Business Information Sources: Getting Started

This guide will direct you to resources for finding company, industry, and other business related information.

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Interested in finding research in Accounting, Business Management, Business Office Applications, Finance, and Human Resources? This guide provides links and advice for using business research databases and journals, books and ebooks, websites, and citing business sources in APA 7.

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Understanding Industry Codes

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Many business reference resources and databases use Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) and North American Industrial Classification (NAICS) codes to categorize companies based on their industry. Although SIC codes have officially been replaced by NAICS codes, they are still widely used in many resources. You can find official guides to each set of codes on U.S. Government websites: SIC and NAICS Manual.

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Company Research

Take a look at the Company and Industry Research Guide for help on locating company profiles and SWOT analyses, competition, and company CEOs.

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