Q. What are NAICS and SIC Codes?


According to the NAICS website:

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.

NAICS was developed ... and adopted in 1997 to replace the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system. It was developed jointly by the United States, Mexico, and Canada to allow for a high level of comparability in business statistics among the North American countries.

Learn more about NAICS and SIC industry codes:

NAICS Website

AMA Dictionary of Business and Management from Credo Reference database

Encyclopedia of Small Business from Gale Virtual Reference database

NAICS and SIC articles from Discovery database

Using NAICS and SIC Codes in Rasmussen Library Databases:

Search for industry information using NAICS codes in any of the following business databases (select NAICS from the Advanced Search menu):

Business Source Complete

Business via ProQuest

Company Information via ProQuest

Mergent Online (use NAICS or SIC codes!)

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  • Last Updated May 10, 2018
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  • Answered By Kate Anderson, Business Librarian

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