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Ellen Terrell, Business Reference Specialist, Science, Technology & Business Division
Note: This guide was originally issued in Business and Economics Research Advisor (BERA), a quarterly publication of the Business Reference Section, Science, Technology & Business Division: Summer/Fall 2007.
Created: May 2007
Last Updated: February 2019
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This guide is designed as a starting point for those looking to do research on industries. Since this guide is intended as only a starting point, every industry cannot be addressed individually but the sources and strategies included here should provide a good start. Those who might find the sources and strategies in this guide helpful would include:
While this guide is intended for those looking for more current information, those doing historical research, however that is defined, may still find this guide useful. Databases do have content going back 10-20 years and many of the print titles do have long publication histories, so use those titles as a place to start.
Also, it should be noted that while this guide focuses on the U.S., some of the same principles and sources can be used for a more global perspective.
Part of the Science, Technology & Business Division at the Library of Congress, Business Reference Services is the starting point for conducting research at the Library of Congress in the subject areas of business and economics. Here, reference specialists in specific subject areas of business assist patrons in formulating search strategies and gaining access to the information and materials contained in the Library's rich collections of business and economics materials.