Answered By: Sawyer Library Reference
Last Updated: Apr 20, 2017     Views: 15

Hi.  Yes, you can use that numerical system to identify information like Industry Ratio/Benchmarks and Industry Reports.  First, it might be worth getting an understanding of what SIC and NAICS is.  So here's a LibGuide page that can help:

Note that one of the boxes on the Guide page links you to sites where you can look up the codes for an industry.  And another allows you to look up a target company and identify their primary SIC.

And here's another LibGuide that talks about SIC and links to databases that have industry information in them:

Industry-oriented databases like First Research always allow for searching by SIC or NAICS, as well as by keyword.

And many databases--ones you probably use a lot--have the option of searching by SIC or NAICS, too.  For example, in Business Source Complete, our best general business database, that is a searchable field.  So if I search for 312111 (which is the NAICS for products like fruit drinks and soft drinks)


I get lots of materials.  And I can further restrict these to Industry Reports in the left frame.  See



I hope this gets you started.  Stop in and see us for more help.

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