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WRI 207: Writing for the Workplace: General Searching

Researching Products

NAICS - North American Industry Classification System

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.”  Useful for this class as they classify and describe products.

Thomas Register Directory

Search ThomasNet to find manufacturers, distributors and service providers - from Actuators to Zirconium and everything in between.

Finding Trade Journals

Trade publications are periodicals that publish material for specific professions or disciplines.  They are generally written by professionals that are working in those fields or journalists that know the field rather than researchers.  They are not peer-reviewed in the same way as academic journals and are intended for a professional or practitioner audience.  They usually cover practical subjects like techniques, tools, products that could be of use for those in the field.  

You limit your search to trade publications by going down to Publication Type in the search area and scrolling until you find Trade Publication and then clicking on it.  

Then type your Search Terms in the top search box and click on Search.

Choosing Keywords