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will help you investigate industry and market conditions for new technologies
Demographics and characteristics of consumer markets
US Census Data
voluminous demographic data on the U.S. from national to zip code level.
U.S. Government reports
Agencies of the federal government often support entrepreneurial
efforts, and produce market-oriented reports, in their areas. Do a
google search ending in "site:.gov" to limit to governmental sources. Examples:
Find industry leaders, statistics, current status, future trends, histories and profiles here.
Frost & Sullivan
Detailed market reports and analysis on technology aspects of many industries. For academic use only.)
GlobalData Power (formerly Alternative Energy eTrack)
Covers the alternate/renewable energy industries : wind, hydro, solar, ocean, geothermal, biofuels, fuel cells, nuclear, carbon trading, etc. Includes news, deals, analysis, forecasts, and more. NOTE: Click on the "If you have IP access click here" link.
Statistical data in handy formats on markets and industries
Market research reports specializing in advanced materials, biotechnology, chemicals, energy, healthcare, sensors, plastics, and other emerging technologies.
Gartner Core Research
specializes in technology products and services used by corporations, sample: "Cool Vendors in Consumer Energy Management". (Note: Dataquest reports are not in our subscription.)
Robotics Business Review
Market research, news, trends,reports and top companies in the business of robotics. NOTE: You will have to log in with your CMU credentials to view this page (RBR requires additional verification).
In-depth industry market research reports with analysis, data, conditions, segmentation, market share, primary companies, and outlook for over 700 industries in the US, UK, China, and globally.
MANUFACTURERS & SUPPLIERS
ThomasNet (formerly Thomas Register)
Provides access to the products and services of over 650,000 industrial companies. Can be searched by product category, keyword, brand name, or company name.
1. Drop down = "Suppliers"
2. Type in your product to get a list of suppliers
News sources on markets, industries
Reports on niche or new industries often appear in trade journals - found in these databases. Use search terms such as “market,” “forecast,” “trends,” “overview,” etc. along with your own market identifier, i.e. “fiber optic sensor".
Business Source Premier
academic and trade journals and magazines in all business disciplines; also industry reports, company profiles, and country economic reports.
Articles from industry and scholarly sources, periodicals, reports and dissertations, on business, management, corporate strategy, and the competitive landscape. Database Guide
LexisNexis Academic (now Nexis Uni)
International database: newspapers, journals, wire services, newsletters, reports, blogs, case law, government documents, broadcasts, and more. Update: LexisNexis Academic has been replaced with Nexis Uni.
Articles in communications, computer science, engineering, environmental science, IT, operations research, physics and robotics.