Although it's possible to glean worthwhile information from free Web resources, information professionals rely on fee-based services to streamline their industry research process. It's not "industrial duty" if they haven't accessed professional resources. When it comes to the stalwarts of industry research, the author usually turns first to NetAdvantage from Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC. NetAdvantage provides industry surveys for 50 major industries and more than 115 subindustries. The Industry Research Center from Plunkett Research Online contains fewer industries than S&P NetAdvantage, and a few of the items aren't industries at all. Unique to Plunkett is its Build-A-Report feature. A database of industry reports, BizMiner is produced by The Brandow Co in 1990. BizMiner sells both industry financial and industry market analysis. Although Business & Company Resource Center from Gale is a general business database, it does have an option for industry searching. As with most subscription databases, the Business & Company Resource Center's URL exists for marketing and sales purposes.
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