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Use the following resources to find general overviews of industries, lists of companies within an industry, statistics, and ratios.

Industry Resources (pdf)

Books & Library Materials

The following are print resources for finding ratios or benchmarks. Start with sources that aggregate company ratios and financial data by industry or company size. If that is not possible, gather data from companies and determine the averages.


Bureau of the Census

serves "as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy."

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Starting Points

Start by looking for information about an industry in print resources and then search in article databases. See below for suggested resources to your research with.

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage

NetAdvantage is a comprehensive source of business and investment information that offers online access to Standard & Poor's research-related products; this source includes industry surveys, stock reports, corporation records, The Outlook, mutual fund reports, and more.

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LexisNexis Academic

News, business, communication studies, criminology, foreign languages and literatures, legal and reference information.

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Mergent Online

Mergent Online, source for global business and financial information on over 10,000 U.S. public companies, and 17,000+ non-U.S. public companies, as well as extensive corporate and municipal bond, UIT, and dividend information.

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Statistical Abstract of the United States

The Statistical Abstract is the best known and most popular single source of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. This database is designed to serve as a convenient, easy-to-use statistical reference source and as a guide to statistical publications and sources.

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