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Entrepreneurship: Databases for Ideas & Trends

This guide supports UCI’s innovation and entrepreneurship community by connecting users to relevant resources used to conduct research throughout the entrepreneurial process.

Databases for Ideas and Trends

Access: UCI - Authorized Affiliates
Geography: US & Global

Includes "Emerging Spaces" tool featuring new and disruptive markets, technologies, products, or services- or the new application of a technology, product, or service to a given market. Provides you with an overview of the space and the ability to dive deeper to analyze its growth metrics.

Access: UCI
Geography: US

Comprehensive industry reports (30-40 pages) on 1,000+ well established U.S. industries and specialty sub-industries. Trend content is scattered throughout reports, so do a keyword search within a report for trend

  • Learn this search!
  • Use IBISWorld’s Industry Wizard tool to create custom lists of industries using specific criteria, or select from pre-made “Quick Lists” such as, “Fastest Growing Industries,” “Export Stars,” and “Hot Start-Up Industries.”

Access: UCI - Authorized Affiliates
Geography: US

Market research reports on the behaviors and lifestyles of major consumer groups. Industry reports spanning the consumer product sector, including market conditions like market size and share, forecasts, trends, etc.

  • Use the content type filter to view trend reports exploring observations in consumer behavior for the year ahead - browse by sector, demographic, theme, and region.

Frost & Sullivan
Access: UCI
Geography: US & Global (limited)

Industry research reports that integrate seven perspectives (competitive intensity, customer dynamics, industry convergence, disruptive technologies, global mega trends, new business models, and emerging markets) into a complete, overall view of the factors that impact covered industries.

  • Focuses on high-tech industries and includes trend-driven “report types,” such as: Mega Trends, Growth Insights, TechVision Analysis, and Emerging Technologies Research.

Business Source Complete
Access: UCI
Geography: US & Global

Covers virtually all business subjects. Includes content from many business magazines and trade publications (e.g., "Trends Magazine"). Try adding the keyword trend* (with an asterisk) to a search (e.g., real estate AND trend*).  

Access: UCI
Geography: US & Global
Worldwide coverage of local and regional newspapers, trade publications, business newswires, press release wires, media transcripts, news photos, and business-rich websites.

Plunkett Research Online
Access: UCI
Geography: US

Market research, major industry statistics, trends, and analyses of top companies. 

Google Alerts & Trends

Entrepreneurs are often interested in emerging industries and markets that may not be covered in library databases.

  • Try using Google Alerts to stay up-to-date on the latest trends in emerging areas. With Google Alerts, you can receive email notifications when your topic is mentioned in blogs, news, or web sources.
  • Or, try using Google Trends to see a visual display of interest in a particular topic from global to city-level geography. Add additional topics to generate comparison data.

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