Books and background information
- WorldCat: The McGill Library's catalogue. Use the facets on the left to limit results to books or ebooks.
- IBISWorld: Reports contain industry performance, competitors, competitive landscape, product and market information.
- Marketline: Reports contain market segmentation, market outlook, and five forces analysis.
- Passport: Focus on consumer goods & services. Background, competitive environment, market shares, industry data, outlook and more.
- eMarketer: Reports, articles, and statistics related to e-business.
- Canadian Industries and Businesses: Statistics, reports, and benchmark data from Industry Canada.
See also: Industry Research guide
- PMB Online: Survey of Canadian households on shopping, activities, and media use
- Passport: Reports on various aspects of consumer lifestyles: digital consumer, households, income & expenditures, lifestyles, population. Choose the Consumers menu at the top or search for the topic of interest.
See also: Consumer Research guide
Statistics and data
See also: Data guide
* Quebec and Montreal are listed here as examples. Most provinces, states, and major cities will have statistics portals similar to these.
- EIU Country Profiles: Analysis and forecasts of political, economic and business environments in more than 180 countries.
- Marketline: PESTLE reports (political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental) for over 100 countries.
Using Google to find information online
You can often find reports on companies, industries, and products online using Google.
For example, to find reports on the coffee industry, you can search for:
coffee industry market report filetype:pdf
Reports of this type are often published online as PDF files, so including filetype:pdf in your search limits helps to focus your search. You can always leave this out if you want to retrieve content in any format.
Can't find a report or statistic?
In cases where the specific reports, statistics, or data are not available, you will need to carry out your own research, bringing together articles or news items that provide you with information on the industry you are interested in.
A few approaches you can try:
- Look for reports for a more general industry or market and extrapolate the information there to your particular case. For example, if you can't find a report on men's running shoes, look for a report on men's sportsware and/or men's footware.
- Look for reports for related industries or markets. Think creatively about your topic and see if there are other industries that could apply to your case. For example, if you can't find a report on smartwatches, you might look at reports for watches, smartphones, even fitness trackers.
- Look for reports for a related or broader geographic area. If you can't find a information on the Quebec market, see if you can find data for Canada, the US, or North America.
- Search for individual articles or news stories on your topic for insights and statistics. Sometimes those articles will mention specific reports or data sources that you can track down for more information.