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Communication Studies *: Market Research

Research Guide for Communication Studies

Industry Information

Text from John Juricek's Business LibGuide

To understand a company and its competition, you need to understand the industry of which it is a part, even if you are looking for information about a niche industry.

Finding information about an industry includes the following steps:

  • Get an overview of the industry
  • Look for articles on trends and see if you can find forecasts
  • Find financial norms and estimates if you need them
  • Gather statistics from government agencies and trade associations
  • Contact trade associations for additional information about the industry


Each information tool uses its own industry groupings and covers different industries
Small industries are often reported as part of larger industries in government data and other information sources
Quality, availability and cost of association information varies widely. Some of it is only available to members or for a fee

            Emerging industries are difficult to research

Market Research Reports

To see Business resources checkout the Business LibGuide

Use the following databases to search for market research reports:

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