These are databases that will help you find industry information .
There are two governmental codes associated with American industry: the SIC (Standard Industrial Classification) and the NAICS (North American Industry Classification code). The SIC code is the older of the two codes. The NAICS code, adopted in 1997, is taking the place of the older SIC code. The NAICS code is the code used by the government to classify similar businesses together. This code can also be very useful for gathering information about a particular industry.
There are several ways you can locate the NAICS code for your industry. One way is to consult the NAICS Manual which is kept behind the information desk on 1st floor, Jones Library. The call number for the manual is Jones Info Desk HF1042 .N677x 1997. This manual contains an alphabetically listing of various industry activities and services. By using the manual, you can check the listing for the activit(ies) or service(s) that your business or industry provides. Along with descriptive information, you will find the NAICS code associated with that industry. Another way to locate your NAICS code is by going to the Census homepage at the following address: http://www.census.gov Here you will find the search box where you can search by keyword to locate the NAICS code for your industry.
Industry codes are also listed as part of the information you will find in databases such as Business & Company Resource Center, Mergent Online and LexisNexis Academic.