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BUS 1801 - Global Business Perspectives: Industry

A guide to library resources and services related to global business and international business research.

Industry Databases

Research an Industry

Researching Industries

  • Start with an industry survey from the Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage database (also in the box to the left).
    • Select your industry from the drop-down menu for Industry Surveys (under S & P Publication Search).
    • Click the orange box/arrow to go to your industry survey.
    • Review your report:
      • Pay particular attention to sections on the Current Environment including Industry Trend, Industry Profile and How the Industry Operates.
      • Click Industry References to see a list of industry related websites full of relevant industry statistics and measurements
      • Choose the links under Comparative Company Analysis to see leading companies, their revenues and industry wide ratios.
  •  Review more detailed industry surveys and industry related intelligence at ProQuest/ABI Inform Trade and Industry
    • From the ProQuest database, click on Business under the Search Subject areas, then select ABI Inform Trade and Industry and click on Continue
    • Click on the Browse tab at the top of the screen
      • Select FirstResearch for quarterly industry reports; these reports are more granular than S&P's and oftentimes deal with very specific sub-industries while using examples of particular companies within the industry.
      • Excellent resource for finding detailed information on a specific function or business within an industry (e.g. automobile dealerships as opposed to simply automotive industry.)
      • TIP: There are other links to things like market share, market research reports, and industry trends and forecasts; to get to these materials is a little tricky. You need to do the following:
        • Click the link for the thing you want.
        • ProQuest will bring back all of the documents about that topic in the database; it could be thousands!
        • Limit to your industry or company by scrolling to the bottom of the page and adding the connector AND plus your keywords (e.g. AND automotive industry)


  • Mergent Online is another source of compiled industry surveys both United States and global ones
  • Go to Mergent Online
  • Click on the Reports Search tab
  • Select your industry and region
  • The industries covered are very broad by can be useful for the 'big picture'
  • From the ProQuest database, click on Business under the Search Subject areas, then select ABI Inform Trade and Industry and click on Continue
  • Click on the Browse tab at the top of the screen


  •  Business Source Complete also has industry surveys and analysis; Theirs are unique in that they provide country breakdowns as well as historical and archived surveys.
    •  Click Business Source Complete
    • Select Publications towards the top of the screen
    • Move your eye down to the Browse box
    • Select Match Any Words
    • Enter your search terms free text (like a google search)
    • Click Browse
    • Review results
      • Click the title
      • Click the year to get most recent stuff (on the right hand side)
  • LexisNexis Academic can also be used to search for articles or trade publications on your industry
    • Click LexisNexis link on the left
    • Click Search the News tab
    • Enter your search terms (i.e. name  in the Search For:  box (this lets you do a free-text google-like search)
    • Select Industry Trade Press under Sources by Category
    • Review Results


    Reference: Research guide of Michael Germano, California State University Library, 2010.