. Reports cover products and markets in the U.S., U.K., Europe, and in some Asia-Pacific countries. Each report combines data & analysis of the competitive landscape, market-share analysis and consumer profiles. Some Mintel reports include data from Simmons Research, the National Consumer Survey (NCS), and the Teen Survey.
Note: Previous editions of the Market Share Reporter are available in the Pardee Library Reference Collection. An annual compilation of reported market share data on companies, products, and services. Organized by SIC code.
Note: Data in tabular and chart form. Market share, advertising expenditures and other marketing related statistics from trade magazines and reports.
Many Trade Association websites can be a good source of statistical information, industry overviews, or links to other useful websites. You can Google an industry “association” on the web, or look at the the sources below for website URLs.
Industry snapshots include one sentence descriptions and links for terminology, associations and organizations and selected resources.
Contain links to association websites that contain research and statistics about their respective industry.
Trade Journals & Magazines
Note: Do a free text search or use intelligent indexing for Subject (Editor’s Choice) or Industry. For trade journals select Source Category from My Source Lists and select publications by industry on drop down menu.