Market Research Report

Distinguishable from industry reports in that their intended audience is marketing professionals and dive deeper into motivations and attributes of customers.  Update these by visiting trade journals and association web sites typically identified in report.

  Mintel Reports  Limitations on Use

  MarketResearch.com Academic  Limitations on Use

  Passport (Euromonitor International)  Limitations on Use

Industry Reports

Typically industry reports describe how the industry operates, identifies competitors, & outlines trends. Update these by visiting trade journals and association web sites typically identified in report.

  NetAdvantage (Standard & Poor's, Capital IQ)

  ReferenceUSA
Search the Onesource module by industry

  IBISWorld

National Surveys

Surveys designed for marketing may be the most helpful for your purposes, but many other social science organizations and trade associations (see Encyclopedia of Associations:  National or google trade groups named in industry & market research reports) conduct national surveys that may be put to use.  Experian Simmons conducts national consumer surveys that you should be aware of, but that we do not have access to (excepting in excerpts in Mintel Reports).

  MRI University Internet Reporter

  Polling the Nations

  ICPSR (Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan)

Demographics

The Census Bureau underpins most demographic sources in the U.S.  It gathers data on people (number, location, income, education, ethnicity, race), housing (types), businesses(revenue, activities, employment) and governments.

  American FactFinder

  Bureau of Labor Statistics

  Data-Planet (Sage)

  Social Explorer

Consumer Segmentation

The Tapestry consumer segmentation scheme was build by ESRI using cluster analysis to group similar people by numerous attributes by geography.  Underlying data sources include Census Bureau surveys and the MRI National Consumer Survey.

ESRI Business Analyst Online