Using Alert Services to Track Industries

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Tracking industry information (events, changes, competitors) is easy using alert services found in the library’s Proquest Business Databases, Business Source Complete, or the Newspapers database.  To create your initial search, try using a NAICS industry code search.  NAICS stands for North American Industry Classification System, which is a numerical system assigning numbers to describe particular industries (a 2 digit code is applied; e.g., construction is 23) or particular products (a 6 digit code is applied; e.g., sunglass manufacturing is 339115).  The following micro video shows how to create a search in Proquest Business Database for articles on the restaurant industry (NAICS 722211) and then set up an alert to be notified daily of news updates on the industry: http://screencast.com/t/Y2EzN2ZmN    Set up alerts in the Newspapers database using this same strategy.

To set up an alert in Business Source Complete, you must create an EBSCOhost profile and password.  Watch this micro video to view how to sign up for an alert in Ebsco’s Business Source Complete to be notified about updated articles on the restaurant industry: http://screencast.com/t/ODkxZGRjN

Remember, you can also search for an industry using a keyword search in the title or subject, and with the Advanced Search features in these databases you can narrow your results to a particular type of publication or date.   Contact a reference librarian for more help on locating timely industry information.

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