Western Libraries

Industry Research

Starting Points

These are the library resources that can help you with your industry research.

Look at the specific industry tabs for resources to find information for that particular industry. Please note, this is not an exclusive list of industries that we have information for.

Industry Classifications

Industry classification codes are a numerical method of assigning companies to a category based on their business activities.

In Canada, we primarily use NAICS (North American Industry Classification System). These codes can be used to quickly retrieve articles and data on similar industries and companies.

Find NAICS or SIC codes for your industry

You can search by NAICS or SIC in the following databases:

Industry Reports and Profiles

Trade and Professional Associations

Important industry information can also be found from industry associations. Information available often includes:

  • industry specific news and trends
  • statistics and research reports
  • legislation and regulations
  • profiles and member directories

Use Google or another search engine to search for associations relevant for your industry in your location. If you don't find a something, try broadening your geographic area (e.g. from Ontario to Canada, or from Canada to the U.S. or international). If your industry is very specialized or new, look for associations for broader or similar industries. Try searching terms like industry association, industry group, trade group, or trade organization.

Industry Stats and Data

Industry News

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