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Market and Industry research

This extensive guide covers numerous aspects of business research, including tools and strategies for researching industries, consumers, and companies.

Finding international information on the Web

It can be challenging to locate reliable international market or industry information on the open Internet.

For English speaking countries, the CIA World Factbook's world leader's website can be helpful in determining the name of a specific country's department of industry (or the equivalent).

Example:
Australian industry information.

From the CIA World Factbook's world leader's website we can determine there is a Minister for Industry. The next step would be a Google search for:


The website is here.

Most government websites have a search box - usually at the top of the page. Look for links or tabs to industry, consumer information/reports or industry resources.

In some case there may be a separate government department for tourism, resources & energy or manufacturing.

What you can find through government websites

Government websites are excellent sources of current trade information between countries.  Governments collect and publish industry analysis so that businesses, other governments, and agencies can keep apprised of the trends. 

This information is often freely available and can be found through an Internet search.  It may be a good idea to start by finding the branch of the government responsible for organizing and sharing this information. 

If the country you are researching uses a language other than English you may run into problems. Unless you are specifically asked to do so, you may want to choose a country where you are familiar with the language.

That said, outside of the RRU Library's suite of password protected databases, you can find international industry research through international agencies such as the OECD. the IMF, and the United Nations, etc. For example, check out the United Nation's interactive tool called the Competitive Industrial Performance Index.

If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to ask a reference librarian for assistance at ask@royalroads.libanswers.com

Trade or industry associations

International industry associations can be good sources of relilable information.

How do I do that?

A simple Google search is a good first step.

Try a search similar to this one:

 

Other keywords you might use are global, international, association or organization.


What about a tourism association in another country?

Try a Google search similar to this one:

australia tourism association OR organization