News and Media Outlets

Possibly the most widely used method for acquiring secondary research is through articles and other reports found through commercial news sources. Options include magazines, newspapers, online news sites, television news sites, and other video sites. Nearly all of these sources are available online.

Magazines, Newspapers and Online News Sites

Journalists who write about industries and markets often have access to expensive market research reports parts of which may be mentioned in an article. Aside from major business publications, research seekers may find the most value in examining trade magazines which focus on specific industries. These magazines are rarely available on news stands, so unless a research seeker is in the industry or knows someone who is, it is unlikely she/he would have been exposed to many of these publications. Certainly an online search with industry name and the words “trade publication” could yield more results.

Television News Sites

Many of the leading television news networks have built elaborate websites and populated these with original materials produced by their own reporters. Just as journalists for magazines and newspapers include research information in their print pieces, reporters for television news do the same. In many cases television news sites not only present news reports in video format and also in text transcript.

Video Sites

Online video sites, such as YouTube, may also contain information to aid those gathering research.  For instance, these site contain news reports, university lectures, presentations on corporate websites, and much more.

Social Media

Finally, social media postings may offer links to the location of research conducted by an organization or industry group.

Company-Provided Information
Other Low-Cost Research Sources