Welcome to Database of the Week. This feature from the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics is intended to give you a brief introduction to a database that you may not know. These weekly snapshots will have only basic information about our most relevant and beneficial online resources, and hopefully tempt you to explore. Feedback is always welcome. If you have a suggestion for a database or research topic that should be covered, please let us know.
This Week’s Featured Database: IBISWorld, from IBISWorld.
Find It: www.lib.purdue.edu/parrish, in the pull down Quick Access to Business Databases alpha list right below the Libraries’ search box.
Description/focus: IBISWorld provides access to domestic and global industry reports.
Try this: The IBISWorld opening page lets you enter a term in the search box for a basic search, browse domestic or global industry research, link to their reports on industries in China, or scroll through the list of SIC codes for a relevant report. A key word search for a company will generate a list of all the industry reports and Business Environment reports that name that company. See here for a short demonstration of a basic IBISWorld search.
Why faculty should know this database: IBISWorld puts the supply chain information upfront. Reports can be printed and statistics can be downloaded to Excel. Reports are updated 3 to 4 times a year with additional updates to reflect important changes in an industry’s market.
Why students should know this database: The IBISWorld industry intelligence reports break down to sections such as Industry at a Glance, Industry Outlook, Competitive Landscape, and others. The information in these reports is accessible and easy to understand.
Tags: companies, consumers, exportable excel, industries, international markets, market research, market segments, products, SIC codes, spreadsheets, statistics
Cost: Academic subscription paid by the Libraries annually.
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