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Business Research: Industry Overviews

Finding Industry Overviews

You can find industry overviews in the following databases:

When searching for industry overviews, keep in mind that different databases may refer to industries differently, so you may need to try several different names when searching for information about a given industry. For instance, you may be able to find information about the washing machine industry by researching the home appliance industry, household appliance industry, consumer appliance industry, domestic appliance industry, major appliance industry, hard goods industry, durable goods industry, etc.

ABI/INFORM Collection

Login to ABI/INFORM Collection.

First, click on the icon of three horizontal lines toward the top left-hand side of the page.

Next, click on the Browse link from the resulting sub-menu.

On the resulting page, click on the link for Business Monitor International (BMI) Industry Reports and/or the link for First Research from the "Industry and Market Research" section at the top of the page..

You can browse Business Monitor International industry reports by industry or topic as well as by country; you can browse First Research industry reports by industry.

Note that your search results will be sorted alphabetically by title by default, so you might want to re-sort them so that the most recent results are listed first.

Business Insights: Global

Login to Business Insights: Global.

Hover your mouse over the Industries link in the menu bar toward the top of the database's home page and then select All Industries from the resulting drop-down menu.

Use the search box on the left-hand side of the page to enter an industry's name or its six-digit NAICS code.

The industry overview page contains useful information about the industry, such as the number of companies in the industry, the number of people employed in the industry, annual revenue, top companies, and more.

Industry essays provide industry overviews.

Business Source Complete

Login to Business Source Complete.

Enter an industry's name into a search box. Alternately, you can enter the industry's NAICS code into a search box and then use the drop-down menu next to the search box to change the selection from the default entry of "Select a Field (optional)" to "IC NAICS Code or Description."

Next, scroll down the page to the Search Options section. In the "Document Type" area, select Industry Overview.

Note that your search results will be sorted by relevance by default, so you might want to click on the "Relevance" link above your search results to change the sort order to "Date Newest" instead, so that you'll find the most recent overviews of your industry.


Login to Hoovers.

Use the search box at the top of the database's home page to enter an industry's name or NAICS code and use the drop-down menu next to the search box to select Industries.

Click on the link for a relevant industry from your search results page.


Login to IBISWorld.

Enter an industry's name in the search box.

The "About" and "Industry at a Glance" sections of industry reports contain overview-type information.

Mergent Online

Login to Mergent Online.

Click on the Industry analysis tab toward the top of the database's home page.

Next, click on the Reports link on the resulting page and then on the link for Mergent Reports.

You'll then see a list of the industries for which industry analysis reports are available. Reports are available for the largest global industries.