Market research: Markets


For databases containing information such as market share, strengths and weaknesses, industry profiles, analyst opinions, and much more.

Online resources

We hope you'll find most things you need in our databases, but there is also lots of useful information freely available online:

How to find market research reports

You may need to look in several databases to find a report on the topic you are researching.  You may also find it useful to read reports from several different databases, to find additional information.

Mintel Academic contains UK reports on a variety of market sectors, themes and demographics, and a monthly UK retail briefing. It is easy to search or browse. Please note that we don't have all UK reports.

Passport contains statistics, industry overviews and other specific reports on consumer products and services on 80 countries. Use the industries drop down menu to choose a product or service, then the Analysis Finder to select the type of report you need, and the country you're researching.

Mintel Market Sizes (previously known as GMN/Global Market Navigator) These global reports can be accessed via Mintel Academic, but they're easier to find directly using the Market Sizes database.

Reports from Business Source Premier links directly to an A-Z list of market research and industry reports in this database, which you can search or browse. produces annual Special Reports on many topics. After setting up an account, select Special Reports from the Home menu, then Reports Library, on the right. Includes reports on Aerospace, Business Management, Energy, Financial Services, Luxury & brands, and more.

Searching for reports online

If you are searching for reports online using a search engine, remember the following tips:

  • Use the advanced search.
  • Try search only within pages ending with eg (UK universities) or (UK government websites).
  • Search only within PDF pages - these are more likely to be reports.
  • Be very careful to assess the quality of any report you find on a website.
  • For further advice, contact your Subject Liaison Librarian.