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MBA Resources

This research guide helps to make it easier to find the resources you need for research during your MBA courses.

NAICS and SIC Codes

NAICS and SIC codes help classify and measure industry activity. Knowing the code for your industry will help you find reports, articles, and other information on that industry.

The NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) is gradually replacing the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system.

Even though the codes are standardized, different resources will assign codes differently. Additionally, many companies can have multiple codes because of their various business segments. Be flexible and cautious when using codes to search, and always check multiple sources.

Note: Sometimes there isn't a perfect or obvious code. If you have questions, please contact Michael or Laura.

Finding an industry's code

To look up codes by keyword, use the following sites.

Finding a company's code

If you already have a company but don't know what code(s) are associated with it, try the following database.



Thank you to Chloe Dufour, Business Librarian at the University of Pittsburgh, for sharing information from her "Industry Research @ Pitt" Libguide.