1. Get the NAICS code - it will make the identification of your industry easier.
2. If you are doing research on an industry that you identified because you know of a company that is a major player do a quick search of the company in Mergent. It's likely that that company is in a few different industries - note one or all depending on the assignment!
When conducting research on an industry, it will often be helpful to you to know the SIC or NAICS numeric code associated with your industry, since it is often possible to search for industry information using its classification number. To identify the SIC or NAICS code number associated with your industry, search the sites listed below.