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This guide is designed to help students get started with industry research using tools available at Agnes Scott College.
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Industry Research

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Find the SIC / NAICS Code

Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes.  These codes were developed to help the Census Bureau and other statistical agencies gather data on industries.  You may need this code to find lists of companies in an industry or look up statistical and financial data for an industry.

The North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) was created to replace SIC codes because so many new industries had emerged there were not enough four digit SIC codes to classify these new industries.  NAICS codes are 6 digits.  SIC codes are 4 digits.  Since older data is still classified under the SIC codes you may need both codes for your research.

Industry Financials & Ratios

Use the tools under Companies in the left-hand menu of Lexis Nexis' main search page to locate industry financials.

  • Lexis Nexis Academic

    Industry financial reports: Choose Company Dossier (first link) > Industry tab > Search for industry by name or SIC code > Select an industry from the list > On the industry profile page locate Integra under Reports in the menu on the left-hand side of the page.

    Create your own industry financials by averaging the financial from 4-5 industry leaders together using the Dossier Compare Companies tool.

Industry Associations and Trade Publications

Nearly every industry has an association and industry magazine dedicated to informing industry members about the latest trends and statistics in that industry. These are crucial tools for understanding an industry. Use the tools below to locate the associations and magazines for an industry.

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Create a List of Companies in an Industry

  • Lexis Nexis Academic
    Use the Dossier - Create a Company List available under the Companies link on the left-hand side of the homepage to build a list of companies in an industry.
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