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arrow pointing rightBackground Information & Definitions Knowledge Source for Marketing more information

Articles, tutorials, and links for marketing, market research, advertising, sales, and more.

Handbook of Marketing Scales more information

REFERENCE HF5415.3 .B323 1999

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Business Source Complete (EBSCO) more information

Articles from newspapers, trade publications, magazines, and scholarly journals on all aspects of business. Also covers economics.

Features SWOT Analyses and industry profiles from Marketline/Datamonitor and others; country reports.

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LexisNexis Academic more information

U.S. and international news, company information, and federal, state, and international legal materials.

Factiva more information

U.S. and international news, company information, and market data. Create custom company reports.

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Academic Search Premier (EBSCO) more information

Articles from scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers on a wide range of topics.

PsycINFO (EBSCO) more information

Scholarship in psychology, including scholarly articles and dissertations.

SocINDEX with Full Text (EBSCO) more information

Articles and other research in the field of sociology.

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LexisNexis Academic: Company Profiles (including Hoover's) more information
TIP: Click Advanced Options below search box and select HOOVER'S as a source + click Apply before searching to get a great company overview from Hoover's.
ReferenceUSA more information

Information on 24 million U.S. companies, including contact information and financial data. Search by criteria such as geographical location, industry, revenue, number of employees, and more to create company lists and maps.

Cook Library Guide to Company Research more information

Key sources for company info, financials, and market share, as well as article and book search tips. From Shana Gass, TU Business librarian.

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NAICS: North American Industry Classification System more information

The newer system (c. 1997) of industrial codes, developed for U.S., Canadian, and Mexican industries.

Full NAICS code = 5-6 digits

SIC: Standard Industrial Classification more information

The SIC system of classification for U.S. industries dates back to the 1930s. For government use, it was superseded by NAICS. However, many business sources are still arranged by SIC code!

A full SIC code is 4 digits.
: Some sources (e.g., Million Dollar Database) use proprietary “enhanced” (longer) SICs.

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Market Share Reporter & Business Rankings Annual (via Gale Directory Library) more information

Go to Advanced Search to select Market Share Reporter & Business Rankings Annual.

Search by product, company, brand, industry code, and/or country.

Note: Tables in Market Share Reporter without geographic designation are U.S. figures.

RDS Business Suite: TableBase more information

Market shares, rankings, and other statistical tables.

Go to Advanced Search to limit by concept term (including Market Share and Market Size), geography, industry, etc.

Marketing Charts more information

Constantly updated site with market share charts and rankings. Particularly strong in e-business, mobile, and media industries.

Research Monitor more information

A business research database with access to more than 5,000 industry and country reports across 80 countries, including demographic, macro-economic and marketing statistics; market size and forecasts; analysis of industries; and global trends predicted to influence markets.

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage more information

In-depth coverage of broad North American industries. Examples: Apparel & Footwear, Household Durables, Movies & Home Entertainment.

Business Source Complete: MarketLine / Datamonitor Industry Profiles more information

First search for your industry by name (or, on the Advanced Search screen, by NAICS code).

On the left side of the screen: Under Refine Results > Source Types > select Show More. Select Industry Profiles, if available.

U.S. Economic Census more information

Statistics on U.S. industries, including number of establishments, revenue, and payroll.  Organized by NAICS industry code.

Another entry point to recent U.S. Economic Census data is via American Factfinder 2:

  • Recommended: choose Advanced SearchShow Me All.
  • Select industries button and search by NAICS code, including geographical location if desired.
Encyclopedia of American Industries more information

Profiles of American industries. Arranged by SIC code (but you can also search by NAICS).

Encyclopedia of Global Industries more information

Profiles of worldwide industries.

Consumer Americas more information


Economic, demographic, and market statistics and trends for consumer industries & products.

The library also has:

  • Consumer Western Europe   RESERVES HD7022 .C68
  • Consumer Asia   RESERVES HC411 .C66
  • Emerging Consumer Markets RESERVES HC79 .C6E64
    (covers Brazil, Russia, India, China, Mexico, South Africa & Turkey)
  • International Marketing Data & Statistics   RESERVES HA154 .I58
  • European Marketing Data & Statistics RESERVES HA1107 .E87
  • Global Market Share Tracker RESERVES  HD2757.15 .G56
    (top consumer brands for 50+ countries)
Cook Library Guide to Industry Research more information

Key sources and strategies for industry research. Article and book search tips.

SBRnet / Sports Business Research Network more information

News and market research for the sporting goods and sports marketing industries.

arrow pointing rightTarget Markets: Demographics & Lifestyle/Psychographics
American Factfinder (U.S. Census Bureau) more information

Demographics from the U.S. Census Bureau at the local, state, and national levels. For a quick area profile, try the Quick Facts link.

Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance more information

Demographics and other statistics for 56 Baltimore City neighborhood areas.

Nielsen: My Best Segments (formerly Claritas): Zip Code Lookup more information

Consumer lifestyles by U.S. zip code. Uses PRIZM NE segmentation system from Claritas, a Nielsen company.

Esri: Tapestry Segmentation more information

"Milk and Cookies".. "Laptops & Lattes" ...

GIS company Esri. Explore the Tapestry segmentation system and look up Tapestry segments for an individual zip code.

American Generations: Who They Are and How They Live more information

Comparative demographics, time use, and attitudes across generations.

Cook Library also has additional books focusing on specific generations:

  • Americans 55 & Older.  RESERVES HQ1064 .U5A6
  • Baby Boom.  RESERVES HF5415.33 .U6 .R877
  • Generation X.   RESERVES HC110. C6M544
  • Millennials. RESERVES HQ796 .M4797
ETI Drill Down Tool Kit for U.S. Census Tracts more information

Purchasing power and more by census tract. Examples of purchasing power applications for urban neighborhoods. From U. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Employment and Training Institute.

American Attitudes more information

RESERVES HC110 .C6 M58 2008

Cook Library Guide: Secondary Data for Marketing more information

See the Guide to Secondary Data for additional sources of secondary data, especially for target markets.

arrow pointing rightTarget Markets 2: Income, Buying Power, and Spending
Report on the Buying Power of Black America more information


Also see The Multicultural Economy (CD-ROM available at PC at Reference Desk)

arrow pointing rightTarget Markets 3: Market Research
Mediamark Reporter (MRI+) more information

Demographics and media habits of product users. From a national sample of U.S. customers.

First-time users: Be sure to register using your Towson email account.

For more information, consult the tutorial and quick reference guide.

SRDS Local Market Audience Analyst more information

Demographics and lifestyle information and mapping for U.S. counties and DMAs (Designated Metropolitan Areas).

Use Internet Explorer to access SRDS Local Market Audience Analyst. If using a version of IE above 9, go to IE > Tools > Compatibility View Settings > add to set compatibility for the site.

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Advertising Age (Ad Age) more information

Advertising, marketing and media information from the preeminent trade journal in advertising. Go to Advertising Age Data Center for data on marketing, media and agencies, including data on digital marketing, newspapers, top advertisers, and more.

Cook Library also subscribes to Advertising Age in print and online through several of our databases.

SRDS: Consumer Media, Newspaper, and Out-of-Home Advertising Source more information

Media rates for consumer print magazines and websites, newspapers, and out-of-home media such as billboards. Includes detailed ad rates, schedules, contact and circulation information, and links to media kits.

Encyclopedia of Major Marketing Strategies more information

Overviews from recent ad campaigns from the likes of Dos Equis ("the most interesting man in the world"), Greenpeace ("a new warrior"), Skittles ("touch the rainbow") , and Sony ("long live play").

For classic campaigns, see the Encyclopedia of Major Marketing Campaigns, volumes. 1 and 2, at call number HF5837 .E53 in the Reference collection (main floor of Cook Library).

Marketer's Guide to Media more information

RESERVES HF5826.5 .M45

A reference guide listing media trends, rates, audience demographics and other information for TV, radio, out-of-home, print, promotion, and interactive media.

Thumbnail Media Planner more information

RESERVES HF5415.3 .T55

Another useful guide for markets and media.

Red Books more information

Look up ad firms as well as client companies. Ad spend information included.

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Scopus more information

Delve into the literature on your topic through citation searching with this multidisciplinary scholarly database. Journal analytics also available.

Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities: Business and Education more information

Identify appropriate venues for your research with the Business and Education Set. The Business Set includes Accounting; Economics and Finance; and Management and Marketing, and is funded by the Towson University College of Business and Economics. The Educational Set includes Directories of Educational Curriculum and Methods and Education Psychology and Administration, and is funded by the Towson University College of Education. In both sets, you may search by topic, review method and acceptance rate, and may use this resource to evaluate publication records.

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Last revised: January 09, 2015