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BA 468: Technology Commercialization

Multi-Disciplinary Research

You may find further useful resources on the following OSU Libraries subject guides.

Patent Searching

You can begin your patent search using Google Patent Search

If this doesn't produce the results you need, the engineering librarian has put together a resource guide on how to conduct a thorough patent search, Patent and Trademark Searching

Small Business Resources from U.S. Census Bureau

Demographic Data

US Cencus Bureau Fact Finder

American Fact Finder

The U.S. Census Bureau is the primary resource for U.S. demographic data (United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas), and the primary tool for accessing it is American FactFinder. It is fairly easy to use, and convenient since it includes data from several censuses and surveys including:

  • The American Community Survey
  • The American Housing Survey
  • three Annual Economic Surveys
    • Annual Survey of Manufactures  
    • Business Patterns  
    • Nonemployer Statistics  
  • The Decennial Census (every 10 years) (age, sex, race, housing units and more)
  • The Economic Census (every 5 years)
  • The Population Estimates Program

Other data and resources

Census Training opportunities
The Census Bureau offers both web-based and in-person courses to help you access and use Census Bureau statistics. These free courses can teach you how to use our databases and mapping tools, find local and national demographic information for a variety of uses including grant proposals, economic data statistics for business plans, research papers, etc. Check out our eTutorials and course descriptions.
In December 2012, the Census Bureau presented a webinar series of presentations and exercises on "Accessing Census Bureau Statistics." You can find links to these here:


NAICS Lookup from the U.S. Census Bureau

What is NAICS? The North American Industry Classification System or NAICS is a federal classification system used by Canada, Mexico, and the United States to classify business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data relating to the business economy. Such industry classification systems are useful for comparing data.