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Create a List of Target Companies

ASU Library subscribess a few databases that can help you create a list of target companies. Each of the following databases allows you to create your list by limiting by industry and location. From here, you may also be able to limit your search even further by size, revenues, or by using keywords.

Generating a List of Target Companies - Thunderbird Library Worksheet

Use the attached worksheet to keep track of your company searches, and track prospective employers.

Using Industry Codes

Searchers will notice that many of the ASU Library databases use industry codes (NAICS, SIC, NACE) to help limit and target a company search.

"The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy" (US Census Bureau).  

  • NAICS North American Industry Classification System
  • SIC Standard Industrial Classification System
  • NACE Classification of Economic Activities in the European Community

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