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Competitive Intelligence: Background Info
Resources for Intelligence Analysis students in the Competitive Intelligence concentration.
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North American Industry Classification System (US Census Bureau)
Use the keyword search to locate a 6-digit code that represents your industry category. This number can then be used in other business research sources. See the
for more information.
Standard Industrial Classification (US Dept. of Labor)
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IBISWorld is a collection of Industry Market Research reports of over 700 United States industries; includes US Specialized Industry Reports.
LexisNexis Company Dossier
Includes business and financial news, company financial information, market research, industry reports, and SEC filings.
US Venture Capital & Private Equity Database
Contains data on investment firms in the United States, including venture capitalists, private equity firms, angels, incubators, merchant banks, fund of funds, economic development groups, and more.
PrivCo offers access to business and financial data on major, non-publicly traded corporations, including family owned, private equity owned, venture backed, and international unlisted companies. *Users must create a free, personal account*
Business Source Complete
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Financial & Economic Information
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World Economic Outlook
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WRDS provides access to financial datasets from COMPUSTAT (public companies), CRSP (security prices) and CUSIP Master File (financial instruments issuers), and RiskMetrics (corporate governance).
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Patent Searching Tutorial (UM)
This interactive guide from the University of Minnesota shows how to search in Google Patents and the USPTO database.
Overview of Patents
Lynda.com video tutorial covering the basics of patents, how to obtain them, and patent infringement.
7-Step U.S. Patent Search Strategy Guide (PDF)
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Seven Step Strategy
Full-text search of patents from the USPTO, EPO, JPO, SIPO, WIPO, DPMA, and CIPO.
US Patent and Trademark Office Patent Database
Full text database of U.S. patents from 1976 to the present. Also includes patent number, date, and classification for patents 1790-1975.
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