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Business: Industry Research

A guide to business research and writing at LU

Free Online Databases

Spoke : Cloud-based service, a high powered window into the world of business information

Economy Free Lunch provides a easy-to-use interface to download financial and economic data from a variety of reliable sources.

American FactFinder American FactFinder provides access to data about the United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. The data in American FactFinder come from several censuses and surveys.

CORI Contracts Library:  is a digital library of contract information that contains over 690,000 contract items. Their results contain both executed contracts and contract forms for specific industries. Registration is required, but the service is free.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission: Provides company filings dating back to 1994 and full-text search capabilities are available for the last four years of public company filings. Some documents are formatted with "interactive data" and company listings can be monitored via RSS feed.


Industry Research

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Industry (Analysis) Reseach Definition

A market assessment tool designed to provide a business with an idea of the complexity of a particular industry. Industry analysis involves reviewing the economic, political and market factors that influence the way the industry develops. Major factors can include the power wielded by suppliers and buyers, the condition of competitors, and the likelihood of new market entrants.

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Inman Page Library, Room 218
712 Lee Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65101