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Why Use Trade Associations?
Check trade associations to find out more about an industry. An association might collect data not available from any other source, including industry statistics, reports, trends, and more.
Find Trade Associations in Your Industry
Google Advanced Search
With Google's Advanced Search, you can search for an association related to an industry, or your major. Simply put in a keyword or keywords, plus the words AND association. For example: Marketing AND association. It will take you to the American Marketing Association website.
IBISWorld Industry Market Research
In an Industry Report, check under "Additional Resources" on the "About this Industry" page. Restricted to current UST students, faculty, and staff.
ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry
The First Research industry reports have a section called "Industry Websites," which includes trade associations as well as trade publications.
S&P Global NetAdvantage
Each industry survey contains a section titled "Industry References", and then under that "Trade Associations."
Use these resources to search for an association for your industry.
Encyclopedia of Business Information Sources
Extensive listing of industries with information on trade and professional organizations. Part of Gale Directory Library.
Small Business Sourcebook
Comprehensive guide to information sources on all aspects of small business; includes hard-to-find association information for smaller businesses. Part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library.
Articles often mention trade and industry associations by name; you can search for their websites.