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Industry & Market Research Reports

Market Research Firms produce structured reports analyzing collected data to give insight about a market sector or product. These reports are another resource for investigating prior art for your project. Common features of a report include:

  • Structured format
    • Has a neutral tone; notes when the opinion of the reporter is featured
  • Discusses a specific product and/or market
    • Description of goods
    • References to related literature
  • Timely
  • Provides a business forecast

To find a report related to your project, you will first need to identify the Industry Category in which your work falls. BCC Research and EMIS are two general databases that compile reports on a variety of industries. The table below details the categories within each database:

Database Industry Foci
BCC Research
  • Advanced Materials
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemicals
  • Consumer
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Environment
  • Finance
  • Food
  • Fuel Cells and Battery
  • Health Maintenance
  • Information Technology
  • Instruments
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical Devices And Surgical
  • Water-Membrane and Separations
  • Nanotechnology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Photonics
  • Plastics
  • Safety and Security
  • Semiconductor Manufacturing
  • Startup
Emerging Markets Information Services (EMIS)
  • Agriculture
  • Automotive
  • Banking & Insurance
  • Chemicals
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Consumer Goods & Retail
  • Energy
  • Food & Beverage
  • Mining & Metals
  • Pharma & Healthcare
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Technology, Media, & Telecoms
  • Tourism & Leisure
  • Transportation
  • Communication Services
  • Consumer Discretionary
  • Consumer Staples
  • Energy
  • Financials
  • Health Care
  • Industrials
  • Information Technology
  • Materials
  • Utilities

The library subscribes to many databases that host Market Research Reports and Industry Reports. Visit the STEM Entrepreneurship & Business Industry Research guide to see more. Reach out to your library contact with any questions you have about Market Research.