Students doing industry research should be aware of the many industry-specific directories available at SIBL, New York Public’s Science, Industry and Business Library. SIBL has posted aides to this collection on their website. Finding the directories is easy with a list of Industry Specific Directories or the new list of Directories with Industry Indices. SIBL also maintains a list of Industry Surveys available through Business Source Premier.
Today I saw that they have added a link to Boston University Pardee Management Library’s Industry Survey Locator. This is a searchable list of industries covered in the following sources that we subscribe to including Datamonitor, Hoovers, Encyclopedia of American Industries, Mergent Industry Reports, S&P Industry Surveys and Value Line, as well as a few titles that we do not own like Mintel, Plunkett’s, SourceOECD Reports and the Securities Industry Fact Book.
BU did a great job with the indexing of this resource. For example, a search on “pharmaceuticals” brings up a wide range of related industry sectors such as cough remedies, cancer drugs, analgesics, and the biotech and genetics industry.