STRATEGIES AND SOURCES
FOR LOCATING BUSINESS
INFORMATION
Art of Engineering Endeavors/Engineering 185
January 17, 2014
Mic...
TODAY’S TALK:
 Developing an efficient business research strategy
 Sample Product Research Strategies
 Using the intera...
Online “Handout” for Engineering 185:

http://guides.library.ucla.edu/businessforengineers
Access all the available Business Information Databases
from the Science and Engineering Library Web site –
http://www.lib...
http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/rosenfeld-library/databases/business-databases-by-category

UCLA or UC =

Entire UCLA
communi...
FINDING INDUSTRY
INFORMATION
DEFINING AND CLASSIFYING AN
INDUSTRY
Look up a product/service/industry to identify its
4-digit (SIC) or 6-digit (NAICS) c...
NAICS Code Look-Up:

http://www.census.gov/eos/www/naics/index.html
NAICS Code Look-Up:

http://www.census.gov/eos/www/naics/index.html
Use IBISWorld to find current, 30- to 50-page reports
using NAICS and/or SIC industry code numbers
Standard
IBISWorld
Report
Components
Also Available in IBISWorld: What Drives Demand for Your Product?
Access “US Business Environment Profiles” from the “Indu...
MarketLine Advantage Reports special features:
“SWOT” (companies) and “Five Forces” (industries)
Analyses
Access this cont...
MarketLine Advantage Industry Reports Special Feature:
“Five Forces Analysis”
FINDING COMPANY
INFORMATION
Get a MarketLine Report for a Company
You May Already Be Considering
example: Philips Healthcare
Typical MarketLine Company Report Features
illustrations from: Philips Healthcare report
FINDING INFORMATION ABOUT
THE MARKET FOR YOUR
PRODUCT
• Who’s making the product, or something like it?
• Who’s buying it,...
Business Source Complete
(aka “EBSCOHost”)

“Thesaurus” = guide to
official, consistently-used
subject/concept indexing
te...
Using the Subject Thesaurus in
Business Source Complete
Business Source Complete
Search Results
Limits already
applied to the
results:
Main Search Screen for Factiva
Click on “Examples” for search tips and tricks

Open these up
to take
advantage of
“Intelli...
Factiva:

Using “Intelligent Indexing” to “Pre-Filter” (or to post-filter) a Search

It’s okay to leave this blank, if you...
Factiva:
Results Screen

The “Discovery Pane” visually mines the contents of the results
Special
strength!
MarketResearch.com Academic
“Real-World” Market Research Reports
SimplyMap
Quantify and Analyze
U.S. Consumers and Their Buying Potential

Two ways to use SimplyMap:
1.Create your own acc...
SimplyMap Map, Chart, and Rank U.S. Demographic and
Psychographic Data

“Where are Americans most
receptive to high tech p...
FINDING
GOVERNMENT
INFORMATION
ABOUT CONSUMERS
U.S. Census Data via American FactFinder:
The Foundation for Demographic Information
About Americans
Use the ACS to Update Data
Between Decennial Census Counts
FINDING
GOVERNMENT
INFORMATION
ABOUT REGULATIONS AND

PRODUCT SAFETY
Electronic Code of Federal Regulations
“Simple Search” by Keyword(s)
“Is My Type of Product Regulated by the CPSC?”
Look Here in Addition to the Code of Federal Regulations
http://www.cpsc.go...
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/
Following-Up …. For Future Questions:
Consult a Business Librarian

Today’s librarian: Michael Oppenheim ~ moppenhe@librar...
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  • Note this alternate path to our Databases Web page, from the SEL Home Page
  • Back on our “Databases Best For” Web page, the “Market Research” category is where you’ll find databases that include market research reports (note that no more than two in each categroy are restricted to use by the Anderson School only). MarketResearch.com Academic provides genuine, full-text market research reports that cover products, services, and types of consumers—that is, people categorized by age, or by sex, or by specific interests. And I especially want to recommend one of our newest, and already most popular, databases, IBISWorld industry market research, which covers 97% of all U.S. industry.
  • I also want to tell you about IBISWorld industry reports.
  • How to drill down into an IBISWorld report
  • Here I’m proceeding on the assumption that it’s correct to classify the product in the category of “household appliances.” MarketLine provides detailed analyses and overviews of both industries and companies, and its coverage is worldwide. “Browse by Industry” can be a quick and easy way to focus on the industry relevant to your research.
  • Here’s a sample Industry Profile title page. “Datamonitor” is the name of the international market research firm that produces these reports.
  • MarketLine also provides profiles of companies, both for the United States and for scores of countries around the world.
  • Features of a typical company report in MarketLine: reports on the biggest companies usually have a SWOT analysis. This is an analysis of a company’s Strenghts, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. Understanding how these factors may impact a large company and its products or services can be applicable to a much smaller enterprise, as well. All company reports also identify competitors. SWOT analyses for competitor can suggest still more points to consider—or watch out for—in developing and marketing your product.
  • Business Source Complete is the major database source for finding articles in business magazines and journals. Start by using the Thesaurus to find subject terms used for indexing articles.
  • Here’s how to find the right subject indexing terms to use to find articles about the kitchen appliances industry.
  • MarketResearch.com Academic contains actual market research reports—publications that can cost multi-thousands of dollars apiece, and more, in the real world. You can browse by categories, or use the “Advanced Search” to look for specific words and phrases anywhere in the texts of the reports.
  • A sample of market research reports in MarketResearch.com Academic in the “Demographics” category.
  • For government regulations controlling the manufacturing of products—see the Code of Federal Regulations.
  • Recall and product safety news is published on a regularly updated basis.
  • Back on the Rosenfeld Library Home page—the margin on the far left. Click on “Services,” then on “Consult a Librarian,” and see how to get further help from us, either in person or by phone, or via email. Also shown are Spring Quarter 2012 hours.
  • Business searching for engineering 185 fri am power point jan 17 2014

    1. 1. STRATEGIES AND SOURCES FOR LOCATING BUSINESS INFORMATION Art of Engineering Endeavors/Engineering 185 January 17, 2014 Michael Oppenheim http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/rosenfeld-library/services/consult-a-business-l
    2. 2. TODAY’S TALK:  Developing an efficient business research strategy  Sample Product Research Strategies  Using the interactive UCLA LibGuide Business Information for Engineers  Getting to the UCLA Rosenfeld Management Library online  Finding Industry and Company Information  Finding Information about the Market(s) and Consumers  Finding Government Information  about consumers  about regulations and product safety  Following up after today
    3. 3. Online “Handout” for Engineering 185: http://guides.library.ucla.edu/businessforengineers
    4. 4. Access all the available Business Information Databases from the Science and Engineering Library Web site – http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/sel/journal-articles-conference-papers
    5. 5. http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/rosenfeld-library/databases/business-databases-by-category UCLA or UC = Entire UCLA community may use in person in any UCLA library, or remotely by using the UCLA VPN or the Bruin Online Proxy Serve Anderson = Available only to current holders of Anderson School Network accounts (and also not available on any public workstations)
    6. 6. FINDING INDUSTRY INFORMATION
    7. 7. DEFINING AND CLASSIFYING AN INDUSTRY Look up a product/service/industry to identify its 4-digit (SIC) or 6-digit (NAICS) code number; use it as an indexing “term” (or “tag”) in databases and directories North American Industry Cla – 1997 to current SIC Code – 1937 through 1987 and still in use
    8. 8. NAICS Code Look-Up: http://www.census.gov/eos/www/naics/index.html
    9. 9. NAICS Code Look-Up: http://www.census.gov/eos/www/naics/index.html
    10. 10. Use IBISWorld to find current, 30- to 50-page reports using NAICS and/or SIC industry code numbers
    11. 11. Standard IBISWorld Report Components
    12. 12. Also Available in IBISWorld: What Drives Demand for Your Product? Access “US Business Environment Profiles” from the “Industry Risk Ratings Tab”
    13. 13. MarketLine Advantage Reports special features: “SWOT” (companies) and “Five Forces” (industries) Analyses Access this content through links provided on the “Business Information for Engineers” LibGuide: At the “Company Information” Tab: At the “Industry Information” Tab:
    14. 14. MarketLine Advantage Industry Reports Special Feature: “Five Forces Analysis”
    15. 15. FINDING COMPANY INFORMATION
    16. 16. Get a MarketLine Report for a Company You May Already Be Considering example: Philips Healthcare
    17. 17. Typical MarketLine Company Report Features illustrations from: Philips Healthcare report
    18. 18. FINDING INFORMATION ABOUT THE MARKET FOR YOUR PRODUCT • Who’s making the product, or something like it? • Who’s buying it, or who is likely to buy your similar product? • “Market” and “Industry” are often interchangeable terms—check out both Industry Information databases and Market Research databases, in addition to Business Articles databases
    19. 19. Business Source Complete (aka “EBSCOHost”) “Thesaurus” = guide to official, consistently-used subject/concept indexing terms
    20. 20. Using the Subject Thesaurus in Business Source Complete
    21. 21. Business Source Complete Search Results Limits already applied to the results:
    22. 22. Main Search Screen for Factiva Click on “Examples” for search tips and tricks Open these up to take advantage of “Intelligent Indexing”
    23. 23. Factiva: Using “Intelligent Indexing” to “Pre-Filter” (or to post-filter) a Search It’s okay to leave this blank, if you like! Applying “Intelligent Indexing” filters
    24. 24. Factiva: Results Screen The “Discovery Pane” visually mines the contents of the results
    25. 25. Special strength!
    26. 26. MarketResearch.com Academic “Real-World” Market Research Reports
    27. 27. SimplyMap Quantify and Analyze U.S. Consumers and Their Buying Potential Two ways to use SimplyMap: 1.Create your own account, to be able to save your work, or.. 2.Just log in anonymously, and take your work with you when you’re finished
    28. 28. SimplyMap Map, Chart, and Rank U.S. Demographic and Psychographic Data “Where are Americans most receptive to high tech products, ranked state by state?” Data source: ExperianSimmonsLOCAL For specialized, in-depth assistance, contact UCLA’s SimplyMap account rep and trainer, Steven Swartz: sswartz@geographicresearch.com (888) 845-5064 extension 64 http://www.geographicresearch.com/
    29. 29. FINDING GOVERNMENT INFORMATION ABOUT CONSUMERS
    30. 30. U.S. Census Data via American FactFinder: The Foundation for Demographic Information About Americans
    31. 31. Use the ACS to Update Data Between Decennial Census Counts
    32. 32. FINDING GOVERNMENT INFORMATION ABOUT REGULATIONS AND PRODUCT SAFETY
    33. 33. Electronic Code of Federal Regulations “Simple Search” by Keyword(s)
    34. 34. “Is My Type of Product Regulated by the CPSC?” Look Here in Addition to the Code of Federal Regulations http://www.cpsc.gov/businfo/reg.html Products Regulated by Other Government Agencies: http://www.cpsc.gov/federal.html One major example: Medical Devices, regulated by the FDA see http://www.fda.gov/medicaldevices/
    35. 35. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
    36. 36. http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/
    37. 37. Following-Up …. For Future Questions: Consult a Business Librarian Today’s librarian: Michael Oppenheim ~ moppenhe@library.ucla.edu

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